Source: Bida’ an-Nas Fil-Qur’an, by Abu Anas, Ali bin Husain Abu Loaz, published by Dar al-Watan

It was reported that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) drank from Zamzam water and he used to carry it, and encouraged people to drink it.

Ibn ‘Abbas (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhuma) narrated that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Zamzam water is for what intention it was drunk.” [Ibn Maajah]

Ibn ‘Abbas (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhuma) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) came to the drinking place and asked for water. Al-‘Abbas (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) said, “O Fadl! Go to your mother and bring a drink from her for Allaah’s Messenger.” Allaah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Give me water to drink.” Al-‘Abbas (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) said, “O Allaah’s Messenger! The people put their hands in it.” Allaah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) again said, “Give me water to drink.” So, he drank from that water and then went to the Zamzam (well) and there the people were offering water to the others and working at it (drawing water from the well). The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) then said to them, “Carry on! You are doing a good deed.” Then he (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Were I not afraid that other people would compete with you (in drawing water from Zamzam), I would certainly take the rope and put it over this (i.e. his shoulder) (to draw water).” On saying that, the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) pointed to his shoulder. [Al-Bukhaari]

Ibn ‘Abbas (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhuma) narrated that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Zamzam water is for what intention it was drunk. So if you drink it seeking healing, then Allaah will cure you; and if you drink it to get full, then Allaah will fill you, and if you drink it to quench your thirst, then  Allaah will quench your thirst and it is the Hazmah of Jibreel (i.e. he struck it with his leg, so the place was lowered and water gushed forth), and  the drink of Ishmaeel.“ [Al-Haakim and ad-Daar al-Qutni]

‘Aishah (Radia-Allaahu ‘anha) said that she used to carry Zamzam water and that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) also carried it with him. [At-Tirmidhi and authenticated by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah as-Saheeha no. 883]

Though there is doubt in the authenticity of some of these ahadeeths, the scholars have corrected and authenticated them. The Companions have acted according to them and people have continued to act upon them till this day. This confirms what Muslim reported regarding what the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said about Zamzam: “It is blessed and it is the food” and Abu Dawoud added to the hadeeth: “and it is a cure for any illness.”

It has not been proven that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) recited Qur’an on Zamzam  water for any of his Companions to drink, nor did he wipe his body with it for any reason, hoping to cure him from an ailment, although he was blessed and of high rank and he was keen on doing good for his people. Also, he repeatedly went to Zamzam (well) before his migration to Madinah, and during his Umrah (minor pilgrimage) and Hajj after migration. It was not affirmed that he guided his Companions to read over the water so that they could use it to cure themselves as they did with other water, in spite of its blessing according to the aforementioned ahadeeth (Prophetic narrations). [Fatawa of the Permanent Committee of Ifta no. 1515]

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