Many a Muslim countries customarily have for some time practiced to screen and validate drinking water as permissible for halal consumption. Plastic bottles containing water have been seen to depict halal logo for ease of mind.
Water, Origin and Purity
The Qur’an affirms that drinking water is sent down from the above; in Surat An-Nahal 16-10 it is said,
With goodness and purity of this water Allah says in Al-Ana’m
All of the above factual narrations are indicative of the facts that to sustain life of the humankind and its provisions pure and good water is always required. It is imperative to note that salinity of soil and sea-water would not provide fruitful irrigation of any kind.
Since the advent of by-products of oil and researches in high polymer, we are now rejoicing and revelling in packaging of man-made plastics.. Prior to this scientific facilitation globally, for keeping liquids glass bottles, copper bottles or stainless steel bottles were used. Mostly in glass bottles there used to be of coloured variety for assorted reasons. Some were yellow, green or blue. Liquids were in fact stored in these coloured bottles and kept in the sunlit places or light-soaked conditions for medicinal remedies and purposes.
Objective and rationale of this opus-information is that we should all always see the pros and cons of what scientific advancements bestows upon us. Whence it is scorching and temperatures are unbearably up it is convenient to carry and easily drink water or thirst-quenching liquids to remedy dehydration from plastic bottles, albeit, sparkling still or mineral kind. However, it is incumbent on us to pay heed to what scientists themselves describe as a snag in drinking water from a plastic bottle which has been exposed to direct heat or sun-light for a period. Bottled-water remains wholesome till it changes its properties because of effects of sun-light and higher atmospheric temperature. It is then prone to cause reactions resulting in skin cancer, digestive problems and other waterborne diseases. Best advise is to keep bottled water in cool condition or in a place of shade to avoid unwarranted consequences. This prudence would not spoil taste, it would allow making good use of scientific advancements and save and eschew us from attracting ailments which we do not deserve.
Rules and criteria of halal and permissibility have always been that foodstuffs and drinking-liquids should be pure, wholesome and fit for human consumption. Prevention is certainly better than cure!