The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fasting During the Month of Shawal (Shawwal)

We hope all of you have had a wonderful Eid-al-Fitr. Eid Mubarak to all of you again.

With the end of Ramadan, the month of Shawal follows. It has been recommended that Muslims fast 6 days during the month of Shawal.

Under the authority of Abi Ayoub Alansary, the Prophet (PBUH) had said, “whoever fasts Ramadan succeeded with 6 days of Shawal will be rewarded as if fasted the whole year”.

The 6 days could be fasted sequential or separately.

We recommend watching a recent video that answers questions regarding fasting in the month of Shawal. The answers are given by Dr. Muhammad Salah.

Some of the highlights of the video include:

While it is not necessary to fast the 6 days in Shawal sequentially, it is recommended that it is done sequentially.

The benefits of fasting during Shawal will apply only when one has completed the required 29 or 30 days of fasting during Ramadan.

A woman who has missed her Ramadan fasts due to her period has to make up for those missed periods before fasting the 6 days in Shawal. In the case when a woman has missed her periods for a longer than usual duration, and making up those missed Ramadan fasts during Shawal would not enable her to fast the 6 days during Shawal, then it is fine for her to first fast the 6 days of Shawal, then make up the missed Ramadan fasts.

Why We Fast During the Month of Shawal?
Benefits and Rewards of Fasting During Shawal


Special Ramadan Series

Dear Reader, Assalaamu’alaikum.

Ramadan Mubarak. We wish you a blessed and productive Ramadan! Make no mistake about it - keeping the fast and increasing our acts of worship during this blessed month is not an easy task. The physical demands of balancing work or school with fasting all day, feeling fatigued and less effective than you normally are, waking up for Suhoor, praying Teraweeh and Tahajjud prayers, dealing with sleep deficits.

But the last thing we would want is to let Ramadan pass us by without doing all that we aim and desire to. Do not allow yourself to feel guilty or regretful when Ramadan passes.

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