Water: The blessing on humankind
Our religion teaches us about the importance of appreciating the blessing of water. We read in a hadith that the first thing we will be asked about on the Day of Resurrection will be the blessings Allah has granted us. Abu Huraira reported:
“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Verily, the first thing a servant will be asked about on the Day of Resurrection will be his blessings. It will be said to him: Have We not given you health in your body and nourished you with cool water to drink?’” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)
This reminds us to be grateful for everything Allah has given us.
In another hadith we learn that when a man came across a dog that was thirsty, he climbed into a well in order to provide water for the dog to drink. Allah rewarded the man’s good deed with forgiveness. The Prophet (SAW) said that we are rewarded even for the charity that we do for animals.
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “A man suffered from thirst while he was walking on a journey. When he found a well, he climbed down into it and drank from it.
Then he came out and saw a dog lolling its tongue from thirst and licking the ground.
The man said: This dog has suffered thirst just as I have suffered from it. He climbed down into the well, filled his shoe with water, and caught it in his mouth as he climbed up. Then he gave the dog a drink. Allah appreciated this deed, so he forgave him.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, is there a reward for charity even for the animals?” The Prophet said, “Yes, in every creature with a moist liver is a reward for charity.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)
The Prophet (SAW) said that people should not be wasteful of water, even if the water is from a flowing river.
Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, passed by Sa’d while he was performing ablution. The Prophet said, “What is this excess?” Sa’d said, “Is there excess with water in ablution?” The Prophet said, “Yes, even if you were on the banks of a flowing river.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
We also learn that there would be times when the Prophet (SAW) would have no food or drink at home besides water and dates. Aisha (RA) reported:
“We in the household of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, used to live for a whole month without cooking anything over a fire. We would have nothing to eat but dates and water.” (Sahih Muslim)
This also reminds us to appreciate the food and drink Allah has granted us.