The Blessings of al-Shaam as mentioned in the Qur’an: ibn Taymiyah

As it comes in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa ibn Taymiyah:

وقال شيخ الإسلام رحمه الله قد أخبر الله بأنه بارك في أرض الشام في آيات : منها قوله : { وأورثنا القوم الذين كانوا يستضعفون مشارق الأرض ومغاربها التي باركنا فيها } . ـ

Sheikh al-Islaam – may Allah have mercy on him – said: Allah has informed us that He has bestowed blessing on the land of al-Shaam* in multiple ayaat. Among them is His statement:

وَأَوْرَ‌ثْنَا الْقَوْمَ الَّذِينَ كَانُوا يُسْتَضْعَفُونَ مَشَارِ‌قَ الْأَرْ‌ضِ وَمَغَارِ‌بَهَا الَّتِي بَارَ‌كْنَا فِيهَا

And We caused the people who had been oppressed to inherit the eastern regions of the land and the western ones, which We had blessed. [7:137]

ومنها قوله : { ونجيناه ولوطا إلى الأرض التي باركنا فيها للعالمين } . ـ

And among them is His statement:

وَنَجَّيْنَاهُ وَلُوطًا إِلَى الْأَرْ‌ضِ الَّتِي بَارَ‌كْنَا فِيهَا لِلْعَالَمِينَ

And We delivered him and Loot to the land which We had blessed for the all creation. [21:71]

ومنها قوله : { تجري بأمره إلى الأرض التي باركنا فيها وكنا بكل شيء عالمين } . ـ

And among them is His statement:

تَجْرِ‌ي بِأَمْرِ‌هِ إِلَى الْأَرْ‌ضِ الَّتِي بَارَ‌كْنَا فِيهَا

…Proceeding by his command toward the land which We had blessed. [21:81]

 ومنها قوله : { وجعلنا بينهم وبين القرى التي باركنا فيها قرى ظاهرة } وهي قرى الشام وتلك قرى اليمن والتي بينهما قرى الحجاز ونحوها وبادت . ـ

And among them is His statement:

وَجَعَلْنَا بَيْنَهُمْ وَبَيْنَ الْقُرَى الَّتِي بَارَكْنَا فِيهَا قُرًى ظَاهِرَةً

And We placed between them and the towns which We had blessed, towns easy to be seen. [34:18]

And the former are the cities of al-Shaam and the latter are the cities of al-Yemen, and that which is between them are the cities of al-Hijaaz and the like.

ومنها قوله : { إلى المسجد الأقصى الذي باركنا حوله } . ـ

And among them is His statement:

إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَ‌كْنَا حَوْلَهُ

…to al-Masjid al-Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed [17:1]

[Majmoo al-Fataawa 15/33]

*Translator’s Note: al-Shaam refers to the Levant region or ‘Greater Syria’, which is roughly comprised of the present-day nation-states of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel.

See also: A definition and brief history of Masjid al-Aqsa: Ibn Taymiyah

See also: “Bait al-Maqdis is not a place which is called sacred”: Ibn Taymiyah

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