Zamzam 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.
Ahadeeth about the Zamzam Water
The Prophet (upon him be salah and salam) 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 (upon him be salah and salam) 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).
The Messenger of ALLAH (upon him be salah and salam) said: “The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for.” (Ibn Majah)
The Messenger of ALLAH (upon him be salah and salam) has said: "The most sublime of all earthly waters is that of Zamzam; therein one finds food for the hungry and medicine 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 thirst, ALLAH quenches it." (Ahmad and Ibn Majah).
The scholars (may ALLAH 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 (upon him be salah and salam) is reported to have drunk the water of Zamzam.(Bukhaari,3/492). According to the hadeeth of Abu Dharr (may ALLAH be pleased with him), the Prophet (upon him be salah and salam) said concerning the water of Zamzam, “It is a blessing, and it is food that satisfies.”(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 ALLAH 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 think that it was a help for people who had children.” Al-‘Abbaas said: “During the Jaahiliyyah, Zamzam was known as Shabaa’ah (satisfaction).”Al-‘Allaamah al-Abbi (may ALLAH have mercy on him) said: “(The water) is for whatever purpose it is drunk for, and ALLAH made it food and drink for Hazrat Ismaa’eel (A.S.) and his mother Hazrat Haajra (A. S.).” Ibn al-Mubaarak entered Zamzam and said, Ibn al-Mu’ammal told me, from Abu’l-Zubayr from Jaabir that the Messenger of ALLAH (upon him be salah and salam) said: ‘The water of Zamzam is for whatever purpose it is drunk for,’ so, O ALLAH, I am drinking it (to quench) my thirst on the Day of Resurrection.”
It is sunnah to drink one’s fill of Zamzam water and to quench one’s thirst. The fuqahaa have mentioned the etiquette that is mustahabb (recommended) when drinking Zamzam water, such as facing the Ka’bah, saying BISMILLAH, drinking one’s fill, praising ALLAH after one finishes As regards the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may ALLAH be pleased with him), who said, “I gave the Prophet (upon him be salah and salam) Zamzam water to drink whilst he was standing,” (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 du’aa’ 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 (upon him be salah and salam) said: “The water of Zamzam is for whatever purpose it is drunk for.” (Ibn Maajah, 2/1018; see Al-Maqaasid al-Hasanah by al-Sakhaawi, p. 359).
It was reported that when Ibn ‘Abbaas (may ALLAH be pleased with him) drank from the water of Zamzam, he said: “O ALLAH, I ask you for beneficial knowledge, plentiful provision and healing from every disease.”
Al-Daynoori reported that al-Humaydi said: “We were with Sufyaan ibn ‘Uyaynah, and he told us the hadeeth about the water of Zamzam being drunk for whatever purpose it is drunk for. A man got up and left the gathering, then he came back and said, ‘O Abu Muhammad, is the hadeeth which you told us about the water of Zamzam saheeh?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ The man said, ‘Just now I drank a bucket of Zamzam so that you would tell me one hundred hadeeths.’ Sufyaan said, ‘Sit down,’ so he sat down and he told him one hundred hadeeths.”
Some fuqahaa’ recommended that people should take some Zamzam water back with them to their countries, because it is a cure for those who seek healing. Hazrat Aa’ishah (R.A.) reported that she took Zamzam water home with her in bottles, and said, “The Messenger of ALLAH (upon him be salah and salam) took some of it away with him, and he used to pour it on the sick and give it to them to drink.” (al-Tirmidhi, 4/37).
