Ramadan Is The Field For Work
Wahid Abd al-Salam Bali
Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (Peace
be upon him) said: "When Ramadan starts, the gates of Heaven are opened, the
gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained."
According to another narration, he (Peace be upon him) said: "When the first
night of Ramadan comes, the devils and the rebellious Jinn are chained, the
gates of Hell are locked and not one of them is opened; the gates of Paradise
are opened and not one of them is locked ...." [Recorded by al-Tirmidhi]
The scholar Muhammad ibn Muflih said: "The devils are chained in Ramadan, as
pointed in the Hadith - or the rebellious ones (Jinn) as in the second
narration. It was likewise confirmed by Ibn Hibban and other scholars. It does
not mean that evil will not exist then, but that it will be reduced because of
the weakness of the devils during this blessed month.''
Imam Ahmad took this Hadith at its surface meaning. His son ‘Abdullah said: 'I
remarked to my father: 'but sometimes we see a man possessed in the month of
Ramadan!' He replied: 'The Hadith was quoted from the Prophet: (Peace be upon
him) in this manner, and there should be no other interpretation for it'. Imam
Ahmad did not try to find other interpretations for the Ahadith, apart from
those the Salaf (righteous ancestors) had made before."
Source: How to Protect Yourself from Jinn and Shaytan