Down the drain

بسم الله الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله


Dangers of Pouring Hot Water (Liquids) Down the Drain


Shaykh Zayd al-Madkhali حفظه الله تعالى was asked:


هل صحيح أنه ينبغي لنا أن نقول بسم الله عند صبّ الماء الساخن في المجاري حتى لا نحرق الجن في المجاري ؟

“Is it correct that we should say ‘Bismillah’ when pouring hot water down the drain (into the sewer) in order that we do not burn the Jinn (who may live) in the sewer?”


على كل حال لايصب الماء الحار لافى المجاري ولا على الأرض لايصب الماء الحار؛ لان الأرض مملوءة بالسكان فربما يقع على عالم الجن أو على صغارهم فيحصل الإنتقام منهم فيصرع ؛ لذا إذا أراد ان يصب الانسان ماءاً حاراً فليبرده بالماء حتى يكون بارداً لايؤذى ويصبه سواءاً فى المجارى أو في غيرها

“In any case, don’t pour hot water – don’t pour it in the sewer nor upon the earth, don’t pour hot water. This is because the earth is filled with inhabitants, (so it is possible that) it could fall upon the Jinn or upon their young ones, causing them to take revenge, consequently hurting (or possessing) the human. Thus, (if someone wants to pour hot water), then let him cool it down until it becomes cold and is no longer harmful. Then pour it in the sewer or elsewhere.”


Audio available here

Note: The context of this fatwa may depend on where one lives. If one is living within a developed town/city or neighbourhood with developed infrastructure like an advanced drainage/sewage system etc. then it is likely that pouring hot water down the sink may not pose a risk highlighted above. However, it is best practise to exercise caution at all times. And Allaah knows best.


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