Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Virtues and Benefits of Using the Miswaak

Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1436 Programmes


: وَعَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ
قَالَ :  السِّوَاكُ مطْهَرَةٌ لِلْفَمِ مَرْضَاةٌ لِلرَّبِّ ‏‏

Hazrat Aishah Radiallahu Anha reported: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “The Miswaak (tooth-stick) cleanses and purifies the mouth and pleases the Rabb.” ~
( An-Nasa’i and Ibn Khuzaimah)

The implementation of the Miswaak (a natural toothbrush prepared from the roots of the Arak tree), is a means of purifying the mouth and has many physical and spiritual benefits. Most importantly it is a means of pleasing Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala.

It is a very highly emphasised Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. The way of life of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, is Akmal (most perfect), Ajmal (most beautiful) and As-hal (most easy). It is the pathway that leads a person to Jannah.

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Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has mentioned in a Hadith :

  ‏ ‏ لَوْلاَ أَنْ أَشُقَّ عَلَى أُمَّتِي لأَمَرْتُهُمْ بِالسِّوَاكِ عِنْدَ كُلِّ صَلاَةٍ

“Were it not for the fear of over-burdening my Ummah, I would have ordered them to make Miswaak at (the time of) every Salaah.” ~ Sahih Muslim

From this Hadith we can gage, that although making Miswaak is not a compulsory act of Ibaadah, but Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam had strongly stressed on observing this Sunnah practice. It was his compassion for the Ummah and fear of them being rendered sinful (if left out), that he did not command it at every Whudu and Salaah. The reward of Salaah (Prayers) is multiplied 70 times if Miswaak was used before it.

The Ulama have mentioned as many as seventy virtues of utilizing the Miswaak, some of which are:

1. It strengthens the gums and prevents tooth decay.
2. It creates a fragrance in the mouth ;
3. It is a cure for illness ;
4. It eliminates bad odours and improves the sense of taste ;
5. It sharpens the memory ;
6. It is a cure for headaches ;
7. It creates lustre (noor) on the face of the one who continually uses it ;
8. It causes the teeth to glow;
9. It strengthens the eyesight ;
10. It assists in digestion
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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Sincerity of Intention


Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1436 Programmes 

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Actions are Dependent upon their Intentions

عَنْ عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ، – رضى الله عنه – قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏“‏ إِنَّمَا الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّةِ وَإِنَّمَا لاِمْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى فَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَإِلَى رَسُولِهِ فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَإِلَى رَسُولِهِ وَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى دُنْيَا يُصِيبُهَا أَوِ امْرَأَةٍ يَنْكِحُهَا فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى مَا هَاجَرَ إِلَيْهِ ‏“‏ ‏.‏

Hazrat Umar ibnul-Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu narrated: I heard Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam say : “Actions are but by intention and every man shall have but that which he intended. Thus he whose migration was for Allah and His Messenger, then his migration was for Allah and His messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to marry some woman, then his migration was for the purpose that  he migrated.” ~ Bukhari and Muslim


Imam Bukhari Rahmatullah Alayhi  selected the first Hadith, ‘Innamal a’amaalu binniyaat’ of Sahih Bukhari Shareef, as an introduction to the whole collection, emphasising the importance of sincerity of one’s intention, and that good and noble deeds will only bear fruit if there is sincerity attached to one’s intentions. The beginning of all actions is Sincerity (Ikhlaas).

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم :‏
إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يَنْظُرُ إِلَى صُوَرِكُمْ وَأَمْوَالِكُمْ وَلَكِنْ يَنْظُرُ إِلَى قُلُوبِكُمْ وَأَعْمَالِكُمْ ‏‏

Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu Anhu reported Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam as saying : Verily Allah does not look at your faces (outward appearances) and your wealth, but He looks to your heart and to your deeds.~ Sahih Muslim

Sincerity is a vitally important aspect that one should inculcate and build within oneself. The reward of deeds depend upon one’s intentions. When Allah judges a person, it is the person’s intention and his actions that Allah looks at. Allah Ta’ala does not look at a persons outward appearance (one’s beauty/features), nor does He look to a persons wealth.

Allah is well aware of what is in our hearts. There must not be a speck of insincerity in our heart. The nature of our intentions should be purely and solely for the pleasure of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.

Ikhlaas means ‘to free something’ ~ Free your heart and free your intention from everybody else besides Allah. Any action that we do, must be pleasing to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam ie. in conformity with the Shariah. The two important ingredients of any action performed are, adhering to the Sunnah and implementing Sincerity.

Doing Actions Solely for the Pleasure of Allah

عَنْ عَبْدِ الْوَهَّابِ بْنِ الْوَرْدِ، عَنْ رَجُلٍ، مِنْ أَهْلِ الْمَدِينَةِ قَالَ كَتَبَ مُعَاوِيَةُ إِلَى عَائِشَةَ أُمِّ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رضى الله عنها أَنِ اكْتُبِي إِلَىَّ كِتَابًا تُوصِينِي فِيهِ وَلاَ تُكْثِرِي عَلَىَّ ‏.‏ فَكَتَبَتْ عَائِشَةُ رضى الله عنها إِلَى مُعَاوِيَةَ سَلاَمٌ عَلَيْكَ أَمَّا بَعْدُ فَإِنِّي سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ “‏ مَنِ الْتَمَسَ رِضَاءَ اللَّهِ بِسَخَطِ النَّاسِ كَفَاهُ اللَّهُ مُؤْنَةَ النَّاسِ وَمَنِ الْتَمَسَ رِضَاءَ النَّاسِ بِسَخَطِ اللَّهِ وَكَلَهُ اللَّهُ إِلَى النَّاسِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ وَالسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ ‏.‏

‘Abdul-Wahhab bin Al-Ward narrated from a man among the inhabitants of Madinah, that Hazrat Mu’awiyah Radiyallahu Anhu wrote a letter to Hazrat A’ishah Radiyallahu Anha asking her: Write me an advise, but do not make it lengthy. So, Hazrat A’ishah Radiyallahu ‘anha wrote to Hazrat Mu’awiyah Radiyallahu ‘anhu. After writing Salam she wrote: I have indeed heard Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam saying: He who seeks Allah’s pleasure at the cost of people’s anger, Allah will suffice him against the trouble caused by people and he who seeks the pleasure of men at the cost of Allah’s anger, Allah will leave him to the (mercy) of people … Wassalamu- ‘Alaik (May Allah’s peace be upon you ). ~ Tirmidhi

We have been exhorted to do actions solely for the pleasure of Allah. The greatest honour man can attain is Allah’s pleasure. Our actions should be free from ostentation.

A Hadith mentions :

Hazrat Abu Umamah Al-Bahili Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam said: Verily, Allah does not accept any deed, except that which is done sincerely for Him and to obtain His pleasure. ~ Nasai

Our intention should not be to please people. When we intend doing some good deed then we should not be concerned as to what people may say. Some times a person wishes to implement a certain Sunnah in his life, but he is concerned of what his family and friends will say, so he refrains from performing the particular Sunnah act. Do not worry what people will say… Please only Allah.

Check your intention before doing any action. Ask yourself … For who am i doing it? … Am i doing it solely for the pleasure of Allah or is it for show and ostentation?