On the day of Qiyamat – when mankind will be gathered on the plains of Mahshar – the masses will be overcome by thirst. On that day each Prophet (AS) will be at a designated pond of water, to quench the thirst of the believers of their respective Ummats.
The largest pond of water with the most number of people will be from the Ummat of Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) will personally attend at the Pond of Kauthar, offering water to his Ummattis.
Describing Kauthar, Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) explains that ‘it will be as big as a months’ travel (approximately 700 km) on all sides. The water will be whiter than silver and its smell will be superior to musk; and its goblets are like the number of stars in the sky. Whosoever drinks (once) from it will never be thirsty ever after.’(Muslim)
In another narration, Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) gave a further description saying that its (Kauthar) water will ‘be whiter than milk and sweeter than honey and two streams from Jannat will be flowing into my Kauthar; one outlet will be made of gold and the other of silver.’ (Muslim)
Once Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) remarked: ‘On this day, standing at Kauthar, I will only allow persons of my Ummah to drink from it and I will remove the non-Ummah like one would do when other peoples’ animals come to drink from my water.’
The Sahaba (RA) surprisingly asked: O Prophet of Allah! On that day, with such a large number of people, how would you recognize us?
Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) gave glad tidings saying that ‘none other will possess a distinctive identification than My Ummat. You will be sparkling by the wudhu limbs.’ (Muslim)
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