Have a beautiful #MorninG my friends, In 1971 King Faisal came to know that one Egyptian doctor has written a letter to European press that #Zamzam water was not fit for drinking purposes. 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 waste water of the city collecting through the drains fell into well holding the water. King Faisal got extremely angry and immediately ordered the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources to investigate and send samples of Zamzam water to European laboratories for testing the potability of the water.
The ministry then instructed the Jeddah Power and Desalination Plants to carry out this task. A desalting engineer (chemical engineer to produce drinking water from sea water) was chosen to carry out this assignment. The Engineer gave his findings as under :
The well was more like a small pond, about 18 by 14 feet and the well supplies millions of gallons of water every year to hajis ever since it came into existence at the time of Hazrat Ibrahim (as), many many centuries ago. For knowing depth of the well, a man first took a shower and descended into the water. Then he straightened his body. 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.
For locating the source of water in the well the person noticed the sand is dancing beneath his feet as the water oozes out of the bed of 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. The samples of the water were sent to European laboratories as well as to the laboratory at Jeddah for testing.
The results of the water samples tested by the European laboratories and the one analysed in Jeddah laboratory were found to be almost identical.
The difference between Zamzam water and other water (city water) was in the quantity of calcium and magnesium salts. The content of these was slightly higher in Zamzam water. This may be why this water refreshes tired hajis, but more significantly, the water contained fluorides that have an effective germicidal action. Moreover, the remarks of the European laboratories showed that the water was fit for drinking.
Consequentally, 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.