ZamZam Water

Zamzam water is the water which is taken form the zamzam well which is loacated in masjid al haram makkah, Saudi Arabia. The well dates back to the times of prophet ibrahim pbuh. The water is considered holy for muslims.

The zamzam water is stored and some are transported to madinah. The stored water sent to masjid Al haram and masjid Al nabawi. And the other stored water were packed to ICAO standards so the pilgrims can carry in the Aircraft safety. All the Airlines flying into Jeddah or Madinah Allows a passenger with an Umrah Visa or hajj Visa to carry a bottle of Zamzam packed in ICAO standard.

ZamZam well

ZamZam well is well in Makkah inside the masjid Al haram. The history of the Zamzam dates back to the prophet Ibrahim Pbuh period. An estimated existence of more than 4000 years. The water is considered holy for Muslims. 

That ZamZam was destroyed at certain period before the prophet Muhammad PBUH. And it is reported that prophets grandfather Abdul muthalif restored it again.

Its pumps are 18.5 liters per Seconds. ZamZam well is only 30m deep. It is excavated using hands. I mean digged by hand. Its internal diameter range from 1.08 to 2.66 m. It's annual average production is around 0.5 million cubic meters of volume.

The history of Zamzam well

Accordingly to command of Allah Ibrahim Pbuh left hajar Pbuh and their son Ismael Pbuh and walked out of the desert. Ismael Pbuh who was an infant was crying so the mother desperately looking for water. She ran back and fourth between mount Safa and mount Marwa seven times looking for water. The infant Ismael pbuh scrapped the land with the feet where suddenly water sprang out. 

The word zamzam comes from the word zome zome meaning "stop stop". This words were uttered by the hajar Pbuh after the water had quenched their thirst and still ghushing out.

The area around the spring later converted in to a well. The well attracted travellers with the caravan and became the resting place. Then slowly became a trading city of makkah also known as bakkah.

Prophet Muhammads' Pbuh heart was removed and washed with zamzam water and filled with faith and wisdom. 

Location of the zamzam well 

Zamzam well is located few meters away from the Multazam or the door of the Kaaba. In order to accommodate the crowd coming into the Masjid Al Haram the custodians of the mosque from time to time decided to expand the mataf area. Therefore the well is not visible now. The area where the well was located, is indicated with Tiles written ZamZam in Arabic as the picture shown below. In the Mataf Area.

Through out the history, to accommodate the increasing amount of pilgrims the ZamZam well and it's structure surrounding was modified. Finally it was covered from the above and mataf area was expanded for uninterrupted tawaf. As of now, they are using modern technology to supply water from the zamzam well and expanded the mataf area. This action now helped facilitate of more pilgrims to perform tawaf around Kaaba in the ground floor.

See the below picture for its current status.

Appearance of the ZamZam well

It was a well before with a copper bucket and rope. Where the water was uplifted with a bucket. Now the original Appearance of the zamzam well can been seen in basement of the mataf area. See the picture below for reference. The well is protected by glass panels that allow a clear view of the well. Unfortunately no visitors are Allowed to see this well.

Where does ZamZam water come from 

According to Saudi geological survey website the well lies within wadi Ibrahim and taps water from wadi alluvium.

"Hydrogeologically, the well lies within Wadi Ibrahim, which runs through the Holy City of Makkah, and taps groundwater from the wadi alluvium and, to a much lesser extent, the underlying fresh bedrock."

It is to be noted the rainfall has significant influence in the water production of the zamzam well. Remember the Rain is poured down the earth by the will of Allah.

is zamzam water infinite ?

I don't have scientific Answer to the question whether it is infinite. But considering the history and the days it's been existed and the amount of water it pumps everyday it is just a miracle. It is restricted to pump not more than 500000 cubic meter water every year by the authorities.

The properties of Zamzam water

The zamzam water has a pH value of 7.5- 7.7 and Alkaline. it is odorless and colorless. According to the mineral concentration report released by the ind said University a liter of zamzam water has the following in milligrams.
Sodium 133
Calcium 96
Magnesium 38.88
Potassium 43.3
Bicarbonate 195.4
Chloride 163.4
Fluoride 0.72
Nitrate 124.8
Sulfate 124
Total dissolved solids 835.

Is zamzam water UV treated?

