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Mineral analysis[edit]

The article says,

Minerals Percentages
Calcium 198
Magnesium¨ 43.7
Chloride 335

More likely, these numbers are parts-per-million or parts-per-billion. I can't imagine how the water coming out of the well could be 198% calcium and 335% chloride. This section needs a rewrite. (talk) 14:14, 17 March 2009 (UTC)


I think this article needs a little reorganisation. I've just stuck in an image of a dispenser, but I think some of the introductory text needs to be separated - for example, the stuff on the SGS and health benefits of the water perhaps need to be moved into a new section. We'll see.--Mpatel 10:17, 10 July 2005 (UTC)

Also, why does it say Allah(God) that's like saying Bet(House).. it makes no sense.. allah = god in arabic.. not the "arabic god" both arabic muslims and arabic christians use this word, and there are many.. such as "rabb" (see rabi) and so on... --Adam 10:17, 10 July 2005 (UTC).

Baitullah = Bait (home) + Allah (God) = God's Home. All Arabic. It has nothing to resemble Bethel

Western academic historians?[edit]

well of course they doubt these stories....ummm hello.....they are not muslims......

That's bigoted and ill-conceived. Hedfones (talk) 02:54, 19 February 2009 (UTC)


If you read Genesis Hagar was never married to Abraham, but was only Sarah's servant. She was offered to Abraham only because Sarah couldn't have a child.

Hello? Considering this article is covering the Muslim perspective, don't you think we should be calling Hagar his wife? She's not his concubine in Islam!

Interestingly enough, she isn't mentioned in the Qur'an, and none of the mentions of Hagar (Hajar) in the six classic Sunni hadith collections describe her as Abraham's wife. She is described as his wife's maid-servant, or as a slave-girl. I'm willing to believe that later Muslims elevated her to wife, but there's no Qur'an or hadith basis for doing so. Zora 19:20, 21 September 2006 (UTC)



EVEN The bible say that Hagar is the wife of Abraham {So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband "to be his wife". ]Genesis 16:3}

'So Hagar is indeed the wife of Abraham according to the bible...DO YOU HAVE OBJECT THE BIBLE?

Happy haytham (talk) 19:14, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

I believe that this complete story of Hagar with her son in valley of Mecca is an Israelite or Arab folk lore. It has nothing to do with Qur'an or hadith. The only thing that is mentioned in Qur'an is that Abraham built Kabah with his son Ishmael. Both things doesn't go well, because this would mean that first Abraham left them in the desert and then came back to build the Kabah. And if Abraham was tested in such a big thing, then why not Qur'an or hadith mentioned it. If there is no problem with, someone can put on the article that it is not mentioned in Qur'an and hadith. TruthSpreaderTalk 04:57, 23 September 2006 (UTC)
Secondly, there is no account of Hagar as slave of Abraham. Instead of Muslims raising the status of Hagar, why not to think the other way round, Maybe Jews changed her to a slave-girl so that Muhammad's claim could be nullified. This whole concept is also there in Gospel of Barnabas. TruthSpreaderTalk 04:59, 23 September 2006 (UTC)
Thirdly, according to Islamic laws, if someone has child from a slave-girl, she becomes a wife. As Abraham was following the same religion, according to Muslims, then Ishmael still is the legitimate son of Abraham. TruthSpreaderTalk 05:01, 23 September 2006 (UTC)

Hagar again[edit]

Someone has again modified the article to read that Hagar was Abraham's wife. Many Muslims seem to believe that; however, Christians and Jews don't, and there is actually no support in the earliest Muslim texts for that belief. When there's a dispute, Wikipedia can't choose one side or another; we give all sides. Since there isn't ROOM in this article to discuss the wife/concubine question, let's just leave it out, OK? I tried to reword the sentence so that it takes no position on Hagar's status. Arguments re her status should go in her article. OK? Zora 19:06, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

I just looked at the article for Hagar -- it's a mess. It needs to be rewritten and retitled. Hagar (Bible) should be Hagar (Abrahamic religions). Let's take the dispute over there. Zora 20:26, 14 November 2006 (UTC)


Yes Hagar was Abraham’s wife Genesis 16:3,and I don not care what the Christians and Jews sayor their opinions are, that if they agree between themselves on anything :+D !

