Selamat menyambut bulan Ramadhan al-Mubarak.
I am actually so glad that Ramadhan has finally arrived again. It is usually the month in which I can easily ensure that all my compulsory religious obligations are observed. I somehow found it more difficult to do that in other months, especially in observing Solat on a timely manner. Somehow, I usually leave it to the last minute to perform my Subuh, Zohor or Maghrib.
One of my teachers reminded me that during the month of Ramadhan, Allah will instruct the Angels to open all the gates of Heavens and the gates will remain opened during the whole month of Ramadhan; Allah will instruct the Angels to close the gates of Hells and the gates will remain closed during the whole month of Ramadhan; and Allah will instruct that the Satans be tied-up during the whole month of Ramadhan.
The ustadz also reminded me that the Satans will be tie-up at various places e.g. places of sins (nightclubs, casinos, brothels etc), poles (e.g. telephone poles, electrical poles, even poles inside the Masjids), and onto people who refused to repent.
So, it is not so true that you will not be tempted by the Satans at all during the month of Ramadhan. Apart from having to curb your inner desire and lust, you may still to cope with the whispers from Satans, if you happen to be near them. My take: avoid such places above and avoid the people whom you know are habitual gross sinner.
Politicians who are habitual liar will still say things which they knew are not truthful. (So, expect Anwar to continue with his quest to persuade the defectors to join him). Habitual sinners will continue with their quests, and those near to them may fall into the same temptations. Non-Muslims will still do whatever they see fit to do. (I am not suggesting that Muslims should stay away from non-Muslims, but rather, Muslims should be more aware that temptations may come from these people).
I pray for a blissful Ramadhan ahead, and may Allah forgive all of our sins and provide us with abundance of compassion and gratitude.