Water conservation in Islam

Conserving water?? Save water Save life?? Every drops count??
These slogans seem irrelevant, useless and foolish even to me; 3 to 4 months ago.

But in real we are fool who are endangering our ownselves by not conserving such a
vital requisite of survival. The emerging worldwide water shortage is serious.

Why should we need to conserve water; when 3/4th of earth constitute of water.
them what is the need to conserve water. Apart from giving the scientific data
and logic behind the need to conserve water. I feel that being a muslim we should
understand the importance of water in our islamic perspective. As the present
world is just proving what ALLAH ALMIGHTY has already told us 1438 years ago.

Water occupies a pivotal role in Islam; as mention in Al-quran
‘By means of water, we give life to everything.’ (Surah Al-Anbiya’, 21:30).
and is recognized by Muslims as a blessing for which we are accountable on the day
of Resurrection.
The Arabic word for water, ma’a, is referenced exactly 63 times throughout the Holy
Qur’an and is a recurring topic in many of the sayings of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

Allah Almighty and Prophet PBUH taught muslims principles of social justice and equity
which extends into the practice of preserving earth’s natural resources, specially
water conservation. in islam, water is considered as a community resource not a personal
possession; and it is right of all humankind. as prophet Muhammad (SAW) says;
“Muslims have common share in three things: grass [pasture], water, and fire [fuel]”
(Musnad Vol. 2, Book 22 ).

Prophet SAW has instructed muslims to use water efficiently and also warned them
that earth’s water resources are finite in verse 23:18 of Surah Al Mu’minun (The Believers):
“And We sent down from the sky water (rain) in (due) measure, and We gave it lodging in the
earth, and verily, We are Able to take it away.”

Allah Almighty also has instructed humankind not to be extravagant in the following verse: “O
Children of Adam! Eat and drink but waste not by excess, for God loveth not the wasters”
(Surah al Araaf, The Heights 7:31 ).

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him,
passed by Saa’d while he was performing ablution. The Prophet said, “What is this
extravagance?” Sa’d said, “Is there extravagance with water in ablution?” The Prophet
said, “Yes, even if you were on the banks of a flowing river.” (Sunan Ibn Ma¯jah 425)

Above mention were few of the verses andd hadiths that reinforces us to be water smart.
As in Islam water is considered as a gift that belongs to all humankind equally, that
needs to be managed and distributed with equity among all living beings, humans,
animals and plant life. We are of made water, and we live on it. Hence, this precious and
scarce resource must be managed with respect and the highest degree of responsibility,
in an equitable manner both individually and collectively.
So dear all; Be water smart. It’s our duty.

Article by:

Zeenia Zakhaar

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