Do not waste water, even at the riverbank


Is this Hadith authentic?

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) passed by Sa’d (radiyallahu ‘anhu) when he was performing ablution, and he said: ‘What is this extravagance?’ He said: ‘Can there be any extravagance in ablution?’ Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: ‘Yes, even if you are on the bank of a flowing river.'”



This Hadith is recorded by Imams Ibn Majah and Ahmad (rahimahumallah) on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (radiyallahu’anhuma).

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 425 and Musnad Ahmad, Hadith: 7065)


My Honourable Teacher; Al-‘Allamatul Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) has declared this Hadith as sound (hasan).

(Footnotes on Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 723)


Other similar narrations from the Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhu) and those after them

1) Sayyiduna Abud Darda (radiyallahu’anhu) said:

‘Be thrifty [with water] when making wudu, even if you are at the river bank.’

(Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 731)


2) Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has stated that a similar statement is reported from Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu’anhu).

(Before Hadith: 135, vol. 1 pg. 234)


3) The Tabi’i; Hilal ibn Yisaf (rahimahullah) said: ‘It used to be said [by the Sahabah and Tabi’un]:

‘Wastage during wudu can also occur at the river bank.’

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 723)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,


Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar