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Zamzam Water: The history & significance -III

 

 

 

 

The chemical analysis of Zamzam Water

Dr. Ahmad Abdul-Qaadir Al-Muhandiss indicates that the results of chemical analyses show that Zamzam Water is pure water, without color or smell, has a distinct taste, and its hydrogen exponent is 7.5, indicating that it is alkaline to some extent.

A study conducted in American laboratories showed that traces of thirty elements were identified in Zamzam water by means of energizing neutrons. Some of these elements scored less than 0.01.

After matching up the chemical analysis to international specifications, especially to the specifications of the World Health Organization (WHO), results proved the portability of Zamzam water as well as its beneficial effect on the body health. Additionally, sodium is very high in Zamzam water and the international specifications do not put a limit to the measurement of its composition.

Minerals

Percentages

Calcium

I98

Magnesium

43.7

Chloride

335

Sulfur

37o

Iron

o.I5

Manganese

o.I5

Copper

o.I2

 

 

 

 

This is an Analysis of a study conducted in the laboratory of the Department of Water and Waste Water Treatment, the Western Province, Saudi Arabia (I4oo H.)

Zamzam water has also been treated by ultraviolet rays, and microbes have no place to survive in it, which means that Zamzam water preserves its taste and is not a congenial environment for bacteria.

According to various chemical analyses, dry weather make: Zamzam more saline through evaporation, which is, with Allah's might, good for the human body.

In conclusion, it becomes clear that we should believe in the Prophet's miracles  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and that he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) as described by Allah (what meant): "Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only Inspiration that is inspired." [Quran 53: 3-41]

Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Zamzam water is a lavish meal and a great healer," and, "Zamzam water is what one intends to drink it for." Thus, it is a Sunnah to Drink Zamzam water, wash with it, and splash it on a sick person.

The Benefits of Drinking Zamzam Water

Ibn 'Abbaas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: "The people of Makkah used to be the fastest when it comes to sprinting, and the most powerful when it comes to wrestling, but as soon as they stopped drinking Zamzam water, they started to suffer from a disease in their legs."

He also said that the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) had said: "Zamzam water is what one intends to drink for. When one drinks it to be healed, Allah heals him; when one drinks it be full, Allah makes him full; and when one drinks it to quench his thirst, Allah quenches it." [Ahmad and Ibn Maajah]

There is no doubt that drinking Zamzam water is very beneficial. Thus, dear brothers and sisters! One should drink Zamzam water because it is the best water on earth. Ibn 'Abbaas, may Allah be pleased with him, said that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) had said: "The best water on earth is Zamzam water".

All the above proves the authenticity of the narration: "Zamzam water is what one intends to drink for." Additionally, many Islamic scholars drank it and experienced its dazzling effects. For instance, Imaam Abu Haneefah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him drank from Zamzam water in order to be a knowledgeable scholar and he became the best among the scholars in his era.

Al-Bakri  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: "I tried (Zamzam water) and sensed the truth about what had been said about it, and when I drank it, I had no doubt about its amazing effect."

It is also true that Imaam Shaafi'i  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him felt its tangible results when he drank Zamzam water in order to be a knowledgeable person and a good arrow shooter, fitting nine out of ten targets at a time.

Al-Ajmi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said that when drinking Zamzam water one should ask for forgiveness from sins, one may say: "O Allah! It came to my knowledge that your Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said, 'Zamzam water is what one intends to drink it for.' O Allah! I am drinking it to forgive me. O Allah! Forgive me." Besides, when someone drinks it to be healed, it is good to say: "O Allah! I am drinking it to be healed. O Allah! Heal me."

The ruling of carrying Zamzam Water outside Makkah

Al-Imaam Al-Faarisi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him mentioned that it is permissible to carry Zamzam water outside Makkah according to the four juristic schools, and that it is even recommended by Imaam Maalik and Imaam Shaafi'ee  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them.

'Aa'ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, also mentioned that the Prophet, salallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and herself used to do that. [At-Tirmithi]. Abu Hasan, may Allah be pleased with him, said: "The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) wrote to Suhayl Ibn 'Amr, may Allah be pleased with him: 'If you receive my message at night, do not wait till the morning, and if you receive it in the morning do not wait till night; just immediately send me some Zamzam water.' Then, Suhail's wife with the help of his grandfather, Ayoob Ibn 'Abdullaah, and their maids carried Zamzam water at night…" [Abu Moosaa Al-Madeeni & Al-Azraqi]

Attaa  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him stated that Ka'bah Al-Ahbaar used to carry it to ancient Syria.

'Aa'ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, carried Zamzam in bottles for sick people. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) also carried it in leather bags and used to pour it on the sick and give it to them as a drink. [Al-Faakihi]

Zamzam Water: The history & significance -I

Zamzam Water: The history & significance -II

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