Holy Water: Spring of Abdul Mutallib


One day Abdul Mutallib was sleeping in the Hateem when, in his dream, somebody asked him to dig the ‘Tybah.”  He asked what the ‘Tybah’ was, but the man disappeared.  

On the following night when he slept on his bed, the man appeared again and sked him to dig ‘Burrah,’ Abdul Mutallib asked what Burrah was, but the man disappeared.  The third night, the voice said this time, dig ‘Maznonah,’ he asked what ‘Maznonah’ was, but the man disappeared again.  On the fourth night, while asleep in his bedroom, he heard the voice say to him dig ‘Zamzam.’
The man then elaborated:
“Zamzam is the heritage of your glorious ancestors.  This spring is such that its water neither finishes nor does it need repair.  The pilgrims quench their thirst with it.  It is in between dung and blood where the black crow is beating its beak, near the ant’s colony.”

On the following day, with his son Harith, they went to the place described between Asaaf and Nailah where the polytheists used to sacrifice their animals.  He saw a crow beating his beak in it so Abdul Mutallib knew this was the place that he was told to dig in his dream. He commenced the excavation until they reached a layer where the hope of success kindled, and he raised the slogan of “Allah-o-Akbar.”  

Initially, the Quraysh did not give much attention to his effort, but they later demanded the well of Zamzam was their father’s heritage so he should allow them to participate in excavation. Abdul Mutallib refused saying that God had disclosed the secret only to him so he was not willing to allow them.  The Quraysh now warned him they would not allow him to carry on the excavation. The dispute expanded until both the parties decided to appoint a judge: a soothsayer- Bani Sa’d bin Hazeem– an inhabitant of a village bustling at the border of Syria.  

Both the contesting parties set out to her.  On the way, the water of Abdul Mutallib ran short. He asked for some water from the other party, but they refused to give any.  The men of Abdul Mutallib fell down due to thirst. The situation did not look well so Abdul Mutallib advised his men to dig their graves so that they might be buried by the last man standing. And for the last man, being buried would not matter since the birds would devour his dead body. It seemed as if death was certain.

They dug their graves accordingly and awaited their death.  But Abdul Mutallib then advised that in the time they spent waiting, they should keep treading forward instead as God might help them.  His fellow men set their camels’ saddles on their backs and prepared to keep moving forward.  Just as Abdul Mutallib had his camel stand on its feet, a spring sprouted from the place beneath its foot.  The water of the spring was cold and sweet!  

They all quenched their thirst satisfactorily and filled their hides with it.  Abdul Mutallib asked his companions to call their rivals to fill their stomach and hides with water too,but some of his companions felt his offer was unwarranted for they had refused to give them water before.  However, Abdul Mutallib said to them that if they treated their rivals alike, they would remain no difference among them.  
When the rival party witnessed the miracle of Abdul Mutallib, they said they did not need to go Syria to resolve the dispute for God had decided the issue when He made the spring sprout from beneath the camel of Abdul Mutallib.  They withdrew from having a share in the well of Zamzam, and returned to Makkah.

Abdul Mutallib restarted the work of digging; and in due course, he found the deer made of gold and weaponry buried therein.  Unfortunately, after knowing of this, the rival group against him now hatched the dispute afresh claiming their share in the treasure.    Even despite the generosity Abdul Mutallib had already shown, he continued in his generosity as he proposed to settle the issue by drawing lots.

It was decided that six arrows would be drawn: two for Kabah, two for the nation, and two for Abdul Mutallib.  The arrows were drawn and the result was the deer made of gold went to Kabah, the treasures went to Abdul Mutallib, and nothing went to the nation.  The honorable Abdul Mutallib had the deer melted into sheets of gold and had it fixed on the door of Kabah. – Zia un-Nabi