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Month of Shawal
Shawal is the month directly following Ramadan, making it the tenth month of the lunar year in Islam. The first day of that month would be Eid-al-Fitr (or the Feast of Breaking the Fast) - which is calculated by sighting the new crescent moon. On the day of either Eid, it is forbidden to fast. They are days of celebration and feasting. Despite some current practices, the Eid days for both Eids are only one day each (some countries declare 4 days of eid, etc.). This is based on the Prophet's, peace be upon him, words: "The Eid days in Islam are two". Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, said: "Whoever observes the Ramadan fast and follows it with six days in Shawwal, it is as if he has fasted the whole year (the word "dahr" is used, which some say might also mean lifetime instead of just year)." Al-Bukhari (as related by Abu Ayyub al-Ansari) How does that calculate? If, according to Islamic sources, the reward of a good deed is multiplied by ten, and you consider fasting Ramadan successfully as a good deed, it equals ten months of fasting. Likewise, if you fast for six days in Shawwal (which is still one of the four sacred months) and multiply that times ten, it equals sixty days (or two lunar months). Ten months added to two months equals twelve months, or one year.