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|Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. I have heard that if you fast six days of nafl (optional) fast after Ramadan, you will be rewarded as if you have fasted the whole year. I have started to fast these days, but some people have told me that you must rest for three days to celebrate `Eid then start the six days. I have also read in a book that if you do not fast the day after `Eid, your extra fasting will not be accepted. What is the right thing to do? Also do these days have to be consecutive? Jazakum Allah khayran.|
Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Dear questioner, we appreciate the great confidence you place in us and your enthusiasm to know the teachings of your religion. We implore Allah Almighty to accept our fasts, prayers, and all righteous deeds, Amen!
It is highly recommended to fast six days of the month of Shawwal, as this is a meritorious act which results in abundant reward. However, it is not required to fast six days continuously without any interruption. One can fast according to convenience any time during the month.
In his response to the question in point, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:
Allah Almighty knows best.
Excerpted with slight modifications from: www.islam.ca