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The spiritual benefits in 6 days shawal


Prophet {ﷺ} said;

"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 fasted for the entire year."

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1164,


Some of the Sufi scholars said if you are able to fast 6 days fasting in shawal after a month of fasting in Ramadan. You will be able to understand your nafs (bad desire) better and gradually you are able to break it away within you. Fasting has its spiritual benefit as how we gain in Ramadan. So the continuation in this month it’s like as if we will fast for 40 days and thus it will help us to break our nafs.


There are 6 spiritual benefits in fasting 6 days shawal.


  1. you will be rewarded for a year fasting

  2. You will be able to fast for this intention and make to qada (repay) your fast that you missed in the last Ramadan for whatsoever reasons.

  3. You will continue your tarbiyah (spiritual training) on yourself after Ramadan to improve yourself in dealing with your nafs to be sincere to Allah in your ibadah. It makes your daily life as Ramadan and your daily night as laylatur qadr.

  4. You will be breaking down the eating disorder pattern since our eidul Fitri culture is a food festival. This help you to stop overeating and maintain your body level to what is like in Ramadan.

  5. You spend more time reading Quran, zikr, selawat to fill your time with ibadah to illuminate your souls rather than you are wasting your time with trivial matters, idle talking and things which doesn’t benefit your life and hereafter.


This will continue to discipline your soul and it make you realise the beauty of life is to struggle against our nafs and Allah is the one who make us attain the spiritual station of Ikhlas (sincerity), Siddiq (righteous) and taqwa. May Allah accept our ibadah


Coach Khalid Ajmain


Photo by Mohamed Shafiq


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