SHAFAQNA- 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 diseases.”
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 vomiting.”
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 his enemies.’”
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.