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.