LEMU urges Muslim to fast six-day Shawwal before month elapse
The Chief Imam of Lekki Central Mosque, Shaykh Ridwan Jamiu has urged adherents to fast the six days of Shawwal as recommended by the holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Noting that there is great virtue and an immense reward in observing the spiritual exercise.
Six-day Shawwal fast, after the obligatory fast of Ramadan is one of the doing and saying (sunnah) of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
He noted that whoever fasts these six days will have recorded for him a reward as if he had fasted a whole year, as was reported in a sahih hadith from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
“Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.”He explained that The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts for six days after (‘Eid) Al-Fitr has completed the year: (whoever does a good deed (hasanah) will have ten hasanah like it).” According to another report: “Allah has made for each hasanah ten like it, so a month is like fasting ten months, and fasting six days completes the year. “Fasting for the month of Ramadan brings the reward of ten like it, and fasting for six days brings the reward of two months, and that is the fasting of the whole year.”
He stated further that fasting six days of Shawwal after Ramadan makes it as if one has fasted for an entire year of obligatory fasts.
Another of the important benefits of fasting six days of Shawwal is that is makes up for any shortfall in a person’s obligatory Ramadan fasts, because no one is free of shortcomings or sins that have a negative effect on his fasting. On the Day of Resurrection, some of his nafil deeds will be taken to make up the shortcomings in his obligatory deeds, as the Prophet (SAW) said.
He said a person could start fasting six days of Shawwal when he/she still has days to make up from Ramadan. “If someone has missed some of the days of Ramadan, he should fast six day of shawwal first if he fears that he may not meet up pending when shawwal will be over. You have the whole year to repay Ramadan while Shawwal is just a month,” he said