Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Satan in Chains (Ramadan)
We have been told that Satan are chained during the Ramadan month. So, there won't be any haunting ghost around and that we're safe from them.
Abu Hurairah, (may Allah be pleased with him) quoted the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “When the month of Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of the Hellfire are closed, and the devils are chained.” (Reported by al-Bukhari)
We (Muslim) know that Satan is the cause of all evil things. So why are there still sins committed if Satan is actually locked up or chained in the month of Ramadan.
I've asked this question in an IRK (Islamic Revealed Knowledge) class during my undergraduate studies. The lecturer said that we should not take the Hadith literally. By that she means that the Satans are not actually or literally chained but were chained due to our religious deeds (Amal) ; fasting, sunat terawikh ,etc.
I do 100% agree with her explanations. I agree with her that the Satans are not literally chained. Why do we still have sinners in the month of Ramadan if they are actually locked up.
It is our job to lock them up. I prefer to chain them because it sounds cooler (nonsense hehe).
p/s: when I refer to Satan it would include devils, ghosts, djinns, etc.
Selamat Berpuasa, Happy Fasting.
May Allah S.W.T be with you. Amin