Please read the Bible [So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband "to be his wife"'. ]Genesis 16:3

…So who is right you or YHWH??


Happy haytham (talk) 18:31, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

"Please read the Bible [So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband "to be his wife"'. ]Genesis 16:3"

"to be his wife" is a euphemism for having sexual relations. It's nice that you pick and choose only what you want in attempting to prove your point. However, the verses following Gen 16:3 say this:

Genesis 16:4-9 (NASB77)

4 And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight.

5 And Sarai said to Abram, "May the wrong done me be upon you. I gave my maid into your arms; but when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her sight. May the LORD judge between you and me."

6 But Abram said to Sarai, "Behold, your maid is in your power; do to her what is good in your sight." So Sarai treated her harshly, and she fled from her presence.

7 Now the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur.

8 And he said, "Hagar, Sarai's maid, where have you come from and where are you going?" And she said, "I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai."

9 Then the angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority."

In those verses is Hagar ever referred to as Abram's wife? No. She's always referred to as "maid" or "Sarai's maid" or "her mistress" - even by the angel of the Lord. And notice that even Hagar refers to Sarai as her mistress. You don't see "my husband, Abram".

The hebrew for the word naming the relationship between Abraham and Hagar in 16:3 is אִשָּׁה. - the word used for "wife" through the hebrew bible - and the same term that is used in that verse to refer to the relationship between Abraham and Sarah (in the phrase, "Sarai his wife"). The maid/mistress language is about the relationship between Sarah and Hagar. The terms used in the Hebrew (and the English) keep the three relationships (Abraham-Hagar; Abraham-Sarah, and Sarah-Hagar) very clear. Jytdog (talk) 21:49, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

Actually, even Jewish sources see Hagar as Abraham's wife, as she is identified with Keturah, who in Genesis is called a "wife" which is discussed on Wikipedia's article on Hagar herself. That's two of the three Abrahamic Religions. Majority wins. --ShemtovKML (talk) 00:06, 30 October 2017 (UTC)

Major revision[edit]

I've completely rewritten and reorganized the article -- much of which seems to have been a copyvio from Saudi websites! I have tried to make it clear which beliefs re Zamzam are Muslim beliefs, and which "facts" are more generally accepted. I also added the bit re fake Zamzam water, which I found while googling, and I hope that this will be of some use to readers. Don't BUY Zamzam water! It may be a poisonous fake! Zora 22:19, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

I browsed this page to learn about Muslim beliefs concerning zam zam water and found this article a bit poor on the issue. A neverending list of miracles would be too much but a non-muslim like me can have interest for this. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:23, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

Zam Zam Soft Drink / Soda[edit]

In Iran, a popular aerated soft drink is called Zam Zam. Available in Cola, Orange, etc. etc. Commking 22:38, 11 December 2005 (UTC)

Added reference to existing Zam Zam Cola article. Thanks for help. Zora 00:00, 12 December 2005 (UTC)

Well not running dry[edit]

If the Zamzam well isn't dry, when neighboring ones are, it could be that they've dried up because pumps are diverting all the groundwater to Zamzam.

Another explanation is that the water supply is being supplemented. An article on the Saudi service that maintains the water says that they pump it up and store it in tanks. It would be so easy to eke out the water supply with a little extra water from other sources.

Just a thought. No proof. But I'd believe in chicanery before I believed in miracles. Zora 09:46, 22 December 2005 (UTC)

Hmmm -- just thought of another way to get more water out of Zamzam -- inject water into the water table somewhere else, which would increase the amount of ground water that can be pumped out at Zamzam. That would even be legit, right? Imagine surrounding Mecca with lovely green plantations, watered by imported water. Watering the plantations would send water seeping down to the water table. Zora 19:08, 22 December 2005 (UTC)

for me zam zam water is holy.Stupid people who wrote about the bad terms of zam zam is a great liar.

