Shawwal is the 10th month in the Islamic calendar in which many significant events occurred. It is a celebratory time as it begins with Eid Al-Fitr. Shawwal means ‘raised’ and this links to when it was typically a time for camels to become pregnant and raise their young.
Shawwal will begin on 21 April and end on 20 May 2023. The first day of Shawwal will be the first day of Eid Al-Fitr.
Four of the 12 months in the Islamic calendar are particularly sacred; Muharram, Rajab, Dhul Qa’da, and Dhul Hijjah. While these months hold the most reward and mark key events, it is also very important to continue good deeds in other months, including Shawwal, which also marks special occasions and commemorates historical events.
It was on the third day of Shawwal that the Battle of Uhud took place. This occurred on the Mount of Uhud, where the Makkans wanted to kill the Prophet (PBUH). The Muslims lost this battle due to the archers leaving their positions before they were told to, and this left the Prophet (PBUH) severely injured.
Fasting six days of Shawwal is recommended and highly rewarding, but this cannot be on the first day of Shawwal as it is forbidden to fast on Eid. Muslims can fast on any other days of Shawwal, and they do not have to be consecutive.
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.” (Muslim)
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