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Bucket shower

Fatwaa ID: 1311

Selam Alejkum va rahmetullah respected scholars. I pray this message finds you well. Is there a particular virtue in showering by filling a bucket with water and then dumping it on yourself, as opposed to a using a modern shower? If the first method is a sunnah of the Prophet (SAW), would one be correct in assuming that showering this way is more virtuous?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

It is true that Nabi ﷺ would shower with a bucket. Modern shower heads were not available then. If one uses a bucket with the intention of following Nabi ﷺ, it is hoped that he will be rewarded. When doing so, he should not just dump the bucket on himself. Rather, he should use a mug and pour water over himself: on his head thrice and then his right side, followed by the left. He should ensure that water thoroughly reaches every part of his body.

Using a bucket when showering enables one to use water conservatively. It allows one to refrain from wasting. A lot of water is wasted when using the modern shower heads. Nabi ﷺ prohibited us from wasting water.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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