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Drinking Zamzam is Worship

Drinking Zamzam is an ‘ibadah (act of worship). It is a means of seeking closeness to Allah.

The Prophet salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for.” Reported by Ibn Majah.

Our righteous predecessors would act upon this hadith verbatim:

– Ibn ‘Abbas drank from the water of Zamzam and he said, “O Allah, I ask you for beneficial knowledge, plentiful provision and healing from every disease.”

– Al-Humaydi said, “We were with Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah, and he told us the hadith about the water of Zamzam being drunk for whatever purpose it is drunk for. A man got up and left the gathering and then returned and said, ‘O Abu Muhammad, is the hadith which you told us about the water of Zamzam sahih?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ The man said, ‘Just now I drank a bucket of Zamzam so that you would tell me one hundred hadiths.’ Sufyan said, ‘Sit down,’ so he sat down and he told him one hundred hadiths.”

– Ibn al-Qayyim once said, “Myself and others tried seeking healing with Zamzam water and saw wondrous things. I sought healing with it from a number of illnesses, and I was healed by the permission of Allah. I saw someone who nourished himself with it for a number of days, half a month or more, and he did not feel hunger…” [Zad al-Ma’ad]

– The scholars say it is sunnah to drink one’s fill of Zamzam. Abu Dharr once stayed near the Ka’bah and its coverings for forty days and forty nights with no food or drink other than Zamzam. When asked by the Prophet as to how he nourished himself, he answered, “I have had nothing but Zamzam water, and I have gotten so fat that I have folds of fat on my stomach. I do not feel any of the tiredness or weakness of hunger and I have not become thin.” The Prophet said: “Verily, it is blessed, it is food that nourishes.” Other narrations include, “… and a healing for sickness.” Reported by Muslim and others.

What would you intend or make du’a for when drinking Zamzam?