How to Conserve Water During Wudhu

Photo by Adib Roy Believers! When you prepare for prayers, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows, and wipe your heads, and your feet to the ankles . . . and [if you] do not find water then betake yourselves to clean earth and wipe your faces and your hands with it. (Qur’an 5:6)

Prior to entering prayers, Muslims undertake a certain purification procedure known as wudhu or ablution without which the person’s prayer would not be acceptable in the site of Allah. They do this five times per day, 35 times per week, 150 times per month, and so on. All this adds up to a lot of water!

When the Prophet saw Sa’d performing wudhu he said: “What is this? You are wasting water.” Sa’d replied: “Can there be wastefulness while performing ablution?” The Prophet replied: “Yes, even if you perform it in a flowing river.” (Ibn Maja: 1990: Vol. 1: 147:no.425).

Water conservation is an important tenant in Islam. Not only do Muslims consider water a gift from Allah, but the religion originated in the Arabian desert and spread to other arid or semi-arid territories where water was a very important commodity. Today water scarcity still affects Muslims all over the world. From California to South Africa to the countries in the Middle East, water is not a thing to be wasted.

One way Muslims can conserve water is to reduce the amount of water used during wudhu. As the informative video below shows, Muslims often use way more water than they actually need. But following these steps will help Muslims conserve water so that they can both purify themselves and honor a gift from Allah.

Do you know anyone who actively tries to conserve water during wudhu? If you do, let us know!

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