The Companion Abu’l-Dardā’ who was living in the land of al-Shām (present day Syria/Palestine) once invited his colleague Salmān al-Farsī to come and live with him in the Holy Land. Salmān wrote back to him:
إِنَّ الأَرْضَ لا تُقَدِّسُ أَحَدًا ، وَإِنَّمَا يُقَدِّسُ الإِنْسَانَ عَمَلُهُ
It is not the land that makes anyone holy, but one’s deeds.
—Salmān al-Farsī [d. 35/644]
[Muwaṭṭa’ Mālik, Shaykh Nāṣiruddīn al-Albānī in Takhrīj Aḥādīth Faḍā’il al-Shām wa Dimishq]