While the month of Ramadan may have come to an end, Allah continues to favour us and has granted us the opportunity to obtain even more rewards - equal to one year.
Shawwal is the month that follows Ramadan, and in one narration the Prophet (pbuh) has taught us that:
"Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days of fasting in the month of Shawwal, it will be as if he had fasted the year through." (Muslim)
أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: "من صام رمضان ثم أتبعه بست من شوال كان كصيام الدهر" (رواه مسلم)
“Fasting Ramadan is like fasting ten months, and fasting six days [of Shawwal] is like fasting two months. That is like fasting a full year.” [Ahmad & Nasa’i]
Is it narrated that good deeds are multiplied by at least 10. Therefore, fasting for 30 days in Ramadan is equal to 300 days in reward. Fasting 6 days in Shawwal equals to 60 days, and therefore a total of 360 days makes up for one lunar year.
One of the signs of Allah's accepting a good deed is to be granted the success to perform similar good deeds, with consistency, throughout the rest of the year.
Continuing to fast these voluntary days in Shawwal also signifies sincerity within the believer, and an expression of thankfulness for the forgiveness that Allah grants us on the day of Eid after having completed Ramadan.
This sincerity shows that we are willing to worship Allah out of complete willingness and not merely out of obligation.
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