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What We Need to Know About the 6 Fasts of Shawwal

What We Need to Know About the 6 Fasts of Shawwal

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Al-Miftah.com is a vibrant blog consisting of authentic Islamic literature on a variety of topics.Pioneered by Shaykhul Hadith, Moulana Haroon Abasoomer (hafidhahullah) (of Isipingo Beach, Durban South Africa) and maintined by his son, Moulana Muhammad ibn Moulana Haroon (Allah protect him), the aim is to provide a balanced approach to the current challenges that face the ummah.Downloading and sharing of articles and audios from this blog is strongly encouraged. Become a “Key to good”

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What We Need to Know about the 6 Fasts of Shawwal
http://www.al-miftah.com/2013/08/21/1408/ As Ramadhan departs, we all are encouraged to extend the momentum by observing the six fasts of Shawwal.The famous hadith in Sahih Muslim states:“Whoever observes the fast of Ramadhan and follows it up with six fasts in Shawwal will berewarded as if he has fasted the entire year”CommentaryThe Commentators have explained that since every deed is multiplied ten times, by fasting inRamadhan we are actually rewarded for 300 days and not just the 30 in Ramadhan. Therefore if wefollow that up with six more we will be rewarded for sixty thereby attaining the reward of fastingfor 360 days. An Interesting queryThe question arises: The promise of Allah Ta’ala (in Surah: Al-An’am, Ayah: 160) to multiply therewards of all deeds by at least ten applies throughout the year. Hence if someone observes six morefasts in any other month besides Shawwal, he should be attaining the reward of those additionalsixty days too. So why does the hadith specify the month of Shawwal for these additional fasts?The general hadith commentators have said that the reason for this is (1) so that a muslim does notdelay in accruing this grand reward. (2) Another reason is that it is indeed easier for people to fastthese six days immediately after Ramadhan. (3) Some have said that these fasts are to make up for the deficiencies in our Ramadhan fasts.(Al-Mufhim, vol.3 pg.238; Fathul Mulhim, vol.5 pg.328-Dar al-Qalam & Mirqat, vol.4 pg.477)A Different PerspectiveSome Scholars have actually given a different perspective to this.(4) Hafidh Ibn Rajab Al-Hambali (rahimahullah) has answered the above objection with thefollowing:“…the answer to that is: that the reward of fasting in Shawwal will be linked to the reward of Ramadhan, and one who observes the Shawwal fast will receive the reward of observing the Fardhfast for the whole year. This is how Imam ‘Abdullah Ibnul Mubarak (rahimahullah) explained theissue.” (Lataiful Ma’arif, pg.314-315)So those who fast the additional six fasts in Shawwal specifically, will actually receive the rewardof observing the Fardh fast for the entire year! Through this Allah Ta’ala has blessed the ummah byordaining the fast of 30 day only, but they can achieve the reward of 365 days of obligatory fast! 

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