|By Email and Post
6th June 2005
Mr. David Statham
Food Standard Agency
London WC2B 6NH
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.
Dr Ahmed Al Dubayan
Dr Yunes Teinaz
Advisor to the Director General