MISWAK : How TO HOLD THE MISWAK?-Describe 17 MUSTAHABB

The Holy Prophet has said: ” Were if not that i might distress my people, I would order them to use the tooth stick at every time prayer.”[Sahih Bukhari; Sahih Muslim].

Miswak: There are a Number of traditions relating to the excellence and signification of cleaning the teeth.

The Holy Prophet has said: ” Were if not that i might distress my people, I would order them to use the tooth stick at every time prayer.”[Sahih Bukhari; Sahih Muslim].

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The Use of miswak is a means of purifying the mouth and is pleasing to ALLAH.[Bukhari]

He said: JEBRAEEL علیہ سلام whenever came to me, he asked me to use the tooth-stick i have been afraid of chafing the front of my mouth. [Musnad Ahmad].

Whenever the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) intended to recite the Holy QURAAN or to go to sleep, he would use a tooth stick, he used to do the same when he would enter the house. Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) Says; the first thing which the prophet would do on entering the house was to use miswak (tooth stick). He also did so when he performed wudu (Ablution) and perform his Salah.

it is enough to use a finger to clean the teeth, whether this be his own finger or another person’s, Abu Naim and Baithaqi have reported that the Prophets (Sallallahu Alaithi wa Sallam) used to apply miswak to his teeth breadthwise. In Mawahib – e- Ladunniyah it is said that the miswak be used with the right hand : doing so is mustahabs ( a praiseworthy act).

Some of the commentators on the traditions have said the in using miswak on should begin with the right side. Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated the the Prophets miswak used to be kept near him at night , for when he got up to pray during the night , he cleaned his mouth with the tooth stick before performing the ablution . [Bukhari, Muslim , Ibn Sa’d]

Hadrat Aishah narrated that it was customary with the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) that when he got up after sleep by day or by night or by day, he would use the tooth stick before performing ablution . [Marif-ul-Hadis, Musnad Ahmed, Sunan Abu Dawud]

The last act of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) on his death bed was to use a miswak.

Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala) narrated ” The Salaah before which the tooth stick is used is seventy time more excellent than that before which it is not used. [Baihaqi i Shu’ab al-Iman]

BEAUTIFUL SUNNAH

  1. He should not be longer then one span and should not be thicker than a finger. [Bahrur Raeq]
  2. The miswak should be rubbed on the gums at least three times and should be dipped in water every times.
  3. in case finger is to be in place of miswak, then the upper and lower jaws on the right side should be cleaned with the thumb and the left side should be cleaned similarly with the first finger.

How TO HOLD THE MISWAK?

4. The miswak should be held in such a manner that the small finger is below the miswak and the thumb is below the tip of it. The other finger should be on its upper side.[Shami]

The miswak should be rubbed on the teeth from right to left and back. On the tongue it should be rubbed lengthwise. The inner and the outer sides of the teeth, the jaws and the upper and the lower sides of the mouth should also be clean with miswak. [Tahavi]

OCCASIONS WHEN THE USE OF MISWAK(TOOTH STICK) IS MASUN OR MUSTAHABB

  1. On awakening after sleep.
  2. While performing Wudu (ablution).
  3. Before recitation ablution QURAAN.
  4. Before reading or teaching the holy traditions.
  5. When the mouth smells foul or the teeth appear to be dis-coloured.
  6. When standing up if a long interval has elapsed between Wudu and Salaah.
  7. Before meditation.
  8. Before entering the Ka’bah or the Hateem.
  9. After entering one’s house
  10. Before participating in any sacred gathering.
  11. On getting hungry or thirsty.
  12. At the time of taking Sehari (light food before fasting).
  13. Before taking meals
  14. Before setting out for a journey.
  15. On returning home from a journey.
  16. Before going to bed.
  17. On feeling the intimations of death. [Al-Targhib-wa-At-Tarhib]

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