Sham - the territory of Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon
Abdullah ibn Hawalah [Allah's blessings be on him] narrated from the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) that he said:
"Matters will run their course until you become three armies: an army in Sham, an army in Yemen, and an army in Iraq".
Ibn Hawalah said:
"Choose for me, O Messenger of Allah! in case I live to see that day".
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:
"You should go to Sham, for it is the best of Allah's lands, and the best of His slaves will be drawn there!
And if you refuse, then you should go to the Yemen and drink from its wells. For Allah has guaranteed me that He will look after Sham and its people!"
(Imam Ahmad 4/110, Abu Dawud 2483. Authenticated by Imam Abu Hatim, Imam ad-Diya al-Maqdisi, Sheikh al-Albani and Sheikh Shu'aib Al-Arnaut).
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