Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) laid great stress on the use of the Miswaak One of the Sunnats of Wudhu is to use a Miswaak. Wherever a Miswaak is available and is not used, the full beauty and complete Sawaab of the Wudhu is not realised. There are numerous benefits and advantages in using a Miswaak.
In fact, the importance of the Miswaak is such that at one stage our Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) was under the impression that Allah Ta'aala might decree the use of the Miswaak Fardh (compulsory) upon the Ummah (Islamic Nation).
Abu Umamah (Radhi Allahu anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
"Use the Miswaak, for verily, it purifies the mouth, and it is a Pleasure for the Lord. Jib-ra-eel (Alayhis-Sallam.) exhorted me so much to use the Miswaak that I feared that its use would be decreed obligatory upon me and upon my Ummah. If I did not fear imposing hardship on my Ummah I would have made its use obligatory upon my people. Verily, I use the Miswaak so much that I fear the front part of my mouth being peeled (by constant and abundant brushing with the Miswaak)." [IBN MAJAH]
Abu Hurairah (Radhi Allahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: "Was it not for my fear of imposing a difficulty on my Ummah I would have ordered that the Miswaak be used for every Salaat." [BUKHARI]
Ibn Abbas (Radhi Allahu Anhu) narrates the following Hadith:
"The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: 'I was commanded so much to use the Miswaak that I thought Wahi of the Qurtaan (Revelation) would be revealed, regarding it (i.e. its use)'."
All the above hadiths implicate us the importance of this sunnah.
Although the use of the Miswaak was not made Fardh (compulsory) upon the Ummah, nevertheless its use was Fardh upon our Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). This is borne out by the following Hadith:
Hazrat Syedah Aisha (Radhi Allahu Anha) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam): said: 'These (practices), viz., Miswaak, Witr Salaat and Tahajjud Salaat, are Sunnat for you and Fardh for me'."
Hadhrat Syedna Abu Hurairah (Radhi Allahu Anhu) narrates:
"The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) would use the Miswaak (regularly) prior to sleeping and after rising from sleep." [MUNTAKHAB]
Imam Ghazali (R), in his Ihya-ul-Uloom, has discussed ten Aadaab (Respects or duties) of sleep. The very first of these being purity and the use of the Miswaak (before sleeping).
Allamah Sha'rani (R) states in the Kitaab, Kashful Ghummah, that Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam): advised: "Whenever you retire for sleep, use the Miswaak."
Ibn Umar (R) says that many a time Rasulullah used the Miswaak as much as four times in a single night. Hadhrat Aishah (R) narrates: "Verily, the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) would use the Miswaak before making Wudhu (ablutions) whenever he arose from sleep, whether it be during the night or during the day." [ABU DAWOOD]
Similar Ahadith have been narrated by Imam Ahmad (Radhi Allahu anhu) and Abu Yatlaa (Rahmatullahi alayh).
Imam Ghazali (Radhi Allahu Anhu) has mentioned in his Ihya-ul-Uloom that a person before sleeping at night should keep his water and Miswaak ready and close at hand. As soon as he wakes from sleep during the night he should immediately use the water and the Miswaak, and engage in the remembrance of Allah.
Hadhrat Syedna Ibn Abbas (Radhi Allahu Anhu) states: "The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam): would use the Miswaak at night time (i.e. Tahajjud time) after every two Rakaats Salaat he (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) performed." [IBN MAJAH]
So, dear friends, do you see how easy it is to gain the pleasure of Allah SWT and also stay in good health?!
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “All the descendants of Adam are sinners, and the best of sinners are those who repent."