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ASSALAAM ALAY'KUM WW my name is hakizimana fardjallah i want to fast 6 day of shawwal, fasting still from Ramadhan left.

Answered by Shaykh Abdurrahman Murad

Assalamu Alaikum, 

Eid Mubarak! May Allah accept the good deeds from us all! Ameen 

Dear sister, the Prophet, may Allah exalt his mention, said: "Whoever fasts the month of Ramadhan and then follows it up with 6 days from the month of Shawwal, would be like one who has fasted for an entire year." (Sahih Muslim) 

The Hadeeth is quite clear, it states "fasts the month of Ramadhan;" thus in order for you fast the six days in the month of Shawwal correctly, you should have completed what remains of Ramadhan, then initiate the six Sunnah fasts for Shawwal. 

If someone doesn't do this and instead opts to fast the six optional days from the month of Shawwal, he/she would not have completely "fasted the month of Ramadhan" first.  This view is upheld by many scholars, may Allah have mercy on them all. 

A minority view holds that one can fast the six days from Shawwal first and then make up the days from Ramadhan afterwards, but I view this opinion to be 'Marjooh' (less correct). And Allah knows best.

Jazaak Allah Khairan