Miswak is a twig, most generally associated with the Salvadora persica tree, commonly known as ‘Arak’ in Arabic. It helps in cleaning teeth and has been used for this purpose for over centuries.
1. Miswak kills bacteria that causes gum-disease, fights plaque and cavities effectively. 2. Miswak assists in eliminating toothaches and prevents further increase of decay which has already set in. 3. Miswak creates a fragrance in the mouth. 4. Miswak is a cure for illness. 5. Miswak eliminates bad odors and improves the sense of taste. 6. Miswak sharpens the memory and a prevention for dementia. 7. Miswak is a cure for headaches. 8. Miswak creates lustre (noor) on the face of the one who continually uses it. 9. Miswak causes the teeth to glow. 10. Miswak strengthens the eyesight. 11. Miswak assists in digestion. 12. Miswak helps in clear and proper pronunciation (makhraj) of the Quranic words. 13. The greatest benefit of using Miswak is gaining the pleasure of Allah. 14. The reward of Salaah (Prayers) is multiplied 70 times if Miswak is used before performing it. Times when usage of Miswak is Sunnah:
1. For the recitation of the Qur’an. 2. For the recitation of Hadith. 3. When the mouth emits an odour. 4. For the learning or teaching of virtues of Islam. 5. For making Dhikrullah (Remembrance of Allah, meditation). 6. After entering ones home. 7. Before entering any good gathering. 8. When experiencing pangs of hunger and thirst. 9. After the signs of death are evident. 10. At the time of Suhoor. 11. Before meals. 12. Before undertaking a journey. 13. On returning from a journey. 14. Before sleeping. 15. Upon awakening and many more.. wallahu’alam