Ordinary water does have a taste. However, due to filtration, reverse osmosis and chemicals, the taste is often lost in tap and bottled water.
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There’s been this influx of the ‘squatty potty’ stools recently, as science determines the advanced health benefits of squatting while using the bathroom. They’re also just realizing that sitting and drinking water prevents numerous negative effects, fully quenches the thirst and settles in the stomach so that the liver can distribute the nutrients to other parts of the body. “We’ve been saying that for years!”- Riaad Moosa
Muslim (2024) narrated from Anas (R.A) that Nabi (S.A.W) forbade drinking whilst standing. Then again, Ali ibn Abi Taalib (R.A) drank whilst standing and when people looked at him as if they objected to that, he said: “What are you looking at? If I drink whilst standing, I saw Nabi (S.A.W) drink whilst standing, and if I drink sitting, I saw Nabi (S.A.W) drink whilst sitting.”
Scholars have reconciled these Ahadith by stating that the forbidding cited here does not mean that it is haraam, rather it is to be understood as advice, and that it is better to drink whilst sitting. In basic terms, drinking while standing is disliked because of its harmful implications.
In forbidding it, Rasoolullah (S.A.W) was motivated by compassion for His (S.A.W)’s Ummah and sought to tell them to do that which is in their best interests in both religious and worldly terms. Sharh Ma‘aani al-Aathaar gives the example of eating while reclining. Nabi (S.A.W) disliked eating while reclining, only because of what happens as a result of it [side-effects include the enlargement of the belly amongst others]. This does not mean that it is haraam to do so. However, our love for our Rasool (S.A.W) compels us to do as He (S.A.W) did, and Nabi (S.A.W) is quoted to have said: “As for me, I do not eat reclining.”
As added material, the three major known ill-effects mentioned are:
- Stomach damage: when we stand and drink water, it flows easily and in great volume down the food canal and splashes onto the lower stomach wall. This splash damages the stomach wall and the nearby organs. Long term practice disturbs the digestive system and further cause’s heart and kidney problems.
- Kidney damage: water intake while standing lets the water pass through kidneys with a push without much filtration. This may cause impurities to gather in the bladder or in blood. Now kidneys, bladder and heart are at stake.
- Arthritis: if water is taken while standing, it disturbs the balance of other body fluids. Ultimately it also affects the joint regions and cause deficiency of required fluids in joints. This results in joint pains known as arthritis.
Nabi (S.A.W) did both to demonstrate that there is a lot of room for manoeuvre in this matter. The Believer should follow the Sunnah of Nabi (S.A.W), whether he knows the wisdom behind it or not; there is nothing wrong with asking about the reason so as to increase his faith or to debate- in the way that is better- with those who reject this Sunnah.
DUA AFTER DRINKING WATER
All praise be to Allah who has, through His Mercy, given us sweet water to drink, and did not make it bitter due to our sins.
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,