Obligation concerning pre occupying ones time during Ramadhaan with righteous actions.
All Praises deservedly belong to Allah and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah.
Indeed the virtues within the month of Ramadhaan many and plentiful, every individual who Allah has made successful will take from its virtues, from them, is the one who completes it. This is how the pious predecessors were; they were those who were joyous and happy with the month of Ramadhaan.
These are the great virtues of this month:
Firstly. A pillar (i.e. fasting) from the pillars of Islaam is performed within it.
Secondly. Allah had revealed the Quraan in it.
Thirdly. In this month, there is a night better than a thousand months.
Fourthly. From the virtues of this month that actions within it are magnified and rewarded in multiple. (So the original reward which may already be numerated is then further multiplied). Due to this time frame Allah has allocated for them.
Fifthly. Allah has specified this month for the night prayer which is to be prayed in the mosque in congregation and this is for none other than in the month of Ramadhaan. This indicates its virtue and it station with Allah Glorified is He and far removed from what is ascribed to Him, the Most High.
Sixthly. From its virtues, the doors of Paradise have been opened as a welcome for righteous actions and doers (of good). The doors of the Hellfire have been closed. Disobedience and sin is lessened in the month of Ramadhaan whilst Muslims become more inclined towards obedience to Allah and upon competing against each other, racing for the Paradise.
Seventh. From its virtues is that (during this month) the devils (shayaateen) are chained and shackled from the believers. Indeed Allah, Far removed is He from that which they ascribed to Him, the Most High suppresses/restrains the devils from the believers in this month. They cannot make mischief with them neither corrupt their worship. Because of this you will find the people more able/inclined towards having obedience to Allah in the month of Ramadhaan up until the one who is generally lazy throughout the year you will find him respondent during Ramadhaan in regards to obedience and this is something apparent, why? Because the devils have been shackled (and restrained) from the people of true faith (eemaan). As for the people of disbelief and hypocrisy then indeed the shayateen have been granted authority/power over them during the month of Ramadhaan as well as other than it. The shackling /suppression of the devils from the believers is exclusive for the month of Ramadhaan for the purpose of the consolidation/strengthening of ones obedience to Allah Far is He from that which they ascribe to Him, the Most High. As for the hypocrites and disbelievers then it is as Allah the Most High has said concerning them:
“See you not that We have sent the shayaateen (devils) against the disbelievers to push them to do evil” So they incite them towards evil we seek Allah protection (from that) they incite them towards evil during Ramadhaan and during other than it. Allah the Most High has mentioned:
“Verily, he has no power over those who believe and put their trust only in their Lord (Allah).His power is only over those who obey and follow him (shaytaan), and those who join partners with Him (Allah)”
So the Shaytaan has authority/power over the disbelievers. The friends of the shaytaan include every disbeliever, atheist, apostate, hypocrite and malicious evil being.
As for the true believers (the people of true faith) then indeed the shaytaan has no power/authority over them, to Allah deservedly belongs all praise. When they repent, Allah accepts their repentance and forgives them for their sins and removes their evils deeds. He forgives them for everything which they had put forth and increases for them their reward. This is what enrages the shaytaan that he is not able to prevent the virtue/grace which Allah sends upon His believing slaves/servants. It enrages him (the shaytaan) with extreme anger and torment but it is from Allahs favour upon the true believers.
So this month is a great blessed month, as the Prophet (sallahu alaihi wa sallam) described it. Allah, the Most High, has made fasting during its days obligatory and standing in prayer at night voluntary. He (the most High) has made it so, that one who does a voluntary act in it from those habitual behaviours of goodness, he is like the one who has performed a obligatory act and the one who fulfilled the obligatory act, then it is as one who has perform the seventy of its like. This is a tremendous virtue and a glad tiding for the true believers.
We ask Allah the Most High to bless us and yourselves with the goodness and blessings of this month and that He makes us from amongst those who will benefit from His virtues and from His reward, that he does not prevent/prohibit his virtue upon us (me and you).That He does not prevent for us to attain righteous actions in this month and in other than it. May peace and blessing be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and all of his companions.
Surah al Baqarah 185
Surah al Qadr 1
Surah al Baqarah 185
Surah al Maryam 83
Surah an Nahl 99-100