These are the final days of Ramadan 2010 with Eid Al Fitr soon approaching. During these final days I find myself thinking of all the Muslims in Makkah who are having the opportunity during this special period to not only perform Umrah or simply go to the Haram for Tarawe’el prayers, but that they may also freely enjoy zam zam water. But, what exactly is zam zam water? Why is it important to pilgrims and have significance to Muslims around the world? Why do non-Muslims have an interest in zam zam water?
There is a well located within the Grand Mosque (Haram) in Makkah which has provided water ever since Abraham’s (Ibrahim’s) son, Ishmael was thirsty and kept crying for water. As Ishmael kicked at the ground, water began gushing out, quenching his thirst. This well continues to provide water to this very day to all the millions of pilgrims who visit Makkah annually. This water, from the well, is zam zam water.
From when I first arrived in Saudi Arabia, I was introduced to zam zam water. My mother-in-law offered my husband and I zam zam water on our first time to her home in Makkah. I did not notice any different or discernable taste to the zam zam water as compared to other waters. However, it is believed that zam zam waters have special powers of healing.
Zam Zam water contains a higher content of Calcium and Magnesium Salts in addition to natural fluorides that encompass a germicidal action which contains healing qualities. The pH content of zam zam water is 7.9–8.0, indicating that it is alkaline to some extent and is similar to seawater.
Sodium chloride (common salt) is in excess in Zamzam making it taste salty. Muslims believe that Zamzam is beneficial for health. They also claim that the excess amount of sodium does not cause any harmful effects.
- Sodium 133 mg/L
- Calcium 96 mg/L
- Magnesium 38.88 mg/L
- Potassium 43.3 mg/L
- Bicarbonate 195.4 mg/L
- Chloride 163.3 mg/L
- Fluoride 0.72 mg/L
- Nitrate 124.8 mg/L
- Sulfate 124.0 mg/L
- pH 8
- Total dissolve alkalinity 835 mg/L
My husband and I were each provided zam zam water during our respective battles with cancer. Family and friends would visit with us having come from Makkah. They would present us with carafes of zam zam water. In fact, during my hospital stay when I had my mastectomy due to breast cancer, I was accidentally anointed with zam zam water in the middle of the night!
It is traditional for Muslim pilgrims who visit Makkah to take zam zam water back with them to their home countries. It is an honor and one of the greatest gifts to be offered zam zam water.
This video has a German doctor who further expounds on the powers of zam zam water and is well-worth watching in its entirety.
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