بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of Allah most Gracious most Merciful
Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan all make up what is known as Bilad Ash-Shaam (بلاد الشام). In this post we will look at the virtues of this land mentioned in Islamic scripture.
There are many verses in the Quran which mention this great land. This is he land which Ibraheem and Loot (لوط) (peace be upon them both) made hijra to:
وَنَجَّيْنَاهُ وَلُوطًا إِلَى الْأَرْضِ الَّتِي بَارَكْنَا فِيهَا لِلْعَالَمِينَ
And We delivered him and Lot to the land which We had blessed for the worlds
(Surat Al-‘Anbyā’) Ayah 71سورة الأنبياء
and Allah said in regards to Palestine (Which is a part of Shaam) it is the holy/pure land:
يَا قَوْمِ ادْخُلُوا الْأَرْضَ الْمُقَدَّسَةَ الَّتِي كَتَبَ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ وَلَا تَرْتَدُّوا عَلَىٰ أَدْبَارِكُمْ فَتَنقَلِبُوا خَاسِرِينَ
O my people, enter the Holy Land which Allah has assigned to you and do not turn back [from fighting in Allah ‘s cause] and [thus] become losers.”سورة المائدة (Surat Al Ma’idah Verse 21)
There are also many authentic ahadeeth about this land, I will mention some.
This land, is God’s chosen land, The Prophet ﷺ said:
عَلَيْكَ بِالشَّامِ فَإِنَّهَا خِيَرَةُ اللَّهِ مِنْ أَرْضِهِ يَجْتَبِي إِلَيْهَا خِيَرَتَهُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ
Go to Syria, for it is Allah’s chosen land, to which his best servants will be gathered
This is the land which the Angels spread their wings over, The Prophet ﷺ said:
طُوبَى لِلشَّامِ . فَقُلْنَا لأَىٍّ ذَلِكَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَالَ لأَنَّ مَلاَئِكَةَ الرَّحْمَنِ بَاسِطَةٌ أَجْنِحَتَهَا عَلَيْهَا
‘Tuba is for Ash-Sham.’ So we said: ‘Why is that O Messenger of Allah?’ He said: ‘Because the angels of Ar-Rahman spread their wings over it
This land is also the land of the Resurrection and Gathering. This land is a place of Iman when there will be trials and tribulations at the end of times. This land is the place of knowledge and Islam. This is the land that the Prophet ﷺ asked Allah to bless:
اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِي شَأْمِنَا، اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِي يَمَنِنَا
O Allah! Bestow Your blessings on our Sham! O Allah! Bestow Your blessings on our Yemen
إِذَا فَسَدَ أَهْلُ الشَّامِ فَلاَ خَيْرَ فِيكُمْ لاَ تَزَالُ طَائِفَةٌ مِنْ أُمَّتِي مَنْصُورِينَ لاَ يَضُرُّهُمْ مَنْ خَذَلَهُمْ حَتَّى تَقُومَ السَّاعَةُ
When the inhabitants of Ash-Sham become corrupt, then there is no good in it for you. There will never cease to be a group in my Ummah who will be helped(by Allah), they will not be harmed by those who forsake them until the Hour is established
And there is more about the importance and excellence of this land, Bilad Ash-Shaam (بلاد الشام), but I will end with this. If you have any questions about this subject, then I suggest you ask here.
سبحان رب العزة عما يصفون، و سلام على المرسلين و الحمد لله رب العالمين