Q: A questioner asked (Shaykh Mohammad al Malki) about the merits of Zamzam water; “Is it from the Sunnah or is it a bid’ah to make du’aa before drinking?”
A: The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said that “Zamzam is for whatever reason you drink it.” Whatever intention you have when you drink it, it will, In Shaa Allaah, happen. I remember (a narration of) Imaam Ibn Hajr (rahimahullaah), when he came to the well of Zamzam he asked Allaah to give him the kind of memory like the memory of Imaam Adh Dhahabee (rahimahullaah). He was given that kind of memory. As the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Zamzam is food if you take it as food and medicine if you take it as medicine.”
We have two incidents, one at the time of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and one today. At the time of the Prophet: Aboo Dhaarr al Ghafaari, (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu), recited Quraan in Makkah in front of the Kuffaar, they put him in the well of Zamzam and chained it down. After 40 days they released him. He became fat. He was asked: “How did you become fat like that? Is there any food?” He said: “No, there’s only Zamzam.”
As for the story of today, I relate the story of a working woman who had Cancer. She went to Germany and the doctors told her that she only had a limited number of days to live – she’s dying. She asked for advice from an Islaamic center there and they told her to go to Makkah, make ‘Umrah, drink as much Zamzam as you can, maybe Allaah will cure you.
She came to Makkah during the days of ‘Umrah, drank a lot of Zamzam and then went back to Jeddah where she was living. She went to see the doctors and they did tests. They asked her: “What kind of medicine did you take? There’s no more Cancer, it’s gone!”
So, this is the incident that I relate today. It is not necessarily (like that) because maybe one of us takes Zamzam and Allaah does not cure him of the illness then he says “Oh, it is not as they say.” No. It is not like that. Maybe Allaah wants to give you a greater reward but you are to take the means, you take the means (to reach a cure). You go to the doctor, you drink Zamzam, you take honey, Black Seed, these things you know – avoid this and avoid that. These are all a means of purification. Allaahu Aa’lam.
Shaykh Mohammad al Malki
Imaam of Masjid Baraa bin Malik
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