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6 Consecutive Fasts After Eid al Fitr.


Is it written [in ahadith] that it is recommended [mustahab] to fast 6 days in the month of Shawwal ?


Narrations that define the recommendation of fasting 6 days in the month of Shawwal are not from a clear chain of transmission (weak). The one who wants to perform those fasts with the intention of hoping to acquire virtue (thawaab) [rajà-an] (whether it is 6 separate or successive days) should thus begin [to fast] three days after the day of Eid (included). Because according to certain narrations worthy of  consideration, the ban of fasting during the three days including the day of Eid al Fitr indicate that these days are made to eat and drink.