Ramadan is the month in which Muslims are supposed to deepen their piety and renew their commitment to Allah. As such, it is often a time of increased jihad activity, since jihad against unbelievers is undertaken as a pious act in obedience to Qur’anic commands top make war on unbelievers.
“ISIS urges attacks on West during Ramadan,” Reuters, May 21, 2016:
BAGHDAD — A new message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State calls on followers to launch attacks on the United States and Europe during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins in early June.
“Ramadan, the month of conquest and jihad. Get prepared, be ready … to make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers … especially for the fighters and supporters of the caliphate in Europe and America,” said the message, suggesting attacks on military and civilian targets….
“The smallest action you do in their heartland is better and more enduring to us than what you would if you were with us. If one of you hoped to reach the Islamic State, we wish we were in your place to punish the Crusaders day and night,” Adnani said….
The message made no mention of the EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean on Thursday in unexplained circumstances, amid speculation by Egyptian, French and American officials that a jihadist attack was the most likely cause….
“Their planes do not distinguish between civilians and combatants, man or woman,” the message continued, in apparent reference to the strikes.