How to drink Zam Zam and drinking to one’s fill

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Kindly verify the authenticity of this Hadith:

“The sign between us and the hypocrites is that they do not drink Zam Zam water to their fill”



Imam Ibn Majah (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith. The full narration is as follows:

Muhammad ibn ‘Abdir Rahman ibn Abi Bakr says, “I was sitting with ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) when a person came up to him. ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas asked, ‘Where have you come from’? He said, ‘From Zam Zam.’ ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) asked, ‘Did you drink from it as you ought to have drunk?’ He asked, ‘And how is that?’ ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) said,

‘When you drink from it, then face the Ka’bah and take the name of Allah, drink in three sips and drink to your fill. When you have finished, then praise Allah for Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

‘The sign [that differentiates] between us and the hypocrites is that they do not drink Zam Zam to their fill”

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3061)


‘Allamah Busiri (rahimahullah) has declared the chain of narrators reliable.

(Zawaid Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1008)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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