You have probably had a sip or two of Zamzam water brought back to you by someone who visited Masjid al-Haram in Mecca.
The Zamzam Fountain is located about two meters east of the Kaaba and is a destination for millions of pilgrims who visit each year specifically to drink the holy water.
Here are some facts you want to know about the well:
Well is a miraculously created water source from ALLAH SWT that started thousands of years ago
The story of the fountain goes back to the Prophet Abraham (AS) and his son Ishmael (AS), who wept with thirst
The Zamzam Fountain was revealed to Prophet Abraham’s wife, when the Prophet left her and Ishmael (AS) in the middle of the desert one day, she ran back and forth between the Safa and Marwah hills seven times, looking for a drop of water for her son. Then Ishmael (AS) started scraping the land with his feet and suddenly the water jumped out.
When Prophet Abraham’s (AS) wife found the source, she enclosed it in sand and stones
The name Zamzam comes from the phrase Zome Zome, which means “stop flowing”.
It was a sentence that Prophet Abraham (AS) wife repeated while trying to contain the spring water.
During the first era, the fountain was surrounded by a simple stone fence
It is believed that the fountain had two cisterns in the first era, one for drinking and one for washing.
Under the Abbasid Caliph Al-Mansur, a dome was built above the fountain in 771 AD, which was then tiled with marble
In 775, Al-Mahdi rebuilt the fountain with a mosaic-covered dome during his caliphate. The fountain was further restored in 835 AD when the dome under Al-Mu’tasim was again covered with marble.
The most modern restoration of the fountain took place in 1915 under the rule of the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid
The building in which the Zamzam is located has been relocated and the water from the fountain is now being pumped into the eastern part of the mosque.
The water is available to men and women in different places