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Eid Mubarak! Have the Reward of Fasting 2 Months in Just 6 Days

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In an authentic narration in Sahih Muslim, Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

( مَنْ صَامَ رَمَضَانَ ثُمَّ أَتْبَعَهُ سِتًّا مِنْ شَوَّالٍ كَانَ كَصِيَامِ الدَّهْرِ )

“Whoever fasts Ramadan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be as if he fasted a lifetime.”

To make sense of the aforementioned hadith, The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) explained this when he said: “Whoever fasts for six days after (Eid) al-Fitr has completed the year: (whoever does a good deed will have ten good deeds (10x) like it).” According to another report: “Allah has made for each good deed ten like it, so a month is like fasting ten months, and fasting six days (6 days x 10 = 2 months) completes the year.” (Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, 1/421). It was also narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah with the following wording: “Fasting for the month of Ramadan brings the reward of ten like it, and fasting for six days brings the reward of two months, and that is the fasting of the whole year.”

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Majed completed a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Windsor, a Bachelor’s in Islamic Studies in Islamic Jurisprudence and Legal Theory from Al-Madinah International University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Wayne State University. As he travels worldwide lecturing about different aspects of Islam, Majed works full-time as a mechanical engineer and teaches with Al-Maghrib Institute. He currently lives in Michigan with his wife and children.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Muslimah

    July 21, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Do these have to be 6 consecutive days right after Eid, or can they be any 6 days (consecutive or non-consecutive) of the month of Shawaal? JAK

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