The Siwak and Bleeding from the Gums


Question :
Some worshippers are in the habit of using the Siwak [a stick taken from the root of the arak tree, used as a toothbrush.] at the time of the Iqamah, which causes an odor to be emitted from the mouth and may cause bleeding; is this implementation of noble Hadith which states:
Were it not that it would be a burden on my people, I would have ordered them to use the Siwak at every prayer.
"Were it not that it would be a burden on my people, I would have ordered them to use the Siwak at every prayer."
Al-Bukhari no. 887 and At-Trimithi no. 23.

Answer :
This action is not dislike, indeed, it is the essence of the Sunnah, as the aforementioned Hadith makes clear; and no attention should be given to those dislike it. It is not true that it causes a bad smell; indeed, it cleans the mouth and gives a good smell, as he Peace Be Upon Him said:
The Siwak cleans the mouth and pleases the Lord.
"The Siwak cleans the mouth and pleases the Lord."
An-Nasa'i no. 5.
As for the flowing of a little blood from the teeth when using the Siwak, this is not a reason to abandon its use in the mosque and at the time of prayer, as this rarely occurs and ceases with continual and habitual use of the Siwak.
Ibn Jibreen



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