There can be no denying the fact that WATER is the most important life source on Earth – without which no living creature can survive. Islam teaches us that wasting is a trait of the devil. (Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.) (Surah Isra)
The religion of Islam is the religion of life and its precepts and rules set the grounds for human felicity and success, both, for the individual, as well as for society. Islam has brought forth a complete programme for every facet of human life, and has advised balance and moderation to its followers in all affairs.
At this moment in time, we are experiencing a severe drought which has resulted the lowest water levels that we have seen in years. As a muslim, it is our duty to save water and be moderate in our use thereof, we should endeavour to do our part in conserving water as best as we can, as wastage of this precious gift is contrary to what our deen teaches us.
The gift of water is a favour of All Mighty Allah upon us as mentioned in the Quraan: “Do you see the water that you drink? Do you bring it down (in rain) from the clouds or do we?” (sûrah Al-Waqi’ah: 68)
There are a number of ways we can adopt to show our gratitude and do our part to conserve water. One of these ways is in our daily performance of wudhu and ghusl. Generally, we tend to waste a lot of water in this ibadat.
Abdullah bin Amr bin Às (radhiyallahu anhu) narrates that Nabi (sallallahu àlayhi wa sallam) passed by Sâ’d (radhiyallahu anhu) who was making wudhu.
He said: “Why this extravagance, O Sâ’d?
He, Sâ’d (radhiyallahu anhu) asked: “Is there extravagance in whudu also?”
He, (Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam) replied: “Yes, even If you are making wudhu at the bank of a flowing river.”
(Musnad Imaam Ahmad)
Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has set a perfect example for us in everything that he did, even in the amount of water he used while making whudu or ghusl as can be clearly seen from this hadith.
Anas (radhiyallahu anhu) says: “Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) made wudhu with (water equivalent to) a mudd (i.e. less than a litre…+- 775ml), and made ghusl with a Sâ’ (i.e. approximately 3 litres.)” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Save water in every way that you can, for each drop is as precious as life itself.