Senin 27 May 2024 22:15 WIB

Hajj Pilgrims should not Drink Ice

Hajj worshipers are advised to drink warm water at least three times

Rep: Karta Raharja Ucu/ Red: Erdy Nasrul
Foto: republika
Head of Indonesian Hajj Health Clinic (KKHI) Doctor Karmijono in Medina.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, MEDINA -- Indonesian pilgrims are advised not to drink ice or cold water while in the Holy Land. The goal is to keep worshippers from contracting diseases such as coughs and colds.

“Never drink cold water, let alone ice water. Including cold zamzam water,” said Head of Haji Indonesia Health Clinic (KKHI) Doctor Karmijono in Medina, Saturday (26/5/2024).

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He advocated that pilgrims drink warm water at least three times, such as warm milk. “That (warm milk) God willing can prevent coughing. So the air is already dry, if drinking cold water stimulates the effect of coughing. So warm water can prevent coughing,” he said.

Then what if worshippers eat ice cream? “Once in a while, it's okay, but after that it's warm water,” Dr. Karmijono said.


In addition to ice, Dr. Karmijono explains why pilgrims also need to avoid drinking cold zamzam water. “It's the same. Whether it is cold or non-cold, it is Insha Allah that is not cold is better. If we drink cold it is as if our needs are met, when they are being met falsely. In fact, he is still thirsty, but as if his thirst has been fulfilled,” he said.

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