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By using Miswak,Revive A sunnah And Have healthy Teeth!

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Using Miswaak

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Using a Miswaak regularly:
_ The miswak (miswaak, siwak, sewak) is a teeth cleaning twig made from a twig of selected trees including Salvadora persica tree, also known as the arak tree (or peelu tree). Using miswak is both rewardable and effective:. Numerous international studies have been done that prove the effectiveness of miswak for oral hygiene and has been highly recommended by Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)
It is encouraged to use a miswaak as often as possible. There are many rewards associated with using a miswaak. _The fasting person can also use miswak throughout the day.


Ibn Umar [R.A] narrates that the Messenger of ALLAH [PBUH] said: “Make a regular practice of the Miswaak, for verily, it is healthy for the mouth and it is a Pleasure for the Creator (i.e. Allah is pleased with the Muslim who uses the Miswaak)”.

Shuraih [R.A] narrates that he asked Aisha [R.A]: ‘What was the first thing the Messenger of ALLAH [PBUH] did upon entering the house?’ Aisha [R.A] replied: ‘The Messenger of ALLAH [PBUH] would use the Miswaak’. [Sahih Muslim]

• ‘Aisha said, “The Prophet [PBUH] said, “It (i.e. Siwak) is a purification for the mouth and it is a way of seeking ALLAH’s pleasures.” [Bukhari, Vol 3, Book 31, #154]

• And narrated Abu Huraira, “The Prophet [PBUH] said, ‘But for my fear that it would be hard for my followers, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with Siwak on every performance of ablution.” The same is narrated by Jabir and Zaid bin Khalid from the Prophet [PBUH] who did not differentiate between a fasting and a nonfasting person in this respect (using Siwak).

_The fasting person can also use miswak throughout the day.

• Narrated ‘Amir bin Rabi’a, “I saw the Prophet [PBUH] cleaning his teeth with Siwak while he was fasting so many times as I can’t count.”

1197. Hudaifah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Whenever the Messenger of Allah (Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) got up (from sleep), he would rub his teeth with Miswak (tooth-stick).
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: When a person awakes from sleep, he has an unpleasant breath because of the smell in his mouth. For this reason, the Prophet (Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) would cleanse his teeth with Miswak. We should also follow him and make this Sunnah a routine.

1198. `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) reported: We used to prepare for the Messenger of Allah (Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) a Miswak (tooth-stick) and the water for making Wudu’. Whenever Allah wished to awaken him from sleep at night, he (Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) would brush his teeth with Miswak, make Wudu’, and perform Salat.

Commentary: This Hadith shows how particular the Prophet (Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) 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 (Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) as it shows how keen they were about his needs, habits and temperament.

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Branches from the Miswak, or Peelu, tree have been used in the Saharan desert for thousands of years to clean and brush the teeth. What makes these so special for brushing the teeth is that they contain a natural source of fluoride, which is vital for the prevention of tooth decay.
The Miswak is obtained from the twigs of the Arak tree (Peelu tree) although a few other trees can also be used like walnut and olive.
A Miswak or siwak is probably an alien thing to the western world. It is a twig normally used in the Middle East to brush teeth. Although it might sound outdated to use twigs from trees to clean teeth, studies conducted on the Miswak prove otherwise. 
In the old times, before toothbrush or toothpaste had been invented, man did not have the facility of a toothbrush and many cultures have used Miswak for oral hygiene.
The use of Miswak is widespread in the Muslim population of the world, and is a common entity in Muslim countries.
The reason for common use of Miswak by Muslims can be attributed to religious beliefs.
The last messenger of Islam used it frequently and also instructed his followers to do the same and hence the practice continues widely in Muslim countries.

A few important benefits of Miswak:
  • Kills Gum disease causing bacteria
  • Fights plaque effectively
  • Fights against caries
  • Removes Bad breath and odor from mouth
  • Creates a fragrance in the mouth
  • Effectively clean between teeth due to its parallel bristles
  • Increases salivation and hence inhibits dry mouth

Scientific studies on Miswak:
The Wrigley Company (makers of Juicy Fruit gum) made a study on Miswak which was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
The study found that mints laced with Miswak extract were 20 times more effective in killing bacteria than ordinary mints. A small testimony to this fact is that after half an hour, the mints laced with Miswak extract killed about 60% of the bacteria where as the ordinary mints managed only 3.6%
In the August 2008 issue of Journal of Periodontology, a study conducted by Swedish researchers on Miswak found that suspended Miswak pieces in a petridish (glass container used in laboratory exams) were able to kill bacteria that cause periodontal disease without being in physical contact with the bacteria. The researchers suggested that Miswak might be giving antibiotics as gases in trying to explain this phenomenon.
A study which compares tooth brushing and using Miswak can be seen on Pubmed (U.S National Library for Medicine Service, ).
The study concluded that Miswak was more effective than tooth brushing in reducing plaque and gingivitis provided it was used correctly. 
Now, that’s one natural toothbrush cum toothpaste cum floss.