Water: It Also Flows in Paradise

“Allah created the heavens from its vapors” (Surat Al-‘Anbya’ 21:30); yet we often devalue its healing powers. The Prophet (SAW) advised us to “allow for one third food, one third water and one third air.”

Science advices drinking at least 8-10 eight-ounce glasses of water a day. This including a glass ½-hour before and after every meal.

Water helps to flush out toxins and fats from our bodies. Moreover, it keeps our system functioning evenly so that we are energetic.

The human body is two-thirds water. In fact, this fluid is involved in every bodily process including digestion, absorption, circulation and excretion.

With water being such an important cornerstone to life, we need to consider the purity of our water sources.

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Numerous studies on Zamzam water concluded that it’s one of the purest and cleanest waters we can enjoy.

Clean Water

However, can most of us say the same about our primary water source? Many people are drinking what really boils down to a chemical concoction when they fill their cups from the tap.

We can absorb toxins from water through drinking, cooking, bathing, showering, or swimming.

If our primary source of water is from the tap, we are absorbing toxins with it. All water from public works systems contains contaminants such as parasites, viruses, herbicides, pesticides, cyanides, asbestos, and industrial chemicals.

Even residues from pesticides used decades ago may still be present in the water system today. This polluted water is then treated with chlorine, fluoride, carbon, lime, phosphates, soda, ash, and aluminum sulfate to “purify” it, and sent through zinc and cadmium pipe joints and copper pipes to our homes.

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It is ironic that we use additional chemicals to combat the chemicals and pollutants that are already in the water. It is like adding insult to injury.

To be precise, forty-seven “insults” in all are added to our water to disinfect, fluoridate, soften, coagulate, chlorinate, oxidate, condition, neutralize, and control the odor and color of it. Among these chemicals are chlorine and fluoride. Chlorine can either be absorbed or ingested, leeches potassium and sodium from the body causing electrolyte depletion.

The salts used to fluoridate our nation’s water supply, sodium fluoride and Hexafluorosilicic acid, are industrial by-products that are not found in nature. They are so toxic that they are used in rat poison. We can get all the natural fluorine we need from fish, bones, quince and raw goat’s milk.

The only way we can remove fluorine from our water is to use reverse osmosis – distillation or activated aluminum filtration. Many people drink distilled water because it doesn’t contain fluoride; however, it can also be detrimental to the health if used long- term because it too leeches minerals from the body.

Nevertheless, experts agree that water lacking some of its original nutrients is still superior to water laden with chemicals and toxins.

Having Best Zamzam Water

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To have the best water that we can, it needs to be filtered in some way. All filters remove dirt, rust and sediment, although some do a better job than others.

Most department store filters will take out 98% of chlorine and up to 95% of heavy metals such as lead, aluminum, mercury and copper, and significantly reduce zinc, cadmium, and sulfates. More sophisticated filters like a Katadyn will take out 100% of parasites, cysts and bacteria.

There are many choices of models – you can purchase a countertop distiller, a six-step ultraviolet sterilization unit, or reverse osmosis units with varying degrees of advancement. In the end, each of us should choose the system that best suits us.

A system that claims 100% removal of bacteria would be an over-kill for someone drinking chlorinated tap water. A person living in a farming district would want to make sure they have a unit that filters pesticides, and a person in urban areas or the suburbs may want to get their water tested before they make a final decision on what system they will use.

We can also buy bottled water; however, many studies show that much of it is about as good as what comes out of the tap without a filter.

In conclusion, for those of us who are not fortunate enough to live next door to the well of Zamzam, we need to seriously consider purifying our water – whether it be for drinking, bathing or swimming in. The Qur’an says (21:30), “We made water essential for every life.”

In order to supply our bodies with this very essential nutrient, we have to consider whether what we are actually absorbing and consuming is, in fact, real water.

This article is from our archive, originally published at an earlier date, and now republished for its importance.