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He who observed the fast of Ramadan and then followed it with six (fasts) of Shawwal. it would be as if he fasted for the whole year. [Muslim]

There’s about 2 weeks left in Shawwal, so please remember to fast all 6 before the month is up. It is part of joining the Ar-Rayyan club.

What’s the Ar-Rayyah club? In case you missed it:

“Ar-Rayyan” is a gate for exclusive heavenly elite, it is the gate of Paradise through which members of a special class will enter and once they are all in it will close. It is a gate for an exclusive club; a club for those who travel the distance with a special airline: “aS-Saa’imoon”, the fasting people.

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Omar Usman is a founding member of MuslimMatters and Qalam Institute. He teaches Islamic seminars across the US including Khateeb Workshop and Fiqh of Social Media. He has served in varying administrative capacities for multiple national and local Islamic organizations. You can follow his work at ibnabeeomar.com.

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  1. Nasiba

    September 29, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    JazakaAllahu khayra for the reminder.

    The 29th of Shawwal will be Oct.18th inshaAllah. Those who need to also make up for the fasts of Ramadan should start fasting asap.

    May Allah (SWT) accept from all.

  2. Muslim007

    September 29, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Our Imaam said that according to mufassirun regarding this hadith is that the one fast during Ramadan is equal to 10 fasts. So when you fast the month of Ramadan that is equal to 300 and then the same reward is for the 6 fasts of Shawwal which adds up to 360= 1yr.

  3. Abu Turab

    September 30, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    Here’s a sorta motivational email that was sent out to a net I am on regarding this topic:

    THE BEST DEAL IN TOWN

    Fasting Ramadan + Fasting Six Days in Shawwaal = Fasting for 1 year!

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

    Eid Mubarak everybody. May Allah (SWTA) accept our deeds.

    I know people might be a little tired from fasting the whole month of Ramadan… but there is this super sale going on in the ever expansive Mercy Section in the Land of Allah SWTA where if someone follows up fasting Ramadan with six days of Shawaal, it will be recorded for him as if he fasted the whole year. Yep yep, that’s whats up, so don’t miss out!

    As I am sure you all know, the month after Ramadan in the Islamic Calendar is Shawwal. It is strongly recommended to fast six days in this month. The Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said, as reported by Abu Ayyub (R):

    “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadhan and then follows it by fasting six days during the month of Shawwaal will be rewarded as if he had fasted the entire year.”

    [Related by Muslim, at-Tirmithi, Ibn Majah, Abu Dawood and Ahmad by way of Jabir].

    Not a bad deal huh? Fast just six days and its as if we fasted the whole year! And no, they do not have to be done in succession. If you want, you can do it on the first three Mondays and Thursdays, or you can do three of them on the three middle days of the month. Both of these things are sunnah, so you can get double reward Insha’Allah for fulfilling two sunnahs at once.

    Just my two cents, I would advise that you do these six fasts ASAP.

    Why? Well, one, because your still used to fasting right now, so it’ll be easier on you.

    Two, the angel of death comes unannounced… he doesn’t wait for you to get ready or allow you more time. I know of several people who when the month of Ramadan began, they were with us, but now at this blessed month’s end, they are with their Lord.

    “But to no soul will Allah grant respite when the time appointed (for it) has come. And Allah is all-aware of what you do.” [Al-Munafiqoon, Verse 11].

    Thirdly, Allah (SWTA) says in the Qur’an,

    “And be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord and for a Garden whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and earth, which is prepared for the righteous.” [Aali Imran, Verse 133]

    Here we are told to rush and be quick towards the forgiveness of Allah and His Jannah, so why delay the six days of fasting? And on a side note, it’s amazing how many times, we rush to everything BUT the forgiveness of Allah (SWTA). We have no trouble standing in Qiyam for 4 hours outside Game Stop to get Halo 2, yet we find it difficult to pray 15 minutes of Tahajjud in the night. Sad man, sad. Fourthly, when you read the Qur’an, Subhan Allah, you find that much of the wailing of the people of the Hell Fire is “Woe to me, HAD I done…”. They put things off until later and later, and never seem to get to it. And once they missed their chance, it becomes too late to go back. Now is your chance. Do not let it pass you by. The sooner you get the six days done, the better for you Insha’Allah. You can start fasting from the day after Eid.

    And Allah (SWTA) knows best.

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