Six Fasts of Shawwaal

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Six Fasts of Shawwaal

It is Mustahab (i.e. an act of great merit) to observe the six fasts of Shawwaal. The observance of these fasts has been

emphasised by Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam in several Ahadith.

It is the infinite mercy of Allah Ta'ala, that in exchange for minimal effort, he accords maximum reward.


We also learn from the Ahadith that a person who observes these fasts after the fasts of Ramadhan receives the reward of fasting for the entire year.


Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has stated,


“Whoever fasted the full month of Ramadhan and then follows it with six fasts of Shawwaal is like a person who

has fasted the entire year.”(Targhib)

“One who fasted during the month of Ramadhan and further fasted six days in Shawwaal, is cleansed from sins

like the day he was born.”(Targhib)

These fasts may be kept consecutively or at intervals during the month of Shawwaal.


Ladies must first complete their Qadha Ramadhan fasts before commencing with the Shawwaal fasts.