An Account, A Miracle
The most blessed water in the world!
Arshad Aslam ‘Attari Madani
‘Grandad! Do you know that Uncle Zafar sent Zamzam water and dates?’ Umm-e-Habibah cried out as soon as grandad returned from offering salah. Khubayb added: ‘Grandad! Why does everyone give so much importance to Zamzam water?’
Grandad sat on the chair: ‘Let me tell you about Zamzam water. You’ll see for yourselves how it is different to normal water!’ The kids looked at him attentively, eager to hear more.
1. Normal water only quenches thirst, but Zamzam quenches thirst and ends hunger as well. Meaning, it is like water and food in one.
2. Whatever you want, just wish for it while drinking Zamzam and Allah Almighty will give it to you.
3. It cures sick people who drink it.
4. You will be rewarded for looking at the water of Zamzam.’
Khubayb said, ‘Really grandad! This is such special water!’
Grandad paused for a moment. ‘You know there is some water which is better than Zamzam water as well’. Umm-e-Habibah asked with astonishment: ‘Water even better than Zamzam water?’
‘Yes!’ exclaimed Grandad, ‘once, our Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم set off with the honourable companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُم from the noble city of Madinah to perform Umrah. After many days of travelling, they stopped at a place called Hudaybiyyah. The disbelievers of Makkah thought that the Muslims had come to fight, so they stopped our Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم from performing the Umrah.’
‘Isn’t that when the treaty of Hudaybiyyah took place, Grandad,’ shouted Khubayb.
Grandad replied: ‘Yes! Precisely. So, it was summer and everyone was very thirsty. But they had already finished all the water they had with them. In the middle of the desert, what could they do? There was a vessel of water in front of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, with which He صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم performed wudu. After performing wudu, the Sahabah started taking the remaining water from each other. He صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘what are you doing?’ They replied: ‘This is the only water we have left for drinking and for wudu. There is no other water.’
When the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم heard this, he placed his blessed hand into the vessel. Suddenly, water began gushing out from his blessed fingers. The honourable Sahabah رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُم drank that water and even performed wudu with it. Do you know how many Sahabah were there?’ The children were intrigued: ‘Grandad, please tell us!’
‘There were 1500 companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُم, but…’
‘But what?’ asked Umm-e-Habibah.
Grandad continued: ‘The honourable companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُم later said that even if there were a hundred thousand of them on that day, that water would have still been enough for everyone,’ (Bukhari, vol. 3, p. 69, Hadith 4152; Bukhari, vol. 2, p. 493, Hadith 3576).
The children burst out ‘سُـبْحٰـنَ الـلّٰــه!’
Grandad said: ‘This is the water that is better and more blessed than even Zamzam water.’
‘Grandad! that was indeed a very great miracle,’ said Khubayb.
Grandad heard this, smiled, and said: ‘Son! Our Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has so many great miracles. اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه I will tell you about another great miracle next time.’