Actually there was a test that went on and they send a person into the well to check if there where any pumps but the person could not find any no matter how much he dug...i have proof if anyone wants it...Tere naam 00:27, 25 May 2006 (UTC)

This is absurd, can zora tell me where the water is being pumped, miliions of gallons of water is coming out and going all across the world. where is the pipeline in Saudia which is filtering sea water and making good the water table. please do not just guess because of your animosity80.78.136.115 22:32, 22 December 2006 (UTC)Farhan

The article explains that most of the water sold as Zamzam water is not only fake, but contaminated with arsenic. There are apparently no "millions of gallons" to be explained. Zora 23:20, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

'Brain surgery' picture[edit]

I agree with Zora that the picture is somewhat 'ugly'. However, deleting it on that basis is rather POV; if it really is a picture of water flowing from the Zamzam well, then there's no good reason for deleting it. I think that, unless a better picture of water flowing from the Zamzam well can be found, then the image should be kept (at least if the picture is described in words). However, the image shouldn't be at the top of the article, as it certainly doesn't look like the Zamzam well and is in no way guaranteed to capture the reader's attention (due it it's obscure - or ugly - appearance). MP (talk) 11:44, 15 February 2006 (UTC)

The picture is unsourced, and will be removed in seven days, so it doesn't seem like a good idea to put a lot of effort into formatting and placing it. Salman spent a fair bit of time today uploading pictures -- none of which are sourced and all of which will be removed.
It seems to me a kindness to the people doing Hajj not to post that picture ... how one could look at it and then want to drink Zamzam water is beyond me! Zora 12:06, 15 February 2006 (UTC)


The Existence and the continuity of “Well of Zamzam” with it the existence of Mecca for thousands of years in this hostile water scarce place. is Just one testable irrefutable evidence that prove the Miraculous Quran.

What I want from you Zora is to prove to us Please that the mythical Solomon temple is TRUE FACT did exist NOT a MYTH . Because despite of archeological traces been founded of the total devastated lost city Pompeii in Italy, There is NO ONE single proof or trace about this temple and or the so called Ark of Covenant been FOUNDED yet !!

Cheers and Regards

Happy haytham (talk) 19:26, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Academic historians[edit]

Anon, I reverted your edit softening the stance of academic historians against the pious Muslim version of the history. Historians simply do not take pious legends as fact; they want proof. I'd be willing to change the sentence if you could come up with even one historian (tenured, reputable university, holds position in a history department) who accepts the folkloric Muslim version. Zora 19:17, 1 May 2006 (UTC)

so i guess we need to accept the folkloric budhist version iquadri 15:45, 13 May 2006 (UTC)

Iquadri, I had to delete your addition again. The fluoride business is already mentioned in the article. As for the growth of algae -- we can't state it as accepted-by-encyclopedia fact that there is no algae and that this is miraculous in the absence of some scientific confirmation. A religious magazine is not proof. That belief would be worth mentioning if it were widespread -- then it would be a notable POV. However, while I have many times seen Muslims say that Zamzam water cures disease, or sates hunger, I haven't seen that algae theory mentioned until now. There are some 300 google hits for "Zamzam algae" and 15,000 for "Zamzam disease". Most of those 300 hits seem to be copies of the same article.
I'm not trying to be difficult. It's just that I take matters of fact, and proof, very seriously. Zora 16:23, 13 May 2006 (UTC)

Accepted,, by the way.. i added only once.. so dont know what u are saying about the addition again thingy... ok. .by the way.. i have to say one thing.. aside from your remarks about muhammad's wives as stray cats thingy.. i really have to compliment you on your work related to islam related articles.. initially when i read the discussion boards.. i thought its some passionate muslim contributing (your battles with striver and others related to shia and sunni povs), however i was a little surprised when i checked your profile page and found you are a budhist.. hats off too you.. but i have to ask one question out of curiousity.. how you came to write articles particularly about islam.. i mean what interested you..?? iquadri 18:13, 13 May 2006 (UTC)

"known to Muslims as Ibrahim"[edit]

Shouldn't this be changed back to "known as Ibrahim in Arabic"? I'm not going to change it as I don't find it to be that important a matter but I will bring it up anyways. It's true that Muslims call him Ibrahim, but Arab Christians also call him Ibrahim, see the Smith Van Dyke's Arabic Bible:

