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Chapter 228
لاﻮﺷ ﻦﻣ مﺎﻳأ ﻦﻣ ﺔﺘﺳ مﻮﺻ بﺎﺒﺤﺘﺳا بﺎﺑ
The Desirability of Fasting six Days in the Month of Shawwal
َلﺎَﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮﺳر ﱠنَأ ، ُﻪْﻨَﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﻲِﺿر ِبﻮﻳَأ ﻲﺑَأ ْﻦَﻋ
ﱠﻢُﺛ َنﺎﻀَﻣَر َمﺎَﺻ ْﻦَﻣ
ِﺮْهﱠﺪﻟا ِمﺎَﻴِﺼآ َنﺎآ ٍلاﱠﻮَﺷ ْﻦِﻣ ﺎﺘِﺳ
ٌﻢِﻠْﺴُﻣ ُﻩاور
Abu Ayyub (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "
He who
observes As-Saum (the fasts) in the month of Ramadan, and also observes As-Saum for six days in the month of
Shawwal, it is as if he has observed As-Saum for the whole year
According to the formula that there is at least ten-fold reward for every virtue, the Saum of one
month (Ramadan) are equivalent to Saum of ten months. If one also observes six days of Saum of Shawwal, they
will be equal to Saum of two months. Thus, one becomes eligible for the reward of one full years' Saum. He who
makes it a permanent feature is like one who observes Saum throughout his life. He will be considered by Allah as
one who observes Saum permanently. Although voluntary in nature, they are highly important. One can observe
these six-day Saum at a stretch or with intervals, but their observance one after the other at the beginning of the
month is better. Similarly, if a person has missed some Saum of Ramadan due to illness, travelling etc., he should
first make up the shortfall and then observe the voluntary six-day Saum of Shawwal.