Arrival of the pilgrims is always filled with joys; we adoringly welcome our loved ones, hoping their Hajj was fruitful and accepted, shortcoming forgiven, and sins erased…
One of the joys which the pilgrims bring back for us is the blessed water of ZamZam;
…holding that small bottle containing the most valuable and precious ZamZam water in your hands reminds you of all your big wishes you hope to be fulfilled.
…a sip of ZamZam is enough to cool your heart; …and it gives you a small peak into the serenity and the joy which the pilgrims must have experienced on the magnificent journey; …it makes you long more to visit the House of Allah.
It is recommended to drink ZamZam whenever feasible because of the Barakah it contain, and as the Prophet 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.” (Saheeh al-Jaami’, 3302). See, Fatawa of Ibn Baz (25/119)]
he (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) also said, “The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for.” [Narrated by Ibn Maajah (3062) Hasan Hadeeth]
It was reported that the Prophet (sallahu alaihi wasallam) drank it, made widhu with it and poured it on his head. He used to carry Zamzam water in small vessels and large containers in order to pour it on the sick and give it to them to drink. (al-Silsilat al-Saheehah, 883).
What is the correct manner of drinking ZamZam?
Shaikh Muhammad ibn al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullah) writes while explaining the etiquettes of drinking the water of Zam-Zam in ash-Sharh al-Mumtee (7/377, 378, 379),
- (first,) You should have the intention of what you like to achieve by (drinking) this water.
- (then) one should drink (the water of Zam-Zam) to his fill – i.e., fill one’s stomach with it until it is filled to the ribs, because this water is good.
A Hadeeth has been narrated concerning this, ‘A sign distinguishing the people of Eeman (faith) and Nifaaq (hypocrisy) is drinking one’s fill from the water of Zam-Zam.” *1
Such is the case because the water of Zam-Zam is not pleasantly sweet, rather it is somewhat salty. And a Mu’min (believer) does not drink his fill from this somewhat salty water except out of faith in the Barakah (which Allah has placed in it) – so, this is a sign of his Eeman. [end quote]
Also don’t forget the other etiquettes of drinking; like sitting down whilst drinking, saying Bismillah, pausing in between to take three breaths and praising Allah after one finishes.
Also facing the Ka’bah whilst drinking Zam-Zam is mentioned by some scholars because it is mustahab to face the Kiblah when making Du’aa. [Imam an-Nawawi in Majmoo, also see Sharh Muslim]
In short, this is how you should drink the ZamZam water;
- Make up your mind about what you want to achieve by drinking ZamZam, like seeking Allah’s forgiveness, or healing for a sickness, being freed from poverty or distress…
- Face the Kiblah
- Sit down
- Say Bismillah
- Drink in three breaths
- Say, ‘alHamdulillah’ after drinking
Read more about how to attain Barakah from different things in the book, “Attaining Barakah”
Coming soon in print!
*Footnote 1: Narrated by Ibn Maajah in al-Manaasik (1017), al-Hakim (1/472). Al-Boosairi said, ‘This is a saheeh isnaad and its men are trustworthy]