Good Deed: #10 Provide water for the thirsty

Abu Hurairah(Allah be pleased him) reported that Allah’s Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “On the Day of Judgment, Allah, the Exalted, will say: “.. “O son of Adam! I asked you to give water to Me, but you did not give it to Me!”The son of Adam will say: “O Allah, How come You ask me for water even though You are the Lord of the Worlds?” Allah will say: “My slave asked you for water and you refused to give him. Don’t you know that if you had given him water, i would have rewarded you?” 9Note: Reported by Muslim in Al-Birr Wal Silah, (No.2569))

Reported by Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased him), the Prophet’s cousin: “A human being has 360 joints (or bones). every day he has to give some sadaqah(almsgiving) for each one of them. Every kindly word is sadaqah; help rendered by a man to his brother is sadaqah; a drink of water given to someone is sadaqah; and the removal of harmful objects from the road is sadaqah.” (Related by Al-Bukhari in Al-Adab, Al-Mufrad and by Ibn Hibban)

Anas reported that Sa’d(Allah be pleased him) once came to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and said: “O Allah’s Prophet! My mother died with out leaving a will, is there any benefit for her if I gave Sadaqah (alms) on her behalf ? The Prophet answered yes, I advise you to give the Sadaqah through water.” [Note: Reported by Al-Tabarani]

 

Sheikh Mishary Rashed Alafasy – Blessing of water

(if you find translation to this nasheed please let me know)

Action plan

Water is the most precious resource and we can all do our bit firstly by saving water.

1. Do an inventory for a week and see how much water you use during the day. How much water do you use:

  • to drink,
  • during wudu,
  • going to the toilet,
  • having a ghusl/shower or bath.
  • doing the dishes
  • brushing your teeth
  • watering the garden

2. Save water  especially during wudu and ghusl. Try and use a jug or cup when making wudu and see how much water you will be saving.Take shorter showers. 5 minutes max.

3. Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth or washing your dishes.

4.  When pouring water down the drain think if it could be used for something else –  watering a plant or garden

5. Verify that your home is leak free. Many homes have hidden water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

6. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at a rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year.

7. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

8. Water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation. Don’t allow sprinklers to water your street, driveway or sidewalk. Position them so water lands on the lawn and shrubs… not the paved areas.

9. Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water and use this to water plants. The same technique can be used when washing dishes or vegetables in the sink.

10. Carry a fresh bottle of water in the car, if you pass by a beggar or someone working hard in the sun the whole day give them the water.

11. Find out if there are areas where you stay that have scarce water resources. Work with your community or call an organisation that specialises in water schemes to help them get clean water by building a borehole or water well.   Donate to  organisations that have speciality in building water wells and boreholes. e.g.

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