Etiquettes of drinking water
Muhammad Jawaid Attari Madani
The final Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم declared:
لَا يَشْرَبَنَّ اَحَدٌ مِّنْكُمْ قَائِمًا
“None of you should drink whilst standing.”
Water is called māʾ (ماء) in Arabic and occurs 15 times in the Quran. Our bodies need water to function properly. Children who do not have the habit of drinking this or have very little of it, should make sure to drink water!
Before drinking water, look at it in a well-lit place and recite bismillāh (بِسْمِ الـلّٰـه). Whilst sitting, hold the cup or bottle in your right hand and drink it in three sips. Take a breath away from the cup between each sip.
Zamzam water can be drunk whilst standing as our beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم did this. He is our greatest role model, and since he ordained for us to drink water seated, we shall do so, اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه.
Dear children, many people around the world do not have enough water. So, we should treasure every drop and not waste it. Some children drink water but leave a small amount in their glass or spill some of it. The Quran teaches us not to waste anything.
May Allah grant us the ability to value water and drink it according to the sunnah.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ خاتَمِ النَّبِیّیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم