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Friday, February 18, 2005

MiracleBrush Negligence? Part 1

Most of our bathrooms are home to brands namely Colgate, AquaFresh, Crest, Sensodyne and the like which is not a problem. But how many of us can be proud owners of the Miswaak, the KING of "toothbrushes"? The "MiracleBrush", the benefits of which have been lauded repeatedly by our Beloved Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam. Imagine this! The reward of Salaah (Prayers) is multiplied 70 times if Miswaak was used before it. You need not trash the toothbrush but at least use the Miswaak too. The toothbrush cannever be a substitute for a Miswaak.
May Allah give us total Yaqeen and conviction in the blessed words of our Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam and bring "life" to each and every one of his Noble Sunnahs. Ameen.
Shaykhul Hadeeth Muhammad Zakariyyaa Rahmatullahi Alaih relates in his book:
"For example, take the case of miswaak. It is a sunnat of wudhu, but is very often neglected. It is said in a Hadith that the salaat offered after doing miswaak is seventy times superior to the salaat without miswaak. In another Hadith, use of miswaak has been enjoined very strongly, and the following benefits are attributed to it:
"It cleanses and sweetens the mouth and checks its bad smell."
"It is a cause of Allah's pleasure and a blow to the Devil."
"Allah and his angels love the person doing miswaak." "It strengthens the gums and improves eye-sight."
"It is a purge against bile and phlegm."
To crown all, "It is a sunnah i.e. the practice of our beloved Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam)." As many as seventy virtues of the miswaak have been enumerated by the theologians. It is said that a person in the habit of miswaak dies with the Kalimah on his lipsThe rewards of taking wudhu properly are very many. It is mentioned in Ahaadith that the parts of body washed in wudhu shall glitter on the Day of Judgment and, by this (distinction), the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) will at once recognise his followers."
"Abu Ayyub Radhi-Allahu-Anhu narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: 'Four things are amongst the practices of the Ambiyaa circumcision, application of perfume, Miswaak and marriage'"
Several other Ahadith of our Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also mention the Miswaak to have been the practice of the Prophets (Upon Whom Be Peace). Thus, we can safely claim that the practice of using the Miswaak is as old as mankind itself since Mankind's origin on the planet was with the appearance of the first Nabi of Allah, viz. Adam (A.S.). Therefore, among the many advantages and benefits of using the Miswaak, one of the greatest benefits is the good-fortune of being associated with the Ambiyaa in this holy practice. On the other hand, those who neglect the use of the Miswaak invite upon themselves a great misfortune by being deprived of the tremendous amount of Sawaab (Reward) which this noble practice carries.
Allamah Ibn Ismail says:
"It surprises me how people could forgo such a great Sunnah, the significance of which many Ahadith of our Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) explain. Remember that it is a great loss to neglect the Miswaak."

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Salavadora Persica is the scientific name for Miswaak

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Miswak-------The Natural Toothbrush

Westerns may be surprised by the sight of Saudi executives, high ranking businessmen and university professors chewing publicly on a tan-colored stick, about 15-20 cm long and roughly the thickness of the little finger.

Public care of one’s teeth is perfectly acceptable in Saudi Arabia, and is done with the miswak, a natural toothbrush-*****-toothpaste. This multipurpose stick cleans the mouth, whitens the teeth and sweetens the breath.

Muslims use it on the recommendation of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam who used it during fasting and also advised its use as a breath freshener before prayer. By contrast, with the conventional plastic toothbrush, the miswak is more user and environment friendly and can be used any time, any where. it completely dispenses with the need for toothbrush squeezing, vigorous brushing and foaming in the mouth.

‘Make regular practice of Miswak for verily it is the purification for the mouth and a means of the pleasure of the Lord’ (Bukhari)

Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Had I not thought it difficult for my Ummah, I would have commanded them to use the Miswak (tooth-stick) before every Salat” (Bukhari and Muslim)

He (saw) also said, “The preference for prayer (with ablution) in which miswak is used, to prayer (with ablution) without miswak, is seventy times”. (Bayhaqi)

'Four things are from the practices of the Prophets: Circumcision, Perfume, miswak, and Marriage’. (Ahmed and Tirmidhi)

Hudaifa (RA) reported: Whenever the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) got up (from sleep), he would rub his teeth with miswak. (Bukhari and Muslim)

Shuraih bin Hani (RA) reported: I asked Aisha (RA), “What was the first thing that the Prophet (pbuh) would do when he entered his house?” She replied: “He would use miswak”. (Muslim)

Zayd bin Khalid used to attend prayers in the mosque with his miswak over his ear, the place where the scribe places his pen on the ear, and he did not pray without using miswak. After using he put it back at its place.

Allah’s Messenger (saw) said, “Never did Gabriel come to me without commanding me to use miswak, with the result I was afraid of chafing the front of my mouth”. (Ahmed)


The best source of the miswak is the root of the arak tree (salvadora persica) known in Urdu as ‘Peelu’, more commonly known as ‘toothbrush tree’.

Scientific Benefits:

Scholars have mentioned as many as 70 medicinal and spiritual benefits related to the miswak. Dental research has discovered interesting information about the miswak.

Chemical analysis revealed that it contains a total of 19 natural substances which are beneficial to dental health.

Its natural antiseptics have a bactericidal action, killing harmful micro-organisms in the mouth, the tannic acid it contains has astringent qualities which protect the gums from disease, and its aromatic oils increase salivation (which helps in digestion). Because of its built-in antiseptics, the miswak needs no cleaning, and because its bristles are parallel to the hand rather than perpendicular, its can reach more easily between the teeth, where are conventional toothbrush often misses.


After purchase, the miswak should be soaked in water for a few hours. This softens the natural fibers, which helps them to separate when the top half-inch of bark is pared away with a sharp knife. Then chew the tip gently until brush-like. Start brushing horizontally until squeaky clean. Store vertically upside down. The miswak has a taste which has been described as “pleasantly bitter”The Miswak RecapNatural, safer, and more effective than synthetic toothbrushes.

Dental Benefits:

• Strengthen gums

• Effectively removes plaque, and yellowness of teeth

• Prevents tooth decay• Cleans, and brightens teeth

• Removes bad odorPhysiological Benefits

• Improves the sense of taste

• Sharpens memory and intelligence

• Assists in digestion

• Improves eyesight

• Improves the health, and luster of the face of the continual user.Most importantly………..

It’s a Sunnah and a means of getting Allah’s pleasure.

Try it and bear witness to the fact that nature can really excel in the field of dental care."

Source: http://www.islam.tc/Miswaak/


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