What to Do After Ramadan?
As a Muslim, what should I do after Ramadan? How can I keep the spirit of
Wa 'alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks be to Allah, and peace be upon His Messenger.
May Allah accept your righteous deeds and ours!
After the month of fasting is over, a Muslim is asked to keep the spirit of
Ramadan as much as he can. Moreover, if he has missed fasting for some days in
Ramadan for a valid justification, he should hasten to make up for them.
Regarding your question, I do advise my dear brothers and sisters to consider
the following after Ramadan:
1. Make Up for Missed Fast Days. A Muslim should hasten to make up for the
missed fast days of Ramadan if he or she has missed fast day(s) of Ramadan for
a valid reason such as illness, travel, or menses in the case of women.
2. Fast Six Days in Shawwal. It is highly recommended by the Sunnah for a
Muslim to fast six days in the month of Shawwal. Fasting for six days in
Shawwal entails great reward and blessings from Allah Almighty. The Prophet
(peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said, ''Whoever fasts
the month of Ramadan, and then follows it up by (fasting) six days of Shawwal,
it is as if he has fasted the whole year.'' (Muslim)
Here, it is important to point out that it is not necessary for a Muslim to
fast the six days of Shawwal consecutively. So long as one has fasted six
days, either consecutively or separately, he or she will fulfill the
requirement and will receive the same rewards, in shaa' Allah.
3. Keep the Spirit of Ramadan. A Muslim should spare no efforts to keep the
spirit of Ramadan throughout the other months of the year by means of:
a) Seeking Allah's support, beseeching Him Almighty to guide him to the right
path and help him remain steadfast in faith.
b) Observing optional fasting after Ramadan, as Muslims are encouraged by the
Sunnah to observe optional fasting after Ramadan. The days in which optional
fasting is recommended are:
i. Fasting six days during the month of Shawwal.
ii. Fasting the day of 'Arafah, 9th of Dhul-Hijjah, provided that the person
is not offering Hajj.
iii. Fasting the 10th of Muhrram, and if possible the 9th and the 11th days of
the same month.
iv. Fasting as many days as possible during the month of Sha'ban
v. Fasting during the months of Ragab, Dhul Qa'dah, Dhul-Hijjah, and Muharram.
vi. Fasting on Mondays and Thursdays.
vii. Fasting the 13th, 14th, and 15th of every lunar month.
c) Keeping on offering optional night Prayer.
d) Keeping on reciting, listening to and reflecting on the Qur'an.
e) Keeping on taking care of the poor and the needy.
f) Keeping on offering supererogatory acts of worship.
g) Keeping on performing Dhikr a lot and asking Almighty Allah for
h) Avoiding the prohibitions and illegal practices.
Allah Almighty knows best!