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Siwak After Ablution (Wudu); A Best Explanation!

Islamic Rule Center: Siwak after ablution (wudu) ~ Hi all readers! In this article I will invite you to understand the law of using siwak after ablution (wudu). What is meant by using siwak here is rubbing siwak wood in the teeth. It can be used to clean teeth, gums and bad breath. Muslims at the time of the Prophet Muhammad did a lot of it because in addition to getting the benefits as I have also conveyed because there was advice from him. In Islamic teachings a Muslim is recommended to use siwak before performing various kinds of worship, such as prayer and reading the Qur’an. It is considered as a good that can add merit to those who do it.

As always, before I explain about Siwak after ablution (wudu), I will quote one hadith of Prophet Muhammad that explains this topic. The hadith that I mean is as follows;

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ عَنْ رَسُوْلِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ : لَوْلَا أَنْ أَشُقَّ عَلَى أُمَّتِيْ لَأَمَرْتُهُمْ بِالسِّوَاكِ مَعَ كُلِّ وُضُوْءِ . أَخْرَجَهُ مَالِكٌ وَأَحْمَدُ وَالنَّسَائِيُّ

From Abu Hurairah radliyallahu anhu from the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallm, he said, “If I did not burden my Ummah, then I would have ordered them to use siwak every time I finished ablution (wudu).” The hadith is narrated by Malik, Ahmad, and an-Nasa’i.

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If we pay attention to the hadith above, at least we can conclude a number of things as follows;

One; It is recommended not to complicate religious matters.

Two; The law complicates religious matters is makruh (better not to do).

Three; It is recommended to use siwak every time you finishing ablution (wudu) because it includes the recommendations of the Prophet Muhammad.

Four; Prophet Muhammad’s love for his people. He does not want to burden them by obliging to wear siwak every time the ablution is finished.

All readers! If we look at the brief information above, we should now know that the status of using siwak after ablution (wudu) is recommended, not an obligation. Actually, this recommended status applies to all worship in Islam as I mentioned above. Even more than that; doing siwak is also recommended when waking up and there is an unpleasant aroma in the mouth.

But there is a question that has stuck in my mind, if indeed among the benefits of doing this siwak is to strengthen teeth, gums, eliminate bad breath, whether doing siwak can be replaced by cleaning teeth with toothbrushes and toothpaste as practiced by almost everyone in the era now?

I did not find a definite argument to say, “Yes,” to answer that question. Actually, if we pay attention to the benefits of using siwak related to oral health, then toothbrushes and toothpastes can be used to represent the status of siwak. If indeed what the Prophet Muhammad meant at that time was to maintain oral health, then the answer that was appropriate for the above discussion was “Yes”.

Do you understand? The problem is simple and the explanation that I have explained above is very clear. So, I hope you understand. But if you don’t understand, please ask!

I think that is enough for this article about Siwak after ablution (wudu). May be useful! Amen!

See you again in the next article!

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