Using Miswak – By sheikh Faraj Mutlaq

Dalil-ut-Talib – From the 3rd class

What is the word siwak?

The word Siwak describes both the action and name of stick used for cleaning ones teeth. The stick (siwak) is legislated by of our Prophet(sallahu alahi wasalaam) , it is a preferred sunna, that means if one does it he is rewarded and if he leaves it off  there is no sin in doing so. The stick must be moistened and it must be keep that way to extract its benefits. It must be kept moist to continue benefiting from it. The stick has many forms  and sources. The most valuable is the (udd of Iraq) which contains the most moisture and cleansing properties.  

The reasons behind siwak , it has cleaning properties and it is a recommended sunna of our beloved Prophet(sallahu alahi wa salaam).Use of the siwak is repeatedly encouraged, as in the hadith of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who reported that the Prophet said: “Were it not for the fact that I did not want to make things too hard for my Ummah (nation), I would have commanded them to use the siwak at every time of prayer.” (al-Bukhari and Muslim). According to another report narrated by al-Bukhari, he said: “…at every time of making wudoo’.” 

Times when Siwak is recommanded are when getting up from sleep, when the smell of ones mouth changed, when entering one’s home, when going to mosque and when reading Quran. The religion of Islam is a religion of purity, a religion in which the one who is upon it seeks the pleasure of his Lord.

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