According to Saudi Geological Survey the Water distributed to public has be UV treated. So the zamzam water we drink is UV treated.

zamzam water for sale
Saudi Arabia has totally prohibited the commercial export of the zamzam water. Therefore what is available in the market as zamzam may not be actual zamzam water. There were cases in the United Kingdom the water is founded to be contaminated asernic. Therefore it's not a good idea to buy zamzam water from anywhere else than Saudi. 


Zamzam water dua
You can recite any Dua while drinking ZamZam water. Say bismillah before you drink it.

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ عِلْمَاً نَافِعَاًً وَرِزْقَاً وَاسِعَاًَ وَشِفَاءً مِنْ كُلِّ دَاءٍ
Allahumma inni Asaluka Ilman naafi'an warizqan waasi'an wa shifa'an min kulli da'in.

"O Allah, I seek beneficial knowledge, wide sustenance and cure from all ailments from You".

It is a best practice to sit and drink while facing towards Kaaba.

You can recite your own personal duas. These duas can be your personal needs and wants. 


Is zamzam water contaminated with Arsenic ?
I certainly don't have an exact answer for this question. But arsenic was found beyond safe level in the water sold as zamzam in the UK. This finding was published in the BBC. But Allah knows the best. 

There was no confirmation wether the alleged water is really the zamzam water. 

There are studies conducted by naturopathic doctors reveal a human body needs 60 essential minerals to our body. Asernic is one of the 60 essential mineral when taken in controlled amount.

How to drink zamzam water 
Zamzam water is drunk like any other water. Don not waste the zamzam water. Use only to drink. No harm if you you sprinkle in your body. Do not use to clean yourself. 

zam zam water benefits
Zamzam water gives many benefits to the human kind. First of all we must understand it's a sign of Allah as a blessing. It quenches thirst and hunger. It is reported that the companions of the prophet Pbuh who stayback in Makkah they had no food but zamzam for many years. This benefit is irreplaceable by any other water. The water has healing properties. The Muslim physicians have used zamzam water to heal patients before. 

In modern day science it is noted that the lack of minerals can cause disease in our body. Zamzam water is mineral rich water. Refer to natural medicine websites.

Zamzam water is non contaminated. Most of the water today are contaminated with wastes such as human waste and chemical waste. Zamzam water is yet very clean and pure as fresh from the ground. 

Zamzam water is alkaline. Which is amazing benefits. Today science has discovered drinking alkaline water improves health. The Alkaline water reduced body fat too. Google alkaline diet.

Zamzam water contain less flouride comparing to any water. There are conspiracy theories on how flouride water detoriates health of the human kind.

zamzam water in the bible
It is mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 21:17-20. 
The incident of Zamzam was mentioned in the Bible.

17.God heard the boy crying, and the angel of Godcalled to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 
18.  Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 
19. Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 
20. God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer.


The above verses clearly mentions Hagar Pbuh and hazarat Ismael pbuh.


zamzam water in quran 

There are no Quranic verses that directly mentions zamzam water.

Hadeeth on zamzam water
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said concerning the water of Zamzam, 

“It is a blessing, and it is food that satisfies.
The water of Zamzam is for whatever purpose it is drunk for,’ so, O Allaah, I am drinking it (to quench) my thirst on the Day of Resurrection.
My roof was opened when I was in Makkah, and Jibreel (peace be upon him) came down and opened my chest, then he washed it with Zamzam water. Then he brought a gold basin full of wisdom and faith, poured it into my chest, and closed it up again. Then he took me by the hand and ascended with me into the first heaven.”

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him), who said, “I gave the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) Zamzam water to drink whilst he was standing,”

It was reported that when Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) drank from the water of Zamzam, he said: “O Allaah, I ask you for beneficial knowledge, plentiful provision and healing from every disease.”

Aa’ishah may Allah be pleased with her reported that she took Zamzam water home with her in bottles, and said, “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) took some of it away with him, and he used to pour it on the sick and give it to them to drink.”

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) departed (from Muzdalifah) and called for a bucket of Zamzam water. He drank from it, then did wudoo’. (Reported by ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ahmad with a saheeh isnaad).”

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Saudi geological survey 

Currently Saudi geological survey is responsible for monitoring all affairs related to Zamzam well and its water. It checks the quality of the water and maintains a threshold. If the water is below the threshold mark the pumping if water is stopped until the level reaches above the threshold. 

Read more here to on the official website of the Saudi Geological Survey to understand the technicial information on the zamzam well.
https://www.sgs.org.sa/english/earth/pages/zamzam.aspx

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