Shawwal: What to Do On Eid Night, Eid Day, and During the Month

Beginning of the Ashur-ul-Hajj

Shawwal is the first of the three months named as “Ashhur al-Hajj” (i.e. the months of Hajj). Although the major acts of Hajj are normally performed in the first ten days of Zulhijjah, yet the whole period starting from the first of Shawwal up to the 10th of Zulhijjah is held to be the period of Hajj because some acts of Hajj can be performed any time during this period. For example, the Tawaf-ul-qudum, followed by the Sai’ of Hajj cannot be performed before Shawwal, while it can be performed any day after the beginning of Shawwal. Similarly, an ‘Umrah performed before Shawwal cannot be treated as the ‘Umrah of Tamattu: while the ‘Umrah performed in Shawwal can be affiliated to the Hajj, making it a Hajj of Tamattu: Moreover, ihram of Hajj should not be started before Shawwal, because it makruh. For these reasons these three months have been named as the ‘months of Hajj’ and the month of Shawwal has the distinction of being the first of these.



After Fiqh another important aspect of Deen exists viz. Tasawwuf, which could be regarded as the very spirit of Deen and it has been called Ihsaan in the Hadith of Hadhrat Jibraeel (alaihi salaam).

Three responsibilities or aims of Rasulullaah‟s (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) duty have been explicitly mentioned in the Qur`aan:

(1) Recitation of the Qur`aanic verses.
(2) Educating by means of the Qur`aan and Hadith.
(3) Spiritual Purification.


Ihram For Women

Women’s Ihram as well as their ‘Hajj’ is similler to those of men. The only difference is that women should remain clad with sewn clothes. They should also cover their heads. Only the face should be left uncovered, but in the presence of male strangers, the veil of ‘Burqa’ should be dropped in such a way that it may not touch the face. A women is allowed to wear stockings and gloves. Wearing ornaments is also permissible. She can enter into the state of blood-discharge of a child-birth, but in this position she should not say two Nafl prayers of ‘Ihram’.

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