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THE STORY OF ZAM ZAM WATER
The Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) came to Makka with his wife Haggar and their baby Ismail. He left his family there on Allah’s orders. Haggar and Ismail consumed all the water and Ismail started to cry… Haggar was helpless, and started running from the top of one hill: AS’AFA to the next:
ALMARWAH in search of help… She did that 7 times… She returned to Ismail when she heard a voice… She asked the voice for help. Gabriel (pbuh) hit the ground and water came out… Haggar covered the hole with sand to prevent the water from spilling out. That was Zamzam water… A caravan was passing by the valley and noticed birds hovering around the water, which was never present before, so they requested Haggar’s permission to camp near the water. This marked the beginning of Makka…
Civilization increased further after Ibrahim and Ismail (Peace Be Upon Them) built the Holy Mosque. The Tribe Jurhum was the historical custodian of the Holy Mosque until the Tribe Khuz’ah took over. Around the 5th Century A.D. Qusay Ibn Kilab was the custodian of the Holy Mosque and Zamzam. Unfortunately the well was neglected and was eventually buried. Abdul Muttalib Ibn Hashim, the grandfather of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) dug the well once more after the event of the Elephant and Zamzam water emerged once again.
A VERSE FROM THE HOLY QUR' AN
"O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation, by Thy Sacred House; in order, O our Lord, that they may establish regular Prayer: so fill the hearts of some among men with love towards them, and feed them with fruits: so that they may give thanks.( Quran [Surah Ibrahim'14] )
The Meaning of the Verse:
My God, I left some of my family in this valley by Your Holy Mosque. Please God, make them perform their prayers, and let the hearts of people go to them, and support them with the means of living that they may be thankful.
PROPHET MUHAMMAD P.B.U.H HADITH OF ZAM ZAM WATER
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said “The best water on the face of the earth is the water of Zamzam; it is a kind of food and a healing from sickness.” (Saheeh al-Jaami’, 3302).
The Messenger of Allah, salallahu alayhe wa sallam has said:" The most sublime of all earthly waters is that of zam zam; therein one finds food for the hungry and medicne for the ill." [ At- Tabarani ]
It was reported in Saheeh Muslim that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to Abu Dharr, who had stayed near the Ka’bah and its coverings for forty days and nights with no food or drink other than (Zam Zam): “How long have you been here?” Abu Dharr said: “I have been here for thirty days and nights.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Who has been feeding you?” He said, “I have had nothing but Zam Zam water, and I have gotten so fat that I have folds of fat on my stomach. I do not feel any of the tiredness or weakness of hunger and I have not become thin.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Verily, it is blessed, it is food that nourishes.” (Narrated by Imaam Muslim, 2473).
NAMES OF ZAM ZAM
Zam Zam water was named “ZAM ZAM” because of the abundance of its water. It was also said because it collects. Another reason was that Hajjar said: “Zam, zam” which means stay in one place.
Other Names of Zam Zam:
The drink of Ismael from Allah
THE ETIQUETTE AND HOW TO DRINKING ZAM ZAM WATER
Ibn Abbas reported: I served. (water of) zam zam to Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he drank it while standing. (Book #023, Hadith #5023)
Ibn 'Abbas reported: I served (water from) zam zam to Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he drank while standing, and he asked for it while he was near the House (i. e. House of Allah-Ka'ba). (Book #023, Hadith #5026)
Narrated Ibn Abbas: I gave zam-zam water to Allah's Apostle and he drank it while standing.
Asia (a sub-narrator) said that Ikrima took the oath that on that day the Prophet had not been standing but riding a camel. Sahih Bukhari(Book #26, Hadith #701)
* Face the direction of the Qiblah.
* Say the Name of Allah.
* Thank Allah Almighty.
THE BEST WATER
Zamzam water is the best in the Universe. And Al-Kawthar Water is the best in the Next Life.
Some scholars stated that the best water ever was the one that came through the fingers of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), followed by Zam zam water, then Al-Kawthar Water, then the River Nile water and then the rest of the rivers.
Zam zam well is located 18 meters from the Black Stone to the East of the door of the Ka’ba, behind Maqam Ibrahim.
It is clearly marked by a sign: “ZAM ZAM WATER WELL” which is 156 cm above the actual well, under the Mattaf.
SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS OF ZAMZAM WATER
In 1908 and 1973, chemical analyses were performed and proved that Zam zam water is indeed free of germs or pollutants. It is considered a mineral water, as its mineral content is 2000 mg/litre. It contained the following minerals: Calcium, Sodium, Magnesium, among many others. Zam zam is the richest mineral water with Calcium (200 mg/litre). The Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) was truthful when he said: “Zam zam is the feed of Hunger”.
Chemical tests proved that Zam zam water is exceptionally pure and has neither colour nor taste. By international health standards, especially those of the World Health Organization, Zam zam water is perfectly potable, has good health results and has a high sodium content.
It was also discovered that by the Will of God Almighty, on evaporation, mineral content of Zam zam increases, however it has no adverse results on health, on the contrary, it is extremely beneficial.
All the above tests proved that Zam zam water is pure and potable as per international standards, and can only confirm the miracles of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), whom Allah had said: “NOR DOES HE SPEAK OUT OF CAPRICE. IT IS NOTHING BUT A REVELATION REVEALED (QUR’AN)” Surat An-Nijm (3-4)
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