Zum Zum Water (Sent by Naveed Roghay)
Research by Tariq Hussain,
We came here again to perform the Omrah, and I am reminded of the wonders of
Let me go back to how it all started. In 1971, an Egyptian doctor wrote to the European Press, a letter saying
that Zum-zum water was not fit for drinking purposes. I immediately thought that this was just a form of prejudice against the Muslims
and that since his statement was based on the assumption that since the Ka'aba was a shallow place (below sea level) and located
in the center of the city of Makkah, the wastewater of the city collecting through the drains fell into well holding the water.
Fortunately, the news came to King Faisal's ears who got extremely angry and decided to disprove the Egyptian doctor's provocative
statement. He immediately ordered the Ministry of Agriculture and
Water Resources to investigate and send samples of Zum-zum water to European laboratories for testing the potability of the water.
The ministry then instructed the Jeddah Power and Desalination Plant
to carry out this task. It was here that I was employed as a
desalting engineer (chemical engineer) to produce drinking water from sea water). I was chosen to carry out this assignment.
At this stage, I remember that I had no idea what the well holding
the water looked like. I went to Makkah and reported to the
authorities at the Ka'aba explaining my purpose of visit. They
deputed a man to give me whatever help was required. When we
reached the well, it was hard for me to believe that a pool of
water, more like a small pond, about 18 by 14 feet, was the
well that supplied millions of gallons of water every year to hajis
ever since it came into existence at the time of Hazrat Ibrahim
A.S.,many, many centuries ago.
I started my investigations
and took the dimensions of the well. I asked the man to show me the
depth of the well. First he took a shower and descended into the water.
Then he straightened his body I saw that the water level came up to just above his shoulders.
His height was around
five feet, eight inches. He then started moving from one corner to
the other in the well (standing all the while since he was
not allowed to dip his head into the water) in search of any inlet
or pipeline inside the well to see from where the water came in.
However, the man reported that he could not find any inlet
or pipeline inside the well. I thought of another idea. The
water could be withdrawn rapidly with the help of a big transfer
pump which was installed at the well for the Zum-zum water storage tanks. In this way, the water level would drop enabling us
to locate the point of entry of the water.
Surprisingly, nothing was observed during the pumping period, but I
knew that this was the only method by which you could find the
entrance of the water to the well. So I decided to repeat the
process. But this time I instructed the man to stand still at
one place and carefully observe any unusual thing happening inside
the well. After a while, he suddenly raised his hands and shouted,
Alhamdollillah! I have found it. The sand is dancing beneath my
feet as the water oozes out of the bed of the well."
Then he moved around the well during the pumping period and
noticed the same phenomenon everywhere in the well. Actually the
flow of water into the well through the bed was equal at every
point, thus keeping the level of the water steady.
After I finished my observations I took the samples of the water for
European laboratories to test. Before I left the Ka'aba, I asked
the authorities about the other wells around Makkah. I was
told that these wells were mostly dry. When I reached my
office in Jeddah I reported my findings to my boss who listened
with great interest but made a very irrational comment that the
Zum-zum well could be internally connected to the Red Sea. How was it possible when Makkah is
about 75 kilometres away from the
sea and the wells located before the city usually remains dry?
The results of the water samples tested by the European
laboratories and the one we analysed in our own laboratory were
found to be almost identical. The difference between
Zum-zum water and other water (city water) was in the quantity of
calcium and magnesium salts. The content of these was slightly
higher in Zum-zum water. This may be why this water
refreshes tired hajis, but more significantly, the water contains
fluorides that have an effective germicidal action. Moreover, the
remarks of the European laboratories showed that the water
was fit for drinking. Hence the statement made by the Egyptian
doctor was proved false.
When this was reported to King
Faisal he was extremely pleased and ordered the contradiction of the report in the European Press. In a way, it was a blessing
that this study was undertaken to show the chemical composition
of the water. In fact, the more you explore, the more wonders
surface and you find yourself believing implicitly in the
miracles of this water that Allah bestowed as a gift on the
faithful coming from far and wide to the desert land for
Let me sum up some of the features of Zum-zum
water. This well has never dried up. On the contrary it has
always fulfilled the demand for water. It has always
maintained the same salt composition and taste ever since it came
into existence. Its potability has always been universally
recognised as pilgrims from all over the world visit Ka'aba
every year for Hajj and umrah, but have never complained about it.
Instead, they have always enjoyed the water that refreshes them.
Water tastes different at different places.
water's appeal has always been universal. This water has never been
chemically treated or chlorinated as is the case with water pumped
into the cities. Biological growth and vegetation usually
takes place in most wells. This makes the water unpalatable owing
to the growth of algae causing taste and odour problems.
But in the case of the Zum-zum water well, there wasn't any sign
of biological growth. Centuries ago, Bibi Hajra A.S. searched
desperately for water in the hills of Sufwa and Murwa to give to
her newly born son Hazrat Ismail A.S. As she ran from one place to
another in search of water, her child rubbed his feet
against the sand. A pool of water surfaced, and by the grace of
Allah, which came to be called Zum-zum water.
Please pass this on to everyone to know the facts of great wonders of Zum-zum.
And Allah gave them a reward in this world, and the excellent
reward of the Hereafter. "For Allah Loveth those who do
good" - (Sura Imran Verse 148)