The blessed month of Ramadan has passed. But that does not mean the promise of extraordinary rewards from Allah SWT has ended.
Buya Yahya reminded him that there is still sunnah fasting with great rewards that Muslims can do, namely Shawwal fasting. Even the reward is said to be equivalent to fasting throughout the year.
“Indeed, the Prophet SAW said, ‘Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadhan, then adds it to the month of Syawal, (then) it is like someone who fasts for the whole time (of the year)’,” said Buya Yahya, quoted from Al-Bahjah TV’s YouTube channel, Friday ( 4/21/2023).
As the name suggests, this sunnah fasting must be done in the month of Shawwal and is excluded on one particular date.
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“The 1st of Syawal is forbidden to fast, you can start on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th,” said Buya Yahya.
“And it doesn’t have to be direct, the important thing is that we take 6 days in the month of Shawwal. (But) according to the words of the Prophet, it is even better if we can follow directly, hand in hand,” he continued.
In fact, according to Buya Yahya, the kupatan tradition that is often found after Eid al-Fitr is to celebrate Muslims fasting for 30 days in the month of Ramadan and followed by fasting Shawwal for 6 consecutive days.
“After the 1st you break your fast together, then on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th (fasting), only after that do you have kupatan, that’s the feast day,” explained the caretaker of the Islamic boarding school in Cirebon.
Thus, it is clear that you can fast Shawwal for 6 days without having to do it consecutively.
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But what about those who still have Ramadan fasting debts, such as Muslim women who are menstruating. Can they fast Shawwal before making up their Ramadan fast?
“Indeed, if what is obligatory has not been paid, there is no need to do sunnah. However, for those of you who have debt, intend to pay off the debt, then later you will get sunnah bonuses. Done,” explained Buya Yahya.
“You pay debts, don’t intend to sunnah. You intend to pay debts, but you get sunnah bonuses. But remember the note, sunnah fasting cannot be combined with fardhu fasting in intention,” he said.
Not only that, if you want to combine the intention of fasting Shawwal and sunnah fasting Monday-Thursday it is also permissible. Later the reward will be intact as intended.