Zamzam, the miracle of Allah: –
The well of Zamzam is located in the holy city of Makkah. It is situated a few meters on the eastern side of Kaabah. Every year when Muslims visit the holy Kaabah while they perform Hajj or Umrah, they consume the water of Zamzam in good quantity. Not only that, but they also take liters of this holy water with them on their way back home. So what is so special about this water? Let us have a look at the history of Zamzam water.
History of Zamzam water: –
Allah had commanded Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) to leave his wife Hazrat Hajrah and infant baby Hazrat Ismail (AS) to the scorching and isolated desert of Makkah. Showing utmost obedience to Allah’s order, Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) took his wife and son to Makkah and left them in the name of Allah. Hazrat Hajra had an incessantly crying infant with her.
Little Ismail (AS) was hungry and there was no soul to be seen till the farthest distance who would help a mother in despair. She ran for help between the hills of Safa and Marwa seven times. But she could not find anyone. Little Ismail (AS) began scraping the ground from where sprang the water of Zamzam. As she saw the water flowing, she said, “Zam zam” which means “stop”. She said so because she wanted the water to stop flowing so that she could make use of it. Since then the well of Zamzam has been a source of miraculously healthy water.
Importance of Zamzam: –
Zamzam water has great significance in Islam. Drinking Zamzam is one of the essential components of pilgrimage. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to drink it, perform ablution with it and carry it with himself so that he could give it to ill people. He is reported to have 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.”
“The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for.”
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to drink Zamzam water while standing. It is because of the respect of this water. Muslims are also supposed to drink this water while standing.
Benefits of Zamzam: –
Not only this water is sacred, but it is also immensely beneficial for consumption. This water is the best water on Earth. It is free from any sort of bacteria and contamination. This is the purest water in the world. It has a positive impact on the metabolism of the body making a person more active and healthy. The high concentration of minerals such as magnesium and calcium also keeps up the energy level. Its high content of iodine makes it beneficial for thyroid patients. This is the reason why pilgrims are supposed to drink Zamzam after they complete an orbit around the Holy Kaabah. Pregnant ladies also find great benefits of Zamzam water as it relieves them from the fatigue and weariness they experience in pregnancy. Moreover, its alkaline nature helps to reduce acidity and heartburn which is a great issue in pregnancy.
For people who are weight conscious, the water of Zamzam helps in curbing appetite. For many days Hazrat Hajra and Hazrat Ismail (AS) survived on the water of Zamzam. This shows that if you drink Zamzam it satiates the need for food.
Zamzam water has benefits that extend to beauty and attractiveness as well. Firstly, its health benefits make the consumption of this water add to the overall wellness of a person. Secondly, rinsing eyes with Zamzam beautifies eyes and brightens eyesight.
Zamzam miraculous properties make it help cure any illness. It fulfills whatever intention one makes while consuming it. Zamzam well is almost 35 meters deep and continues to provide pure water for more than thousands of years.