Priority to make up for missed days of Ramadaan over fasting the six days of Shawwaal

Question 11: Is it permissible to observe Sawm (Fasting) for six days in Shawwaal before making up for the missed days of the previous month of Ramadaan?

Answer: Scholars differ regarding this issue; however, the soundest opinion is that it is prescribed to give precedence to observing Sawm of the missed days of Ramadaan over the six days of Shawwaal and other supererogatory Sawm, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who fasts Ramadaan and then follows it with six days of Shawwaal it is as if they fasted the whole year. (Related by Muslim in his Saheeh [Authentic Hadeeth Book]) If one chooses to observe Sawm of the six days of Shawwaal first, it will not be considered as one who fasts these six days after fasting all of Ramadaan, but after some days of Ramadaan. Making up for the missed days of Ramadaan is a Fard (obligatory act of worship) while fasting the six days of Shawwaal is voluntary, and a Fard is more important to fulfill... read more here.

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