Saudi Arabia has banned carrying Aab-e-Zamzam in passengers’ luggage, sources reported on Saturday. Aab-e-Zamzam is the water from the well of Zamzam, located in Masjid al-Haram, Makkah. It is a miraculously generated source of water as per Islamic history.
The water has great significance, and people take it to their countries in great amounts after performing Hajj or Umrah. The Saudi General Aviation Authority has officially announced the new regulations. It prohibit pilgrims from bringing Zamzam—water from the Zamzam well—back to their home nations.
The Jeddah Airport authorities have disbursed the notification to all Pakistani airlines, including the PIA. All the airlines have been bound to ensure that none of the passengers travelling through Jeddah or any other airport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have bottles filled with Aab-e-Zamzam.
Passengers with Umrah and Hajj visas will only be allowed to bring a 5-litre bottle of Aab-e-Zamzam with them, the notification said.