Give the gift of life: Donate a water borehole

2015-11-21 18:26

The current drought devastating many parts of South Africa, and the dwindling natural water for drinking and sanitation, is a matter of great concern and requires immediate steps to be taken to preserve this important resource. (Drought Grips South Africa: News24, November 15). Water scarcity is among the main difficulties to be faced by many people around the globe and requires multitude of measures to preserve it. Water shortage already affects every continent and is both a natural and a human-made crisis. According to many water experts, there is enough freshwater on the planet but it is, unfortunately, distributed unevenly and too much of it is wasted, polluted and unsustainably managed.  The lack of natural water is increasing, as water is needed to grow and process food, create energy, and power industry for a continually growing population. Clean, potable water is an essential ingredient of a healthy human life, but millions of people lack access to water according to recent estimates from the International Water Management Institute cited in The World’s Water: Volume 8, edited by Peter H. Gleick. A unified approach is needed to address South Africa’s current and long-term water supply needs as there is no alternative to natural water. South Africa now has a full-blown water crisis and we all need to take every possible precautionary measures to preserve this precious resource. Water is a source of life. Without water we cannot exist. The body can survive weeks without solid food but only days without water. It is important that as humans we change our habits in how we use our natural resources and treat the environment in order to save our natural resources like water. In this regard, I would like to make a humble appeal to all my brothers and sisters in faith and to the broader community to dig boreholes and provide free water to all irrespective of race, language, nationality, religious beliefs or creed. In drilling the borehole, particular care should be taken about the environmental impact and municipal bylaws. Moreover, have the water tested chemically by a reputable laboratory. By providing water to others is considered as a good in Islam. In many traditions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), it is mentioned about assisting the thirsty ones, whether humans or animals. The Prophet said: “The best form of charity is giving water (to drink).” (Ibn Majah). “When a person dies, all their deeds comes to an end except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them.” (Muslim). Ongoing charity (sadaqah jariyah) is one of the most valuable acts we can do in this life, which continues benefiting us in the next life, long after we have left the earth. There are many Prophetic narrations and stories of individuals obtaining divine favour just by providing water to humankind and animals. By digging boreholes in order to provide clean, running water to communities in South Africa, will be a good investment for the life after death and it is also an excellent form of corporate social investment. Water like all other natural resources present on earth is a gift by Almighty and humans are required to preserve it and use it cautiously.

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