Sunday, July 11, 2010

The brushing of the teeth

Our beloved Prophet was also big on cleaning the teeth by the "Siwak":
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: "I stayed overnight in the house of my aunt Maimuna. Allah's Apostle talked with his wife for a while and then went to bed. When it was the last third of the night, he got up and looked towards the sky and said: "Verily! In the creation of the Heavens and the Earth and in the alteration of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding." (3.190) Then he stood up, performed ablution, brushed his teeth with a Siwak, and then prayed eleven Rakat. Then Bilal pronounced the Adhan (i.e. call for the Fajr prayer). The Prophet then offered two Rakat (Sunna) prayer and went out (to the Mosque) and offered the (compulsory congregational) Fajr prayer.  (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Volume 6, Book 60, Number 93)"


Narrated Anas:  "Allah's Apostle I said, 'I have told you repeatedly to (use) the Siwak. (The Prophet put emphasis on the use of the Siwak.)   (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Friday Prayer, Volume 2, Book 13, Number 13)" 

Narrated Hudhaifa:  "When the Prophet (p.b.u.h) got up at night (for the night prayer), he used to clean his mouth.  (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Friday Prayer, Volume 2, Book 13, Number 14)" 
Narrated Abu Huraira:  "Allah's Apostle said, 'If I had not found it hard for my followers or the people, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with Siwak for every prayer.'  (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Friday Prayer, Volume 2, Book 13, Number 12)"   


Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: "Once I stayed overnight at the house of (my aunt ) Maimuna while the Prophet was with her, to see how was the night prayer of Allah s Apostle Allah's Apostle talked to his wife for a while and then slept. When it was the last third of the night (or part of it), the Prophet got up and looked towards the sky and recited the Verse:-- 'Verily! In the creation of the Heavens and the Earth....there are indeed signs for the men of understanding.' (3.190)  Then He got up and performed the ablution, brushed his teeth and offered eleven Rakat. Then Bilal pronounced the Adhan whereupon the Prophet offered a two-Rak'at (Sunna) prayer and went out to lead the people in Fajr (morning compulsory congregational prayer.  (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 544)"


As we clearly see above, our Prophet peace be upon him constantly cleaned his teeth and mouth by using the Siwak. A siwak is a piece of small wood that is approximately as thick as a thumb and as tall as double the height of an index finger.  It's tip is vertically fine-sliced, which means it has wood teeth or hair that is similar to the hair of a tooth brush today, except they are a little thicker.

Obviously tooth paste and tooth brushes didn't exist 1400 years ago.  The siwak with rinsing the mouth was the best and most effective mean to brush off the bad smell and bacteria from the teeth and the tongue, as well as massaging the gums and squeezing out any bad blood from them that may cause tooth aches.
Notice how Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was very sensitive about not having a bad smell whether from his body or mouth.  Notice also how he was big on keeping the teeth and gums clean and healthy.
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