The Six Days of Shawwāl

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Shaykh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani, Sohbet of the 7th of July, 2016.

As-salāmu alaykum wa raḥmatu Llāhi wa barakātuh.

A‘ūdhu biLlāhi mina sh-shayṭāni rrajīm. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. Aṣ-ṣalātu wa s-salāmu ‘alá Rasūlina Muḥammadin Sayyidi l-awwalīna wa l-ākhirīn. Madad yā Rasūl Allāh, madad yā Sādāti Aṣḥābi Rasūli Llāh, madad yā Mashāyikhinā, dastūr yā Shaykh ‘Abdu Llāh ad-Dāghistāni, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāẓim al-Ḥaqqāni, madad. Ṭarīqatunā ṣ-ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi l-jam‘iyyah.

Shukur to Allāh, we finished Ramaḍān, reached the month of Shawwāl. Shawwāl is a heavy month but it also has virtue. There are six days of fasting in Shawwāl. It is the sunnah of the Prophet (saw). If you fast these six days, plus the thirty days of Ramaḍān – every day is counted as ten days, it adds up to 360 days. You’ll be rewarded as if you fasted the whole year. Whoever fasts on these days, his sins will be taken away, he’ll be as clean and without sin as if he was just born. . It is an expiation for all sins. Because of this he’ll be as if he fasted the whole year, his whole life. It is a very virtuous fasting.

Normally if you want you can start on the second say of ‘Īd and complete six days like our Prophet (saw). You can do the Shawwāl fasting until the end of the month – you can either fast one by one or all at once. You can but whatever the Prophet (saw) did, following him (saw), keeping his way is more virtuous, rewarding. Still Allāh Azza wa Jalla showed mercy to people – they can do it slowly. But it is easier, more comfortable to fast it all together. Otherwise it is quite difficult. We also did it many times, one by one day is quite difficult to fast in Shawwāl. But when you do it all at once it is easier.

This is also a big gift from Allāh after Ramaḍān, it is the mercy of our Prophet (saw). Here people only look at material things. However they should be more careful about spiritual things and follow them. We have to look what we can take. Materialism comes from disbelief. The stronger the belief the more you want to look at spirituality. Whatever will be done, for example six days of Shawwāl, from the first day of Dhū l-Ḥijjah until ninth day, if he wants he can fast on first, eighth, ninth, fasting on Muḥarram etc. These are nice things. A person, with strong spirituality and belief waits for those days to fast. May Allāh accept it in shā’ Allāh.

This alḥamdu liLlāh we are in last day of ʿĪd, Shawwāl. This is month of Shawwāl. Moon calendar, every month has special things for them. Shawwāl, it is little bit heavy month. After three holy months Shawwāl coming. We must be more careful, more doing good things, to be protected. And there is in Shawwāl six days to fast. In six days – each day, with Ramaḍān, equal to ten days. So it’s 360 days, equal one year for moon calendar. Because moon calendar not like sun calendar, it’s less. And when you do this, Prophet (saw) said your sins it will go out from you as you are newborn baby – no sin for them at all. When you do this with Ramaḍān, all your sins will be gone al-ḥamdu liLlāh. . And Allāh reward you as you are fasting whole year.

“Ṣā’imu d-dahr” meaning – there is a few people, they are doing this. Rare people. They are fasting whole life. Only breaking fast in first of ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr and four days for ‘Īdu l-Aḍḥá. Five days a year they are not fasting. But all year fasting. And we are fasting maybe two months altogether with nāfilah. But these people, they are fasting all their life. They were calling them “Ṣā’imu d-dahr”. First time I was seeing in… I was child, Mawlānā show me one man. He said this is “Ṣā’imu d-dahr”. I was little bit astonished how he is whole life fasting. How? It is very difficult thing.

But Prophet (saw) who said fasting six days, with Ramaḍān, of Shawwāl, he is like whole life fasting. And to beginning from second day of ‘Īd, second of Shawwāl sunnah of Prophet (saw). He was doing, finishing six days altogether. And when finish, they said ‘Īdu l-Abrār, “feast of pure people”. But for people, they can do like this or they can do one day by one day, whole month of Shawwāl. One day they like to do, they can do. But the best to do it altogether because more easy. Because this month, it’s really heavy to fast in it. Especially, one day by one day, it is so difficult. Many people they beginning and they cannot finish. But intention to finish with fasting two days after, looking – oh Shawwāl finish.

Al-ḥamdu liLlāh this is also gift from Allāh and this is spiritual gift. And people who are getting more belief, they are looking for this thing. Not looking for material thing, looking especially for spiritual thing also like Shawwāl fasting, Dhū l-Ḥijjah fasting, Muḥarram fasting, like Rajab, Sha‘bān . All these we are, they are people looking for this. When belief becomes stronger, looking for this. But if not, no belief, they are even Ramaḍān they’re not feeling. Allāh make us to feel this taste, to enjoy this spiritual gift from Allāh, to be happy. Allāh make our belief more stronger and stronger, in shā’ Allāh.

Wa min Allāhi t-tawfīq al-Fātiḥah.

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