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Can I Apply Zamzam Water for Healing Purpose? [Shafi’i School]

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Shuaib Ally

Question: Asalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

I have some redness and a burning sensation around the vaginal area. Would be all right to apply ZamZam to the redness around that area? I’ve personally used it with the intention of healing before elsewhere and subhanAllah witnessed the Barakah in it!

Answer: Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah,

May Allah cure you of all illness and grant you a healthy life.

Using Zamzam on the Body

Applying Zamzam to a specific area of the body is permissible.This falls within the general ruling of using Zamzam for wudu or ghusl (washing the body), neither of which is disliked. It is better not to use Zamzam for removing filth, because it is sacred, but is otherwise permissible.

Drinking Zamzam for Cure

If you have witnessed the benefit of using Zamzam in this manner, it is permissible to continue using it in that manner. At the same time, drinking Zamzam while praying for a cure is recommended. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Zamzam is for what it is drunk for.” Mujahid (a prominent Successor) said: This means that if a person drinks it desiring a cure, Allah will heal him; if he drinks it due to thirst, Allah will pour for him; if he drinks it for hunger, Allah will cause him to be filled.

Sources: al-Hawi al-Kabir; Tuhfat al-Muhtaj

Shuaib Ally