Aab-e-Zamzam is extremely blessed water which not only quenches the thirst of millions of devotees of Rasool but they also attain abundant blessings from it.
Why is Zamzam called ‘Zamzam’?
Aab-e-Zamzam sprang even approximately 5000 years ago by the blessings of the heels of Sayyiduna Isma’eel عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام, the blessed Nabi of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 1, pp. 7)
Sayyidatuna Haajirah رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا, the blessed mother of Sayyiduna Isma’eel عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام, went running seven times between the hills of Safa and Marwah in search of water, and when she رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا came towards Sayyiduna Isma’eel عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام from Marwah, Sayyiduna Isma’eel عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام was rubbing his heel on the land, and Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ made a water spring flow from that place. (Tafseer Tabari, part 13, Ibraheem, Taht-al-Ayah: 37, vol. 7, pp. 462; summarized)
According to one narration, this water sprang when Jibra`eel Ameen عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام hit the earth. (Al-Jaami’-ul-Ahkam-il-Quran, part 1, Al-Baqarah, Taht-al-Ayah: 2, vol. 251, pp. 196)
Sayyidatuna Haajirah رَضِیَ اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا approached the water and said while stopping the flow of water: “Zamzam”. It is for the reason; this water is called Aab-e-Zamzam. (Simt-un-Nujoom-il-‘Awaali, vol. 1, pp. 187)
Later on, it was converted into a well which was known as the well of Zamzam and Bay`r-e-Isma’eel [بئر اِسماعیل].
Excellence of Aab-e-Zamzam
Two blessed sayings of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ:
1Aab-e-Zamzam is for [whatever] the purpose it is drunk for. (Ibn Majah, vol. 3, pp. 490, Hadees 5712)
2The best water on this earth is Aab-e-Zamzam. (Majma’-uz-Zawaid, vol. 3, pp. 621)
This well is situated in a basement within the Masjid-ul-Haraam, southeast of the Holy Ka’bah, at the distance of approximately 21 meters.
According to an Arabic newspaper, 68,400 litres Zamzam water is being continuously pumped per hour. 200,000 gallons of Zamzam water is stored daily in a factory, situated 4.5 km away from Masjid-ul-Haraam.
Minerals in Zamzam water
Zamzam water contains sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, fluoride etc., which not only keep away the serious diseases but also provide energy.
Characteristics of Zamzam
٭Zamzam well never dried up until today.
٭The level of salt in the Zamzam water remains the same all the time.
٭Other wells gather moss etc., so they breed germs and other impurities but the blessed Zamzam well is protected from all these defects.
٭The water on which most researches have been carried out is the Zamzam water.
٭According to a research, the Zamzam water has been declared to be the oldest water spring on the earth.
Zamzam cures illnesses
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ has stated: Zamzam as a food is a nutrient and a cure for sickness. (Musnad-ul-Bazzaar, vol. 9, pp. 361, Hadees 3929)
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ would collect Aab-e-Zamzam in the containers and sprinkle it over the sick and would give it to them for drinking. (Tareekh Kabeer, vol. 3, pp. 167, Raqm 3533)
Taste of Zamzam water
A’la Hadrat رَحْمَةُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه said: Another miracle of the blessed Zamzam is that its taste gets change every time, sometimes it gives a somewhat saltish taste, sometimes extremely sweet. If it is drunk at 2 am in the night, it seems to be pure and fresh milk of cow. (Malfuzaat A’la Hadrat, pp. 435)
Manners of drinking Aab-e-Zamzam
٭Drink Zamzam water while standing.
٭Start drinking (Zamzam water) reciting ‘بِسْمِ اﷲ’ and finish it reciting ‘اَلْحَمْدُلِلّٰہ’.
٭If you are in the Haram-e-Pak when drinking Zamzam water, as far as possible lift up your eyes to look at Ka’bah Mu’azzamah each time.
٭Drink (Zamzam water) to your fill.