To Muslims, Syria is more than just a random Middle Eastern country. The word in Arabic for the Syria region is "sham". Take a look at some Muslim religious texts on Syria.
“Glad tidings for Sham, glad tidings for Sham, glad tidings for Sham.” The Companions asked: “And why is that, O Messenger of Allah?” He replied: “O glad tidings for Sham. The Angels of Allah spread their wings over Sham.”
“Go to Sham, for it is the chosen land of Allah’s lands, and it is the destination of His chosen servants.”
“A fire will emerge at the end of time from Hadramawt, and it will gather the people together.” The Companions asked: “So, what do you command us to do, O Messenger of Allah?” He (peace be upon him) replied: “Go to Sham.”
‘Abdullah bin Hawalah said: “O Messenger of Allah! Determine for me a land that I should live in, for if I knew that you would be with us for a long time, I would not choose anything over staying with you.” The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Go to Sham, go to Sham, go to Sham.” So, when he saw that I disliked Sham, he said: “Do you know what Allah – the Mighty and Majestic – Said? He Said: “You are the cream of My lands to which I enter the best of My servants.” And on the night of my Isra’ , I saw a
white pillar as if it were made of pearls being carried by the Angels. I asked them: “What are you carrying?” They said: “We are carrying the pillar of Islam, and we were commanded to place it in Sham.”""
“If the people of Sham become corrupt, there is no good in you. There will always be a victorious group of my Ummah. They will not be harmed by those who betray them until the Hour is established.” And in one narration: “And they are in Sham.”
“The essence of the lands of the believers is Sham.”
O' people of Syria
O' peole of Islam
O' People of Adam
Woe to the oppressors and tyrants who exploit this world for their benefit. They are misguided and blind to the truth. Ask Allah (SWT) to protect you and your family from such ignorance.
O' people of conscience and wisdom, please heed the glad tidings and warnings of our beloved Prophet and Teacher, Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
In the traditions listed above there is great emphasis by the Prophet (PBUH) on the land of 'Sham' and the people residing within the city. As an American Muslim, with Syrian descent, and ethnically Kurdish roots, I feel that the Prophet (PBUH) is speaking directly to me and also to 40 million other Syrians, and then to 1.6 Billion Muslims, and then to 6.2 Billion inhabitants of Earth. Syria is undergoing a severe onslaught of corruption and manipulation. The country is in shambles due to the lack of faith and fear of Allah (SWT) that is expected from just rulers. Let us not be mistaken by worldly matter and affairs.
I ask the people of Syria to rise up against tyranny displaying no fear as they have gallantly done so far. I ask the people of Damascus to rise up against dictatorship and corruption. The people of cities across the Syrian nation have taken the streets as their arena to fight for justice. Chants of Allah and His Greatness, freedom from oppression, toppling the corrupt system, and peaceful revolting against an illegitamte system of government shake the streets of Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Lattakia, Daraya, Banias, Tartous, Qamishli, Hasaka, Der Ezzour, Daraa, Seyda, and Damascus. These cries for freedom and justice are not falling on deaf ears outside of Syria. The world recognizes the terroristic facade of Mr. Bashar Al Asad. His rule has come to a horrific end and he will be brough to justice.
The people of Syria will continue to display heroism and contentness with their situation. They will persevere in toppling this arrogant tyrant and his helpers. Allah is with the people of Syria. The people of Syria need to be with God. My dearest brothers and sisters, you are the heroes of our people. The people of Muhammad (PBUH) need you to display your courage as if it were a showcase of guts and glory. This is not a movie, nor a play, nor a comedy, nor a tragedy; this is life. Many times our destinies push us towards circumstances where we must risk life and limb to do what is right. Can we make it through to the end knowing that we all did what we could to stand up against an oppressive ruler like Bashar Al Asad? Are we part of the chosen people of Sham? Do we want to be? Where are you now? Where will you be?
Death is surrounding Syrians from all sides. They can not escape it. They must embrace it. Prepare for it with good deeds. What better way to prepare for death than struggling in the way of Allah by voicing your opinion against an oppressive ruler?
God is Great.
Greater than all tyrants, nations, governments, and people.
God is Supreme.