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Reproduced below:

Letter to Food Standards Agency from ICC concerning:
Fraud misdescription and in the selling and illegal importation of the Holy Water of Zam Zam in the United Kingdom



Major Research Project Launched on Zam Zam


By Email and Post 6th June 2005

Mr. David Statham
Enforcement Group
Food Standard Agency
Aviation House,
125 Kingsway,
London WC2B 6NH

Dear David

Re: Fraud misdescription and in the selling and illegal importation of the Holy Water of Zam Zam in the United Kingdom

I am writing further as promised at our recent meeting of the Muslim Organizations Working Group in the Food Standard Agency to confirm The London Central Mosque Trust and the Islamic Cultural Centre (ICC) deep concern regarding the fraud and misdescription in the selling and illegal importation of the Holy water of Zam Zam in the UK.

It is noted that what is called Zam Zam water it is sold all over the country in different packages and bottles for the Muslim community.

In most cases the water is just ordinary imported contaminated water with salt added to it and the apprehension is the public health and religious believe of the Muslim community.

Zamzam is the name of a famous well in al-Masjid al-Haraam [the Sacred Mosque in Makkah], Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is thirty-eight cubits away from the Holy Ka’bah.

The miracle of how it came to being in the middle of a desert, its consistency through out 1000s of years, the beneficial qualities it has, and the fact that it never dries up makes this water is special.

Muslims refer to the water of ZamZam as something revered and unique. They crave this mysterious liquid and love to drink it whenever they can. And for those who managed to go to the Hajj, they return home carrying it for thousands of miles as a prized possession and to give as special gift to their friends and families.

The Saudi government prohibits the export of the Holy water of Zam Zam for commercial purpose.

This well has never dried up. On the contrary it has always fulfilled the demand for water. It has always maintained the same salt composition and taste ever since it came into existence. Its potability has always been universally recognised as pilgrims from all over the world visit Ka'aba every year for Hajj and Umrah, but has never complained about it. Instead, they have always enjoyed the water that refreshes them.

This water has never been chemically treated or chlorinated as is the case with water pumped into the cities.

I hope that the Food Standard Agency and the Local Authorities take an action to stop the illegal sale of this water which touches the Health and believe of our community.

Your help in this matter is highly appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Dr Ahmed Al Dubayan
Director General

Dr Yunes Teinaz
Advisor to the Director General


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