The Sunnah Way of Drinking Water

Muslims are encouraged to practice the sunnah in all aspects of their lives, including drinking water.

Water is undoubtedly an immense blessing in our lives, the essence of life itself. Allah ﷻ Says in Surah Al-Anbiya: “And We have made from water every living thing.”

Drinking plenty of water is essential and carries amazing health benefits. It helps prevent dehydration and flushes out toxins from our bodies, among other things. Drinking plenty of water also helps to boost energy levels and improve our digestion. Not only that, there is evidence that it may even help in weight loss!

We’ve listed a number of Sunnahs related to drinking water below.

Sitting Down

When drinking water, it is sunnah to sit down.

Anas narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ prohibited drinking whilst standing. (Muslim)

This aids in digestion, as the act of sitting down helps to relieve pressure on our digestive system and prevents discomfort.

It also allows us to take a few moments to thank Allah ﷻ for the blessings He has bestowed upon us.

Saying Bismillah

The importance of starting anything with bismillah is so that we remember Allah ﷻ is the source of all blessings, and seek His help in whatever we are about to do.

It also comes in the Hadith of the Prophet ﷺ that “Every important matter that does not begin with Bismillahi ar-Rahman ar-Raheem is cut off (of blessings).”

This sunnah also applies to drinking water – one should start by reciting the Tasmiyyah (saying Bismillah) before taking the first sip.

Using the Right Hand

The Prophet ﷺ would love to do good things using his right hand.

Hafsah narrated that the Prophet ﷺ would use his right hand for eating, drinking, and dressing. He would use his left hand for what was other than that. (Bukhari & Muslim)

Don’t Breathe into the Cup

Children may breathe into the cup when drinking water as well as some adults, especially if they are gulping down the water due to extreme thirst. This is against the way of the Messenger ﷺ and could spread germs.

The Prophet ﷺ prohibited breathing into the cup whilst one is drinking as was narrated by ibn ‘Abbas. (Tirmidhi)

Drinking in Three Breaths

It is sunnah to drink water in three breaths. This allows one to drink the water slowly and savor its taste, rather than gulping down the water which could cause adverse effects on our health. Gulping down a lot of water can lead to bloatedness, cramps, and even vomiting.

Anas narrated that the Prophet ﷺ would drink water in three separate breaths. (Bukhari & Muslim)

Not only is this better for our health, but it also allows us to stop and contemplate the many blessings bestowed upon us by Allah ﷻ, including water!

Saying Alhamdulilah

Just as we begin all good actions with Bismillah (In the Name of God) we should also end in His Name ﷻ . Through beginning and ending in the name of the Divine we hope that He ﷻ will forgive us for any shortcomings in between.

When you have finished drinking you should say Alhamdulilah (All Praise is for Allah). As ibn ‘Abbas narrated, the Prophet ﷺ said: “And say His Name if you drink and Praise (Him) if you have finished.” (Tirmidhi)

The outward has an effect on the inward. So when we praise our Lord on our tongues it will allow us to praise Him within our hearts. Bringing to heart his immense Kindness and Grace upon us in all that He has Bestowed us with.

Passing the Vessel to the Right

If a group of you are sharing a drink together then you should always pass the cup to whoever is sitting on your right. This goes back to the Prophet’s ﷺ love of the right.

The Host is the Last to Drink

If you are hosting a group of people and provide them with water, you should always be the last one to drink, after making sure your guests have fully quenched their thirst.

This comes from the Hadith narrated by Abi Qatadah in which the Prophet ﷺ said: The one who serves a people water should be the last of them to drink.” (Tirmidhi)

This is because honoring guests holds a high position in Islam. The Companion Abu Hurayrah related on behalf of the Prophet ﷺ “Whosoever believes in Allah and the Final Day then let him honor his guest.” (Bukhari & Muslim).

Water is Life!

The same thing that provides our lives with comfort is limiting the quality of life for millions around the world — water. 

According to Unicef:

“Four billion people — almost two-thirds of the world’s population — experience severe water scarcity for at least one month each year. Over two billion people live in countries where water supply is inadequate. Half of the world’s population could be living in areas facing water scarcity by as early as 2025.” 

Human Concern International is on the ground in the most drought-stricken areas of the world to provide vulnerable communities with access to clean drinking water. To ensure that WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) programs are tenable, we work with local partners who are more intimate with the challenges of their communities to find and implement practical and effective solutions. 

Will You Fight for Water?

Your Muslim brothers and sisters are waiting and their lives are at risk.

Will you come forward and donate to one of HCI’s water packages?

From as little as $60 you can provide an individual with immediate access to clean water & aid. If you’re feeling a bit more generous, you could also support an entire family.

Why not build a well? The cost starts from $1500 and varies depending on the region. You could come together with a group of friends or even build one in the name of a deceased family member.

Upon being asked which type of charity was the best, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) replied; “providing drinking water.”

So make a donation and save lives today.

You can also read more about how we are building Tube Wells and Boreholes to Support Irrigation, building SDUs for Clean Water, or Delivering Water Tanks to Rural Communities.

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