Friday Jemaah Rahimakumullah.
Let us increase our takwa towards Allah s.w.t. by obeying His commands and avoiding what Allah has prohibited upon us. May Allah grant His rahmah (mercy) and forgiveness upon us and our families.
My dear brothers,
As Muslims, we are required to appreciate all of the bounty given by Allah s.w.t. and use it to the best of our abilites to gain Allah’s pleasures.
Among the precious blessings bestowed upon us is water. With rain, plants are able to survive. With rain, our warm surroundings become cooler and the barren land becomes lush and green again. And with it we are able to continue living. Allah s.w.t. explains in verse 30 of surah Al-Anbiya’:
Which means: “And made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?”.
Sometimes we need to reflect on whether we have truly appreciated the gift of water from Allah s.w.t. Especially for us who are in Singapore where we hardly experience water shortages. Access to water is made very easy for us, and so we may tend to overlook the importance of water.
There is a verse in the holy Quran where Allah s.w.t encourages us to observe the importance of the water that we drink. Allah says in surah Al-Waaqi’ah verses 68-70:
Which means: “And have you seen the water that you drink? Is it you who brought it down from the clouds, or is it We who bring it down? If We willed, We could make it bitter, so why are you not grateful?”
Imagine if the gift of water is taken away from us, as it has happened in some countries. Imagine the difficulties that we would have to face. The dry spell that has hit Singapore since the middle of January has led to trees and plants turning brown. This dry weather has also led to an increase of mosquitoes in the environment. This is a reminder for us that no matter how smart and intellingent humankind is, it is only Allah who controls the weather and the universe. No matter how good we are, we must remember the greatness and might of Allah who is the One who Provides. Thus we should increase our gratitude even in this dry weather, because we still have water flowing from our taps. There are others who are losing their lives because of dehydration and lack of water.
My dear brothers,
One of the ways for us to express our gratitude to Allah for blessing us with water is to avoid wasting water. This is because Allah does not like wastage. Thus, we find in verse 27 of surah Al-Isra’ that Allah describes those who waste as friends of syaitan who was defiant to Allah.
Gratitude also requires us to use the bounty that Allah has bestowed upon us in moderation, and with full responsibility and honesty. For example when we are taking our ablution (wudhu’) or a shower, we should make sure that the pipe is only turned on when we need water. Imagine the responsibility in using the resources Allah has given. Imam Muslim narrated that Prophet s.a.w. managed to take wudhu with just a “mudd” or about half a litre of water.
In fact, Rasulullah s.a.w. once reprimanded a companion named Saad ibn Abi Waqqas who was taking wudhu’. The Prophet said: "Why this wastage Saad? And Saad said: “Is there wastage even in taking wudhu’?” Rasulullah s.a.w. replied: “Yes, even if you are at a flowing river." [Ibnu Majah and Ahmad]
Thus, let us increase our efforts to save water. Not just when we are taking wudhu’, but in every aspect of our lives. Remember when we made our vows to Allah when we proclaimed the syahadah, we promised to protect the earth and its resources as best as we can. We should realise that every effort to save water is a noble deed in the sight of Allah, and contributes to the well-being of the community. Let us continue to ask Allah to grant us, our families and our country peace, security and protection from disasters and calamities.
Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
Friday Sermon, 14 March 2014 / 12 Jamadilawal 1435