Recommended to Fast Six Days Following Ramadan

As Ramadan draws to a finish – just wanted to share this Hadith with everyone,TheWahyProject-Img-Post_20140728.0900So as you can see, it is recommended to fast six days after the end of Ramadan, provided we do not begin with the first day of Shawwal which is the day of Eid. Some commentary on this subject can be found here. [pdf]


  • “English Translation of Sahih Muslim”. Compiled by Imam Abul Hussain Muslim bin al-Hajjaj. Darussalam. June, 2007. Vol 3, Hadith #2758-2760 (Sahih), pg 247-248

The Islamic Calendar

The Islamic calendar (or Hijri calendar) is a lunar calendar based on the positions of the moon.

  • In every year there are 12 months.
  • In each month there are either 29 or 30 days.
  • Therefore each year has either 354 or 355 days.
  • Each new year falls 10 or 11 days earlier (annual drift) according to the 365 day solar calendar.
  • A month begins by the sighting of the new moon (i.e. first visible crescent).
  • The western convention in designating Islamic dates is by the abbreviation AH, which stands for the Latin anno hegirae, or “Year of the Hijrah“.
  • The 12 months of the Islamic calendar are as follows:
# Name of Month Arabic Pronunciation
1 Muharram
2 Safar
3 Rabi’ al-Awwal (Rabi’ I)
4 Rabi’ al-Thani (Rabi’ II, Rabi’ al-Akhir)
5 Jumada al-Ula (Jumada I, Jumada al-Awwal)
6 Jumada al-Thani (Jumada II, Jumada al-Akhira)
7 Rajab
8 Sha’ban
9 Ramadan
10 Shawwal
11 Dhul-Qa’dah
12 Dhul-Hijjah


  1. “Islam in Focus”. By Hammudah Abdalati. Da’wah Academy International Islamic University. Pg 202
  2. “Understanding the Islamic Calendar”. By Mountain of Light [Link]
  3. “Islamic calendar”. (2012, June 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:24, July 1, 2012, from [Link]
  4. “Tafsir ibn Kathir (Abridged) Volume 4” – Second Edition. By Imam Abu Al-Fida Ismail Ibn Kathir. Maktaba Dar-us-Salam, July 2003, pg 421.

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