The six fasts of Shawwāl

The six fasts of Shawwāl
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The six fasts of Shawwāl

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  • masjidmuhammad
  • Apr 06, 2021

Question:

Is there any Had3th in which Rasulullah Sallallahu ‛Alayhi wa Sallam
mentions the reward for the six fasts of Shawwal? If there isn’t, how
can something which Rasulullah Sallallahu ‛Alayhi wa Sallam did not do
become mustahabb for us?

Answer:

The six fasts of Shawwal are mustahabb according to the Hanafis. In
order to establish the desirability of action, there is no need for
narrations that make mention of the action. Verbal narrations are
also sufficient. There are many examples of this nature. For example,
the adhan is Sunnat-e-mu’akkadah but it is not established that Rasulullah
Sallallahu ‛Alayhi wa Sallam actually called out the adhan. Only a verbal
affirmation is found. The fasting of Hadrat Dawud ‛alayhis salam is also
established through words only. The virtue of performing ‛umrah in
Ramadan is established from a statement made by Rasulullah Sallallahu
‛Alayhi wa Sallam, but he never performed ‛umrah in Ramadan. In fact,
there are some actions that are peculiar to Rasulullah Sallallahu
‛Alayhi wa Sallam alone, e.g. getting married without dowry, having
more than four wives. These are permissible to Rasulullah Sallallahu
‛Alayhi wa Sallam only and not to other members of the ummat. On the
other hand, there are verbal statements that are for the ummat and
regarding which there is no doubt.

Shaykh ‛Abd al-Fattah AbB Ghuddah Sahib rahimahullah also quotes the
above text as evidence, and then writes:

The gist of the above text is that although it is not established that
Rasulullah sallallahu ‛alayhi wa sallam practically raised his hands in
du‛a’ after the fard salah, we do find the practice of raising the hands
in du‛a’ in general verbal narrations. The verbal narrations are
therefore sufficient. (However, a narration of ‛Abdullah ibn Zubayr
radiyallahu ‛anhu proves the practical raising of hands in du‛a’ after
salah).

Allah ta‛ala knows best.

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