I need you like water…


*Warning:This is a badly-written entry.

Water Stairway, Generalife





Currently struggling to finish my Introduction to Environmental Technology coursework on Water Treatment,and came across this wonderful website – giving loads of simple practical things we can do to reduce water consumption. Small things count, remember?

http://www.epa.gov/water/citizen/thingstodo.html

To encourage you more to adopt these simple solutions, I have some proofs of the importance of water conservation from the article I mentioned previously on Rasulullah p.b.u.h as a pioneer in environmentalism.

Islam values water, and has its important addressed clearly in the Holy Book :

We made from water every living thing. (Quran 21:30)

The Quran constantly reminds believers that they are but the guardians of Allah’s creation on earth and that they should never take this creation for granted:

Consider the water which you drink. Was it you that brought it down from the rain cloud or We? If We had pleased, We could make it bitter. (Quran 56:68-70)

And if Rasulullah p.b.u.h particularly warned against water pollution by forbidding urination in stagnant water.

Saving water and safeguarding its purity were two important issues for Muhammad — we have seen that his concern about the sustainable use of water led to the creation of forbidden zones in the vicinity of water sources. But even when water was abundant, he advocated thriftiness. He recommended that believers perform ritual ablutions no more than three times, even if they were near to a flowing spring or river. The hadith collector Al-Bukhari added:

The men of science disapprove of exaggeration and also of exceeding the number of ablutions prescribed by Muhammad.

I guess it is more than enough to convince myself to start thinking that every drop of water is now valuable.

Just coming back from Spain, where the architecture and landscaping is largely water-based (mentioned not once in Alhambra audio guide), small fountains are placed in rooms and halls (basically due to water calming effect). One of the most wonderful creation in Generalife is the famous Water Stairway, which had the poet Juan Ramon Jimenez stunned by its beauty and left his impressions:

‘..I heard the music of water more and more yet at the same time less;
less because it was no longer an intimate of mine;
the water was my blood, my life and I heard that the music of my life and blood is the running water.’

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3 comments

  1. I dont think the warning is necessary 😛 not bad and convincing enough

    Water and plants should be an integral part of every building, its really nice
    If the fountains and pools are located here, im sure we can find thousands coin underneath it LOL

  2. The warning is necessary since this entry is not up to my standard of writing.

    The most beautiful part of Alhambra, in my eyes, must have been the water stairways, I love listening to the sound of water moving down.. subhanallah!

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