From the Abandoned Sunnan: Using the Siwaak when entering the House

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

• On the authority of ‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, said: “When the Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, would enter the house, he would begin with the siwaak.”[1]

• On the authority of al-Miqdaad bin Shurayh on his father who said: “I said to ‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, what did the Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, used to begin with when he entered his house? She said: “The siwaak.”[2]

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz, may Allaah mercy upon him, was asked:

“I heard that the siwaak is prohibited for the women, is this true?”

The Sheikh said: “This is not true. The siwaak is legislated for everyone to use; men and women at the time of prayer, wudoo’, when about to pray, when entering the house, when waking up from sleep, etc. The Messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, said in an authentic hadeeth: “The siwaak is a purification for the mouth and pleases the Lord[3],” and he, may peace and blessings be upon him, said: “If I didn’t fear difficulty upon my nation I would have ordered them to use the siwaak at every prayer.”

Sheikh ‘Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbaad, may Allaah preserve him, mentioned while explaining this hadeeth, i.e. hadeeth of ‘Aaisha, in Sunan Abi Daawud:

“This hadeeth only proves the commencement of the siwaak when entering the home and some People of Knowledge have said: “Indeed this sunnah is from the abandoned sunan.”

Therefore, for a man to use the siwaak when he enters his home is something that many of the people are ignorant of and from that which very few people perform.

So for a man to enter his house and begin to use the siwaak is a sunnah that the Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, used to do.

And as for the wisdom behind this then perhaps, and Allaah knows best, is that so a persons breath can be pleasant and that his family gets a pleasant smell from him. And if there is anything in his mouth that could result in an unpleasant smell or the like then it will be removed by the usage of the siwaak. Perhaps this is the reason and Allaah knows best.”

• Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said when mentioning the guidance of the Messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, concerning the fitrah, i.e. the natural disposition:

“And he used to love the siwaak, he would use the siwaak when he was muftir (not fasting) and when fasting, when waking up from sleep, at the time of wudoo’, at the time of prayer, when entering the house and he would clean his teeth with a siwaak from the araak tree.”

Footnotes:

[1]Muslim

[2]Muslim

[3]An-Nisaa’ee

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About Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester,PA.

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