Why do we still sin in Ramadhan?

Why do we still fall victim to desire and continue to sin during Ramadhan?

We know that the shayateen (devils) are locked up in Ramadhan so why do we still persist in sin during this blessed month? This is not due to the shayateen misleading us but rather our own nafs. Committing certain sins has almost become second nature for us hence we feel no remorse or guilt and do not repent following the sin. To deal with this, we need a higher level of consciousness where we constantly review and revise our actions and meditate upon what we need to do to become a better person.

Every sin has a momentum and thus makes it easier to commit the next sin. Just as Allah سبحانه وتعالى propels a person on to the path of good and virtue, He also propels a person on to the path of sin. Thus, not only can good deeds become second nature but also sin. Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an:

فَسَنُيَسِّرُهُ لِلْعُسْرَى

We shall ease him into difficulty.

[Surah al Lail 92:10]

One way of changing our behaviour is by keeping good company. In good company, a person will become aware of his or her character and behaviour whereas in bad company a person will not be able to detect anything wrong with his or her character.

[This excerpt is based on a dars (lesson) on Ramadhan delivered by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq on 6th August 2010].

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