By Karimah Bint Dawoud, Muslim chaplain& well being writer.
Most of us in the UK take water for granted in this green and pleasant land, but this attitude is far from Islamic and not part of the Sunnah of the prophet Muhammad ,salah la alaihi wa salem.
We should all care about the earth resources as Allah has made us custodians over the earth .
In the Qur’an chapter 31, surat Luqman, verse 20, Allah says,
“Do you not see that God has subjected to your use all things in the heavens and on earth, and has made His bounties flow to you in exceeding measure, both seen and unseen?”
And in chapter 2 , surat Al Baqarah, The Cow , Allah says,
“I will create a vicegerent on earth.”
This dominion over the earth is also mentioned in the Jewish and Christian holy book.
Old Testament / Torah, Book of Genesis chapter 1,it says
“And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
Water is one of the resources we have control over its management on earth, it is mentioned in the Quran over 100 times, more than any other nutritional resource.
Most of us in the UK take water for grated in this green and pleasant land, but this attitude is far from Islamic and not part of the Sunnah of the prophet Muhammad salah la alaihi wa salem.
Ibn `Umar reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) passed by Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas while he was making wudu’ and said, “How extravagant you are!” He replied, “Is there extravagance in wudu’” The Prophet replied, “Yes and even if you are making wudu’ from a floating river.”
What’s the solution?
For those of us who work in clerical jobs and not in fields, a jug of water is sufficient for doing wudu, it is not necessary or required to let the tap run and splash loads of water over ourselves and the floor, especially when we are not paying for it, like at home with parents or in the masjid.
My mechanic told me he saw a brother in the masjid turn on the tap and let it run while he was rolling up his sleeves to do wudu. Of course my mechanic told him off, alhmdulilah. According to some scholars, waste is one of the signs of arrogance.
At home we do something called GREY WATER RECYCLING.
When we wash our hands we leave a large plastic bucket under the tapin the bath. The water from the hand washing goes straight in there , also we do wudu over this bucket and then use this water to flush the toilet. If you get a large enough bucket you can stand in it and have a shower in it , this water can be used to water the flowers, wash communal passage ways or paths.
We need to remember that the earth is a cleanser ,a filter, if a dog eats out of bowl we clean it 7 times with earth not bleach. The earth can deal with little bit of hand soap and spit.
Some of us are already paying twice for this water, once when it comes out of the tap and at the same time they charge us for taking that same quality of water away. If you use this water for flushing the toilet , you are in fact saving water. May Allah make it easy for us to be more frugal not stingy ameen.
When we save money we are able to give more in charity, insha’allah.