Abu Ayub al-Ansari narrated that the Prophet [pbuh] said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days of Shawwal is as though he has fasted the entire year” [Reported by Muslim in his Sahih].
Al-Shafi’i, Ahmad b. Hanbal, and Ishaq al-Rahawayh hold that is ideal and prescribed to fast six days in the period of Shawwal. This supposition has likewise been connected from Ibn ‘Abbas, Ka’b al-Ahbar, Tawus, al-Sha’bi, Maymun b. Mahran, and Ibn al-Mubarak.
Keeping up Soum in Shawwal is Nafl (Mustahab). Since the Sunnah of Hazrat Muhammad ﷺ contains the best code of activity for the devotees, in this way, fasting in 6 days of Shawwal should likewise prompt one’s ethical turn of events. 6 Mustahab fasts of shawwal and their significance is as follows,
Fasting in Shawal
In Quran, The master key, Allah SWT says, “O you who have accepted, dread Allah and look for the methods [of nearness] to Him and endeavor in His motivation that you may succeed.” [Quran, 5: 35]
This Ayah Kareema plainly clarifies the benefit of profiting the chance of completing each stately endeavor to come closer to the Almighty Lord. Fasting in Shawwal is additionally one of those respectable deeds making one come nearer to the Almighty Lord bringing about accomplishment in the two universes.
It shows the constructive outcomes that fasting in Ramadan has on a person. Following a month long battle of appetite and hunger for the Most Beneficent, coming back to same daily practice after Eid tells that the individual has prevailing in its exertion during Ramadan and is on the correct way.
Fasting in 6 days of Shawaal in the wake of having observed Eid ul-Fitr for three back to back days shows that a devotee is unassuming and profoundly thankful to Allah SWT for all the gifts got during the celebration.
“… Allah plans for you ease and doesn’t expect for you difficulty and [wants] for you to finish the period and to laud Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and maybe you will be thankful.” [Quran, 2: 185]
This is a piece of a Quranic Verse which is a continuation of Allah’s order on fasting in Ramadan. At long last, the Gracious God guides everybody to be grateful to Him. This is the specific accomplishment that one opens by fasting in 6 days of Shawaal.
Advantages of Fasting in Shawaal
A portion of the upsides of the demonstration of Soum in six days of Shawaal after Ramadan include:
1. It will make up for one’s inadequate in mandatory Fasting on the Day of Judgment. The Holy Prophet ﷺ stated:
“The primary thing for which individuals will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection will be their salah (petition). Our Lord, may He be celebrated and magnified, will say to His holy messengers – in spite of the fact that He knows best – ‘Take a gander at the salah of My slave, regardless of whether it is finished or fragmented.’ If it is great, it will be recorded as great, and if something is deficient with regards to, He will say, ‘Look and see whether My slave did any intentional (nafil) petitions.’ If he did some deliberate supplications, [Allah] will say, total the required activities of My slave from his deliberate activities.’ Then the entirety of his activities will be managed along these lines.” (Abu Dawud)
It implies that by fasting in Shawaal for just 6 days can make it up for any sort of lack done during Ramadan as it is Nafl activity which is likewise dear to Allah SWT.
2. Thawban (R.A) announced the Messenger ﷺ saying as:
“Whoever fasts Ramadan, and afterward six days after Eid, it is [like fasting] a whole year. Whoever carries out something to be thankful for will have multiple times its prize.” (Ibn Majah)
This Hadith proposes that one can win as much as multiple times of remuneration through fasting in Shawaal after Ramadan.
3. Described by Abu Hurrairah (R.A):
“The solid adherent is better and more darling to Allah than the frail devotee, however there is acceptable in both. Be devoted for that which benefits you. Depend on Allah and don’t regard yourself unable… ” (Muslim)
Along these lines, by fasting in 6 days of Shawaal which is an indication that one has expanded confidence in its heart than ordinary Muslims, it demonstrates that this demonstration brings about achieving the Love of the Most Merciful and getting conspicuous before Him.
So, fasting in six days after Eid ul-Fitr is an exceedingly honored activity that isn’t to be trifled with. In spite of the fact that it is Sunnah Mustahab, yet it thinks of satisfaction of high ethics of prudence and renders innumerable increases for an adherent.