Saving Water

Water is Life: Let’s Save it, Share it
Observing worshippers in the process of performing wudhu makes one’s heart sore. It is not an exaggeration to say that more water goes down the drain, untouched, than what we actually use in performing wudhu while the water tap is running.

Water represents one of the undeniable favours of the Almighty upon humankind. It is the essence of life itself. Man was created from it and without it, cannot live.

The factors of water wastage are both negligence in the manner of usage and the design of the water taps installed at the wudhu facilities. We mention these two specifically as they are aspects that are fairly within our control to change.

The reality for now, however, is that we have to be reminded now and again about our responsibility even in these ‘small things.’ So, we read signs such as: “Park your car properly;” “Please place shoes on the rack;” “Please switch off your Cellphone,” and of course, “Avoid waste: Please use water sparingly.”

These are ‘sticker’ messages which we seldom reflect upon. The ignoring of these messages reveals the level of consideration we have for our own spaces, surroundings and the next person. Why do we have to put such messages for a Muslim, a supposed ‘brother of another’, in the first place? Isn’t wastefulness a heinous spiritual crime and an attribute of the devil?

A Muslim character is not built on ‘big things’ only. It is the ‘small things’ that we have to take care of so that we are prepared to be the agents of transformation the Almighty wants of us.

On this World Water Day, there are places where the access to clean water which we have taken for granted has already been lost. It does not need to take a ‘World Day’ for us to think about those going without clean water as the appreciation of this blessing should be a daily matter for us. Nonetheless, we take this opportunity to focus our attention on one region of the world where this crisis is apparent.

As you might have heard from the news, a United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report released recently asked Israel to return springs of water to the Palestinian owners. These springs of water which are being hogged by settler populations are but just one source of supply which Israel has taken away from Occupied Palestine for the exclusive use of settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

It is much worse in Gaza where in the absence of filtration facilities, the water is unsafe for human use:

“The entire population of Gaza, estimated at 1.7 million, relies on underground resources as their key source of water. The aquifer is polluted, poisoned by sewage and depleted by the increasing population which it can no longer support.” (Palestinian Centre for Human Rights – Report 2010)

It is for this reason that the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa, in conjunction with the Al Aqsa Foundation of South Africa and Sawa’ed Association (Gaza), aim to establish a water filtration plant east of Gaza City for the benefit
100 000 people.

We appeal to you to generously support this project (Details are here) but also do your bit to save water. Locally.
May Allah make it possible for us to practice upon the beautiful teachings in the Qur’an the perfect example of our Prophet Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. Aameen.

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