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What Are the Benefits of Using a Miswak?

by in Lifestyle on 17th May, 2018


Using the Miswak is almost a forgotten Sunnah within our Ummah. In a Hadith, the Prophet PBUH said,

“Had I not thought it difficult for my Ummah, I would have commanded them to use the Miswak before every Salat.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

This hadith tells us about the importance that the Prophet PBUH placed on using the Miswak. Below are three Benefits of using a Miswak:

1. Helps with Bad Breath and 70 times more reward for every Salah

One of the things that people worry about during Ramadan is bad breath and brushing your teeth using a Miswak before every Salah provides a solution to this. With 70 times more reward for every Salah that you perform using a Miswak, this is a win-win situation!

‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) has reported that,

“The prayer before which the Miswak is used is seventy times more excellent than that before which it is not used.”

2. Following The Sunnah

Using the Miswak was part of the daily routine of the Prophet PBUH who used it when he woke up and before going to sleep. If you’re unable to incorporate using a Miswak with your five daily prayers, try to use it in the morning and evening instead.

3. Earning Allah’s Pleasures

The most important reason to use a Miswak is that it helps us with earning the pleasures of Allah. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Siwak cleans the mouth and is pleasing to Allah.” [ Al-Bukhari 1933] This is the month where we try our best to increase in deeds that are pleasing to Allah so revive a Sunnah by challenging yourself to use the Miswak this month. It’s also quite cheap, and you should be able to buy it for less than £2 at your local Islamic store.


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Mahmoudat Sanni-Oba

Mahmoudat Sanni-Oba

Mahmoudat is a 2nd Year Accounting and Finance student at LSE, who is passionate about writing. She particularly loves to write on Islam, her experiences as a Black Muslim Woman and Mental Health