Question: What is your advice to the Muslims on the occasion of the approaching of the month of Ramadhaan, [and] may Allaah protect and preserve you?
Response: The Muslim should ask Allaah to bless him to reach Ramadhaan, and to aid him in fasting it, standing its nights [in voluntary prayer] and [engaging in righteous] actions during it. That is because it is an opportunity in the life of the Muslim… [it is] an opportunity in the life of the Muslim.
«Whoever fasts during the month of Ramadhaan, out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allaah’s rewards, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.» [al-Bukhaaree]
«Whoever performs the [voluntary] night prayer during the month of Ramadhaan, out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allaah’s rewards, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.» [al-Bukhaaree]
So it is an opportunity in the life of the Muslim…[it] may not come upon him again.
So the Muslim is delighted with the arrival of Ramadhaan, and rejoices over it. He welcomes it with jubilation and joy, and [endeavours to] make the most of it [engaged] in the obedience of Allaah.
[So] its nights are [spent] standing in [voluntary] prayer, and its days are [spent] fasting, and reciting the Qur.aan, and remembrance. So it is an opportunity for the Muslim to gain [immense reward].
As for those who approach Ramadhaan having prepared [morally] corrupt programmes, comedies, soap operas, false stories, and competitions to preoccupy the Muslims [from worshipping Allaah] then they are the soldiers of Shaytaan; Shaytaan has mobilised them for this [morally corrupt work].
So the Muslim must beware of them, and warn [other Muslims] against them.
Ramadhaan is not a time for amusement, playing [about], soap operas, and I don’t know what; nor for competitions and prizes, and the wasting of time.