Using recycled water

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Q: The residential area I stay in is now using recycled water. Thus water is apparently derived from sewage water. Although they have claimed that the water has undergone stringent purifying processes and is currently safe for human consumption, it is noticeably different from what it used to be before the drought. My question is, knowing full well the apparent source of this water, in addition to consumption, is it jaaiz to use such water for wudhu and ghusl? If not then what is the alternative considering it is very impractical to purchase large amounts of water or even instal a borehole.


A: We are not aware of the process that it goes through. However, if this water is made to flow in a huge clean fast flowing stream that is far greater than this recycled water it will be counted as paak and permissible to use for wudhu and bathing purposes.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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