وَّكُلُوۡا وَاشۡرَبُوۡا وَلَا تُسۡرِفُوۡا ۚ اِنَّهٗ لَا يُحِبُّ الۡمُسۡرِفِيۡنَ
“And eat and drink and do not be extravagant, Surely He does not like the extravagant”
(Surah Al A’raf, Verse 31)
Allah instructs us that we should be moderate in our eating and drinking. This verse is a great reminder for us, particularly at this time of the year, when many overindulge in food during Iftaar, which in effect makes them lazy in the worship of Allah.
السِّوَاكُ مَطْهَرَةٌ لِلْفَمِ مَرْضَاةٌ لِلرَّبِّ
“The Miswaak (wooden toothstick) is cleansing for the mouth and pleasing to the Lord.” (Bukhari)
لَوْلاَ أَنْ أَشُقَّ عَلَى أُمَّتِي لأَمَرْتُهُمْ بِالسِّوَاكِ عِنْدَ كُلِّ صَلاَةٍ
“If it were not that it would be difficult on my nation, then I would have ordered them to use the Miswaak for each prayer.” (Bukhari)
اَللّهُمَّ اَلْهِمْنِيْ رُشْدِيْ وَاَعِذْنِيْ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِيْ
“Oh Allah, inspire me guidance and protect me from the evil of my soul” (Tirmidhi)
The Prophet ﷺ would use a Mishwaak (wooden toothstick) before each prayer. Revive a sunnah today and start using a Mishwaak to cleanse your mouth. There are numerous health benefits for its use e.g. removes bad odour from the mouth, enhances the memory, aids digestion, etc.
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of 2, qualified solicitor and Aalimiyyah student.