The Six Fasts of Shawwal

The six fasts of Shawwal are those which people also refer to as ‘The
Six Fasts after Eid.’
Hadith 12 & 13: Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmizi, Nasa’i, Ibn Majah
and Tabrani has reported from Abu Ayub that Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم said,
‘The one who kept the fasts of Ramadaan and then fasted the six days

of Shawwal thereafter, it is as if he has kept fast always (i.e.
throughout the year).’
A similar narration is reported from Abu Hurairah ؓ◌.
Hadith 14 & 15: Nasa’i, Ibn Majah, Ibn Khuzaimah and Ibn Hib’ban
have reported from Thaubaan ؓ◌ and Imam Ahmed, Tabrani and
Baz’zaz have reported from Jaabir ؓ◌ that Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘The
one who kept the six fasts after Eid ul Fitr has kept the fast for the
entire year; and the one who does one virtuous deed will receive (the
a reward of) ten virtuous deeds, so the fasts of Ramadaan are equal to
that of ten months, and the fasts of those six days are equal to two
months, so in this way it is (like) fasting for the entire year.’
Hadith 16: It is reported in Tabrani Awsat from Abdullah ibn Umar
that Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘The one who kept the fasts of
Ramadaan, and then after it kept the six fasts of Shawwal, has become
cleansed from sins, as if he was born from his mother’s womb today.’

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