Narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-’As (Radhiallaho anho):
Allah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:

When you hear the Mu’adhdhin (who says Adhan), repeat what he says, then invoke a blessing on me, for everyone who invokes a blessing on me will receive ten blessings from Allah: then beg from Allah al-Wasilah for me, which is a rank in Paradise fitting for only one of Allah’s Servants, and I hope that I may be that one. If anyone who asks that I be given the Wasilah, he will be assured of my intercession.

Sahih Muslim Number 747

The Prophet s said, “Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days from Shawwal it is as if they fasted the entire year.” (Sahih Muslim)

 

Based on the above hadith the majority of scholars, hanafi, Shafi`i, and Hanbali schools, state that it is recommended to fast six days of the month of Shawwal.

 

It is permitted to fast these six days separately throughout the month, or consecutively, after Eid al-Fitr and they consider it prohibitively disliked (makruh tahriman – hanafis) and sinful to fast on Eid day itself.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to have a tent put up for him, and he would stay in it, apart from the times of prayer, so that he could be truly secluded. This was in the mosque and it is probable that the tent would be placed over his bed or mattress, as reported in the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her), who said:

 

“The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do I’tikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadaan, and I used to put up a tent for him. He would pray Fajr, then go into the tent…”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4/810, Fath al-Baari). -

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

“Allah is pleased with a person who eats some food and then praises Him (Allah) for it, or who drinks some drink and then praises Him (Allah) for it.”

[Sahih Muslim, Book Pertaining to the Remembrance of Allah, Supplication, Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness, Hadith: 2734]

 

Abu Huraira related that the Prophet said: Allah the Majestic and Exalted said:

 

“Every deed of man will receive ten to 700 times reward, except Siyam (fasting), for it is for Me and I shall reward it (as I like).

 

There are two occasions of joy for one who fasts: one when he breaks the fast and the other when he will meet his Lord”.

 

(Muslim).

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him), who said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) took me by the shoulder and said,
“Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.”

And Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) used to say,
“In the evening do not expect [to live until] the morning, and in the morning do not expect [to live until] the evening. Take [advantage of] your health before times of sickness, and [take advantage of] your life before your death.”

[Al-Bukhari]

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