Asalaamu Aleykum to all our blessed Shuyukh and staff at eShaykh,
I keep hearing different versions from different people about when these fasts should be kept. Some say any 6 days in Shawaal, others say the six days after Eid-ul-Fitr. However, the way I have kept them is the day after Eid is a must, which counts as 6 months followed by any other 5 days in this month, each counting as one month.
Can you please advise me what is the correct method or ruling for keeping these merciful fasts in this blessed month? I am seeking clarification to remove any confusion.
wa `alaykum salam,
It is Sunnah to fast these six days separately throughout the month or consecutively after Eid. It is prohibited to fast on Eid day itself.
Head Imam (IABNA)
The Islamic Association of Bosniaks in North America
American Islamic Center – Chicago