فَلا يُدْعَى اسْمُكَ بَعْدُ ابْرَامَ بَلْ يَكُونُ اسْمُكَ ابْرَاهِيمَ لانِّي اجْعَلُكَ ابا لِجُمْهُورٍ مِنَ الامَمِ

(I don't know why the Arabic text won't appear properlly....but anyways)


That's the Arabic found in this version of the Bible for Ibrahim. It coincides with the English transliteration 'Ibrahim' and not 'Abraham'. If it was being displayed properlly, one could see it better, but it can be confirmed if anyone has a copy of this bible (and plus there is a number of online Bible sites and I'm sure one of em has this translation). This matches perfectly with the Quranic use of 'Ibrahim' which can be seen here (from 2:135)

It doesn't allow me to copy-paste the Arabic but the phonetical transliteration should give an idea:

Full: 2:135 Waqaloo koonoo hoodan aw nasara tahtadoo qul bal millata ibraheema haneefan wama kana mina almushrikeena


Also, I'm going to bring up that the Hebrew name for 'Abraham' Gen 17:5 ולא־יקרא עוד את־שׁמך אברם והיה שׁמך אברהם כי אב־המון גוים נתתיך׃ where 'Abraham' is אברהם which is pronounced as 'Ib-raw-heem' or 'Ib-raw-ham' if I'm correct.

So I would assume from this that in the two Semetic languages, Abraham is 'Ibrahim', and it shouldn't be attributed to Muslims as a Muslim name. (But my Hebrew is shakey at best and I still consult a dictionary when I'm reading the books so I can't vouch a hundred percent on the second part).


You must know that the name "אברהם" can be pronounced in two ways as "Abraham אַבְרָהָם "and / Or as "Ibrahim אִבְרָהִם" because The early texts had NO Vowels.

The Question is what Make you believe that the right pronunciation is Abraham NOT Ibrahim and it is written אברהם in the early texts ???


Cheers and Regards

Happy haytham (talk) 15:11, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Tofiqul Alam?[edit]

I know nothing about Islam or the Zamzam well, but the first sentence in the second paragraph of "Zamzam today" ("Tofiqul Alam has drank this water and it has helped hime cure his mental illness.") seems suspicious. Can someone who knows something about this topic check up on this/edit it? On top of being of questionable veracity, the sentence is poorly placed in the article and contains a misspelling.


If water spontaneously flows out of this well, doesn't that make it the source of a river? If so, why is that river not mentioned here? Michael Hardy 18:58, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

According to the Saudi info, the water is pumped up. So far as I know, there are no historic records of water flowing spontaneously. According to Muslim belief, the well was "restored" by Muhammad's grandfather, who had to dig to find it. I would need to do some research to find cites, but I assume that, before pumps, the water was pulled up in buckets. Zora 19:10, 14 November 2006 (UTC)


3rd paragraph in the "Technical information" section. "electric conductivity, pH, >> Eh <<, and temperature" The "Eh" link leads to "a spoken interjection in English, Italian and Spanish meaning "Huh?", "What?", which must be wrong, surely? I mention it on here because I don't know how to fix it myself, sorry. Adblock 15:20, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Brief Response and from the Bible to Zora’s resentment fallacies[edit]


The bible say that Hagar is the wife of Abraham {So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband "to be his wife". ]Genesis 16:3}

So Hagar is indeed the wife of Abraham according to the bible...DO YOU OBJECT? DO YOU REJECT Genesis 16:3?

Not Only that but also YHWH promised the following in relation to Ishmael and his descendants.....for I (YHWH) will make him ( Ishmael) into a “great nation”. (Genesis 17:20, 21:18)?

The contrasting fact that Isaac (Pbuh) was promised to be “nations” not “one nation” (Gen. 17:16) crucially means that Ishmael alone ultimately fulfils God’s first promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:2, i.e. “..I will make you (Abraham) into a "great nation"

This promise was repeated in Genesis 18:18 as “Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him”.

The Miraculous Existence and the continuity of “Well of Zamzam” with it the existence of Mecca as early as the time of Abraham (could be earlier than the 6000 years old biblical cosmos) in this hostile water scarce place, is Just one testable irrefutable evidence that prove the Miraculous Quran.

