Everyone is aware that the Shaytan is locked up during the entirety of Ramadan. But then how come bad things still happen in the world?
Why do we find ourselves still committing sins during the month of Ramadan? Isn't Shaytan the one who encourages us to commit sins?
Turns out, not all shayatin are locked up during Ramadan...
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi explains
Two points, brothers and sisters. Firstly, we learned from the ahadith that not all shayateen are tied up. Only, the hadith, says the "maradatul-jinn" or the "evil demons of the shayateen" or "the worst of the Shayateen." So not all the shayateen are tied up. Only the worst of them. And then secondly, even if some of the shayateen are tied up, unfortunately our souls themselves are sometimes prone to commit evil. Allah says in the Qur’aan [12:63]: (inna nafsa la amartrun bi-sooee illa ma rahima rabbi)- "The souls themselves sometimes command us to do evil, unless Allah (subhanaha wa ta’aala) has mercy on it".
So two sources of evil: Number one, other Shayateen and not the maradah or the worst of them; and number two, our own waswaas- our own internal lusts and desires- sometimes tell us to do that. And the goal of Ramadan is to challenge and take on those both of those evils and overcome them to live as pure of a life as possible.