Diluting Zamzam

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Diluting Zamzam



Zam-zam water is one of the many signs of Allah Y. Zam-zam enjoys many virtues and blessings. Below are some virtues:

  1. Zam-zam water is from Jannah (Paradise).
  2. Zam-zam is the best water on earth.
  3. Zam-zam is a cure for every sickness.

Sayyiduna Ibn Abbās treports that Nabi ementioned:


عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم خير ماء على وجه الأرض ماء زمزم فيه طعام الطعم وشفاء السقم


“The best water on the surface of this world is Zam-zam. In it is food for the hungry and cure for the sick.” (Tabarāni)

Nabi eused to fill Zam-zam in water bags and sprinkle over the ill and give them to drink.

Sayyiduna Jabir treports that Nabi esaid:


جابر بن عبد الله يقول سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم : يقول ( ماء زمزم لما شرب له )


“Zam-zam is for what it is drank.” (i.e. whatever intention/dua is made when drinking Zam-zam, it will be fulfilled). (Ibn Mājah)


Drinking a lot of Zam-zam is a sign of īmān and disliking Zam-zam is a sign of hypocrisy.


قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم: ( إن آية ما بيننا وبين المنافقين أنهم لا يتضلعون من زمزم )


Sayyiduna Ibn Abbās trelates that Nabi ementioned:

“The difference between us and the hypocrites is that they do not drink a lot of Zam-zam.” (Ibn Majah)

(Excerpt from the book, Fadl Ma’iz Zam-zam)


Faqīhul Ummah Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood 0was questioned:

Q. It is famous regarding Zam-zam water that by adding other water to it, the blessings of Zam-zam do not decrease. To support this, the narration of Nasa’ī is cited that some people came to Nabi e. Nabi egave them the left over water of his wudhu and told that when it is almost finished, then add other water to it. Is this correct?


A. Yes this is correct. Insha Allah, by adding other water to Zam-zam, the blessings of Zam-zam will remain and not decrease.


The narration of Nasa’ī referred to in the question is as follows:

Sayyiduna Talq Ibn Ali trelates that we went as a delegation to meet Nabi e. We took bay’ah (pledged allegiance) and performed salāh with Nabi e. We also informed Nabi ethat there is a church in our land. We requested Nabi efor the left over water of his wudhu. Nabi ecalled for water, performed wudhu, gargled his mouth and put the water in a container. Nabi eordered us that when you return home, break the church, pour this water in that place and make it into a masjid. We replied: “O Nabi of Allah e, we live in a far-off land and the heat is also extreme. As a result, the water will evaporate. Nabi ereplied,  “Add water to it. It will only increase in good (i.e. the blessed water will increase the added water in its blessings).”