Ibn ‘Abbaas reported that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“The best water on the face of the earth is the water from the well of Zamzam. It satisfies the stomach and cures the sick.” Collected by Ibn Hibbaan in his Saheeh and at-Tayaalasee [S.J.S. 3322]. The spring which miraculously appeared in the desert plain of Makkah where Hagar, wife of Prophet Abraham, was left with her young son, Ishmael, according to God’s command to Prophet Abraham. Zamzama in Arabic means ‘abundant water.’ The Arab Jurhum tribe came and settled there because of the presence of water, and a well was dug around it. Prophet Abraham later returned and built the first house of worship (the Ka‘bah) near the well of Zamzam. The Jurhum tribe later filled in the well and it was Prophet Muhammad’s grandfather, ‘Abdul-Muttalib, who rediscovered it many centuries later. The well of Zamzam currently lies to the southeast of the Ka‘bah, opposite the corner of the Black Stone. Drinking Zamzam is a part of the rituals of Hajj in commemoration of Hagar’s patient struggle and ultimate success.