Water well appeal: the legacy of Uthman (RA)

Children excitedly drinking fresh water from a well

Continue the legacy of Uthman (RA), honour your loved one and provide clean water for years to come to those who need it most. Build a water well. Donate now.

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“Every prophet has a companion in paradise,” said the Prophet (PBUH) “My companion there is Uthman.”

Despite his great wealth and successful businesses, the Prophet’s companion, Uthman ibn Affan lived a simple life, spending his wealth to help others, particularly by providing free water from his well.

€995 - Install a deep water well in a drought-hit community, helping to transform and protect a village.

Today, 2.2 billion people don’t have reliable access to safe drinking water – that’s 1 in 3 people. Collectively, women and girls spend 200 million hours every day collecting water – that’s time they should be able to spend at school, earning money, or looking after crops and livestock. Nobody should be trapped in a cycle of poverty because they’re forced to spend their entire life fetching water just to survive.

When early Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina, they found themselves facing a severe water shortage. Uthman heard that people in Ramwah, Medina, were paying extortionate prices to drink from a water well, so he bought the well, and offered everyone as much clean water as they needed for free.

When another Sahabi offered to buy the well of him, Uthman said he has been offered much more than the sum offered, a reward of Allah:

“Allah has offered ten times the reward for charity given to Muslims,” he said.

Today, Uthman’s well continues to provide clean water to the community, over 1,400 years later. A true, priceless Sadaqah Jariyah.

A Sadaqah Jariyah

The Prophet (PBUH) described providing drinking water as the best charity. A well is a Sadaqah Jariyah; when you provide a water well to a vulnerable community, you reap the rewards for years to come.

We’ll even place a plaque in your name on the well, and send you a report on when and where your well was installed.

Or you can donate the well in the name of a loved one, and they’ll reap the endless rewards of this charity – even after they are gone.

More and more people are providing clean water through Human Appeal. That’s because our local experts adapt our water solutions to the needs and environment that we work in – there’s no one size fits all, and that’s what makes for long-term, sustainable water access.

In 2020 alone, Human Appeal installed a total of 534 deep water wells, and we also installed a desalination plant, reverse osmosis purification units, and solar-powered water wells.

Join the growing number of people who are donating water wells and securing their legacy.

What will your legacy be?

Put the prophetic teaching of charity into practice. You can serve a whole community of around 70 people, year after year. Every time your well allows a person to quench their thirst, grow a plant, feed an animal, or work instead of spending their day fetching water, that will be your blessed legacy.

You can even pool smaller donations with your friends, family or colleagues, and donate a water well together, reaping the ongoing rewards.

Nobody should be so desperate that they resort to drinking contaminated water. Nobody should be forced to risk their child’s life.

Donate a well, and continue the legacy of the Sahaba.

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