Sunday, June 20, 2010

The importance of Miswak! Part 2

Islam


With the traditions of the Noble Porphet:


The importance of Miswak


Inthikab ZUFER
The miswak (miswaak, siwak) is a natural toothbrush made from the twigs of the Salvadora persica tree, also known as the arak tree or the peelu tree. Other tree types that are used are the olive, walnut and other trees with bitter roots.

The mountain Jabalun-noor situated in Mecca - Hira Cave, the place where the glorious Quran was revealed.
Picture by H. M. Mansoor, Kandy central group corr.

In 2007, Researchers at the Wrigley Company carried out tests on nine volunteers. Writing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they found mints laced with Magnolia killed 20 times more bacteria than mints without. 

After half an hour, the magnolia mint had killed more than 60% of the bacteria, compared to just 3.6% among those who had consumed a normal mint. "Magnolia bark extract demonstrated a significant anti-bacterial activity against organisms responsible for oral malodour and can be incorporated into mints and chewing gum for improved breath freshening benefits." (Source Internet)



A 2003 scientific study comparing the use of miswak with ordinary toothbrushing concluded that the results clearly were in favour of the users who had been using the miswak provided they had been given proper instruction in how to brush using the miswak. 


Those who recommended the use of the miswak in 1986 and in 2000 an international consensus report on oral hygiene concluded that further research was needed to document the effect of the miswak.



Recent research by Dr. Otaybi from Saudi opened a new area for research on the systemic effects of Miswak (Sewak) after discovering its great positive effect on the immune system. Dr. Rami Mohammed Diabi who spent more than 17 years researching on Miswak effects on health and especially its anti-addiction effects on smokers had opened a great field of science and researches by his last research: "Miswak Medicine theory" or Sewak Puncture medicine which led him to what is so called Beyond Sewak: World of Science and Research.



Now let us go through some traditions about the Miswak. Abu Hurairah reported: The messenger of Allah said, "Had I not thought it difficult for my Ummah, I would have commanded them to use the Miswak (tooth-stick) before every Salat." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

We learn from this Hadith that the Prophet liked to celan his teeth with Miswak with every Salat, but he did not make it obligatory for the reason that it would be inconvenient for his followers. It shows that he was extremely affectionate and kind to his Ummah.
This Hadith also shows that using Miswak is an admirable act. Every Muslim should make it a routine to use it as frequently as possible especially before performing prayers.

Hudaifah reported: Whenever the Messenger of Allah got up (from sleep), he would rub his teeth with Miswak (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).




A Miswak
When a person awakes from sleep, he has an unpleasant breath because of the smell in his mouth. For this reason, the Prophet would cleanse his teeth with Miswak. We should also follow him and make this Sunnah a routine. Aishah reported: We used to prepare for the Messenger of Allah a Miswak and the water for making Wudu'. Whenever Allah wished to awaken him from sleep at night, he would brush his teeth with Miswak, make Wudu', and perform Salat. (Muslim)

This Hadith shows how particular the Prophet 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 as it shows how keen they were about his needs, habits and temperament.

Anas reported: The messenger of Allah said, "I stress upon you to use Miswak "(Al-Bukhari).

Shuraih bin Hani reported: I asked Aishah: "What was the first thing which the Prophet would do when he entered his house?" She replied: "He would use Miswak" (Muslim).
Abu Musa Al-Ash ari reported: I came to the Prophet once and noticed the tip of Miswak on his tongue. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).


Aishah reported: The Prophet said, "The Miswak cleanses and purifies the mouth and pleases the Rubb." (An-Nasa'i and Ibn Khuzaimah).



Aishah reported: The Messenger of Allah said, "There are ten demands of pure nature: trimming the moustache, letting the beard grow, using Miswak snuffing up water into the nose (in ablution), paring the nails, washing the bases of the finger joints; plucking the underarm hair, removing of the pubic hair and removing impurities with water from the affected part after a call of nature."



With the traditions of the Noble Porphet Sallahualahiwasallim, we have seen the importance of this sunna which has been showed to us some 1400 years ago and it proves the authenticity of this by scientifically approving such actions, but for some reason or the other we don't take into account the importance of Sunnah of the Prophet Sallahualhiwasallim, but knowing the importance of this, let us make this a habit of using the Miswak at appropriate times.



May Allah bless us through the Blessing of his beloved Rasool sallahualahiwasallim to gin knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah and practise upon it.

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2 comments:

Aadhil said...

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SirAj said...

yeah !!!Well Said..