Drinking Zam Zam water is considered a blessed and sacred act for Muslims around the world. It is believed to possess unique qualities and benefits, and its history dates back to the time of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his son Ismail (Ishmael). When drinking Zam Zam water, Muslims often recite a dua (supplication) to seek blessings and express gratitude. In this text, I will provide a description of the significance of Zam Zam water and a dua commonly recited while drinking it.
Zam Zam water is drawn from the Zam Zam well located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, near the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam. Its origin is associated with a miraculous event when Prophet Ibrahim’s wife, Hajar (Hagar), and their infant son Ismail were left in the barren desert by Allah’s command. In a state of desperation, Hajar searched for water to sustain her child, and by the grace of Allah, the Zam Zam well sprang forth at the feet of Ismail. Since then, Zam Zam water has been flowing continuously, providing sustenance and blessings to millions of people throughout history.
When approaching the act of drinking Zam Zam water, Muslims are encouraged to be mindful of its significance and to express their gratitude to Allah for this blessed gift. While there is no specific dua prescribed by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) for drinking Zam Zam water, Muslims often recite the following dua:
“اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ عِلْمًا نَافِعًا، وَرِزْقًا وَاسِعًا، وَشِفَاءً مِنْ كُلِّ دَاءٍ”
“O Allah, I ask You for beneficial knowledge, abundant provision, and a cure from every illness.”
This dua encompasses the broader blessings that Muslims seek from Allah while drinking Zam Zam water. It expresses a desire for knowledge that is beneficial, encompassing both worldly and spiritual wisdom. Muslims understand that seeking knowledge is a lifelong endeavor that leads to personal growth, success, and guidance in all aspects of life.
The dua also requests abundant provision, acknowledging that sustenance and material blessings ultimately come from Allah. Muslims recognize that all forms of wealth and provision are in His control, and by supplicating for abundant provision, they acknowledge their dependence on Him for their needs and well-being.
Lastly, the dua seeks a cure from every illness. Muslims believe in the power of healing through prayer and trust in Allah’s mercy and ability to grant healing. By requesting a cure from every illness, Muslims demonstrate their reliance on Allah’s guidance and healing power, recognizing that He is the ultimate source of well-being and health.
Drinking Zam Zam water with this dua reflects a deep sense of humility, gratitude, and faith. Muslims believe that through the act of supplicating, they establish a connection with Allah and invite His blessings and mercy into their lives. By acknowledging Allah’s sovereignty and seeking His guidance and provision, Muslims demonstrate their trust and reliance on Him in all aspects of life.