“Our Lord! send amongst them a Messenger of their own, who shall rehearse Thy Signs to them and instruct them in scripture and wisdom, and sanctify them: For Thou art the Exalted in Might, the Wise.”
The Prophet said, “I’m the (answer) to the supplication of my father Abraham, the glad tidings (announced by) Jesus, the son of Mary, and my mother saw (in a vision) a light that radiated from her which illuminated the castles of Syria.” (Ahmad) The last part refers to a dream Muhammad’s mother had before he was born in which she reported to her maid Barakah that she saw bright lights radiating from the direction of Syria. Within a few years of the Prophet’s passing, the seat of the Islamic Empire was moved to Damascus, Syria, and Syria has remained ever since a destination of choice for those seeking higher learning in the Islamic sciences.
Emerick, Yahiya. The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an in Today’s English (p. 829). Unknown. Kindle Edition.