The students, teachers and parents of Fatimah Elizabeth Cates Academy are taking the MADE Ultimate Water Challenge and standing up for water justice! We are aiming to ‘Beat the Tap’, by using only the Prophetic amount of water [the mudd - approx. 675ml] during wudu for the five prayers over five days from Monday 21st to Friday 25th March 2016!
DID YOU KNOW?
“Have you considered the water which you drink? Was it you that brought it down from the clouds or did We cause it to fall? Had We willed, We could have made it bitter – will you not then be appreciative? (Qur’an, 68:70)
Did you know that a lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every 4 hours?
As stewards of the earth [Qur’an, 6:165] Allah has entrusted humanity with the role of upholding justice and equality. Yet today in a world of great technological mastery and wealth, over 650 million people still do not have access to the basic rights of safe water with 2.3 billion people [1 in every 3 person] who do not have access to adequate sanitation.
This is an injustice and as Muslims we have a duty to remove this injustice. The Prophet [peace be upon him] said “none of you truly believes until you love for others what you love for yourself” [Bukhari] and he also said “whoever sees anything unjust, let him change it with his hands…” [Muslim]. Allah says in the Qur’an: “Oh you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witness to God, even if against yourselves…” [Qur’an, 4:135]
ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
The Ultimate Water Challenge is an opportunity for all of us to encourage one another to be aware of our own water consumption and make changes in our own lives with the hope that by doing so, we can raise awareness of the water injustice that is happening around the world today.
Using the Prophetic amount of water, we will be challenging ourselves to become conscious of our water use. We are also raising funds to support the campaigns that MADE runs, including providing a deep water well in Zanzibar where water access is only a reality for the rich with the poorest unable to afford access.
- 900 children die every day due to lack of clean water access
- Over 10 litres of water is wasted during each wudu performed when the tap is left running – that’s more water than someone in a developing country who does not have water access uses in an entire day
- The Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] forbade wasting water “even if you are at the banks of a flowing river” [ibn Majah]
- Every minute a newborn baby dies from infection caused by a lack of safe water and an unclean environment
- In the UK the average person uses 16 buckets of water a day, with a good proportion easily saved if people are conscious of their water use
- 70% of the world is covered in water but only 1% of the world water is accessible for drinking
“Be a community that calls for what is good, urges what is right and forbids what is wrong: those who do this are the successful ones” [Qur’an, 3:104]