Friday, October 18, 2013

Syria, previously known as Sham or Levent

بسم الله
السلام عليكم

Historically the Syria and it's surrounding is known as Sham /  الشام in Arabic or Levent in English. The meaning of these words pointing to the same area but the etymology ( the origin of the words ) came from different things.

According to wikipedia the word Levent :-
The term Levant, which first appeared in English in 1497, originally meant the East in general or "Mediterranean lands east of Italy".[5] It is borrowed from the French levant 'rising', that is, the point where the sun rises,

According to Imam Al-Bukhari in his Sahih Al-Bukhari the term As-sham :-
سُمِّيَتِ الْيَمَنَ لأَنَّهَا عَنْ يَمِينِ الْكَعْبَةِ، وَالشَّأْمَ عَنْ يَسَارِ الْكَعْبَةِ 
It is name Al-Yaman because it is on the right side of the Ka'bah and As-Sham on the left side of the Ka'bah

اللهم انصر إخواننا  المسلمين والمجاهدين والمستضعفين في سوريا في مصر في فلسطين

الله أعلم

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