Sunday, July 18, 2010

NEW Water and Water?

this is one of my opinion.....and for the clarification about this topic you may get in this web site..... 1
The classification of NEW Water
As we know NEW Water is kind of recycled water. It means the water comes from wastewater that undergoes certain process as a treatment from sewages. The wastewater undergo process of stringent purification, treatment process using advanced dual membrane (microfiltration and reverse osmosis) and ultraviolet technologies in addition to conventional water treatment processes to produce drinking water.

In Fiqh terms, NEW Water can be classified as Musta’mal Water (the water that has been used) and Mutanajjis Water (the water that contain najjis). Musta’mal Water is clean but not holy (cannot be used to clean from najjis and hadas or istinjak or oblution or in malay tidak suci). Mutanajjis Water is not clean and not holy. According to the purification and treatment processes of the water, the status of N]EW Water changed from Mutanajjis Water to Mutlaq Water. The changing process  “التغير” (At-tghayyur) to treat the wastewater from sewages and to maintain the original characteristics of Mutlaq Water. There are three ways for doing the changing process, such as the following:
a.       Natural changing process means the changing through time, the sun or wind.
b.      Changes by adding water.
c.       Changes in unclean removed from water.

The changing process will give back the Mutlaq Water characteristics if the remaining water that undergo the changing process includes of two pits (less than 720 liters) or more. Besides of Mutanajjis water that can be purified or give back the characteristics of Mutlaq Water through that ways, Musta’mal Water also can undergoes the same process to be Mutlaq Water back or to give back the characteristics of Mutlaq Water.

The conclusion is NEW Water is known as Mutlaq Water because it shows or gets back the properties of Mutlaq water through the following changing process.

Question 2
The legal consequences of using the water on certain Ibadat such as oblution (wudhu’) and others.
            Water is one of our necessities in our life. We used water for drinking, cleaning, agriculture and others. Do you know how many types of water in Islamic Fiqh? There are four types of water which are Mutlaq Water (clean and holy which can be used to clean najjis and hadas “الطاهر المطهر”), water that used to clean and not encourage to be used to clean najjis and hadas but it  (الطاهر المطهر المكروح), water that is clean but not holy, cannot clean najjis and hadas ( الطاهرغير المطهر  )  and  Muttanajjis Water ( water that contain najjis “المتنجس ).
            From the explaination from Question 1 we would know that NEW Water is classified in the term of Mutlaq Water or “الطاهر المطهر”. It has no properties of najjis, such as it’s colour, taste, and smell. Actually this kind of process is not new in Islamic Fiqh which shows that Islam as a complete religion.  So, what is the legal consequence of using the NEW Water? The consequence is NEW Water can be used to clean najjis and hadas or said in Arabic sah for Ibadat. It also can be used in daily life for wudhu’, drinking, cleaning agriculture and others.
            Lastly, the NEW Water can be used wisely in our daily life because it has been proved by Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan. This shows that we can use the NEW Water for Ibadat without any doubt anymore.

Question 3
Opinion on the use of NEW Water.
            In my opinion, the use of NEW Water is good and one of the alternative ways to get clean and holy water for country which has limited amount of water. Now, the time has changed and the technology improved. Then, new way to recycle water is produce. Why not we use the technology? Furthermore, the NEW Water has been tested scientifically does not contain any harm content that affect our health. In its legal consequence give positive view that NEW Water is holy and clean which means it can be used for Ibadat. That shows NEW Water is good and can be used in Ibadat without any doubt.

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