AHMAD ZAHARUDDIN SANI BIN AHMAD SABRI
Expert: Community Development and Leadership(Nation Building)
Current Position : Director, Institute of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad Thoughts (IPDM), Universiti Utara Malaysia.
Water And Religion: Islamism’s and Malaysia Perception
As the ultimate source of life, water is held in high regard by most societies. It is considered a blessing, a gift and something which must be protected for the benefit of all of mankind. Over the last one decade, the water crisis has taught Malaysian to appreciate the importance of water in our lives. It has also taught us to constantly be reminded of the significant need to preserve and maintain the source of water; rivers in particular. When the crisis hit Malaysia, each rainfall was so valuable, that rainwater was accumulated, stored and greatly appreciated and used sparingly. However, when everything returned back to normal, we came back to our old habit and water again, became an asset that everyone took for granted. Many have forgotten the laws of nature that all life forms will eventually die or will be depleted. The same can be illustrated with water supply in our country.
The water crisis will make a comeback. Many will regret when this crisis recurs but in a nutshell, can the current water management provide a sustainable solution? Is the water crisis a mere natural disaster? This paper will attempt to take a closer look at the positive values of water management, giving a special focus on Islamic values as a possible alternative solution towards existing and future water-related problems. Islam is known as a religion that encompasses totality, and it has its ways in generating solutions to problems concerning water. In Islam, water management has been put forth since the days of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) 1430 years ago. This paper will also prove that Islamic laws are most appropriate in water management and can also be applied today, as the ultimate solution of this era.