Miswak A Forgotten Sunnah

Virtues of Miswak

Usage of Miswak
The use of Miswak is a means of purifying the mouth and is pleasing to Allah (The Exalted). 

Sunnah of All The Prophet’s (upon them all be peace)

The Miswak is a stick by which a person cleans the mouth. This is a great Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace). It is also a Sunnah of all the Messengers of Allah (upon them all be peace), for they used the Miswak. 

Abu Ayyub Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that four things are the Sunnahs of all the prophets (upon them all be peace) 1) Circumcision, 2) To apply fragrance (Itr), 3) To use Miswak, 4) Marriage. 

Seventy Extra Rewards For One Salaah

‘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.”

Ibn Abbas, ‘Ali and Ata (may Allah be pleased with them all) state that, 

“But it increases to 99 or 400 times.”

This reward is based on sincerity, the more sincerity you have the more reward you get, it may be that you can get 70, 99 or even 400. Subhanallah! 

Many Other Benefits

Abu Darda (may Allah be pleased with him) states that, 

“Make Miswak a must do not be headless as there are twenty four benefits in Miswak, the greatest benefit is that Allah (swt), becomes pleased, there is increase in wealth, it freshens the breath, it strengthens the gums, it relieves headaches, it relieves toothache and due to the light from the face and teeth the angles shake hands.”

Ali, Ata and ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be please with them all) state that Miswak strengthens a person’s memory, cures headaches, relieves the veins in the head, it gets rid of phlegm, strengthens the eye sight, keeps the liver healthy and helps digest food, increases intelligence, helps increase in family, lineage stays healthy in an old age, strengthens the stomach, purifies the heart, when exiting the Mosque the angles walk behind the person, the Prophets’ make supplication of forgiveness for the person, the Shaytan is displeased, the difficulties of death become easy and one remembers the Shahadah, when the angel of death comes to take the soul he will come as one of your friends and in some narrations it states he comes in the form when he takes the soul of a Prophet, you will get the book of deeds in the right hand, cross the bridge of Pul-Sirat with the speed of lightening, peace in the grave, if a person forgets to use the Miswak who has a habit will still be rewarded, and the doors of paradise are opened for that person. 
‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) states that,

“The Miswak increases the memory and rids phlegm.”

The doctors say that the reasons for spots in the mouth are due to heat and acid from the liver and bacteria that is created in the mouth. One should use a Miswak as the saliva that is created from using the Miswak rids the illnesses.

On Awakening

‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, 

“Never woke from sleeping at any time of the day or night without cleaning his teeth with a Miswak before performing ablution.”
To perform Miswak after sleeping when one awakes is a Sunnah. Whilst asleep the bad odours from the stomach comes towards the mouth which is why the mouth smells. With the blessings of this Sunnah the mouth will be cleansed.

On Entering The House

When the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), intended to recite the Qur’an or sleep, he would use a Miswak. He did the same when entering the house. ‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said that,

“The first thing that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) did on entering the house, was Miswak.”

Part of Ablution
Hassan bin ‘Atiyya (may Allah be pleased with him) states that, 

“Ablution is part of faith and using a Miswak is part of ablution.”

The Emphasis 

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), said that, 

“If I had not found it hard for my followers or the people, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with Miswak for every prayer.”

Importance of Miswak

Allama Sha’rani (may Allah have Mercy upon him) states that, 

‘Once Abu Bakr Shibli (d.334 A.H.) (may Allah have Mercy upon him) was in need of a Miswak at the time of wudhu, he looked for one but could not find one. He spent a Dinar and bought one and used it, people said, ‘You have over spent, can you buy a Miswak this expensive?’ Abu Bakr Shibli (may Allah have Mercy upon him) replied, ‘This world and all its contents in front of Allah (The Exalted) is not even compared to a mosquito, what answer will I give on the Day of Judgement when Allah (The Exalted) asks me, “Why did you leave the Sunnah of my beloved? The wealth that I gave you which (in front of me) is not equivalent to a mosquito, you did not spend it for this Sunnah?””

Miswak a Great Sunnah
‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said that, 

“He passed away in my house, on my day, between my chest and throat. And at death Allah (The Exalted) joined my saliva to his. For when my brother ‘Abd al-Rahman entered carrying a Miswak in his hand, he (the Prophet) began to look at it, and I knew that it pleased him, so I said; “Shall I bring it to you?” Yes, he nodded, so I handed it to him. He put it into his mouth, but it was too hard for him. “Shall I soften it for you?” I asked. Yes, he nodded, so I made it soft. And by him there lay a leather vessel containing water into which he started dipping his hand, saying, “No deity is there except Allah! (The Exalted) truly death has agonies!” then he lifted up his hand and said, “The Highest Companion! The Highest Companion!” and I said, “So by Allah! (The Exalted) he will not prefer us.”” ‘Inna Lil-La-hi Wa-inna Ilay-hi Ra-Jioon.’

Even on the death bed the Miswak was a beloved Sunnah of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), because it pleases Allah (The Exalted). Let us grasp hold fast to this Sunnah, we brush our teeth anyway, why not use the Miswak too as you can carry the Miswak with you as there is no need for paste, as the Miswak comes form a tree which has natural benefits and you can use it whenever you want, after eating, before entering the house, etc.

Cure For Illness

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

“There is a cure for every illness in Miswak besides death.”

Allama Amjad ‘Ali writes in Bahar-e-Shariat that, “The scholars state whosoever has a habit of using the Miswak, then at the time of death they will (be blessed with the) reciting of the Shahadah”

How to hold the Miswak

According to ‘Abd Allah ibn Mas’ud (may Allah be pleased with him) hold the Miswak in the right hand so that the small finger is below the Miswak and the thumb is below the tip and the other fingers are on top of the Miswak. Do not hold it in the fist as there is a chance of illness. 

