The Excellence of Shaam
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan all make up what is known as Bilad Ash-Shaam (بلاد الشام). Many parts of Shaam are currently undergoing tumultuous times, but this is nothing but a mercy from Allah TA’ALA and a means of their purification in the world, rather than the hereafter.
It’s also a means of detaching its inhabitants from the world and it’s entrapments, and to prepare them for the great victory of Islam and a worldwide Khilaafat that is soon to be witnessed. The setbacks in Shaam are temporary, and a reversal by the true lions of Islam is just a matter of time – Insha Allah.
The four greatest enemies of the region are:
1) The Shia and their allies like Russia etc,
2) The Zionists,
3) The treacherous Sunni leaders like the Arab and Turkish States and their allies like the USA, EU, and NATO,
4) The hypocrites and spies who resent Islam and Shariah.
There are many verses in the Quran which mention this great land. This is the 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
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.
This land, is Allah’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 (Tirmithi)
This land is a place of Iman (faith) when there will be trials and tribulations at the end of times. It’s a place where empires are made and unmade from ancient times. Only the toughest in imaan and resolve survive in Shaam.
This land is also the place of knowledge and Islam. Over 100 000 Sahabah visited Shaam and the majority of Prophets are buried within its bowels.
This is also 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 (ِBukhari)
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 (Tirmithi)
Be steadfast, Oh people of Shaam. Don’t abandon your religion, nor your land or your determination. Allah has placed a burden on your shoulders which the rest of Muslims living everywhere else in the world can never bear. Enter into this transaction with Allah if you haven’t done so, and Paradise us your promised lot.
The world may abandon you, but do you really need them when Allah TA’ALA is on your side? Allah TA’ALA is polishing you, and your sparkle will become visible shortly.
Stay strong and don’t flicker for a moment. Don’t give the enemies of Allah this satisfaction.
– Abu Abdullah Beljiki