Date : 18-04-2017

Question :

What is the ruling on informing the concerned authorities about water leakage in public places?

The Answer :

All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and may His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all of his family and companions

All the Muslim society is responsible for the public interests, and every individual shares the same responsibility towards the resources of life in general, because Allah, the Exalted, said(what means):" Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong:" [Al-Imran/104]. So every matter as regards doing what is good is an obligation upon Muslims to enjoin, call and adhere to, since a faithful believer to a faithful one is like the bricks of a wall, enforcing each other; consequently, every individual should keen on preserving public interests in the society that he lives in. There is no doubt that water is the main source of life that Allah bestows upon humans and preserving it from wasting is a priority for the security of our society.

Therefore, informing the concerned authorities in case of damage or leakage in water distribution system is a social obligation and a collective duty, since this will strengthen the concept of burdening responsibility within society, achieve benefit and ward off harm, because the Prophet(PBUH) said(what means):"The deen (religion) is naseehah (advice, sincerity).” We said, “To whom?” He (PBUH) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” [Muslim]. And Allah knows best.