Shawwal Fasting

In one of the hadiths, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

“Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days from Shawwal it is as if they fasted the entire year.” (Muslim)


In another hadith, Prophet (PBUH) said:

“Whoever fasts Ramadan and then six days after Eid, it is an entire year. Whoever does a good deed shall have ten times its reward.” (Ibn Majah)


Related Questions & Answers:

Q: Is it obligatory to fast the six days of Shawwal consecutively, or one may fast them separately during the month?
A: You can start fasting six days of Shawwal from the second day of Shawwal, because it is haram to fast on the day of ‘Eid. You can fast the six days at any time during Shawwal, although the best of good deeds are those which are done soonest.

Observing Sawm (Fast) on six days of Shawwal is a stressed Sunnah reported from the Messenger of Allah (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم). It is permissible to observe Sawm on these days either consecutively or separately. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) generally urged us to observe Sawm during six days of Shawwal, but he did not specify either consecutively or separately. He (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) said: Anyone who fasts Ramadan and then follows it with six days of Shawwal it is as if they fasted the whole year.

(Related by Imam Muslim in his Sahih [Authentic Hadith Book])