M told us that his water has turned brown. It smells of sulfur.
What have they done? In whose name? For what purpose? Who are they? The June 22 attack on the water supply of Baghdad was 'successful.' It managed to interrupt the drinking water supply of some 3 million Baghdad citizens at the start of Ramadan.Many more are affected as the remaining supplies are overburdened.
Many of those who still have water coming from the faucets can see and smell the truth. The water is unclean.
At a time when prayer is the focus of life in a society in which prayer and clean water are rutually bound together this defilement of water is an attack on faith. Five times each day people are reminded of the chaos that cloaks their lives. Before each of the 5 Salat (sets of prayers) there comes the ritual of wudu, the Islamic procedure for washing parts of the body using water. This rutual has grown from the The Qur'an saying "For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean."
NBC attributed the attacks to 'insurgents.' Others point to Al Qaeda. M is sure he has no idea who would do such a thing, and he is sure he cannot understand why they would do it. It makes no sense to him.
All M knows is that he is waiting. Waiting for the time when the water is clean, the air is fresh, and the blood stops running in the streets.
Wuḍhu (pronounced woo-ẓoo or woo-dthoo, see Romanization of Arabic) (Arabic: الوضوء al-wuḍū, Chechen Lamaz etsar, Albanian: avdes, Bosnian: abdest, Kurdish: destnivêj, Persian:آبدست ābdast, Turkish: abdest, Urdu: وضو wazū, Somali: weeso) is the Islamic procedure for washing parts of the body using water often in preparation for formal prayers (salah). The Qur'an says "For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.".
Prohibited water types
- Unclean or impure water
- Water extracted from fruit and trees
- Water that has changed its color, taste and smell and becomes thick because something was soaked in it
- Small quantity of water in which something unclean has fallen, e.g. urine, blood, stool or wine or some animal had died after falling into it
- Water left over after drinking by animals, e.g. dogs, pigs or predatory animals
- Used water of wudu