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Story of this Land Part 1: The blessed/holy land Pt1

January 30, 2014 by مجاهد. 0 comments

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the Name of Allah most Gracious most Merciful

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَىٰ بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ

Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed

The Blessed and Holy land of Palestine, a very ancient land, has a rich history of humanity.  A history thousands if not millions of years before the birth of The Last Prophet of this world ﷺ.  A history before Bani Isra’eel (the children of Isra’eel, also known as the Jews) entered the land.  Among the peoples who lived on this land before the Jews were the people of Canaan, and later on the Amorite, and many other peoples.

After the downfall of the Bani Isra’eel, the land hosted the Persians and the Romans, and the defeat that came to them and their return:

الم * غُلِبَتِ الرُّومُ * فِي أَدْنَى الْأَرْضِ وَهُم مِّن بَعْدِ غَلَبِهِمْ سَيَغْلِبُونَ * فِي بِضْعِ سِنِينَ ۗ لِلَّهِ الْأَمْرُ مِن قَبْلُ وَمِن بَعْدُ ۚوَيَوْمَئِذٍ يَفْرَحُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ

The Byzantines have been defeated * In the nearest land. But they, after their defeat, will overcome * Within three to nine years. To Allah belongs the command before and after. And that day the believers will rejoice

سورة الروم

At the center of this land, Masjid al-Aqsa was the Muslims’ first Qibla.  And to this land the Prophet ﷺ came to during the night Journey.  This land has been ruled by almost all the khilafat, from the righteous Khulafa’, to the Abbasid, to the Umayyad, to the Salajaqa, to the Ottomans.

Palestine has, is, and will always be seen important to many nations on this earth.  In the past, among those that desired it were the Crusaders and the Mongols, and currently the Israelis.

Like the Jews, this land is important and holy and part of Muslim creed.  It is in Islam as important as Makkah and Madinah.  As is known, Masjidul Aqsa in the Quds was our first Qibla before it was changed to the Ka’bah, meaning that even in Makkah when they were next to the Ka’bah they still had to face Al Aqsa, and this was to implant the realization of its greatness within the Muslims (and of course there are other reasons).

When the Prophet ﷺ went on the night journey, Allah did not take him from Makkah where the Ka’bah is, but from Masjidul Aqsa where what happened there is known then from there He took the Prophet  ﷺ up.  There are a number of wisdom and reasons behind this, among them was to show the oneness of what all the messengers came with, as well as to show its greatness and the land around it and raise its status in the hearts of the Muslims.

After the Qibla was changed, the status of Masjidul Aqsa did not change or become lowered, but the Prophet ﷺ tied it to Makkah and Madinah when he ﷺ said:

لاَ تَشُدُّوا الرِّحَالَ إِلاَّ إِلَى ثَلاَثَةِ مَسَاجِدَ مَسْجِدِي هَذَا وَالْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ وَالْمَسْجِدِ الأَقْصَى

Do not set out on a journey (for religious devotion) but for the three mosques-for this mosque of mine (at Medina) the Sacred Mosque (at Mecca), and the Mosque al-Aqsa (Bait al-Maqdis)

صحيح مسلم (Muslim)

Many lessons can be learned by studying the history of this land which can be beneficial to Muslims today.  History has been called the mirror of nations, it reflects its past and defines its future, and a nation which does not have a history does not exist, as a nation lives with the existence of history and dies without it (Source).

So what is going to be done from the next upcoming blog-post until the end of the series posts about history of Palestine, is tell the history from the time Bani Isra’eel entered Palestine until their political re-entry in 1948 and establishing of what is known today as the state of Israel.  Of course to entirely recall the history of this land from one point to another requires the writing of an entire book, so what will be done is the posts will suffice with a moderate amount of details Insha’Allah.

سبحان رب العزة عما يصفون، و سلام على المرسلين و الحمد لله رب العالمين

The Excellence of Shaam

January 15, 2014 by مجاهد. 1 comments

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

رواه أبو داود (Abi Dawood)

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

جامع الترمذي (Attirmithi)

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

رواه البخاري (ِAl Bukari)

This land is the scale of this ummah, if the people of this land become corrupt, then there is no good for us.  The Prophet ﷺ said:

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

جامع الترمذي (Attirmithi)

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

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