Drinking water from a bottle
Fatwa No: 87023

  • Fatwa Date:18-2-2004 - Thul-Hijjah 27, 1424
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Is drinking water from a bottle allowed in Islam?


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.


It is disliked to drink from water-skins.  Bukhari reported that Ibn Abbas narrated: “The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) forbade us to drink from water-skins”. 

The majority of scholars are of the view that the meaning here is that it is disliked, not forbidden.

Tirmizi reported that Um Thabit (Radiya Allahu Anha) narrated: “The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) came to her once and drank from the water-skin while in a standing position”.

However, it is disliked to drink from water-skins for many reasons.

- The exhalations of a person drinking from it may render it stinking, so the next user will avoid it or be embarrassed to drink from it.

-  The water-skin could contain something that could not be seen by the drinker, so he could absorb it and it might harm him.

-  A person drinking from the water-skin could spill the water on himself and wet his clothes, or absorb more than needed and his breath might be interrupted.

Ibn al-Arabi said: ‘One of these reasons is enough to confirm that it is disliked.  And if all these conditions are considered together then this strengthens the dislike.’

Ibn Abi Jumra said: ‘Fiqh considers that the dislike is because of all these matters.’

So, if the above reasons are not found then one may drink from the bottles.

Allah knows best.

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