The Virtue of Charity in Islam:
Charity holds a great significance in Islam, where emphasis is placed on its merit and positive impact in improving the conditions of those in need. Charity is considered a charitable act that allows Muslims the opportunity to draw closer to Allah and earn rewards in both this world and the hereafter.
Types of Charity:
There are various types of charities in Islam, including ongoing charity, public charity, and secret charity. These types allow Muslims the opportunity to give according to their capabilities and personal circumstances. Ongoing charity, particularly through initiatives like providing water, is among the most rewarding deeds we can engage in during our lives, reaping its rewards both in this world and the hereafter.
"Saqiya al-Ma'a" translates to providing water to those in need while preserving its source and utilizing its benefits, such as digging wells or creating rivers. It was narrated from Sa'd bin 'Ubadah that his mother died. He said:
"O Messenger of Allah, my mother has died; can I give charity on her behalf?" He said: "Yes." He said: "What kind of charity is best?" He said: "Providing drinking water." And that is the drinking-fountain of Sa'd in Al-Madinah
No Life Without Water:
Water is a fundamental cornerstone for life on Earth; it's impossible to conceive the existence of any form of life without it. Allah, the Almighty, has intricately linked life to water. The human body is 70% water, and one cannot survive more than seven days without it. What sustains humans also sustains animals and plants. As stated in the Holy Quran: "وجعلنا من الماء كل شيء حي"
(Quran, Al-Anbiya: 30)
Water plays a crucial role in supporting the environment and biodiversity. It significantly contributes to food production and the preservation of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
The Importance of Water Irrigation Projects:
1. Water irrigation projects play a crucial role in improving the quality of life for residents, especially in regions facing low rainfall and drought. They ensure a continuous water supply for daily use, whether for drinking or agriculture.
2. These projects contribute to supporting the agricultural sector by enabling farmers to effectively irrigate their lands, increasing crop production, and improving food security.
3. Providing clean and healthy water helps combat waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio, transmitted through contaminated water.
4. Saving time and effort for children and women who often travel long distances to obtain clean water.
Water Irrigation Projects:
There are various water irrigation projects that can be implemented in drought-prone regions in Africa and other countries. At Ensany Foundation, we work to provide clean drinking water to populations and displaced individuals in crisis areas through various projects.
One such project is the drilling of artesian wells, which is cost-effective and can meet water needs in areas with limited resources.
Distribution of Mobile Water:
Thousands of women and children living in remote areas face a daunting challenge of walking long distances to secure essential drinking water. They are compelled to cover significant distances daily, exposed to harsh environmental conditions, in pursuit of water that fulfills life's necessities. Developing programs for the distribution of mobile water, utilizing mobile means such as trucks equipped with water tanks, addresses the needs of local communities. Implementing such projects can bring about a positive transformation in the lives of these families and alleviate the burden of daily water search.
You can contribute to helping affected communities and earn enduring rewards in this world and the hereafter through mobile water projects and well drilling via the Ensany Foundation.