Welcoming Shawwal


As Ramadan ends and as the festivities of Eid leave us feeling joyous; we start enjoying our morning coffees and slowly slip back into the routine we had before Ramadan.  

There’s a sudden change in the air, an emptiness fills our hearts. We think back to the daily Masjid visits, the smell of Suhoor at 4am and the buzz that filled our houses during Ramadan. And just like that, it’s over. 

Enter the 1st of Shawwal.

A month with blessings and opportunity. A chance for us to continue the good deeds we feverishly perfected. A window of opportunity for us to really reap the rewards. 

What’s important about Shawwal? 

The month of Shawwal is a blessed month of which the first three days are celebrated as Eid Al Fitr.  The Prophet (saw) used to fast for six days in the month of Shawwal after the Eid and it is considered to be an important part of the Sunnah.  

What are the rewards? 

Completing Ramadan is equivalent to fasting for 10 months but if you were to complete an additional six days of fasting in Shawwal, it is equal to fasting two months. Some quick maths – it all adds up to a year of blessings! 

We may be feeling the absence of Ramadan but we can continue the spirit of the month and secure the rewards of Shawwal Insha’Allah.