Importance of Maswak

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Had I not thought it difficult for my Ummah, I would have commanded them to use the Miswak (tooth-stick) before every Salat.”

It was a daily habit and an admirable act of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) to use Maswak (a soft thin stick used as a toothbrush) to clean his teeth. This act was so desirable to prophet that he wanted to command the Muslims to use Maswak before every salat. But keeping in mind about the inconvenience of his ummah he did not make it an obligatory act. However, every Muslim should make it a routine to use it as frequently as possible especially before performing prayers. This hadith also highlights the extreme affection of Prophet Muhammad (saw) for his ummah.

In another hadith

Hudaifah (RA) reported: Whenever the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) got up (from sleep), he would rub his teeth with Miswak (tooth-stick).

Like doing maswak before every prayer Prophet Muhammad (saw) would also cleanse his teeth with Miswak when he got up from sleep. The reason behind it is that when a person awakes from sleep, he has an unpleasant breath because of the smell in his mouth.

While in another hadith

‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) reported: We used to prepare for the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) a Miswak (tooth-stick) and the water for making Wudu’. Whenever Allah wished to awaken him from sleep at night, he (PBUH) would brush his teeth with Miswak, make Wudu’, and perform Salat.

This hadith shows how particular the Prophet (PBUH) was about using Miswak. Besides pointing out the importance of Miswak, it also throws light on the noble conduct of the wives of the Prophet (PBUH) as it shows how keen they were about his needs, habits and temperament.

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