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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

I was told that I can fast 6 days in
Shawwaal, and later fast the days I
missed in Ramadan. Is this permissible?

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord
of the Worlds. I testify that there is
none worthy of worship except Allah,
and that Muhammad is His slave
and Messenger.

The Prophet said, “Whoever fasts
the month of Ramadan and then follows
it with six days of Shawwaal will be
[rewarded] as if he had fasted for a
whole year.” [Muslim]
In another narration the Prophet
said: “Whoever fasts six days after ‘Eed-
Ul-Fitr will be rewarded as if he had
fasted the entire year. Whoever does a
good act will be rewarded ten
times.” [Ibn Maajah]

Fasting the missed days of Ramadan
first is preferable as the reward in the
aforementioned narrations is for the
one who fasts the entire month of
Ramadan and then fasts six days of
Shawwaal. Therefore, you should make
up the missed days of Ramadan first
and then fast the six days of Shawwaal.
This is a controversial issue, but the
most preponderant and most sound
opinion is that it is lawful to fast the six
days of Shawwaal while delaying the
missed days of Ramadan.

The above rule concerns only the
missed days of Ramadan that were not
fasted for some legitimate excuse.
However, if the person did not fast
some days in Ramadan without having
an Islamicaly legal excuse, then he/she
should make up those days before any
supererogatory fasting. This is so
because the person who does so has
transgressed the limits of Allah.

Allah Knows best.


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