What is Miswak?
The Miswak is an ancient Arabian toothbrush which can be made from the roots of various trees. For thousands of years, the miswak has held an esteemed status in Islamic culture due to its incredible purifying properties which include its ability to whiten the teeth, strengthen the gums, and remove bad breath. In fact, there are so many medicinal benefits of using the miswak that some have nicknamed it the miracle brush.
Miswak contains high levels of natural chloride, fluoride, and silica which help to whiten the teeth. Also, the soft fibrous bristles help to polish the teeth without causing any harmful abrasion to the enamel.
Miswak contains Vitamin C, Sitosterol, and natural resins which have been scientifically proven to strength the gums. These substances also protect the gums from harmful infections and diseases.
Miswak contains Trimethylamine, essential oils, and other alkaloids which helps balance the pH levels in your mouth and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria which cause bad breath and other diseases.
Miswak in Islam
In the Islamic religion, the Miswak is not only a form of oral purification but a form of spiritual purification as well. In fact, the miswak is so sacred in Islam that it is the last thing the Prophet (ﷺ) wanted before he passed away. For the last 1400 years this special tradition has been considered an act of worship of Islam and is practiced by millions of Muslims around the world.
The Olive Tree:A Blessed Tree
“How nice is the miswak made from the olive tree- which is a blessed tree! It is my miswak and the miswak of the prophets who came before me.”Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)
The Prophet(ﷺ) was
Reported to Have Said:
“Use the Miswak for it purifies the mouth and is pleasing to the lord.” [Bukhari]
“Had I not thought it difficult for my Ummah, I would have commanded them to use the miswak beforeevery prayer.”
“I was commanded to use the miswak to such an extent that I thought that it would be made obligatory.”