Meaning of the word Shawwaal/Shawal/Shawwal/Shawaal
Uplift/breakage. Before Islam, Arabs believed that any marriage held in Shawwaal would always turn out to be unsuccessful. Hence, the month deprived the above metioned meanings, however the superstitious belief was later abolished.
The month Shawwal
From the months of Hajj, Shawwaal is the first of them. The first day of Shawwaal is Eid-Ul-Fitr and also the day when sins are forgiven.
Six fasts of Shawwal
In the month of Shawwaal it is Sunnah to keep six fasts, as narrated in the following Hadeeth by Abu Ayyub Ansaru (R.A) that the Holy Prophet has said, "If one throughout his life keeps the fasts of Ramadhaan and keeps six consecutive fasts in Shawwaal it will be as though he has kept a whole life time of fasts, and if one keeps the six consecutive fasts for one Shawwaal month it will be as though he has observed fast all year round." (Muslim)
Events which took place in Shawwaal:- 1)Hadhrat Aa'ishah Siddiqah (R.A) was born in Shawwaal four years after Prophethood which is nine years before Hijrah.
2)Hadhrat Aa'ishah Siddiqah (R.A.) was married in this month ten years after Prophethood which is three years before Hijrah.
3)The fight between Banu Qaynaqaa took place between the battle of Badr and Uhud (Shawwaal 2 A.H. after Hijrah)
4)The battle of Uhud also took place in Shawwaal, three years after Hijrah.
5)Hadhrat Hussain (R.A) th e Holy Prophet's grandson (son of Hadhrat Fatima R.A.) was born in the month of Shawwaal four years after Hijrah.
6)The Holy Prophet married Hadhrat Umme Salamah (R.A.) in Shawwaal in the fourth year after Hijrah.
7)Hadhrat Aa'ishah Siddiqah's (R.A) mother passed away in 5 A.H.
8)The Holy Prophet's uncle Abu Talib departed from this world during the middle of Shawwaal in the year 5 A.H.
9)Imam Bukhari (R.A.) was born on a Friday of Shawwaal in the year 194 A.H.