Praise be to Allaah.
Imam Ahmad (6768) and Ibn Maajah (419) narrated from
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the
Prophet (blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) passed by Sa‘d when he was
doing wudoo’, and he said, “What is this extravagance, O Sa‘d?” He said: Can
there be any extravagance in wudoo’? He said, “Yes, even if you are on the
bank of a flowing river.”
Shaykh Ahmad Shaakir said: Its isnaad is saheeh. Shaykh al-Albaani
(may Allah have mercy on him) classed it as da‘eef in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel,
then he classed it as hasan in Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah. The
hadeeth was classed as da‘eef by a number of scholars because its isnaad
includes Ibn Luhay‘ah, but al-Albaani (may Allah have mercy on him) stated
that the hadeeth is also narrated by Qutaybah ibn Sa‘eed from him, and his
reports from him are saheeh.
See: Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah, 3292.
It says in al-Mawsoo‘ah al-Fiqhiyyah (4/180): They are
unanimously agreed that extravagance in using water is makrooh. End quote.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Muhsin al-‘Abbaad (may Allah have mercy on
him) said: The scholars are unanimously agreed that extravagance in using
water is forbidden, even on the sea shore, because of the report narrated by
Ahmad and Ibn Maajah from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (may Allah be pleased with
him), according to which the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon
him) passed by Sa‘d… then he quoted the hadeeth mentioned above.
End quote from Sharh Sunan Abi Dawood.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said: We
should realize that using a lot of water for wudoo’ or ghusl is included in
the words of Allah (interpretation of the meaning): “and waste not by
extravagance. Verily, He likes not Al-Musrifoon (those who waste by
extravagance)” [al-An ‘am 6:141]. Hence the fuqaha’ (may Allah have
mercy on them) said: It is makrooh to waste by extravagance even if one is
on the bank of a flowing river, so how about if water is drawn by mechanical
To sum up: wasting by extravagance when doing wudoo’ and
otherwise is a blameworthy action.
End quote from Sharh Riyadh as-Saaliheen
And Allah knows best.