Muslims consider Zamzam water to be blessed holy water. The Zamzam well, located within Masjid-al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is the source of this water. The well sits 20 meters east of the Al-Kaaba, considered Islam’s holiest site. Zamzam water’s history is as fascinating as its advantages, and both re-emphasize its religious significance.
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According to Ibn ‘Abbaas, Allah directed Prophet Ibrahim to bring his wife, Hagar, and son, Ismail, to Makkah about Zamzam water.
Makkah was a desolate country at the time.
As per Allah’s order, the Prophet went home after leaving his wife and son with some dates and water.
The dates and water ran out after a while on this desolate terrain.
Hagar began seeking water as tiny Ismail began to wail from thirst.
She ran up and down the hills of Safa and Marwa seven times “that is why circumambulating the Kaaba seven times is an important ritual of Umrah and Hajj both.”
Ismail began kicking the ground in his anxious mood.
Hagar was startled to see water pouring out of where Ismail was kicking.
She gathered some water for herself and began feeding Ismail with care.
The water that sprang forth became known as Zamzam’s holy water.
What is Zamzam water?
The Zamzam Well is located within the Masjid-al-Haram complex in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
The Muslim community considers the Zamzam water to be blessed and sacred.
Zamzam water benefits
What happens if you drink Zamzam water? This question frequently recurs in the minds of many Muslims.
In Arabic, It is also known as ‘Murwiya – meaning quenched’ and ‘Shabba – meaning satisfied.’ According to the Prophet, This water is healthy nourishment, not merely water.
It is claimed to be a cure for all ailments and has been blessed by Allah.
It is also declared that if a person makes a wish after drinking the entire bottle of Zamzam water, his request would be granted.
According to tests, this water has 366mg/1 of bi-carbonates, making it the cleanest water on the planet.
The Zamzam well is 30 meters deep, with compacted sediments filling 13 meters and igneous rock filling 17 meters. Water penetrates the rock’s hairline fissures and gets its high mineral content, which is helpful to people.
This water is colorless and odorless, yet it has a nice flavor.
Because of its high calcium and magnesium salts, Zamzam water is thought to have therapeutic qualities.
It is said that drinking Zamzam water boosts the body’s immunity.
Pilgrims sip the holy water and use it to purify themselves during Hajj.
They also take some of it home to share with their families and friends.
The hallowed well continues to be a location of high religious significance for Muslims due to its healing qualities and the unusual composition of its water.
How to use Zamzam water for prayer?
How to drink Zamzam water: The following etiquettes are mentioned about consuming Zam Zam water:
- Before drinking, recite Bism Allah (In the name of God).
- Supplications should be repeated.
- If at all feasible, face the qiblah.
- Drink three or an odd number of drinks sips.
- Drink a lot of water.
- After you’ve finished your drink, say Alḥamdulillāh (All praise is due to God).
Sitting and Standing
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) tended to sit and drink.
He also told them to sit and sip some water. As a result, drinking Zam Zam when sitting is preferable.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has drunk Zam Zam while standing.
According to most jurists, the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) could not sit owing to the masses and flocks of believers encircling him throughout his trip.
Due to the current narrations would be mubah (allowed) to stand and drink Zam Zam.
“When you drink from Zam Zam, turn to face the qiblah and mention the name of Allāh, drink three draughts and drink your fill of it. When you have finished, then praise Allāh.’ The Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessing upon him) said, ‘The sign [that differentiates] between the hypocrites and us is that they do not drink their fill from Zam Zam.”
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