Shawwal is that time of the year when you bring the food close to your mouth and stop for a second or two to think if you’re fasting. You may even spit it out after chomping it half because you think that it’s still Ramadan. Then you realise that it’s Shawwal aka party time, so you give shaitan, a welcome back party by cranking up the music that you perhaps gave up during Ramadan. Everything pre-Ramadan is back in your life because you can blame it all on Shaitan (devil). An easy way out.
I know, living the Ramadan spirit beyond those 29 or 30 days is difficult.
Which is why Allaah’s messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) gave us just the right ingredients to keep that Ramadan spirit cooking. That is, Fasting six days in Shawwal.
Based on the hadith:
مَنْ صَامَ رَمَضَانَ ثُمَّ أَتْبَعَهُ سِتًّا مِنْ شَوَّالٍ كَانَ كَصِيَامِ الدَّهْرِ ***
** “Whoever fasts Ramadan then follows it with six days of Shawwal, it is as if he fasted for a lifetime.”
جس نے رمضان کے روزے رکھے اور اس کے بعد چھ روزے شوال کے رکھے تو گویا اس نے پورے سال کے روزے رکھے *
Mentioning such huge reward is to basically keep us motivated. Have you ever noticed how supererogatory acts (nafl) have more rewards mentioned than the rewards of obligatory acts (fard)? Maybe because most of us fulfil our obligations anyway. So positive reinforcement helps us to push ourselves just a little bit more…