Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Zamzam Water

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 8:36 AM
Once Upon a Time -  Zamzam Well
Zamzam is the name of the well that provides the water to billions of people, have thirstily drunk from throughout history, especially during the Hajj pilgrimage. The  Zamzam Well,( زمزم) is a well located within the Masjidil Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. According to Islamic belief, it was a miraculously-generated source of water from Allah, which began thousands of years ago when Prophet Ibrahim’s  عليه السلام son, Ismail was thirsty and kept crying for water and was kicking at the ground when water gushed out. Millions of pilgrims visit the well each year while performing the Hajj or Umrah pilgrimages, in order to drink its water. Muslims consider the Zamzam well a contemporary miracle, never having gone dry despite the millions of liters of water consumed every year.

Islamic history states that Zamzam well was revealed to Siti Hajar, the second wife of Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام and mother of Ismail around the year 2000 BC. According to Islamic tradition, she was desperately seeking water for her infant son, but could find none, as Makkah is located in a hot dry valley with few sources of water. Siti Hajar ran seven times back and forth in the scorching heat between the two hills of Safa and Marwah, looking for water. Getting thirstier by the second, her son, Ismail scraped the land with his feet, where suddenly water sprang out. The name of the well comes from the phrase Zomë Zomë, meaning 'stop', a command repeated by Siti Hajar. Today, this same act is a necessary rite of Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage. The appearance of the Zamzam began the settlement of the Makkan valley, where the descendants of Prophet Ismail عليه السلام populated the area. Nonetheless, the well of Zamzam retained its importance in later generations.

Enterance to Zamzam Well (closed)
The miracle water of Zamzam is still flowing until today. Subhanallah! "This well has never dried up. On the contrary, it has always fulfilled the demand for water. It has always maintained the same salt composition and taste ever since it came into existence. Instead, they have always enjoyed the water that refreshes them. Water tastes different at different places. Zamzam water's appeal has always been universal. This water has never been chemically treated or chlorinated as is the case with water pumped into the cities.

One of the miracles of Zamzam water is its ability to satisfy both thirst and hunger. Prophet Muhammad  صلى الله عليه وسلىم 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."

Every year, millions upon millions of pilgrims drink Zamzam water, which has been around for thousands of years. It is fed daily to the Nabawi Mosque in Madinah in large quantities, and is packaged and shipped to millions of Muslims worldwide, without the slightest blemish in its flow. It is the epitome of munificence; the more we drink, the more it gives.


Location of Zamzam Well


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