TOPNews – After carrying out the obligatory fast for 30 days (1 month), Muslims generally celebrate the day of victory or what is commonly called Eid Al-Fitr. The tradition of Eid al-Fitr in Indonesia is to stay in touch and forgive between family and local residents.
Eid al-Fitr marks the arrival of the month of Shawwal. It is also to commemorate the revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad. Many practices or sunnah worship that can be done in the month of Shawwal with a great reward. The most often done is fasting syawal, fasting syawal is usually done after Eid al-Fitr for 6 consecutive days.
And the virtue or reward that you get is like fasting for a whole year. As this has been said by the Prophet Muhammad himself: “Whoever fasts Ramadan and then follows it with six days of fasting in the month of Shawwal, it is like fasting for a whole year” (HR Muslim, Kitab al-Shiyam, Chapter of the Sunnah of fasting 6 days of Shawwal)”
“Abu Ayyub al-Ansari narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever fasts Ramadan, then he continues with six days in the month of Shawwal, then his fast is like one year.”
After you understand what the Shawwal fasting is and the virtues of doing it, you must also know the intention of reading the Shawwal fast and the time to carry out the Shawwal fast. You also need to know about reading intentions for this Shawwal fasting. Indeed, this fast is similar to other fasts. However, the only difference is the intention.
Here are the intentions of fasting in Shawwal:
Nawaitu shauma ghadin ‘an ada’i sunnatis Syawwali lillahi ta’ala.
“I intend to fast the sunnah of Shawwal tomorrow because of Allah SWT.”
Shawwal fasting is generally carried out after the obligatory fast (Ramadan fasting), in doing the Shawwal fasting ideally it is carried out six days in a row after Eid al-Fitr and allowed to do it on any day, i.e. 2-7 Shawwal. But those who fast outside of that date, even if they are not consecutive, still receive the virtue of fasting in Shawwal as if fasting was obligatory for a whole year.
So, a person is allowed to determine the fast of Shawwal, for example every Monday and Thursday, past the 13th, 14th, 15th, and so on as long as it is still in the month of Shawwal.
Quoted from islam.nu.or.id. Allah gives such great virtue and reward to those who fast in Shawwal. The legal status of fasting in Shawwal is sunnah for people who do not have obligatory fasting dependents, whether making up for fasting Ramadan or fasting vows.
Even people who make up their fasts or fulfill their vows of fasting in the month of Shawwal still get the advantage of those who fast according to the sunnah of Shawwal. We think the following information from Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Baijuri is quite helpful.
“Fasting in Shawwal is still recommended even if one does not fast during Ramadan, as some muta’akhirin scholars have warned. But what is clear, as some scholars have said, is that someone gets the benefit of the sunnah of fasting in Shawwal by doing qadha fasting or fasting vows (in the month of Shawwal),”
Some scholars even explain that people who do voluntary fasting such as Monday-Thursday, fasting month 12, 13, 15, or fasting of Prophet David AS, still get the virtue of fasting Shawwal.