I have been advised that it is good to fast the first six days of Shawwaal. Is this true and why is it advisable, what are the significance of the first six days? Does the first six days of Shawaal start after Eid day?
It is virtuous to fast for six days during Shawwaal. It is not necessarily have to be the first six days. Hazrat Abu Ayyoob Radiallaahu 'anhu relates that Rasulullah Sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam has said "Whoever fasted the full month of Ramadaan and then followed it with six fasts of Shawwaal is like the person who has fasted the whole year".
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