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The miswak (miswaak, siwak) is a natural toothbrush made from the twigs of the Salvadora persica tree. Other tree types that are used are the arak tree, peelo tree, olive, walnut, and other trees with bitter roots. Pomegranate twigs are never used for miswak. This is a sub-article of fiqh and Law and economics. ... Islamic politics is the profession of Muslim politicians. ... Marriage in Islam is considered to be of the utmost importance. ... Islamic criminal jurisprudence is the Islamic criminal law. ... This is a sub-article to Islamic jurisprudence and etiquette. ... Islamic theological jurisprudence is the filed of Islamic jurisprudence specialized in theological issues. ... This is a sub-article to fiqh and Hygiene Hygiene in Islam is a prominent topic but one which non-Muslims are not very familiar with. ... This is a sub-article to Islamic hygienical jurisprudence and cleanliness. ... Ihram (إحرام) is an Arabic word that denotes a sacred state in which a Muslim must enter in order to perform the major pilgrimage, hajj or the minor pilgrimage, umrah. ... This article is about Hygiene in Islam. ... Ghusl (غسل) is an Arabic term referring to the full Ablution in Islam. ... This article is about Hygiene in Islam. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Haraam. ... This is a sub-article of Sexuality in Islam and Islamic cleanliness . ... This is a sub-article to Hygiene in Islam, Healthy diet and Food and cooking hygiene. ... This is a sub-article to Islamic dietary laws and Vegetarianism and religion Islam and Vegetarianism. ... DhabiÄ¥a (ذَبِيْحَة, dhabiha, zabiha) is the prescribed method of slaughtering all animals excluding fish and most sea-life as per Islam. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This is a sub-article to Hygiene in Islam and Toilet The Islamic faith has particular rules regarding personal hygiene when going to the toilet. ... Three toothbrushes The toothbrush is an instrument used to clean teeth, consisting of a small brush on a handle. ... Salvadora Persica is a small tree or shrub with a crooked trunk, seldom more than one foot in diameter, bark scabrous and cracked, whitish with pendulous extremities. ... Binomial name L. 19th century illustration The Olive (Olea europaea) is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, native to coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean region, from Lebanon and the maritime parts of Asia Minor and northern Iran at the south end of the Caspian Sea. ... “Walnut Tree” redirects here. ... Binomial name Punica granatum L. The Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 5–8 m tall. ...

In addition to strengthening the gums, preventing tooth decay and eliminating toothaches it is also said to halt further increase in decay that has already set in. Furthermore it is claimed to create a fragrance in the mouth, eliminate bad odour, improve the sense of taste and cause the teeth to glow and shine. Types of teeth Molars are used for grinding up foods Carnassials are used for slicing food. ...

Supposed benefits not related to teeth and gum include sharpening memory, curing headaches, creating a lustre on the face of the one who continually uses it, strengthening the eyesight, assisting in digestion and clearing the voice. However, none of these claims has been researched scientifically.



The miswak is predominant in Muslim areas but its use predates the inception of Islam. It is often mentioned that Muhammad himself recommended its use.[citation needed] There is also a collection of Hadith called Sahih Muslim A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم, Persian: Mosalman or Mosalmon Urdu: مسلمان, Turkish: Müslüman, Albanian: Mysliman, Bosnian: Musliman) is an adherent of the religion of Islam. ... Islam (Arabic:  ) is a monotheistic religion based upon the teachings of Muhammad, a 7th century Arab religious and political figure. ... For other persons named Muhammad, see Muhammad (name). ...

Scientific studies

A 2003 scientific study comparing the use of miswaak with ordinary toothbrushing concluded that the results clearly were in favor of the users who had been using the miswaak provided they had been given proper instruction in how to brush using the miswaak[1]. The WHO recommended the use of the miswaak in 1986 and in 2000 an international consensus report on oral hygiene concluded that further research was needed to document the effect of the miswak[2]. Most updated research By Dr Otaybi from Saudi [1] which opened a new area for research on Systemic effects of Miswak ( Sewak ) after discovering its great positive effect on immunity system. Dr.Rami Mohammed Diabi [2]who spent more than 17 years researching on Miswak effects on health and especially its anti-addiction effects [3] on smokers ( curative & Preventive sides ) had opened a great field of science and researches by his last research : "Miswak Medicine theory " or Sewak Puncture medicine [4] which led him to what is so called ( Beyond Sewak world of Scienceand research )[5] Miswak is not only a mercy from Lord to stop deserts which are attacking our green places in earth planet ( see effects of Salvadora Persica " Miswak tree" on stopping deserts and fixing the soil [6]) and by that affecting our global climate and environment, but also is stopping diseases deserts to attack our health and it is also getting our soul away from Addiction deserts . The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that acts as a coordinating authority on international public health. ...

"Miswak extract" compared to other oral disinfectants

Studies indicate that Salvadora persica extract is somewhat comparable to other oral disinfectants and anti-plaque agents like Triclosan and Chlorhexidine Gluconate if used at a very high concentration.[3][4]. keeping in Mind that Miswak or (Sewak) has a comperhensive health effect on body and mental power [www.islamschool.org/imrcsewaksewakmain.htm]beside itsunique bacteriocidal effect on many dangerouse bacterias,like Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans [7], and it stops its toxin harms on immunity system which is not a proved effect of any other mouth disinfectant. Triclosan (chemically 5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)phenol) is a potent wide spectrum antibacterial and antifungal agent. ... Chlorhexidine Gluconate is a chemical antiseptic, to combat both gram positive and gram negative microbes. ...

