My motivation for making up missed fasts of Ramadhaan
by Khadeejah Islam
I make up my missed fasts as soon as possible, right after Eid. These are the few factors which motivate me:
A few days after Ramadhaan and Eid are over, the body and the soul are still adjusted to the routine of fasting and polishing our Imaan.I miss Ramadhaan and feel like “if only it lasted a little longer.” Hence, I find it easier to fast right after Eid and to relive the spirit of Ramadhaan!
Intentionally or unintentionally, we all make mistakes, and later, when we come back to our senses, we yearn for a chance to do more good deeds. The Sunnah fast of Shawwal gives me that opportunity to earn rewards. Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadhaan and follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.” (Narrated by Muslim, Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi,al-Nisaa’i and Ibn Maajah). Usually, many other Muslims eagerly make up the missed fasts quickly so that they can keep this fast of Shawwal. Hence, I get encouraged. Any good deed becomes easier and more attractive when you get the inspiration and support from others.
Life is uncertain. I do not wish to postpone this obligatory duty of making up missed fasts to a time in the future which is not even guaranteed. “