The Rewards for Fasting 6 Days in Shawwal | Blog
Published: April 20, 2023 • Updated: October 20, 2023
Author: Dr. Tesneem Alkiek
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
The Prophet ﷺ gave us the solution we need when he encouraged us to fast 6 days in the month that immediately follows Ramadan: Shawwal.
Fasting the 6 days of Shawwal is not obligatory, but voluntarily carried out in hope of its reward. Plus, you do not have to fast these days consecutively either–fasting any six days within the month is acceptable.
So what are the benefits of fasting in Shawwal?
1. You get the reward for fasting the entire year
The Prophet ﷺ said, “Whoever fasts Ramadan and then follows it with six [days] from Shawwal, it’s as if they have fasted a year” [Sahih Muslim].
Imagine what this means for those who follow their Ramadan fasting with 6 days of Shawwal every year: they will meet Allah as if they have fasted their entire lifetime!
2. You can revive the Ramadan spirit
3. You can help make up for any of your shortcomings in Ramadan
Our voluntary fasts will be used on the Day of Judgement to both increase us in our good deeds as well as make amends for any of our deficiencies when we fasted Ramadan.
4. You can maintain your momentum after Ramadan and build long term habits
For example, spread your six days of fasting throughout Shawwal. Perhaps you fast every Monday and Thursday, and/or during the three middle days of the month–both of which were practices of the Prophet ﷺ. This helps you plant the seeds for a long term habit of fasting on those days. Remember, the Prophet ﷺ emphasized that Allah loves actions that are consistent, even if they’re small. Slow and steady wins the race.
[For more tips on how to build habits, check out our video series.]
5. You build an attitude of gratitude
For those who are unable to fast due to health or other reasons, you still have plenty of opportunities to reap some of these rewards. Check out our video mashup for other ways to beat the post-Ramadan blues and make the most of the year ahead of you.