Revive A Sunnah
• 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.”
[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.