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Ramadan       Shawwal (شَوَّال)       Dhu al-Qadah
Muslims performing the Eid prayer at Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Month number: 10
Number of days: 29-30 (depends on
actual observation
of the moon's crescent)
Significant day(s): Eid al-Fitr

Shawwal (Arabic: شَوَّال‎, Šawwāl) is the tenth month of the lunar based Islamic calendar. Shawwāl stems from the verb shāla (شَالَ) to 'lift or carry', generally to take or move things from one place to another, so named because a female camel normally would be carrying a fetus at this time of year.

Fasting during Shawwāl[edit]

The first day of Shawwāl is Eid al-Fitr. Some Muslims observe six days of fasting during Shawwāl beginning the day after Eid ul-Fitr since fasting is prohibited on this day. These six days of fasting together with the Ramadan fasts, are equivalent to fasting all year round. The reasoning behind this tradition is that a good deed in Islam is rewarded 10 times, hence fasting 30 days during Ramadan and 6 days during Shawwāl is equivalent to fasting the whole year in fulfillment of the obligation.[1]

The Shia scholars do not place any emphasis on the six days being consecutive while among the Sunnis the majority of Shafi`i scholars consider it recommended to fast these days consecutively. They based this on a hadith related by Tabarani and others wherein Muhammad is reported to have said, "Fasting six consecutive days after Eid al-Fitr is like fasting the entire year." Other traditional scholarly sources among the Hanafiyya and Hanbaliyya do not place an emphasis on consecutive days, while the strongest opinion of the Malikiyya prefers any six days of the month, consecutively or otherwise.


The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, and months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Shawwāl migrates throughout the seasons. The estimated start and end dates for Shawwāl, based on the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia, are:[2]

Shawwāl dates between 2018 and 2023
AH First day (CE/AD) Last day (CE/AD)
1439 15 June 2018 13 July 2018
1440 04 June 2019 03 July 2019
1441 24 May 2020 21 June 2020
1442 13 May 2021 10 June 2021
1443 02 May 2022 30 May 2022
1444 21 April 2023 20 May 2023

Islamic events[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Islam online. Archived February 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia

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