Occasions when the Miswaak should be used – Part 2

miswaak1. To remove a bad smell from the mouth.

عن جعفر بن ابي طالب رضى الله عنه ان ناسا من اصحاب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم دخلوا عليه فقال مالى اراكم قلحا استاكوا فلولا ان اشق على امتى لامرتهم بالسواك عند كل صلاة (كتاب الآثار ص 9)

It Is reported from Hadhrat Jafar (radhiallahu anhu) that on one occasion certain Sahaabah had come to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) (on seeing the colour of their teeth being yellow) addressed them saying: “What is the matter that I notice that the colour of your teeth is yellow. I advise you to cleanse your teeth with miswaak. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then said: Had it not been for the fear of my ummah falling into difficulty (due to not being able to uphold the obligation of miswaak), I would have certainly commanded them to make miswaak at the time of every salaah (i.e. at the time one makes wudhu to perform salaah.)

2. Before and after eating.

عن أبي هريرة  رضي الله عنه ان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال إن كان قاله : لولا ان أشق على أمتي لأمرتهم بالسواك مع الوضوء وقال أبو هريرة لقد كنت أستن قبل أن أنام وبعد ما استيقظ وقبل ما آكل وبعد ما آكل حين سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول ما قال (أحمد 9183)

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: Had it not been for the fear of my ummah falling into difficulty (due to not being able to uphold the obligation of miswaak), I would have certainly commanded them to make miswaak at the time of every wudhu. Abu Hurayrah (Radhiallahu Anhu) further says: “On account of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) emphasising the use of the miswaak, I made it a habit of using the miswaak before going to sleep, upon awakening, before eating and after eating.” 

3. At the time one is about to pass away (sakaraatul maut).

عن عائشة رضي الله عنها قالت دخل عبد الرحمن بن أبي بكر ومعه سواك يستن به فنظر إليه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقلت له أعطني هذا السواك  يا عبد الرحمن فأعطانيه فقصمته(و في رواية و طيبته) ثم مضغته فأعطيته رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فاستن به وهو مستند إلى صدري   (بخاري 2/640)

It is reported from Hadhrat Aaisha (Radhiallahu Anha)that at the time Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was about to pass away, my brother Abdur Rahmaan entered the room. He had a miswaak with him, which he was using to clean his teeth. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)’s mubaarak sigh fell on the miswaak (but due to weakness he was unable to ask for it). Hadhrat Aaisha (Radhiallahu Anha) says that I understood that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) wished to make miswaak at this time, so I said to my brother, O Abdur Rahmaan, lend me your miswaak. I took it from him, broke off the top part, (cleansed it, softened it,) and then gave it to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then made miswaak with it, whilst he was reclining on my chest.  

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