and Advantages of Water
A reliable tradition states that in this world and the world-to-come, there is
nothing better than water. Anyone who takes pleasure in drinking water will take
pleasure when God gives him the wine of Heaven.
According to a tradition from Hadrat Ali (a.s.), "zamzam water is the best
water among all the waters of the earth and Burhoot water (which is in Yemen) is
the worst for it is haunted by the spirits of the nonbelievers (kafirs), and day
and night it is in a state of curse."
According to Imam Ja'far-e-Sadiq (a.s.): "zamzam water is a cure for all
Hadrat Ali (a.s.) said: "one should drink rain water as it purifies the body
and cures all pains and diseases."
According to Imam Ja'far-e-Sadiq (a.s.): "cold water lessens temperature,
cures vomiting, digests food, and is an antidote for heat and also stated that
boiled water is good for all types of pains and is not harmful in any way."
According to Imam Rida (a.s.): "the water which is boiled seven times in
seven different vessels cures fever and cough."
Ibne Abi Taifur, a doctor, states that when he visited Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.),
he saw him drinking a lot of water. When he stopped, the Imam (a.s.) replied:
"drinking water even in excess is not harmful in any way as it digests food in
the stomach, lessens excitement (anger), increases intellect and cures
Manners of Drinking Water:
According to Imam Ja'far-e-Sadiq (a.s.), "whosoever, while drinking water,
remembers Imam Hussein (a.s.) and his Ahle Bait and curses his murderers and
tormenters, one lakh good deeds will be written in his record, one lakh sins
will be forgiven, he will be elevated one lakh times and he will be rewarded to
the extent as though he has freed one lakh slaves in the name of God and on the
Day of Judgement God will look towards his welfare. If he recites the following
while drinking water, it is better:
‘May Allah shower his blessings on Hussein (a.s.) and his Ahle bait and his
companions. May He increase His curses on the murderers of Hussein (a.s.) and
Another reliable tradition from the same Imam (a.s.) asserts that if a person
does not drink water when he is feeling thirsty and appeases his thirst late,
then God makes him an inhabitant of Heaven.
Actually, before appeasing his thirst, he should wait for a while praising
Almighty and then drink and at that time God makes Heaven compulsory for him.
In another tradition from the same Imam (a.s.), it is stated that if a person,
before drinking water at night recites three times:
‘Salutation to the water of Zam Zam and water of Furat.’
then the water will not harm him.
According to a tradition from Imam Ja'far-e-Sadiq (a.s.), "one should not
have water while standing, one should not walk around a grave and should not
urinate in standing water. If a person does these things, he will be affected by
troubles and then he will have to cure himself alone from these."
According to Imam Mohammed Baqir (a.s.), "one should say ‘Bismillah’ before
drinking water and ‘Alhamdolillah’ after drinking. If the clay container has a
handle, then one should take the water from the front and if it is broken from
somewhere or has a hole, then one should have water from the other side as both
the situations are related to the devil."
The Holy Prophet (pbuh&hh) has prohibited blowing with mouth in the water.
It is stated that the Holy Prophet (pbuh&hh) used to drink water in glass
utensils which had come as a present from Syria and at times in wooden and
leather containers and if none were available, in his hand.