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Do I have to complete the fasts of Ramadan before the 6 of Shawwal?

Question

Do I have to complete the fasts of Ramadan before the 6 of Shawwal?

Answer

No.

You can fast the 6 of Shawwal first and then make up the missed fasts of Ramadan later.

The reasoning is as follows:

  • The completion of missed fasts of Ramadan can be done throughout the year before the next Ramadan, as evident from Aisha’s practice.
  • The 6 of Shawwal are constrained by the month of Shawwal so better to complete them before the month ends.

This is the position of the majority including Imams Abu Hanifa, Malik and Al-Shafi’.

Imam Ahmad’s position here is the opposite: complete the Ramadan fasts first, then Shawwal.

Important of the 6 of Shawwal

The 6 fasts of Shawwal are extremely virtuous and highly encouraged.

“Whoever fasts Ramadan then follows that up with 6 in Shawwal has the reward of fasting the year”

Prophet Muhammad (S), narrated by Imam Muslim

By Aarij Anwer

Born in Karachi. Raised in the GTA. AlKauthar instructor. Qutoof CEO. Author. Bookings: contact@imamaarij.com

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