Al-Haafiz al-Sakhaawi (may ALLAH have mercy on him) said in Al-Maqaasid al-Hasanah: “Some people said that the virtue (of Zamzam water) remains only so long as it is in its place (of origin), and that when it is taken away, it changes. This is an idea that has no basis. the Prophet (upon him be salah and salam) wrote to Suhayl ibn ‘Amr: “If my letter reaches you at night, do not wait until morning, and if it reaches you during the day, do not wait until evening, to send me some Zamzam water.” He sent him two containers full, and at that time he was in Madeenah, before the Conquest of Makkah. This hadeeth is hasan because of corroborating evidence. Hazrat Aa’ishah also used to take Zamzam water away with her, and she reported that the Prophet (upon him be salah and salam) used to do this; he used to carry it in small vessels and buckets, and pour it onto the sick and give it to them to drink. Whenever a guest visited Ibn ‘Abbaas he would honour him by giving him Zamzam to drink. ‘Ata’ was asked about taking Zamzam water away, and he said: “the Prophet (upon him be salah and salam), al-Hasan and al-Husayn all took it away with them.” And ALLAH knows best. (Fath al-Baari, 3/493; al-Mughni, 3/445; Nihaayat al-Muhtaaj, Shifa’ al-Gharaam bi Akhbaar al-Balad al-Haraam, by al-‘Iraaqi, 1/258)
Ibn al-Qayyim (may ALLAH have mercy on him) said: Myself and others tried seeking healing with Zamzam water and saw wondrous things. I sought healing with it from a number of illnesses, and I was healed by the permission of ALLAH. I saw someone who nourished himself with it for a number of days, half a month or more, and he did not feel hunger; he performed Tawaaf along with the other people just as they did. And he told me that he consumed nothing but Zamzam water for forty days and he had the strength to have intercourse with his wife, to fast and to perform Tawaaf numerous times. (Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/319, 320).
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may ALLAH preserve him) said: So you should have the intention of what you want to gain by drinking this water. He should drink his fill, i.e. fill his stomach with it until it is filled to the ribs, because this water is good. A hadeeth has been narrated concerning this: the difference between the believers and the hypocrites is drinking one’s fill of Zamzam water.(Ibn Maajah)
It was reported in Saheeh Muslim that the Prophet (upon him be salah and salam) said to Abu Dharr, who had stayed near the Ka’bah 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 (upon him be salah and salam) 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 (upon him be salah and salam) said: “Verily, it is blessed, it is food that nourishes.” (Muslim, 2473).
Minerals Mass Concentration
Zamzam water has no colour or smell, but it has a distinct taste, and its pH is 7.9–8.0, indicating that it is alkaline to some extent and is similar to seawater.
Some incidents relating to the Miracles of ZamZam
Yusria Abdel-Rahman Haraz said that she was affected by an ulcer in her eye. It affected her by a severe headache which could not be cured by tablets. She was about to become blind in the affected eye. She went to a famous doctor who suggested to give her an injection which will stop the headache but it will also dysfunction the affected eye and consequently she will loose the sight in the affected eye. Mrs.Yusria was confident of the mercy of ALLAH. She thought of performing Umrah and supplicated to ALLAH to cure her. She come to Makkah and performed Tawaf, there were not many people and the areas not crowded, therefore, she could be with the Zamzam water for long time. She washed her eyes. When she came back to the hotel she found that her affected eyes was cured and the ulcer disappeared. This event proves that it is a confirmation of the Hadeeth which says, “Zamzam water fulfils the purpose for which it has been drunk, if you drink it for getting cured ALLAH cures you, if you drink it for stomach satisfaction Allah will satisfy you and if you drink it for quenching thirst ALLAH will quench your thirst.” [El-Dar Qatni and El-Hukm and Zad]
There are many of such events, which proves the truth of what the Prophet (upon him be salah and salam) said and the holy nature of Zamzam water. Dr. Farooque Antar tells his own story. He says that he had been affected by a stone in his ureter and the doctor could not remove or destroy it without a surgical operation. But he postponed the operation two times. Meanwhile he performed Umra and supplicated to ALLAH to cure him without undergoing operation. He drank from Zamzam water and prayed two Rakaats. Then he felt a benching in his ureter and hurried to relieve himself, only to see the stone come out and he was cured without undergoing a surgical operation. The doctors who were treating Dr. Farooque were surprised at this.
A man from Yemen was fond of reading Qur'an from a small Mushaf. As he became old he found that he couldn’t read Qur'an easily from that book because his sight was becoming weak. He heard about the water of Zamzam and its advantage of fulfilling the purpose for which it has been drunk. He came to Hajj and he drank from Zamzam. He started reading from that small Mushaf of Qur'an easily and without any sight problems. He achieved what he wanted because he was confident of that and had deep faith in the saying of the Prophet (upon him be salah and salam), “The water of Zamzam fulfils the purpose for which it has deep drunk” He was also confident and had deep belief in the Qur'anic sign in which ALLAH says, “When my servants ask thee concerning me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every supplicant when he collect on me, let them also with a will listen to my call, and believe in Me. That may walk in the right way”. [2:186]