Shawwal and Fasting
The first day of the month of Shawwal is celebrated as Eid ul-Fitr.
Shawwal is the tenth month on the Lunar Islamic calendar.
We may also fast any days we may have missed during Ramadan in this month or any like number of days missed before the return of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The Prophet of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.”
The explanation is that a good deed in Islam is rewarded 10 times, hence fasting 30 days in Ramadan with 6 days in Shawwal is equivalent to fasting the whole year in terms of reward.
The month of Shawwal is an opportunity to facilitate the continuation of the Ramadan spirit by being one of the best times in which missed days in Ramadan are made up, and encompassing the 6 days of heightened reward. You can fast the 6 days consecutively or you may spread the days over the month.
After Ramadan, it is common to miss the joyful brotherhood and sisterhood and the sweetness and the blessings raining in this holy month.
Shawwal means ‘lift or carry’; so named because she camels would be carrying a fetus at this time. In this month the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) married Aisha (r.a.), the daughter of his commander-in-chief Abu Bakr (r.a.).
Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari (Radi Allahu Anhu) reported that the messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said, “The one who observes the fasts of Ramadaan followed by six voluntary fasts of Shawwaal, will be regarded as though he had fasted continuously.
Hazrat Jabir Ibn Abullah (Radi Allahu Anhu) reports that the messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said, “He who observes six fasts after Eid ul Fitr, it will be as though he had fasted the whole year.