What I want from you "Zora" is in order to prove the bible for us.

Please prove that the mythical Solomon temple is TRUE FACT did exist NOT a MYTH . Because despite of archeological traces been founded of the total devastated lost city Pompeii in Italy, There is NO ONE single prove or a trace about this temple and or the so called Ark of Covenant been FOUNDED yet !!

And please Do not measure the Quran with the bible, because I do not measure the Torah by the Hindu book of Veda (despite being older than age of the biblical cosmos)

Cheers and Regards


Happy haytham (talk) 19:41, 15 January 2008 (UTC)


For something of such cultural significant, shouldn't there be a picture of it, or at least a diagram of it somewhere klosterdev (talk) 18:45, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Zamzam has something to do with Islam and Muslims! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:30, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

Second Reference[edit]

If the information from the second reference is true a reliable source should be cited instead of a fringe web-site. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:00, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

Legality of selling pure, authentic Zam Zam water[edit]

I removed the line about illegality of selling Zam Zam water. This is because of the article here which would mention illegality. Also this article expounds a bit on the subject, indirectly. I cannot find an official Saudi Ministry website which answers the question. Thus, due to ambiguity, I have opted to edit out the problematic phrase.

Islamicbookstore (talk) 17:08, 30 July 2010 (UTC)

The history & significance[edit]

That whole section is completely unsourced, POV with religious bias. Please amend or I'll delete it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:18, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

  • The origin story is as unbiased as it can be. Outside of Muslim tradition, there is nothing important or recorded about the Zamzam Well, and the traditional story, clearly denoted as such, is all there is. Blah2 (talk) 01:08, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

Ishmael's age[edit]

"She was desperately seeking water for her infant son, but she could not find any, as Mecca is located in a hot dry valley with few sources of water. Hagar ran seven times back and forth in the scorching heat between the two hills of Safa and Marwah, looking for water. Getting thirstier by the second, the infant Ishmael scraped the land with his feet, where suddenly water sprang out."

Ishmael wasn't an infant. He was at least 14 years old when Abraham sent them away.

Genesis 16:16 (NASB77)

16 And Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to him.

Genesis 17:24-26 (NASB77)

24 Now Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

Genesis 21:4-5 (NASB77)

5 Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

Genesis 21:8-12 (NASB77)

8 And the child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.

9 Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.

10 Therefore she said to Abraham, "Drive out this maid and her son, for the son of this maid shall not be an heir with my son Isaac."

11 And the matter distressed Abraham greatly because of his son.

12 But God said to Abraham, "Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac your descendants shall be named".

Another issue is that Abraham didn't take Hagar and Ishmael out to the desert. He sent them away.

Genesis 21:14 (NASB77)

14 So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba.

And a third issue is the business of Ishmael (as an "infant") scraping the land with his feet and water sprang out.

Genesis 21:15-19 (NASB77)

15 And the water in the skin was used up, and she left the boy under one of the bushes.

16 Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away, for she said, "Do not let me see the boy die." And she sat opposite him, and lifted up her voice and wept.

17 And God heard the lad crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, "What is the matter with you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.

18 "Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand; for I will make a great nation of him."

19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.

I think it's pretty clear that Ishmael wasn't an infant when Abraham sent him and Hagar away. And it was God who provided the water. Ishmael had nothing to do with it (other than crying). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:34, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Please bring a reliable source for this claim; we don't use editors' interpretations of the biblical stories as sources. Thanks. Jytdog (talk) 03:10, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Yes, 2 sources in the "traditional origin" section say "infant" or "suckling babe", so unless there are sources that say otherwise, we shouldn´t change it. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 07:01, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Ishmael seems to say that this is a diffrence between how this story is told in Bible/Islamic tradition, so we don´t need to bring that up here. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 07:15, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Outside of Islam[edit]

The Jewish biblical commentator Abraham Ibn Ezra identifies Zamzam Well as the Well of Beerlahairoi of Genesis 16:7,14 24:62 25:11. Is this significant enough to start an "Outside of Islam" section that mentions this?ShemtovKML (talk) 00:16, 30 October 2017 (UTC)