The Prophet (saws) said: “When Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the evil jinns are chained.” Scholars explain that the words of the Prophet (saws) could be understood according to their apparent or intended meaning.
It could mean that the evil jinns are really chained up in the month of Ramadan or it may be a figurative expression indication restraining them from harming and inciting humankind. It could point out that the ability of the evil jinns to tempt and incite people wanes just like that of one who is chained up. When people observe the due conditions and etiquette of fasting, the influence of evil jinn’s whispers grow less and wane. Fasting weakens the effects of the evil jinn’s whispers on a person and reduces his sins.
It could mean that all the evil jinns are chained up or it could mean that only the most rebellious and evil ones are chained. Chained may indicate the inability of the evil jinns to tempt and incite people through narrowing the channels of blood, in which the evil jinns circulate due to fasting, as the evil jinns flows through the son of Adam just as blood flows through him. While fasting, the veins in the body become narrow due to hunger and thirst, which causes the passageways of the evil jinns in the human body to become narrower.
Therefore, by fasting, the whispers of the evil jinns are held back and the strength of our desires and anger is controlled. The evil jinns become unable to incite fasting people as they do with non-fasting ones. Thus, they are restrained from tempting people who carry out acts of worship, good deeds, and various acts that bring one closer to Allah The Almighty.
Shaikhul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Whoever observes the due conditions and etiquette of fasting and perfects his fasting, he will be able to ward off the evil jinns completely in a way that one whose fasting is deficient cannot.”
A fasting person devotes his days to carrying out acts of worship in Ramadan, which wards off the evil jinns. Indeed, fasting is a shield, unlike other acts of worship that have limited times during which the lurking evil jinns waits for the worshipper to finish his worship act in order to incite him. In fact, fasting is a shield against the evil jinns during the month of Ramadan or any other month of the year.
A fasting person refrains from satisfying his lustful and sinful cravings of the flesh with which the evil jinns controls him, harming or inciting him to commit what is forbidden. If a person shields himself against his enemy, the evil jinns, he will be able to weaken and vanquish him. This is not exclusive to the month of Ramadan.
It may be a paradox that some people continue to commit sins in Ramadan. The paradox that some people continue to commit sins in Ramadan does not contradict the chaining of the evil jinns. Dissolute evildoers among the Jinn and humans, who are not chained, may incite people to commit sins. Moreover, it could be due to people’s base desires, their souls that incline to evil, or the fact that they are used to committing sins.
Imaam Al-Qurtubi said, “The fact that the evil jinns are chained does not necessarily mean that no man would commit sins or evil acts. People sin due to other factors, aside from the devils, such as souls that are persistent enjoiners of evil, bad habits and the devilish people (devils of humankind).”
Sheikh Abdullaah ibn Jibreen said, “Many people who are accustomed to sin may keep doing what they are habitually used to doing even during the month of Ramadan. Although the evil jinns are chained up, still, old habits die hard. Therefore, we may witness many sins committed in Ramadan such as drinking alcohol, adultery, listening to songs and so on.”
“The urges for such evil practices are bad habits, whims, souls inclined to evil, devils among humankind, base desires, temptations, the spread of lewd pictures and movies, and the like. It is not surprising to witness these sins during the month of Ramadan, even though the evil jinns are chained.”
Sheikh Abu Al-Hasan Al-Qaabisi says, “The evil jinns may still whisper to people even when they are chained.”
As for the convulsions that some may experience due to being possessed by the Jinn, the Jinn, possessing a human being overpowers or defeats a human being by tempting him to commit sins, abstain from doing righteous deeds, renouncing self-reproach, and yielding to his quick-temper. In this case, the Jinn is more powerful than the possessed person and becomes able to overpower and defeat him.
When Ruqyah (healing with the help of reciting the Holy Quran), Zhikr (remembrance of Allah The Almighty), supplications, or the like are recited over the possessed person. This confines the Jinn inside the possessed body. It weakens and undermines the Jinn’s power and control over the body.
Consequently, the Jinn is overpowered and defeated and the possessed person goes into convulsions as a consequence of overpowering and defeating the Jinn; as the latter is possessing the human’s body entirely. It is worth mentioning that the possessed person goes into convulsions because of overpowering and defeating the Jinn that is possessing his body.
Shaykhul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said, “In the month of Ramadan, the devil’s power wanes due to being chained up. Therefore, the devils become unable to incite people and harm them in the month of Ramadan as they do in other times. However, they are chained only and not dead or killed. The Prophet (saws) stated that the devils are chained, yet they can still harm people.”
Sometimes the chained evil jinns harm may be too much to be endured by some people due to the extreme weakness of their faith. In this case, the chained evil jinns will be able to overpower and defeat them.
However, fasting weakens the effects of the evil jinn’s whispers on a person. Accordingly, the evil jinns becomes unable to incite people and harm them, especially in Ramadan, the way it can at other times.
Therefore, a fasting person should make full use of the weakness of the evil jinns during fasting. The person should also take advantage of his strength, energy, and the revival of faith, which he experiences in order to conquer the evil jinns, warding off its perils, overcoming spiritual diseases and wiping away other psychological and marital problems incurred by the evil jinn’s evil plots and power.
(Article adapted from Islamweb)
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