When can you fast after Eid?

When can you fast after Eid?

The days of Eid are a time of joy and celebration. Though you can fast from the day after Eid al Fitr, it is best to wait until the 4th Shawwal before you start making up missed fasts or doing the recommended 6 fasts of Shawwal.

Abu Sa`id (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade fasting on the day of Al-Fitr and An-Nahr (the day of sacrifice i.e. Eid al Adha). [Bukhari]

When asked, Abdul Razzaq (8170) commented in “Al-Musannaf” that the three days of Eid al-Fitr are days of celebration and feasting, so he strongly disapproved of fasting on the second day of Shawwal. Enjoy the days of Eid by hosting and honouring visitors and by being good guests and not rejecting the food you are offered.

Eid al Adha lasts for four days. It is prohibited to fast on Eid al Adha (10th Dhul Hijjah) and the three days of al-Tashriq after it, which are 11th, 12th and 13th Dhul Hijjah.

Uqbah bin Amir (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

“The day of Arafat and the day of sacrifice and the days of At-Tashriq are our Eid, the people of Islam, and they are days of eating and drinking.” (Abu Dawoud)

This hadith means that our days of celebration are for rejoicing and enjoying the goodness of life in a way that pleases Allah Almighty. They are ‘days of eating and drinking,’ meaning that we eat and drink during them and fasting is not observed, unlike the Day of Arafat, due to the special merit of fasting on that day.

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