Standing and drinking Zam Zam

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  1. I have witnessed many Muslims standing up when they drink Zam Zam Water. Those who sit and drink are being ridiculed by many people and even Mullahs who justify that we must always stand up while drinking Zam Zam Water. 
  2. I have also witnessed many people standing/walking while drinking water and eating dates in Haram Sharief in Makkah. But, the Sunnah of Rasul Allah Sallallaahu Alaihiwa Sallam is that we must always sit while drinking or eating. Please clarify in detail.



  1. It is permissible to drink Zam Zam water while standing and while sitting.
  2. If one is eating a complete meal, one should sit and eat and drink. However if one is not eating a complete meal (e.g. one is taking few sips or eating few dates) it is permissible to stand. It seems that you are misinformed regarding the situation in Makkah Mukarramah. At the time of Iftaar everyone is seen sitting while eating dates and drinking Zam Zam.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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