Shaykh Ahmad Raza Khan writes; “To keep the teeth healthy, a deed has been practised by the scholars, that is in the first cycle of the Witr prayer recites Surah Nasr , in the second Surah Lahab and in the third Surah Ikhlas .” 

Manners of Miswak

1. The Miswak should not be too hard nor too soft. 
2. It be from trees such as Zaytoon, Peelu or Neem and not from a fragrant tree. 
3. Rub the Miswak on the gums at least three times and dip it in water each time. 
4. If the finger is to be used instead of the Miswak, then the upper and lower jaws on the right side are cleaned with the thumb and the left side is cleaned similarly with the index finger. 
5. Put the Miswak upright when not in use. 
6. There is a chance of becoming insane if placed on the floor. 
7. The Miswak should be no thicker than the little finger and longer than the hand span as the devil sits on the end if longer. It is not a problem if less than a hand span but not too short that it is difficult to use.
8. Imam Shafi said, ‘cleansing the teeth increases wisdom’. 
9. Use the right hand to perform the Miswak. 
10. Clean at least three times. 
11. Do not perform the Miswak in a up/down motion but use it from right to left as there is a chance of damaging the gums. 
12. It is disliked to use the Miswak in the toilet. 
13. Do not use it whilst lying down as there is a chance of bad temper. 
14. To perform Miswak in wudhu is an emphasized Sunnah (Sunnat-e-Muakeda). 
15. Miswak is Sunnah for ablution and not for Salaah. 
16. Do not throw away the Miswak or the bristles away but bury them. 
17. Use the Miswak from one end and not both. 
18. Women can also use the Miswak. 
19. One who uses the Miswak gets five rewards for each tooth. 
20. The companions would keep the Miswak on their ears even at the time of journey.
21. Cut the bristles (tip) of the Miswak every 1-2 days and start fresh by biting to make it soft.
22. It is permissible to use Miswak whilst fasting. However, it is not permissible to use a flavoured Miswak nor is it permissible to use toothpaste, when the taste enters the throat breaking the fast and it is wajib (necessary) to be made up. However, if it does not go down the throat it is Makrooh (disliked), but one should abstain if there is no need to do so. 
23. It is Sunnah to use a Miswak on the day of Jumu’ah. 
24. According to a hadith, the use of Miswak will gain a person the reward equivalent to the number of new Muslims that revert until the day of judgement. 
25. To use the Miswak after eating, one will gain the reward of freeing two slaves. 

Other times when the usage of Miswak is Sunnah

1. For the recitation of the Holy Qur’an.
2. For the recitation of Hadith.
3. When the mouth emits bad odour.
4. For teaching or learning the virtues of Islam.
5. For making remembrance of Allah (The Exalted).
6. Before intercourse.
7. After entering one’s home.
8. Before entering any good gathering.
9. When experiencing pangs of hunger or thirst.
10. After the time of Suhoor. 
11. Before meals.
12. Before and after a journey.
13. Before and after sleeping.

May Allah (The Exalted) give us the ability to practise this beautiful Sunnah with sincerity, Ameen


Original Source: http://www.ummah.com/forum/showthread.php?300501-Virtues-of-Miswak

Kill Fear

Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons from Arabia. They were peregrine falcons, the most
beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained. Months passed and one day the
head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird
had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.

The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He presented
the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved
from its perch. Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, “May be I need someone more familiar with the
countryside to understand the nature of this problem.” So he cried out to his court, “Go and get a farmer.”

In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, “Bring me
the doer of this miracle.” The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, “How did
you make the falcon fly?” With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, “ It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut
the branch where the bird was sitting.”

We are all made to fly — to realize our incredible potential as human beings. But instead of doing that, we sit on our branches, clinging
to the things that are familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but for most of us, they remain undiscovered. We conform to
the familiar, the comfortable, the mundane. So for the most part, our lives are mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling.
So let us learn to destroy the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves to the glory of flight.

(Source: Book titled Why walk when you can fly?)
Originally post from May-2012 Edition of Islamic Voice

Microsoft vs Apple, Enterpise vs Consumers

Microsoft want #Enterprise, Apple wants #Consumers, also Apple slowly penetrating #Enterprise.
While Citrix is decoupling the people & technology from Datacenter with Application Virtualization, Apple’s iPad (dont resist) is sure to win Enterprises. Win-Win situation for Apple so called Game-Theory.


An alliance made with the high and mighty can never be trusted.

This little fable proves my point.

A cow and a she-goat and a long-suffering sheep decided to become the lion’s companions. They went into the forest together and there they caught an extremely large stag which they divided into four portions. Then the lion said, ‘I claim the first portion by right of my title, since I am called the king; the second portion you will give me as your partner; then, because I am strongest, the third portion is mine … and woe betide anyone who dares to touch the fourth!’ In this way the wicked lion carried off all the spoils for himself.

The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass

I often think not to blog general stuff to my blog where IT stuff is blogged, also i figured out that not to keep separate blog for occasional blogging of other stuffs.

well back to the subject…

The Lion, the Fox and the Ass entered into an agreement to assist each other in the chase. Having secured a large booty, the Lion on their return from the forest asked the Ass to allot his due portion to each of the three partners in the treaty. The Ass carefully divided the spoil into three equal shares and modestly requested the two others to make the first choice. The Lion, bursting out into a great rage, devoured the Ass. Then he requested the Fox to do him the favor to make a division. The Fox accumulated all that they had killed into one large heap and left to himself the smallest possible morsel. The Lion said, “Who has taught you, my very excellent fellow, the art of division? You are perfect to a fraction. He replied, “I learned it from the Ass, by witnessing his fate.

Happy is he/she who learns from the misfortunes of others.

original source here