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ZAMZAM : Most sacred Water

ZAMZAM : Most sacred Water
ZAMZAM well marks the site of a spring that, miraculously, had issued forth from a barren and desolate wadi (non perennial stream) when Hazrat Hajra ran seven times back and forth in the scorching heat between the two hills of Safa and Marwa to look for water for her son Hazrat Ismail (peace be upon him), who was thirsty. Almighty Allah, in His mercy, sent the Angel Gabriel, who scraped the ground, causing the spring to appear. Since then the water flowed for thousands of years. At the time well appeared, there was no vegetation or civilization or trace of water in Makka. The name Zamzam originates from the phrase Zomë Zomë, meaning ‘stop flowing’, a command repeated by Hazrat Hajra during her attempt to contain the spring water.
Later on Hazrat Ibrahim (Alaihi salam) built a well around it(Al Fathehy). Many generations passed in Makkah with Zamzam in complete oblivion, until Abdul-Muttalib (the paternal grandfather of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)) resurrected the well. The area around the spring, which was later converted to a well, became a resting place for caravans, and eventually grew into the trading city of Makkah, birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The Zamzam well is located within the Holy Mosque opposite the sacred Black Stone(Hajr-e-Aswad). According to Arab historians, the Zamzam Well has been in use for around 4000 years.
Miraculous fact of Zam Zam water is that it appeared in a desert in an area which did not give any indication of any water present. The wells around the same area in Mecca are dry but this particular well seems to have a constant supply of water available at all times. It shows no signs of drying up and neither does it give an indication of a source for this continued supply of water. Scientists looking at the non porous, volcanic Meccan region where it was found find it hard to give concrete answers to its origins. It has been quenching the thirst of millions of pilgrims who visit Mecca during the pilgrimage every year for thousands of years and its is a miraculous thing indeed.
Quranic Verse referring to Zamzam Water
Say: 'What do you think? If, one morning, your water disappears into the earth who will bring you running water?'►{Surah Mulk Chapter 67, Verse 30}
"Say: 'What do you think? If, one morning, your water disappears into the earth...'" This ayat is an argument against the idolaters. "Disappears" (ghawr) is a verbal noun which is used as an adjective, meaning vanishing into the earth. "Running"(ma'în) is abundant. The meaning is: if your water which you drink vanishes, will other than Allah bring you running water? This hearkens back to the example from Surat al-Kahf given under ayat 21, when one of the two men with a garden has his water disappear.
This is a further question addressed to Quraysh to show their lack of power. Their water was well water and wells can go dry. A spring which is ma'ana has ample water. Ibn 'Abbas says that it means: who will bring you sweet water? In reference to the people of Makka, whose water came from two wells, Zamzam and Maymun al-Hadrami, this is a telling point. What happens if Allah were to make the wells go dry? Zamzam itself was a miracle which appeared the middle of the desert.
Ahadith about Zamzam water
Hadith #1 Whilst going for Mee’raj , chest of our Beloved Prophet(peace be upon him) was washed with Zamzam water.
It is related from Anas ibn Malik that Abu Dharr related that the Messenger of Allah(peace be upon him) said, "The roof of my house was opened while I was in Makka and Jibril, peace be upon him, descended. He opened my breast and then washed it with the water of Zamzam. Then he brought a golden basin filled with wisdom and belief and poured it into my breast and closed it again. Then he took my hand and ascended with me to the lowest heaven and Jibril said to the guardian of the lowest heaven, 'Open!'
He demanded, 'Who is this?'
He answered, 'Jibril.'"►{Sahih Bukhari , Book of Hajj,What is said about Zamzam,Hadith 1555}
Hadith #2 : Zamzam water should be drank in standing position.
It is related that Ibn 'Abbas said, "I gave water to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, from Zamzam and he drank while standing."►{Sahih Bukhari , Book of Hajj,What is said about Zamzam,Hadith 1556}
Allah has made Zamzam a cause of good.There are many authentic sayings of Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) about it. Whilst drinking Zamzam du’as are accepted by Almighty Allah.The water of Zamzam is good for whatever purpose the person drinks it.
Hadith #3
The Prophet (upon him be peace) said: "The water of Zam- Zam has a cure for all ailments." ►(Dailami)
Hadith #4
It is reported from Jabir ibn Abdillah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (upon him be peace) said,” The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for.”►(Ibn-e- Majah)
Gush of Zamzam spring : A point to reflect on, while performing Hajj
After tawaf comes sa'y which in a way always reminds me of the rush hour in one of the great cities of the world. An endless seething mass of people flooding ceaselessly backwards and forwards in a paradoxical integration of confusion and order. Sa'y is a re-enactment of the desperate search for water by Hajjar, the wife of Sayyidina Ibrahim, 'alayhi salam, when she and her young son 'Isma'il were placed by him in the Hands of Allah in the barren valley of Bakka.
She ran backwards and forwards between the two rocks of Safa and Marwa, climbing first onto the one and then onto the other searching every horizon for that group of travellers who would save them from their plight. In the end, as we know, what they needed appeared literally under their feet with the emergence of the spring of Zamzam. How often we do the same thing in our own lives.
We cast about here and there, desperately seeking help of one kind or another from this one or that one, usually forgetting that Allah ta'ala is very well aware of our circumstances, and then Allah's help arrives from right under our noses or sometimes even from within ourselves and the situation is resolved.
►{The Spiritual Benefits of Hajj, By Ustadha Ayesha Bewley}

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