The following is by Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
Rajab is mentioned in the hadit as Rajabun Shahr Allah, the month of Allah (s.w.t.). Allah (s.w.t.) Honoured theummah with this month by saying through the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.), “Rajabun Shahr Allah.” Rajab is the month that no one knows what Allah (s.w.t.) has Opened for His Servants, for His Creation. Within this month is Given an Honour which no one knows. Not even the Prophet (s.a.w.).
Shaykh ‘Abdillah ad-Daghistani (r.a.), related that Allah (s.w.t.) does Not Allow the Pen to write in this month except with Yad al-Qudrah, the Hand of Power. Allah (s.w.t.) Takes the amal of His Servants. An amal is not Rewarded on the basis of the following ayat:
Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it! And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it. (Qur’an, Surah az-Zalzalah:7-8)
The Rewards of Allah (s.w.t.) are a Secret He has Kept to Himself until Yawm al-Akhirah. It is then that we know His Generosity to those who have honoured His month. In this month whoever does something of goodness, it is directly taken byQalam al-Qudrah, the Pen that has not been given to angels. That is the Pen which Allah (s.w.t.) Ordered to write before Creation, la ilaha il Allah.
As it is mentioned in an atsar that the Pen wrote la ilaha il Allah for seventy thousand years of Allah (s.w.t.) time. Then Allah (s.w.t.) Ordered it to write Muhammad ar-Rasulullah and the Pen asked “Who is Muhammad, that you put his name with Your Name?”
And Allah (s.w.t.) Said, “O Pen, if not for Muhammad (s.a.w.), I would never have Created anything.” And this part is mentioned in a hadits qudsi.
That Pen is in the Divine Presence and has not been given to angels. It will be given to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) in the Judgment Day. In the month of Rajab, it writes the amal of those who honour Rajab. Because of this, even the smallestamal is rewarded to such an extent that it cannot be weighed in the Mizan. It is rewarded from a hidden treasure that has never been opened before. And Allah (s.w.t.) is that Hidden Treasure.
For any amal done in this month, Allah (s.w.t.) Opens for the ummah that which has never been opened before. It increases ma’arij. Allah (s.w.t.) Gives ma’arij, ascension to those with their amal. Anyone who does something will have ami`raj and that will raise him to a level that even if he does the best amal all year round he will not get Rewards as he gets for the smallest amal in this month. Every year, the awliya’ await this month to make seclusion because it is the month where treasures and fountains of knowledge will be opened to the heart of those in seclusion. And this is why seclusion has to begin in this month. In Ramadhan, it is not seclusion. There is ‘itikaf. Seclusion has to begin in Rajab.
In Rajab, it is Allah (s.w.t.
) that has Ordered the Pen to write the amal,
not any malakun muqarrab
, the angels that write the deeds when it is not Rajab. And that is why the Prophet (s.a.w.
) said to us Rajab is the month of Allah (s.w.t.
) and Sha’ban is his month. Whatever is related to Prophet (s.a.w.
) from amal
will be written by the Pen of the Prophet (s.a.w.
). It is a Qalam ar-Rasul
, distinct from Qalam al-Qudrah
Pen. Allah (s.w.t.
) Gave Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.
) a Pen and everyswalawat
will be written by the Prophet’s (s.a.w.
) Pen. Allah (s.w.t.
) Gave him that power to write for his ummah
and it will be added and recorded. On the other hand, the angels have no authority. The angels are assigned to write but they are not assigned to reward. Allah (s.w.t.
) Rewards and Allah (s.w.t.
) Gave Muhammad (s.a.w.
) authority to reward. What Allah (s.w.t.
) Rewards in Rajab is for the benefit of the ummah
and without account.