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Zakat Foundation of America Launches Water Challenge

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To help celebrate World Water Day all month long, help raise awareness of the global water crisis by joining weekly challenges that shine a light on the global water crisis.

How many of us turn on the faucet to get fresh, clean water without even thinking twice? We use water to flush our toilets, take a shower, wash our clothes, and drink daily. If you really think about it, we use water for many parts of our day.

Now imagine not having any water in your home at all. Countless people in Texas had this happen during the winter storm a few weeks ago. It is not just hard to live without having access to clean water; it is almost impossible.

Yet, this is the heartbreaking reality for millions of us across the world. At least 2 billion people in the world are drinking contaminated water. Drinking contaminated water has devastating consequences. Unsanitary water conditions lead to water-borne diseases and even death.

Clean and safe water is a matter of life and death

A child dies from a water-related disease every two minutes, on average. These deaths are easily preventable with safe, clean drinking water. Yet, we have this global water crisis. As Muslims, we have a responsibility to ensure everyone has access to clean, safe water.

In our faith, giving water is considered the best form of charity: “The Messenger of Allah, on him be peace, was asked, ‘Which charity is best?’ He replied, ‘[Providing] water.’ ”

A little girl holds a container of clean water as another girl plays at the pump behind her. | Zakat Foundation of America photo

How can we help bring clean, safe water worldwide?

Work with a humanitarian organization that has a proven track record with water access and safety. Zakat Foundation of America is a trusted organization that works with water experts to find the best location for the water sources we build, test the water, and teach water and sanitation awareness

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Join Zakat Foundation of America’s Water Challenge

To help celebrate World Water Day all month long, help raise awareness of the global water crisis by joining weekly challenges that shine a light on the global water crisis. If you participate, you can get certified as a Zakat Foundation Water Scarcity Ambassador. You can even get an honorable mention from the Executive Director of Zakat Foundation of America, Halil Demir! Learn more here. From saving loose change to making videos to share with friends and family, the Water Challenge has simple tasks anyone can do. 

Young women in North Carolina show their progress in completing Zakat Foundation of America’s first of four challenges to earn a Water Scarcity Ambassador certificate. | Zakat Foundation of America photo

Help raise awareness on water conservation while shining a spotlight on water scarcity issues across the globe. Let’s be active in addressing this global water crisis. Our prophetic tradition calls upon us to save this precious resource. 

The Prophet Muhammad, on him be peace, said: “Do not waste water, even if you are at a flowing stream.”

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