Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
poetic masterpiece, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, English poet and
theologian Samuel Taylor Coleridge, described the agony of a sailor who is
surrounded by water but cannot drink it. Deeply distressed by the irony, he
exclaims, “Water, water everywhere,/ Nor any drop to drink!”
expression of Coleridge is an illustration of human limitations. Though water
is vital for man’s survival, he cannot create water to sustain himself; yet he
mindlessly wastes this essential natural resource. There are vast reservoirs of
fresh water in the polar ice-caps but they are melting at an alarming rate and
is draining off into the oceans. While increasing sea levels, this situation is
also causing significant shortage of potable water. Experts predict that the
shortage of water will become so acute that a Third World War might break out
over this issue. Scientists across the world have repeatedly emphasised that
global warming accelerated by human action is the greatest danger of our times.
creation of water is a marvel: two distinct gases with special properties come
together to take the liquid form of water. If nature had not been endowed with
this potential, the creation of water would not have been possible.
indispensable but global shortages are increasing at such an alarming rate,
that it is making the wastage of water a grave cause of concern. While
governments try to find ways of resolving the water issues of their nations, it
is also pertinent that, as responsible citizens, each one of us should become
involved in the initiative to conserve water.
to United Nations reports, water scarcity already affects every continent in
the world. If each individual were to awaken to the responsibility of mindfully
using water resources, he could contribute greatly to addressing the issue of
water shortage. Charity begins at home, so each one of us should resolve to
rise to the occasion and do our bit by finding out how we can do something to
reduce our own water footprint and help manage the need for water.
not just a source of physical existence: it is an equally important source from
which to derive spiritual nourishment. It teaches us to be a giver and fulfil
our responsibility towards others. The flow of water in a mountain stream, for
instance, is repeatedly obstructed by stones in its path. But the spring does
not attempt to remove the stones to continue on its journey. Instead, it moves
ahead by flowing around and alongside the stones, as if telling us not to collide
with obstacles, but to continue on our way regardless. Everything in this world
continuously conveys the message that we should give, without taking anything
in return, and discharge our duty in a selfless manner.
to the Quran, water is a bountiful creation of the Creator. The Quran says, ‘We
have made every living thing out of water.’(21:30). We have to conserve water
as an act of worship; we have to regard it as a sacred duty imposed on each one
of us to continue to preserve life for future generations. We should adopt this
culture, and live as givers, rather than as takers.
Source: The Speaking Tree
@hats off, Precisely so.
Conservation of resources and its
equitable distribution is a moral and mutual obligation that is
realised only with knowledge based education of what sustains life.
Hence it must be a compulsory subject
taught in schools and not houses of worship.