A Green Ramadan begins with Water

See how water conservation will help us all in the future

Water is the most valuable resource on earth. All living beings on earth need water to survive. Many people and industries continue wasteful habits, endangering the entire world. This Ramadan let us reflect about water and its importance. You have been fasting all day long, and just can’t wait for sunset so that you can drink and eat again. But what about those who do not have access to clean water? Let this Ramadan be a way of educating yourself and others about water 

1) Water and the Quran: Water has been mentioned in the Quran on several occasions. Make it a family habit after iftar to point out the Ayahs (verses) that mention the importance of water in the Quran. Try to discuss these verses and reflect upon them, then discuss wrong and right habits. 

2) Preserving water: practice using this valuable resource in a responsible manner during Ramadan. Many of us will be going to pray in the masjid several times a day, and those who don’t will still be praying at home. Make it a practice to thank Allah for the blessing (Ne’mat) of water after every time you perform your ablution (Wuduu), and make sure you are not wasting too much water in the process. As our beloved Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) clearly said: “Do not waste water even if you were at a running stream.” Sunan Ibn Majah 425

3) Get some gadgets: Consider installing water preserving equipment around your house. Every drop you save is of utmost importance. 

4) Advocacy works: Think of all the thirsty people around the world who do not have access to clean drinking water during iftar. Some people need to walk for miles every day while fasting to get drinking water, a lot of them are children and women. How can we help alleviate their suffering? Consider raising awareness and advocating for access to clean water. Join an existing advocacy campaign or create your own. You could also write about your reflections on this topic. Be creative and ask friends to join! 

5) Consider donating to a water project: Islamic relief USA has many ongoing projects helping people around the world to dig wells or install sanitation systems. “Whoever digs a well will receive reward for that from Allah (SWT) on the day of judgement when anyone amongst jinn, men and birds drink from it.” The Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) as narrated by Al- Bukhari and Muslim. 

Finally, have a blessed Ramadan and may Allah forgive our sins and shortcomings! 

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