Religious prescriptions

An important benefit to Muslims is also that the reward of prayer (salaah) is multiplied 70 times if miswak is used before it. Although not mentioned in the Qur'an use of the miswak is frequently advocated in the Hadith (the traditions relating to the life of Muhammad). Situations where the miswak is recommended to be used include before religious practice, before entering one's house, before and after going on a journey, on Fridays, before and after sleeping, when experiencing hunger or thirst and before entering any good gathering. while nowadays Dentists are advicing us to use tooth brush 5 times a day , most of us are using it twice practically only whichis harming our teeth day after day,as we are just using it while we stop daily at bathrooms morning and evening , Miswak by its natural and unlimited health effect are more healthy,and as a developed tool for oral health as its ( Accessibility are high ) as Moslems used to bearit in pocket instead of cigarettes. in other word : Mohammed P.B.U.H. has prescibed Miswak 15-25 time a day , which we can not do it by Tooth brush , just if we bear it in Pocket and using it in front of people and public places. New Researches showed that sewak ( Miswak) is more important tool in comperhensive and preventive medicine [8] Salah (other terms and spellings exist) (Arabic: صلاه , Old (Quran) Arabic: صلوة ) is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Examples of Hadith concerning the Miswak

From Sahih Bukhari: The authentic collection (Arabic: الجامع الصحيح, al-Jaami al-Sahih [1]) or popularly al-Bukharis authentic (Arabic: صحيح البخاري, Sahih al-Bukhari) is one of the Sunni six major Hadith collections (Hadith are oral traditions recounting events in the lives of the Islamic prophet Muhammad ). Sunni view this as their most trusted collection. ...

Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, "If somebody eats or drinks forgetfully then he should complete his fast, for what he has eaten or drunk, has been given to him by God." Narrated 'Amir bin Rabi'a, "I saw the Prophet cleaning his teeth with Siwak while he was fasting so many times as I can't count." And narrated Abu Huraira, "The Prophet said, 'But for my fear that it would be hard for my followers, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with Siwak on every performance of ablution." The same is narrated by Jabir and Zaid bin Khalid from the Prophet who did not differentiate between a fasting and a nonfasting person in this respect (using Siwak).
Aisha said, "The Prophet said, "It (i.e. Siwak) is a purification for the mouth and it is a way of seeking God's pleasures." Ata' and Qatada said, "There is no harm in swallowing the resultant saliva."

From Sahih Muslim `Abd al-Rahman ibn Sakhr Al-Azdi (d. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about Hygiene in Islam. ... Aisha bint Abu Bakr (RA) (Arabic `āisha, she who lives, also transcribed as Aishah, Ayesha, Aisha, or Aisha, Turkish Ayşe etc. ... Sahih Muslim (Arabic: صحيح مسلم, ṣaḥīḥ muslim) is one of the Sunni Six Major Hadith collections , collected by Imam Muslim. ...

'Abd al-Rahman son of Abu Sa'id al-Khudri reported on the authority of his father that the Messenger of God said: Bathing on Friday for every adult, using of Miswak and applying some perfume, that is available-these are essential. So far as the perfume is concerned, it may be that used by a lady.

Jumuah (also known as Friday prayer) is a congregational salat (prayer) that Muslims hold every Friday, just after noon. ...


A miswak should be one hand span in length when selected and soaked in rose water for long durations to ensure the end is soft. The end should be cut afresh to ensure hygiene, and should never be stored near a toilet or sink. A miswak can be carried in a front pocket for intermittent usage during the day. An Advice of Dr. Rami Mohammed Diabi [9] ( Sewak Expert) is to plant it in Home so we can use Sewak ( Miswak) fresh. Rosewater is the hydrosol portion of the distillate of rose petals. ... Flush toilet. ... Many modern sinks are made of stainless steel such as this self-rimming example In plumbing, a sink or basin is a bowl-shaped fixture that is used for washing hands or small objects such as food, dishes, nylons, socks or underwear. ...

 I.e: to get the hot fresh taste which has a very great taste ( like peper) ( Miswak plant needs sandy soil to grow freely down earth ) also it can be used by cutting the branshes instead of roots ( like people of Sudan's habit ) keeping in mind that the roots can keep the humidity of Miswak more than the branshes ( longer time usage ) and then to enjoy the great smell also of Sewak plant beside the fruit of it ( the Kobbath) and if you have a farm of camels or cows or sheep, then to enjoy the best kind of milk in world as old arab books says. 


  1. ^ Al-Otaibi M, Al-Harthy M, Soder B, Gustafsson A, Angmar-Mansson B. (2003). "Comparative effect of chewing sticks and toothbrushing on plaque removal and gingival health.". Oral Health Prev Dent 1 (4): 301-7. Retrieved on 2006-12-07. 
  2. ^ http://www.uib.no/info/dr_grad/2003/darout.htm in Norwegian
  3. ^ Almas, K. (Aug 2002). "The effect of Salvadora persica extract (miswak) and chlorhexidine gluconate on human dentin: a SEM study.". J Contemp Dent Pract. 3 (3): 27-35. Retrieved on 2006-08-12. 
  4. ^ Almas, K; Skaug, N; Ahmad, I. (Feb 2005). "An in vitro antimicrobial comparison of miswak extract with commercially available non-alcohol mouthrinses.". Int J Dent Hyg. 3 (1): 18-24. Retrieved on 2006-08-12. 

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See also

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth clean. ... Three toothbrushes The toothbrush is an instrument used to clean teeth, consisting of a small brush on a handle. ... This is a sub-article to fiqh and Hygiene Hygiene in Islam is a prominent topic but one which non-Muslims are not very familiar with. ... This is a sub-article to Islamic hygienical jurisprudence and cleanliness. ... Natural Hygiene is a branch of alternative medicine that claims that the human body can and will heal itself if the causes of disease are removed. ...

External links

 Sewak Puncture Medicine theory [16] 



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