Shawwal is the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, the first of three months named as “Ashhur Al -Hajj.” Shawwāl stems from the verb shāla (شَالَ) to 'lift or carry.’ The first day of Shawaal falls on Eid-al-Fitr. In 2023, Shawwal will end on 20th May, Insha'Allah.
Fasting in Shawwal
Shawwal fasts show gratitude for Allah’s (swt) blessings.
It is critical to give thanks for the blessings that come with Ramadan, and Shawaal further gives us the opportunity to repent and establish a bond with Allah (swt).
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) 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 has fasted the year through.” (Sahih Muslim, 1163). Fasting helps us detach from the world and devote ourselves to Allah (swt).
Shawaal’s Association to Hajj
The period beginning the first of Shawwal up to the 10th of Dhul Hijjah is considered to be the Hajj period because some acts of Hajj can be performed in this time. For example, Tawaf Al-Qudum, followed by the Sai of Haj cannot be performed before Shawwal, but can be carried out once Shawaal begins.
Similarly, an Umrah performed before Shawwal cannot be treated as the Umrah of Tamattu, while an Umrah performed in Shawwal can be affiliated to the Hajj, giving it the status of Hajj of Tamattu (Umrah performed during the months of Hajj)
Continuing Good Habits of Ramadan
It is critical that we carry forward the good habits that we have formed over the course of Ramadan into Shawwal and beyond, so we build a connection with Allah (swt).
“The most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are most consistent, even if it is small.” (Bukhari).
This includes continuing our charitable deeds, reciting the Holy Qur’an, praying to Allah (swt), and most importantly, asking for forgiveness.
During Ramadan, we grow closer to Allah (swt). Along with abstaining from food and water, the fast demands that we are kind and patient towards others. As we carry our new selves forward, we hope to receive Allah’s (swt) Rehma and Barkah.