Virtues of ZamZam Water
Allah Taala has made all living creatures out of water. People require water for almost for everything but not all water carries the same value and significance.Muslims refer to the water of Zamzam as something revered and unique. They crave this mysterious liquid and love to drink it whenever they can. And for those who managed to go to the Hajj, they return home carrying it for thousands of miles as a prized possession and to give as special gift to their friends and families.
So what is so special about Zamzam water ? In a word: Everything!
There is nothing ordinary about it. The miracle of how it came to being in the middle of a desert, its consistency throught out 1000s of years, the beneficial qualities it has, the fact that it never dries up. This water is special.
The fact is, this small and only 5 ft deep well is far away from any other source or body of water. It is self replenishing. It is constantly replenishing itself in order to produce gallons upon gallons of water for the consumption of thirsty pilgrims plus the additional amount that is bottled up and also the amount that is taken as gifts and distributed worldwide to millions. SubhanAllah!
Zam zam water has scientifically been proven to contain healing qualities due to its higher content of Calcium and Magnesium Salts and also natural fluorides that encompass a germicidal action.
It is also an established scientific fact that pools or water wells tend to grow vegetation such as algae– especially in warm climates. Amazingly this is not the case in the well of Zamzam. It has remained free from bilogical contaminations.
History of Zamzam Water
Zamzam is the name of a famous well in al-Masjid al-Haraam [the Sacred Mosque in Makkah], which is thirty-eight cubits away from the Kabah. It is the well from which Allah quenched the thirst of Ismaaeel the son of Ibraaheem (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them both) when he was an infant. His mother (Haajra (peace and blessings of Allah be upon her) looked for water for him, but could not find any. She climbed to the top of Mount al-Safaa, praying to Allah to help her and give her water for Ismaaeel, then she climbed to the top of Mount al-Marwah and did the same. Allah sent Jibreel (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) , and he struck the earth, and water appeared.
The scholars (may Allaah have mercy on them) agreed that it is mustahabb (recommended) for pilgrims on Hajj and Umrah in particular, and for all Muslims in general, to drink Zamzam water, because of the saheeh hadeeth in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have drunk the water of Zamzam. (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 3/492).
According to the hadeeth of Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him), the Prophet (peace be upon him) said concerning the water of Zamzam, It is a blessing, and it is food that satisfies. (Reported by Muslim, 4/1922). Al-Tayaalisi added, in a version that he narrated: and a cure for the sick. but this is when he drinks it with faith and sincerity, as proven in the hadeeth of Abu Dharr al-Ghifaari who stayed in Makkah for a month without any nourishment except Zamzam water.
Al-Abbaas ibn Abd al-Muttalib (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The people used to compete over Zamzam during the time of Jaahiliyyah (ignorance). People who had children used to bring them and give them to drink, and this was their early-morning victuals. We used to used to think that it was a help for people who had children. Al-Abbaas said: During the Jaahiliyyah, Zamzam was known as Shabaaah (satisfaction)
.Al-Allaamah al-Abbi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: (The water) is for whatever purpose it is drunk for, and Allaah made it food and drink for Ismaaeel and his mother Haajar.Ibn al-Mubaarak entered Zamzam and said, O Allaah, Ibn al-Muammal told me, from Abul-Zubayr from Jaabir that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: The water of Zamzam is for whatever purpose it is drunk for, so, O Allaah, I am drinking it (to quench) my thirst on the Day of Resurrection.
Virtues and characteristics of the water of Zamzam
The two angels washed the heart of the Prophet (peace be upon him) when he was a child, after they had taken it out, then they put it back. Al-Haafiz al-Iraaqi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The reason why the Prophet chest was washed with Zamzam water was to make him stronger so that he could see the kingdom of heaven and earth, and Paradise and Hell, because one of the special qualities of Zamzam is that it strengthens the heart and calms the soul.
The report about the chest of the Prophet (peace be upon him) being washed with the water of Zamzam is proven in the hadeeth of Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him), who reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: My roof was opened when I was in Makkah, and Jibreel (peace be upon him) came down and opened my chest, then he washed it with Zamzam water. Then he brought a gold basin full of wisdom and faith, poured it into my chest, and closed it up again. Then he took me by the hand and ascended with me into the first heaven. (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 3/429).
It is sunnah to drink ones fill of Zamzam water and to quench ones thirst.The fuqaha have mentioned the etiquette that is mustahabb (recommended) when drinking Zamzam water, such as facing the Kabah, saying Bismillah, pausing to take a breath three times, drinking ones fill, praising Allaah after one finishes As regards the hadeeth of Ibn Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him), who said, I gave the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) Zamzam water to drink whilst he was standing, (reported by al-Bukhaari, 3/492), it is taken to mean that it is permissible to drink zamzam whilst standing; showing the utmost respect.
The scholars also recommended that the person who drinks Zamzam water should sprinkle some of it on his head, face and chest, make lots of duaa when drinking it, and to drink it for a purpose that will benefit him in this world or the next, because of the hadeeth in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: The water of Zamzam is for whatever purpose it is drunk for.(Reported by Ibn Maajah, 2/1018; see Al-Maqaasid al-Hasanah by al-Sakhaawi, p. 359).
It was reported that when Ibn Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) drank from the water of Zamzam, he said: O Allaah, I ask you for beneficial knowledge, plentiful provision and healing from every disease.
Some fuqaha recommended that people should take some Zamzam water back with them to their countries, because it is a cure for those who seek healing. Aaishah (R.A.) reported that she took Zamzam water home with her in bottles, and said, The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) took some of it away with him, and he used to pour it on the sick and give it to them to drink. (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 4/37).
It was reported in Saheeh Muslim that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to Abu Dharr, who had stayed near the Kabah and its coverings for forty days and nights with no food or drink other than (Zamzam): How long have you been here?� Abu Dharr said: I have been here for thirty days and nights. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, Who has been feeding you? He said, I have had nothing but Zamzam 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).
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) 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).
It was reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) drank it, did wudoo with it and poured it on his head. He used to carry Zamzam water in small vessels and large containers in order to pour it on the sick and give it to them to drink. (al-Silsilat al-Saheehah, 883).
One of the Sahaabah said: we used to call it al-Shabbaaah (satisfying) and it helped us to take care our families (ie. it was filling and helped them to do without food, it was also sufficient to nourish children). (al-Silsilat al-Saheehah lil-Albaani, 2685).
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for. (Narrated by Ibn Maajah)
The Messenger of Allah, salallahu alayhe wa sallam has said:” The most sublime of all earthly waters is that of zamzam; therein one finds food for the hungry and medicne for the ill.” [ At- Tabarani ]
“Zamzam water is what one intends to drink it for. When one drinks it to be healed, Allah heals him; when one drinks it to be full, Allah makes him full; and when one drinks it to quench his thrist, Allah quenches it. ” [ Ahmad, and Ibn Majah]
Since Zamzam water serves whatever purpose and intention for which it is drank; provided it is with sincerity: The scholars and the righteous have tried this and they drank from it with the intention of fulfilling their needs and seeking cure for the sick or relief from poverty or catastrophe and surely Allah eased for them achieving their needs.
So next time when one gets the opportunity to drink Zamzam, one should grab the opportunity to pray for: a healthy body, sharp mind, forgiveness for sins, life in Jannah after death, an honorable death on the day of Jummah, and all one’s physical and spiritual needs of this world and Hereafter.