Allaah favours the sacred months, the day of
Jumu’ah, and the night of Al-Qadr over the rest of the months,
days of the week, and nights of the year
2) An invitation to desert sins and receive the Sacred Months in a fine manner
3) Satan deploys various methods to misguide mankind and plot against them
O people! Fear Allaah and be certain of His absolute Wisdom in whom He chooses as messengers from angels and mankind, and what He favours in certain times and places. Allaah has favoured Makkah over all other places and has made Madeenah, the abode of His Prophet’s emigration, next to Makkah in preference, then Bayt Al-Maqdis, or Jerusalem, the abode of the majority of prophets. Allaah has also favoured certain months, days and nights over others; the best day over which the sun rises is Friday; the Night of Al-Qadr in Ramadhaan is better than a thousand months and so on. One should hold estimable what Allaah has esteemed.
The number of months in a year is twelve since the time Allaah created the heavens and the earth, as mentioned in the Book of Allaah. Among them are four sacred months; Thul-Qa’dah, Thul-Hijjah, and Muharram, which are successive, and the month of Rajab, which lies between Jumada Al-Aakhirah and Sha’baan.
The people of Islaamic knowledge have maintained that the reward for good deeds is multiplied at times and places which are favoured by Allaah; similarly, bad deeds will be regarded as more grievous under certain circumstances. The proof of this from Allaah’s Book is His saying which means: "They ask you about the sacred month - about fighting therein. Say: 'Fighting therein is great [sin], but averting [people] from the way of Allaah and disbelief in Him and [preventing access to] Al-Masjid Al-Haraam and the expulsion of its people therefrom are greater [evil] in the sight of Allaah. And Fitnah is greater than killing.' And they will continue to fight you until they turn you back from your religion if they are able. And whoever of you reverts from his religion [to disbelief] and dies while he is a disbeliever - for those, their deeds have become worthless in this world and the Hereafter, and those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide therein eternally." (Al-Baqarah: 217).
Allaah says concerning Al-Masjid Al-Haraam, or the Sacred Mosque in Makkah, that which means: “Indeed, those who have disbelieved and avert [people] from the way of Allaah and [from] Al-Masjid Al-Haraam, which We made for the people – equal are the resident therein and one from outside; and whoever intends [a deed] therein of deviation [in religion] or wrongdoing - We will make him taste of a painful punishment.” (Al-Hajj: 25).
O people! You are about to witness these Sacred Months, so do not wrong yourselves during them. Be committed to the limits defined by Allaah, fulfil His obligations, shun His prohibitions and fulfil the rights of your Lord and of the people. Know that Satan has taken it upon himself to use all might and means in order to seduce all of Allaah’s servants, except those who are sincerely devout to Him.
Satan is keen to distract man from goodness, to divert his attention from Allaah’s religion and to entice him to commit evil. If Satan notices that man is inclined to do good, he will attempt to discourage and hinder him from doing it, exhausting all possible means. If he fails, he will quickly attempt another way, and so forth. Satan starts off by seducing man to commit the most destructive sins. If he fails, he will try with less dangerous sins. Once he succeeds in seducing man into sin, he will delude him into procrastinating in repentance and will lead him to think little of his sins, and that he will one day soon give them up, but in reality, such a day may not ever come. After underestimating one's sins, it becomes easy to be led to more grievous ones, until a person eventually leaves the fold of the religion. The Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam referred to this gradual degradation into sins when he said: “Beware of minor sins, whose example is like a (group of) people who go to the middle of a valley and gather sticks, each returning with a stick of wood (so that in total, they are enough) to cook their bread. When a person is given to committing sins which he belittles, they will (thus accumulate and) lead to his ruin.”
Servants of Allaah! Beware of the tricks of Satan and his evil plans, since he takes different approaches to seduce men, either sowing doubts in their souls concerning the unity of Allaah, diverting them from performing prayers and leading them to holding them as insignificant, inducing them to withhold Zakaah or to spend it in ways other than its predefined channels of distribution, tempting them to indulge in acts and sayings that render their fasting null and void, hindering them from performing Hajj by leading them to procrastinate until death overtakes them without having performed it, trapping them into ungratefulness and maltreatment of their parents and severing the relations with their relatives, luring them to untrustworthiness by committing deception and betrayal, and enticing them to seek money through illegal means, including taking usury, bribes, and so on.
After Satan seduces man, he abandons him at the most critical moment when he becomes in dire need of a helper. Listen to Allaah’s saying concerning Satan’s deluding Aadam and Hawwaa', peace be upon them, while they lived in the Garden of Paradise and were permitted to eat from all its fruits except those from a particular tree: “And, O Aadam! Dwell, you and your wife, in Paradise and eat from wherever you will but do not approach this tree, lest you be among the wrongdoers.” (Al-A’raaf: 19).
Satan tempted them saying, which means: “He [i.e., Satan] said: 'Your Lord did not forbid you this tree except that you become angels or become of the immortal.' And he swore [by Allaah] to them: 'Indeed, I am to you from among the sincere advisors.' So he made them fall, through deception. And when they tasted of the tree, their private parts became apparent to them, and they began to fasten together over themselves from the leaves of Paradise. And their Lord called to them: 'Did I not forbid you from that tree and tell you that Satan is to you a clear enemy?'" (Al-A’raaf: 20-22).
This means that Satan seduced them and therefore Allaah degraded them from the superior rank of obedience. Listen to Satan’s deception of the Quraysh when he urged them to go to Badr to fight the believers and then abandoned them; Allaah says that which means: “And [remember] when Satan made their deeds pleasing to them and said: 'No one can overcome you today from among the people, and indeed, I am your protector.' But when the two armies sighted each other, he turned on his heels and said: 'Indeed, I am dissociated from you. Indeed, I see what you do not see; indeed, I fear Allaah. And Allaah is severe in penalty.'” (Al-Anfaal: 48).
Listen to Satan’s forsaking of man after deluding him; Allaah says that which means: “[The hypocrites are] like the example of Satan when he says to man: 'Disbelieve.' But when he disbelieves, he says: 'Indeed, I am dissociated from you. Indeed, I fear Allaah, Lord of the worlds.' So the outcome of both of them is that they will be in the Fire, abiding eternally therein. And that is the recompense of the wrongdoers.” (Al-Hashr: 16-17) and also: “And Satan will say when the matter has been concluded: 'Indeed, Allaah had promised you the promise of truth. And I promised you, but I betrayed you. But I had no authority over you except that I invited you, and you responded to me. So do not blame me; but blame yourselves. I cannot be called to your aid, nor can you be called to my aid. Indeed, I deny your association of me [with Allaah] before. Indeed for the wrongdoers is a painful punishment.” (Ibraaheem: 22).
Servants of Allaah! When you feel in yourselves reluctance to perform good deeds and carelessness towards your bad deeds, it is a result of the seduction of Satan. If you feel like this, you must seek Allaah’s protection from Satan, as in doing this you will achieve salvation.
Allaah says that which means: “And if an evil suggestion comes to you from Satan, then seek refuge in Allaah. Indeed, He is Hearing and Knowing. Indeed those who fear Allaah – when an impulse touches them from Satan, they remember [Him] and at once they have insight.” (Al-A’raaf: 200-201).