The Global Water Crisis
Water is something SO many of us take for granted on a daily basis. With one turn of a tap or push of a button, liquid gold flows into our glasses quenching a thirst which never needs to be questioned. Is it safe, is it contaminated, will this be the sip that kills me?
It’s unthinkable to imagine that 844 million people around our world still lack access to clean water. An essential part of life that extends way beyond the recommended 8 glass intake per day. Water to cook with, to wash clothes in, to grow crops and sustain a livelihood with; without clean, easily accessible water, the education, health, and economic prosperity of families and communities are affected, the cycle of poverty perpetuating itself.
Access to clean water changes everything; when people gain access to clean water, they are able to practice good hygiene and sanitation. Children are in better health and more likely to go to school. Families and communities flourish.
Our role and responsibility in addressing this global issue was the focal point of a recent HCI Global Water Crisis Tour which extended across Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver.
We were joined by esteemed scholars Imam Wisam Sharieff, Shaykh Alaa Elsayed and Sister Razia Sultan Hamidi who reminded us of our obligation, not only as Muslims but as citizens of the world, to heed the urgency of this crisis. The Messenger of God (saw) was asked, “Which charity is best?” to which he replied, “[Providing] water.” (Abu Dawud).
Having access to clean, safe water is a basic human right and fulfilling such a right is an excellent form of charity (sadaqa). By the grace of God, we were able to fundraise nearly $190,000 on our tour in support of HCI’s clean water projects in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, providing even more people and communities in the region with access to clean water. Thank you!
If you were unable to make it on the tour and would like to do your part in supporting this project, please donate generously at https://www.humanconcern.org/water/.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is a human right.
Let’s make a difference together.
Author: Hassan Wadi
November 14, 2019