Killing each other over water

In the searing heat, you’d think rain would be a cause of celebration – until you see children like Muhammad collecting dirty water to drink that is infected with diseases like cholera.

Muhammad’s father told us that his children get sick and often suffer from rectal bleeding. Water is so rare that neighbouring villages are killing each other for it, just to survive.

This is the reality for so many people in drought-hit regions of the world.

Our rainwater harvesting systems provide safe, clean drinking water during times of drought, bringing village communities together in peace so they are no longer fighting for water.

This Ramadan, you can help children like Muhammad by donating towards one of our many initiatives designed to provide clean, safe drinking water for families and entire communities.We look forward to quenching our own thirst at the end of a long day of fasting, so imagine the rewards for doing the same for Muhammad and the millions like him who have no access to clean water at all.Indeed, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The best charity is giving water to drink.” [Ahmad] and he was also the most generous in giving charity in Ramadan.Your Zakat and Sadaqah donations will not just give water to those in need; your donations will give life to people, animals and crops thereby regenerating whole communities, so please give generously.Sadaqah Jariyah

Investing in water projects also makes an excellent form of Sadaqah Jariyah for loved ones (including those who have passed away), as both you and the recipient continue reaping rewards as long as the project is bringing benefit to people, animals and crops.Sa’d ibn Ubadah reported: “He said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, the mother of Sa’d has died, so what is the best charity I may give on her behalf?’ The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Water.’ Sa’d dug a well and he said, ‘This is for the mother of Sa’d.’ [Abu Dawud]

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