Is Shaytan Truly Chained In Ramadan?

There is a famous hadith commonly quoted by Muslims on Ramadan.  The hadith goes as follows:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 1899)

According to this Hadith, the devils are chained.  The devils are what causes evil desires and actions.  By this logic: [the Islamic version of] evil is chained.

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But is it really?

  • I lost faith in Islam during Ramadan of 2012 after a long period of doubt and critical examination.
  • Indonesian Police forces warn their local communities on rising crime rates (such as theft, prostitution and mugging) in Ramadan compared to the rest of the year. (Also try this article.)
  • Egypt has witnessed rising crime rates in Ramadan
  • Child trafficking increases in Yemen during Ramadan.
  • According to a study in Morocco, irritability increases in the month of Ramadan.

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