22 I SPECIAL FEATURE Passion Islam I July 2009
The sending down of water is a mercy
unto mankind as attested by the
following verses of the Quran: “We
sent down pure water.” (25:48)
“We send forth the winds which fill
the clouds with water and We make
the rain descend from the sky. Then
we grant it to you for drinking and you
do not have control of its treasures.”
Commenting on this verse, Allamah Loving the beauty of
Shabbir Ahmad Uthmani Rahmatullahi
alaih states: “The rainy winds bring
heavy clouds filled with water. Then
the rain descends from these clouds
and fills the rivers, springs and wells
for your benefit. If Allah willed, He
would not have made it drinkable.
However out of his compassion, He
to say: “All praise be to Allah who “Whatever calamity afflicts you is
made very sweet and palatable water
provided us with sweet palatable due to your actions and Allah overlooks
collect in the crevices of the earth for
water to drink and He did not make it many sins.” When a catastrophe
your drinking purposes throughout
bitter and salty due to our sins.” (Ibn afflicts a nation, it does not only affect
the 12 months.
Katheer) the individual sinners, but it engulfs
Furthermore you do not have
If we are grateful for these favours the entire community, the pious as
any authority over the treasures of
of Allah, He will grant us more. We well as the impious. It is therefore
rain nor are the springs and wells in
as Muslims should be setting an imperative to reform ourselves, refrain
your control. When Allah wills, He
example to other communities on from sins and execute the orders of
sends down the rain. Neither can you
how to conserve water and not to be Allah Ta’ala.
prevent it nor can you bring it when
wasteful. “Indeed those who squander In this regard, hereunder follow
you desire. If He dries up the water of
are the brothers of Shaytaan.” some guidelines for the preservation
the wells and springs or He makes it
Buraydah Radiallahu anhu of water.
go deeper into the ground beyond the
narrates that Nabi Saliallahu alaihi *A Muslim should be thrifty and
reach of man, then how can you have
wasallam said: “Whenever a nation cautious in the usage of water at all
control over it?
refrained from paying their zakaat, time; not only during a drought. Even
Mufti Muhammad Shafee
Allah inflicted them with drought and if one’s at the bank of a river, it is not
Rahmatullahi alaih writes: “This
poverty.” (Tabrani) permissible to squander the water and
divine system of providing water has
Hadhrat Muaaz Radiallahu anhu use it as one likes. Only that amount
thousands of bounties within it. Firstly,
narrates that Rasulullah said: “Guard must be used which suffices for one’s
it is a great favour (of Allah) to create
yourselves against sin because the needs.
this water. The second bounty is to
wrath of Allah descends in the wake * Whilst making wudu, one should
make it reach all parts of the earth by
of sin.” (sunan Ahmad) not let the tap run continuously. The
means of the clouds. The third gratuity
Rasulullah Saliallahu alaihi tap should not be opened full. Whilst
is to make it palatable. To provide
wasallam said: “Verily, man is making masah etc. one should close
man with the opportunity to drink it is
deprived of sustenance because the tap.
the fourth favour. The fifth benignancy
of the sins which he perpetrates.” * Do not engage in conversation
is to provide a complete and perfect
(Sunan Ahmad) in’the ablution block whilst making
system of storing this water (by
Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Umar wudu. Besides wasting water, talking
means of rivers, springs, wells, etc.).
Radiallahu Anhuma narrates that once of worldly things during wudu is
Then to afford man the opportunity
ten of them were in the company of incorrect and abominable.
of satisfying himself with this water
Rasuluilah Saliallahu alaihi wasallam * When taking a ghusl, less water
is the sixth act of divine benevolence
when he said: “I seek the protection is used by utilising a bucket. If one
because the water can be present
of Allah from five things which may has to use a shower, one should do so
but there can be some impediment
overtake you. When immorality with moderation and not let excessive
or obstacle which prevents him from
becomes rampant in a people, they amounts of water be wasted.
drinking it. The verse, “Then we grant
will be overtaken by epidemics and *Avoid extravagant use of water
it to you for drinking and you do not
such diseases which never existed when washing the car or watering the
have control of its treasures,” is an
before. When a nation is involved in garden. Sprinklers should not be left
indication to this divine benefaction.
giving less weight and measure, it will open for such a long period that the
Glory be to Allah, the best of Creators.
be overtaken by famine, hardship and water begins to flow off the lawn or
(Ma’ariful Quran Vol 5 Page 281)
oppression of the authorities. When a the flower patch.
“Do you see the water which you
community stops paying Zakaat, rain *Mend all leaking taps and pipes
drink. Do you make it descend from
is withheld from them. If it were not as this can lead to a substantial
the clouds or are We the Descenders?
for the animals in their midst, never saving in water.
If We so desire, We can make it bitter.
would rain have fallen for them. When In short, conserve this precious
Then why are you not thankful?”
people violate pledges and promises, bounty in whatever way you can.
Allah will overwhelm them with their May Allah Ta’ala forgive our
enemies from other nations. Thus the shortcomings and shower us with
Wasallam), after drinking water used
enemy will take their wealth by force. abundant beneficial rain.
(ibn majah). Madrasah lslamia- South Africa
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