Every Wednesday, I will share a part of the translation of the book Kitab Al-Kasb (the book of Earning a Livelihood) written by Muhammad Ibn Al-Hasan Al-Shaybani.
Part 33: The Obligation of Providing Containers to Transport Water to Women
This is because women are in need of water for ablution and drinking, and even if they do tayammum for dry ablution, they still need water to drink; and it is not possible for them to go out to draw water from rivers, wells, and ponds, for they are commanded to stay in their houses.
Allah says, “And settle down in your homes” [Al-Quran, Surah al-Ahzab, verse 33]. Hence it is incumbent on the men to bring them these, for the Law charges them with (meeting) their needs such as provisions, and water is like provision. ANd it is not possible for the men to bring the women water with their palms, hence they cannot avoid providing containers for the purpose, for that without which a duty cannot be discharged is itself a duty.
Imam Muhammad Ibn Al-Hasan Al-Shaybani says, “And whoever does anything of what we have mentioned, he is commanded to complete it, because of the statement of Allah, “And do not be like she who breaks what she has spun, after it is strong, into untwisted strands” [Al-Quran, surah Al-Nahl, verse 92].
This is the parable mentioned by Allah in regard to someone who initiates a devotion but fails to complete it, like the women who begin spinning but then aborts it, resulting neither in something spun nor something of the original cotton.