Give Water this Ramadan
Allllah (SWT) in the Holy Qur’an tells us: ‘By means of water, we give life to everything’ (21:30).
Water is a basic necessity for survival, yet regular and unhindered access to clean water remains a privilege afforded by only 60% of Pakistanis. The other 100million people struggle on a daily basis to meet their basic needs related to sanitation, livelihoods and nutrition.
This Ramadan, we can ease their difficulties and help make religious obligations just that bit easier Insha’Allah.
Give your Zakat and Sadaqah towards a hand pump or build a well with UCI to give thousands of Pakistanis access to clean water in the most important month of the year.
Improving Access to Safe Water
Your donations improve the lives of vulnerable communities across rural Pakistan through the installation of fresh water sources such as local wells and hand pumps that now provide water to over 200,000 people.
This Ramadan, give the gift of clean, safe water to support our Ummah. Through your safe water donation, and Allah’s will, you not only provide a vital element for immediate survival, but you play an essential role in supporting communities to rebuild, simply by allowing water to be used, not just for drinking, but also for farming and agriculture, for livestock and for health and hygiene.
‘The Messenger of Allah (saw) was asked, “Which charity is best?” He replied, “[Providing] water.” [Abu Dawud]
Water as Sadaqah Jariyah
“When a person dies, his deeds come to an end, except for three: ongoing charity (Sadaqah Jariyah), knowledge that is benefited from, and a righteous child who prays for him.” [Sahih Muslim]
Helping with the construction of fresh water sources like wells and hand pumps is a form of Sadaqah Jariyah, which means it is a one-time donation for which you are rewarded every time someone benefits from it. This form of Sadaqah extends to the afterlife and through future generations, which makes it one of the most potent charities. Especially in Ramadan, when our good deeds are multiplied and rewarded manifold by the Almighty.
Among the varied acts of Sadaqah Jariyah, there is one that surpasses all – giving water. The act of giving someone water is sacred in Islam because it is equivalent to giving someone the gift of life.
So, why not combine the blessings of giving the best Sadaqah Jariyah with those of the favourable month of Ramadan, and reap immeasurable rewards in the years to come and beyond?
The Impact of Your Donations
One single hand water pump can benefit up to 25 people and a water well aids around 200 individuals in an entire community.
As a result of your efforts:
• We have been able to install 3,586 water hand pumps and 334 water wells, alleviating the effects of water scarcity in rural areas across Pakistan.
• Women and children no longer have to walk miles to fetch water, which means they are able to pursue their plan ahead and improve their conditions through education and enterprise.
• Sanitation and hygiene improved substantially – people no longer have to rely on dirty and contaminated water to survive and dehydration is significantly reduced.
‘The Messenger of Allah (saw) was asked, “Which charity is best?” He replied, “[Providing] water”.’ [Abu Dawud]
A Story of Hope
Razia, her husband and their children were among the many in Pakistan who had to use unhygienic, contaminated water for their daily needs, including direct consumption. The alternative was to walk miles in the heat, down unpaved and unsafe tracks, to get clean water from far-off wells.
This persistent issue left its imprint on the health, education, and overall wellbeing of Razia’s family, as well as their neighbours.
But this changed when your donations allowed for the installation of a hand water pump in their village. Now, everyone in Razia’s community gets instant access to fresh water, Alhamdulillah!
“Thank you to everyone who donated towards this hand pump. Every penny given towards this cause will help more people like me to support their families.
These hand pumps have introduced a whole new way of living for us, and for this, we cannot thank you enough.”
You changed Razia’s life. This Ramadan, you can change many more.