Why you shouldn’t miss six days fast of the month of Shawwal.

Six days fast of the month of Shawwal will complement the deficiencies and disabilities found during the fasting month of Ramadan. Although is a Sunnah and is not Fardh (obligatory), the virtues and the advantages of these six fasts are very large and special.

Permanent Reward for the whole year

Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) promises forgiveness of past sins whoever fast during the whole month of Ramadan. After Ramadan, completing a six-day fast in the month of Shawwal is the same as fasting a whole year. Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:

“Whoever fasts Ramadan, then follows it with six from Shawwal, then that is (equal in reward) to fasting every day.”

(TIRMIDHI 759)

Complete Ramadan Fasting Shortage

Six-day fast of the month of Shawwal will complement the deficiencies and disabilities found during the fasting month of Ramadan. Imam Nawawi thinks that a person who has completed Ramadan fast should continue his fast (six days of Shawwal) immediately and consecutively after celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr i-e from 2nd Shawwal onwards. However, Fasting can be done on any day, throughout the month of Shawwal, either continuously or alternately. The opportunity to follow the Prophet’s (S.A.W.) Sunnah:

As mentioned above, fasting during Shawwal is Sunnah and not Fardh but we should not forget about the following Hadith:

“The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said to me: ‘Whoever revives my Sunnah then he has loved me. And whoever loved me, he shall be with me in Paradise.'”

(TIRMIDHI 2678)

Health benefits of fasting

Fasting purifies the blood inside the cells of the body and helps balance the body fluids, gives the human energy and activity, and strengthens the immunity. – Fasting saves the person from toxins and body waste and helps his body to remain healthy and fit.

One of the greatest benefits of fasting is that it generates enough white pellets to protect the human body from diseases. Scientific research has confirmed that fasting for one day generates white pellets sufficient to protect the body for 10 days. If we combine fasting for the whole month of Ramadan with fasting 6 days of Shawwal, The body’s production of white cells will cover 360 days, which is sufficient to protect the body during the whole year

Remember that we should observe fast for the sole purpose to please Allah and not to gain these health benefits as Niyya (intention) for each and every good deed should be to get the reward from Allah and Allah only.