A Malaysian company has invented a machine it says will help Muslims purify themselves before prayers without excessively wasting water.
The Wadhu, or ablution, rite precedes the five daily prayers Muslims are obligated to perform. There are more than 1.7 billion Muslims in the world, with the majority in Africa and the Middle East where water supplies are scarce.
“Saving water is a motivation for people to adopt this system rather than the conventional methods, where there’s a lot of water wastage,” AACE Chairman Anthony Gomez told reporters while launching the product in the Malaysian capital.
The device, which also emits recorded verses and is 1.65 meters tall, only uses 1.3 liters of water compared to the conventional methods, which usually involve leaving faucets running for the duration of the washing ritual, which can last for several minutes, Gomez said.
“During the Hajj, two million people used 50 million liters water a day for Wadhu. If they introduce this machine they are saving 40 million liters per day,” he said, referring to the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Makkah.
Muslims heading for prayers in mainly Muslim Malaysia had mixed feelings about the high-tech, but pricey, invention.
“The idea is good and it is built in line with Islamic teachings. But water in this country is cheap, so it is still not worthwhile to have this machine,” an office worker who gave his name as Aminuddin told Reuters.
But a tourist from neighboring Singapore, which has little water supplies, said the machine would help conserve natural resources. Nothing is impossible.
Of course we are trying ways and means to new products, those that can save mankind, those that can save nature, Azman Mohamed Noor said. - Reuter