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 explained 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;
Hadith About Siwak After Ablution (Wudu)
The hadith about Siwak after ablution (wudu) 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.
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.