TENTATIVE DURATION: JAN 2023, JUN 2023-JULY 2023, AUGUST 2023-DECEMBER 2023
Save water and reducing waste was something that has previously been emphasized by many other organisations until today. Life depends on water, hence it is our responsibility to conserve water and develop water resources. Ablution (wudhu’) is a mandatory religious routine for Muslims that is repeated multiple times daily for prayers and other deeds. Typical ablution practices involve cleaning one’s hands, face, mouth, nose, arms, head, ears, and feet. Conservation of water is a religious and national obligation, especially with the scarcity of water resources.
The Prophet Muhammad SAW led a moderate lifestyle. He is the model of a human being that all Muslims should strive to imitate since he never wastes anything. He also urged us not to waste water, even if we are on a river. Eco-wudhu’ is a project to promote green action in performing ablution following the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad SAW and play a more active role in water saving. The researchers found that the average amount of water used for ablution was 4-7 litre at one time, which is much higher than the 1 litre used by the Prophet Muhammad SAW. Therefore, this proposal aims to promote greater awareness to practice green ablution among Muslims starting at a young age.
The objectives of this project are (i) to encourage green actions of performing ablution among Muslims; (ii) to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) goals among Muslims in water saving; (iii) to raise collaborative action in water saving with the relevant agencies.
SDG4: To ensure quality education and promote lifelong learning by practicing Eco-Wudhu’
SDG6: To ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all with the inclusion of green ablution actions
SDG13: To ensure that people are aware of the impact of climate change on water shortage
SDG17: Establish the partnership of PBA, WWP, USM, and SKBB
This project will kick off at Sekolah Kebangsaan Bayan Baru. Sekolah Kebangsaan Bayan Baru has actively performed sustainable actions in school and becomes an eminent school in sharing its practices with the other schools in Penang, especially in Barat Daya District. However, the school lacked green actions in the Islamic part and its prayer hall (surau) was still using traditional taps for ablution purposes. The school was held in two sessions, students and teachers will perform prayers in Zohor (~1:30 pm) and Asar (~4:30 pm) every school day. Therefore, this school was chosen to increase its water-saving throughout the schools and it was a good start to promote lifelong education in practising Eco-Wudhu’.
The phases of Eco-Wudhu are as follows:
- Phase 1
Water Watch Penang will consult with the Sekolah Kebangsaan Bayan Baru in identifying a suitable contractor to change all traditional taps for ablution at the prayer hall into water-saving taps (smaller stream/spray).
- Phase 2
Water Watch Penang and University Sains Malaysia will organise a one-day event (morning and afternoon sessions) in Sekolah Kebangsaan Bayan Baru on how to perform Eco-Wudhu’ which will also promote awareness of water saving in general.
- Phase 3
Universiti Sains Malaysia will be joined together with Sekolah Kebangsaan Bayan Baru in creating an eco-banner at the prayer hall and school for the campaign of Eco-Wudhu’ and water-saving in their daily life.
- Immediate Outputs:
The immediate output as soon as the project ends will result in an increase of awareness from students and teachers at SKBB in performing water-saving ablution and the importance on save water in general. This project will also see positive partnerships between the private sector, NGOs, schools, and government agencies. The target output for this project will be:
- The prayer hall at SKBB will have water-saving taps which will be used by at least 300 students and teachers two times a day during the school day.
- SKBB can share its new action towards sustainability with other schools where all parts of the school can contribute to water saving.
- Long-Term Outcomes.
This project is expected to produce long-term outcomes in water-saving practices where the other schools can inspire by this initiative and also do the same thing to their schools. Students and teachers who joined this project will share with their family members to save water and the importance of performing water-saving ablution to follow the Prophet Muhammad SAW.
- Universiti Sains Malaysia
- SK Bukit Bandaraya