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Friday Freaky Fatwa--The Hadith of ZamZam water and science

A Muslim asks a scholar

I have read some ahaadeeth which say that it is forbidden to drink whilst standing. Does this mean that drinking whilst standing is prohibited?
And the scholar replies

Praise be to Allaah.

There are hadith which say that the Prophet forbade drinking whilst standing. For example, the Prophet forbade drinking whilst standing.

But there are other hadith which say that the Prophet drank whilst standing, Ibn Mas’ood said: I brought water to the Messenger from Zamzam and he drank whilst standing.

The scholars reconciled these hadith by stating that the forbidding mentioned here does not mean that it is forbidden,
A Muslim asks a scholar
Why does the Quran, whereas the Bible does, not make a mention of the institution of circumcision as well as the story of Hagar and the miraculous well of Zamzam?
And the scholar replies

Praise be to Allaah.

You might as well ask, why does the Quran not explain the number of prayers during the day and night, and the number [of rak’ahs in] each prayer, and what should be recited in the prayer, and how the prayer should be done?  And why does it not speak in detail about charity, Hajj and fasting and so on?
Actually the Quran addresses all these issues but the scholars need some excuse to allow Hadith.

Allah has made the Sunnah (narrations, life, stories) of the Prophet the detailed explanation of that which is mentioned in general terms in the Quran. The matters which you mention are explained in the Sunnah, and both of them – the Sunnah and the Qur’aan – are revelation from Allah
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): hmm…read this carefully….

16:44(We sent them) with Clear Signs and Scriptures; and We have sent down unto thee (also) the Message; that thou mayest explain clearly to men what is sent for them, and that they may give thought”
Are they saying that Hadith are scriptures sent from Allah?  Does this mean that the Hadith writers were prophets and the companions also prophets?  Yet they can’t figure out whether to sit or stand while drinking? Oh, the shirk of it all!


A Muslim asks a scholar

What is the status of Zamzam water? What are its virtues? Why are Muslims so keen on Zamzam water?

And the scholar replies

Praise be to Allaah.

Zamzam water is the best and noblest of all waters, the highest in status, the dearest to people, the most precious and valuable to them. It was dug by Jibreel and is the water with which Allah quenched the thirst of Ismaa’eel.

It was reported the Prophet said to Abu Dharr, who had stayed near the Ka’bah and its coverings for forty days and nights with no food or drink other than Zamzam water: “How long have you been here?” Abu Dharr said: “I have been here for thirty days and nights.” The Prophet said, “Who has been feeding you?” He said, “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.”
Think he really said that?

Other scholars added, “… it was reported from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah that the Prophet said: “The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for.”
so it’s been reported that someone said that someone else said the prophet said….and wasn’t written down until Muhammad had been dead for 200 years and yet they say this is scripture?  Seems like a huge insult to Allah.

bn al-Qayyim 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; he performed prayer along with the other people just as they did. And he told me that he consumed nothing but Zamzam water for forty days and he had the strength to have intercourse with his wife, to fast and to perform prayer numerous times.
well, if it helps with sex it must be fabulous!

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said: So you should have the intention of what you want to gain by drinking this water. He should drink his fill, i.e., fill his stomach with it until it is filled to the ribs, because this water is good. A hadith has been narrated concerning this: the difference between the believers and the hypocrites is drinking one’s fill of Zamzam water.

The prophet Mohammed said, “The water of Zamzam fulfils the purpose for which it has been drunk”
Guess no one believes that

This is because Zamzam water is not sweet; it is somewhat salty, and the believer only drinks this somewhat salty water out of faith, believing that there is blessings in it. So when he drinks his fill of it, this is a sign of faith.

Perhaps Allah did not make it sweet so that people would not forget that the meaning of drinking it is an act of worship. Whatever the case, its taste is fine and there is nothing wrong with it.
Really?  Can that statement be verified or tested?

My friend Tina, who is very smart, sent me a link with the following information;

Millions of Muslims drink Zamzam water every year. There is little doubt that many thousand, where possible, drink this water regularly and/or have fed their children and other loved-ones with it, thereby putting themselves and others at risk of the effects of arsenicosis, which includes cancer

 [Samples from taps which were linked to the Zam Zam well and bottles on sale in Mecca] showed high levels of nitrate and potentially harmful bacteria, and traces of arsenic at three times the permitted maximum level, just like the illegal water which was purchased in the UK.

Dr Yunes Ramadan Teinaz, an environmental health officer who has previously warned about Zam Zam water, said it was "a sensitive matter".

"People see this water as a holy water," he added.

"They find it difficult to accept that it is contaminated but the authorities in Saudi Arabia or in the UK must take action," he said However, in May 2011, a BBC investigation found that, like the "fraudulent" Zamzam water being sold in 2005, genuine Zamzam water taken from the well also contained arsenic levels three times the legal limit.

In addition to the dangerous arsenic levels, the holy water contained high levels of nitrate and potentially harmful bacteria.

But what about the sacred scripture of Hadith?  Perhaps I can find that answer in the Quran.
31: 6
: But, there are among men those who patronize ridiculous Hadith without knowledge thereby misleading men from the Path of Allah and throwing a butt of mockery on the Path: for such there will be a humiliating Penalty

Transliteration; Wamina alnnasi man yashtaree lahwa alhadeethi liyudilla AAan sabeeli Allahi bighayri AAilmin wayattakhithaha huzuwan olaika lahum AAathabun muheenun

Hmmm…so what I got out of all of this was, when you follow Hadith (hadeeth) there will be a humiliating penalty.  And if you believe the Hadith of zamzam water and drink it you could have a humiliating penalty in front of lots of people…diarrhea.


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