ZAM-ZAM Water, Is it not fit for Human consumption?

Sat July 24 11:54:46 CDT 2010
Alert from Muslim consumer group
This nice information about ZAM ZAM  has been sent to me by Mr. Mohammad Nayeem of Azimpur Quran class:

ZAM-ZAM Water, Is it  not fit for Human consumption?
Research by Tariq Hussain.
We came here again to perform the Umrah, and I am reminded of the wonders of Zam-zam.  Let me go back to how it all started. In 1971, an Egyptian doctor wrote to the European Press, a letter saying that Zam-zam 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 Zam-zam 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 hajjis 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
Zam-zam 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, “Alhamdulillah!  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  Zam-zam  well  could be internally  connected  to  the  Red Sea. How was it possible when Makkah is about 75 kilometers 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 analyzed in our own laboratory were found to be almost identical.

The difference between Zam-zam water and other water (city water) was in the quantity of calcium and magnesium salts. The content of these was slightly higher in zam-zam water. This may be why this water refreshes tired hajjis, but more significantly, the water contains fluorides that have and 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 pilgrimage.
Let me sum up some of the features of Zam-Zam 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 recognized as pilgrims from all over the world visit Ka’aba every year for Hajj and umrah, but has never complained about it. Instead, they have always enjoyed the water that refreshes them. Water tastes different at different places.
Zam-zam 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 odor problems.  But  in  the  case  of  the  Zam-zam  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,  shaped  itself  into a well which came to be called Zam-zam water


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