six days of Shawwaal

Abu Ayyoob radiallaahu anha reported that the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu alayhi wa salaam said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.” (Narrated by Muslim, Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i and Ibn Maajah). ~Remember it is best that we fast the missed days of Ramadhaan (which is obligatory upon us) and then fast the six days of Shawwal. Aboo Bakr as-Siddeeq (may Allaah be pleased with him) said, “Verily Allaah does not accept an optional deed until the obligatory one is offered.” Shaykh al-Albaanee mentioned that the one who dies while fasting an optional fast, and he had obligatory fasts to make up but he delayed them, dies in a state of disobedience! And there is no distinction between men and women in this case. And Allaah knows best.
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