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Competition wudu in a glass

Published on February 27th, 2015 | by Abu Umayza | Views: 3606



“Wudu in a Glass” – video competition 2015

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Conserving Water, One Mudd and One Saa’ at a Time


Allah سبحانه و تعالى Said:

إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ

“…Verily He (Allah) likes not Al-Musrifoon (those who waste by extravagance)” [Al A’raaf, 31]

كان النبيُّ صلَّى اللهُ عليهِ وسلَّمَ يتوضأ بالمدِّ ويغتسل بالصاعِ

The Prophet صلَّى اللهُ عليهِ وسلَّمَ performed wudu’ with one mudd* and made ghusl with one saa’** [Saheeh Muslim, 325]

* A mudd is a measurement of approx. 700 ml
** A saa’ is a measurement of approx. 2.5 l


Conserving water is both, an individual and collective responsibility and as Muslims we are always encouraged to utilise water wisely and never to waste or be extravagant with it. It is unanimously agreed that extravagance in using water is makrooh and blameworthy. Thus when it comes to conserving water, small adjustments can make a huge impact. And one of the many ways Muslims can contribute towards reducing water scarcity, is by being observant when performing their ritual ablution and bathing.

It is recorded that the Prophet صلَّى اللهُ عليهِ وسلَّمَ once came over to Sa’d while he was performing wudu and said,‘what is this excessiveness O Sa’d?’ He asked, ‘can wudu be excessive?’ He صلَّى اللهُ عليهِ وسلَّمَ replied, ‘yes even if (you are making wudu) in a neighbouring river'” [Musnad Ahmad, 6768 and Ibn Majah, 419 – graded as hasan by al-Albani in ‘Silsilat as-Saheehah, 3292). This shows us that the availability of abundance of water does not detract from our responsibility to use water sparingly and never be excessive in it. Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said, “we should realise that using a lot of water for wudu’ or ghusl is included in the words of Allah {and waste not by extravagance. Verily He (Allah) likes not Al-Musrifoon}. Hence the fuqaha’ said it is makrooh to waste by extravagance even if one is on the bank of a flowing river, so how about if water is drawn by mechanical means?”

Thus using a mudd for wudu and a saa’ for ghusl was a prevelant act of the Prophet صلَّى اللهُ عليهِ وسلَّمَ , although there is also evidence that he صلَّى اللهُ عليهِ وسلَّمَ performed wudu’ with one third of a mudd. And it is to be noted that if one’s areas of ablution are not properly washed with a mudd, and there is a need for more water, then it is acceptable as long as there is no extravagance, as in this case it would be considered a necessity.

So let’s observe “World Water Day” every day. And what better way than to commence with a water-related competition “wudu in a glass”.




can you perform ablution using 350ml of water?

Eaalim blog presents it’s first ‘Creative Competition 2015’. If you have access to a video camera and not afraid to demonstarte how to perform wudu with a glass of water, then please read on… It is an original initiative with the main purpose of:

i. Reviving a Sunnah & Conserving Water

ii. Learning About Water Usage in Wudu

iii. Increasing Awareness of Water Scarcity and Our Responsibilities


Conditions of participation:



Due to the nature of the competition, it is open to male participation only.


Measurement of water glass

The glass of water must be 350 ml precisely (shown by evidence using a measuring device).  Entries deemed suspicious will be disqualified.


Length and format of video clip

The video should not be more than 4 mins in length and must not exceed 5mb in size. We will also accept link to video in case the file size is too large. Format in avi, flv, mpeg, rm, quicktime and swf

[Please ensure good video quality]


Age eligibility

You must be between the age of 15-45


Deadline for submission

All video entries must be submitted by 31st March 2015

Simply attach video (or link to video), with your details to:


Selection process

eaalim staff will choose the winning entry based on fulfilment of the competition criteria, and also on the quality of video production.


Prize reward

$50 and a selection of new title books from Dar As-Sunnah Publications.


For more about water conservation, please visit:

Minimum Amount of Water Needed for Ablution

How Islam Could Help Fight Water Scarcity

Islam and Water

100+ Ways to Conserve Water



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