By Tasnim Nazeer
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
The miswak, also known as siwak, is a small stick used to brush the teeth and has innumerable benefits. The miswak is a praiseworthy utensil to purify your teeth and mouth, and it has been mentioned by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sa) who used it regularly. The Prophet (sa) said: “If it were not that it would be difficult on my nation, I would have ordered them to use the siwak for each prayer.” (At-Tirmidhi; sound)
Many of us often underestimate the immense blessings we can obtain by following this Sunnah method of brushing our teeth.
Here are five key benefits of using a miswak:
1. It Pleases Allah (st)
Did you know that Almighty Allah (st) becomes pleased with you when you use a miswak? What better way to make Allah happy and purify your mouth than to use the miswak? The Prophet (sa) said: “The Miswak (tooth-stick) cleanses and purifies the mouth and pleases the Rabb.” (An-Nasa’i and Ibn Khuzaimah)
2. It’s A Means to Follow the Sunnah
The Prophet (sa) was seen using the miswak on many occasions, especially before Salah. He is reported to have said: “I have indeed urged you with regard to the miswak.” (Sunan an-Nasa’i; sound)
3. It has Multiple Health Benefits
The miswak has numerous health benefits which include helping with digestion, enhancing the memory, strengthening the gums, preventing tooth decay and disease, and providing freshness of breath. The miswak has also been reported to ease headaches and toothache due to its antibacterial natural agents. It is also said that the miswak eliminates bad odours in the mouth.
4. Double Blessings in Salah
Various scholars have mentioned that using the miswak before Salah (prayer) is 70 times more beneficial than without it. As it pleases Allah, using the miswak will inevitably gain more blessings due to the purification from the natural stick.
5. It Promotes Purification of the Mouth
The miswak purifies the mouth as it gives you fresh breath and fights diseases in the mouth such as tooth decay. Its anti-fungal properties help prevent cavities.
Abdur-Rahman bin Abu Ateeq said: “My father told me: I heard Aishah (ra) say: (narrating) from the Prophet (sa): Siwak is a means of purifying the mouth and is pleasing to the Lord.” (Sunan an-Nasa’i; sound)
Tasnim Nazeer is an award winning Freelance Journalist/Writer and Author who has written for a variety of print and online publications including CNN International, The Muslim News, Your Middle East, Islam Channel and many more. She was awarded The Muslim News Award for Excellence in Media 2013 and is an UN Universal Peace Federation Ambassador for Peace. For more information visit her website at www.tasnimnazeer.com or follow her on Twitter: @tasnimnazeer1
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