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Eating Forgetfully & Using Siwaak/Toothpaste while Fasting (Hadith No. 1649)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 31, Number 154:

Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “If somebody eats or drinks forgetfully then he should complete his fast, for what he has eaten or drunk, has been given to him by Allah.”

Narrated ‘Amir bin Rabi’a (radiallaahu `anhu), “I saw the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) cleaning his teeth with Siwak while he was fasting so many times as I can’t count.”

And narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu), “The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, ‘But for my fear that it would be hard for my followers, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with Siwak on every performance of ablution.”
The same is narrated by Jabir (radiallaahu `anhu) and Zaid bin Khalid (radiallaahu `anhu) from the Prophet who did not differentiate between a fasting and a non-fasting person in this respect (using Siwak).

Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, “The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “It (i.e. Siwak) is a purification for the mouth and it is a way of seeking Allah’s pleasures.” Ata’ and Qatada said, “There is no harm in swallowing the resultant saliva.”

I forgot that I was fasting and ate..

“but He will call you to account for that which your hearts have earned” [al-Baqarah 2:225]

Forgetfulness is not something which is earned by the heart.

This hadeeth tells of the kindness of Allaah to His slaves and how He makes things easier for them and alleviates hardship.

Whoever forgets that he is fasting and breaks the fast, his fast is still valid, and he should complete his fast, and he does not have to make it up or offer any expiation. The general meaning of the hadeeth covers both obligatory and naafil fasts; there is no difference between the two.

Al-Haafiz said:

An interesting story was narrated by ‘Abd al-Razzaaq from ‘Amr ibn Dinar: that a person came to Abu Hurayrah and said: “I started fasting in the morning then I forgot and ate.” He said, “It does not matter.” He said: “Then I entered upon someone and by mistake I ate and drank.” He said, “It does not matter, Allaah has fed you and given you to drink.” Then he said:  “I entered upon another person and forgot, and ate.” Abu Hurayrah said: “You are a person who is not used to fasting.”.

Siwaak and/or Toothpaste? Let’s solve the matter!

It is permissible for a fasting person to use miswaak and toothpaste whilst fasting, so long as he is careful not to swallow anything. In fact using the miswaak is Sunnah when fasting and otherwise.

It is permissible to swallow the saliva after using the siwaak, but if anything comes out of the siwaak in the mouth, you should spit it out and then swallow the saliva, just as the fasting person is allowed to do wudoo’, then he should spit out the water from his mouth and then swallow his saliva. He does not have to dry his mouth completely from the water used for rinsing.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: What is the ruling on using toothpaste when fasting?

He replied:

Cleaning the teeth with toothpaste does not break the fast as is the case with the miswaak. But one should be careful to avoid letting any of it reach his throat, but if that happens accidentally then he does not have to make up the fast.
End quote from Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz (15/260).

Detailed posts here and here.

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Miswaak before Tahajjud (Hadith No. 936)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 237:

Narrated Hudhaifa:

Whenever the Prophet got up for Tahajjud prayer he used to clean his mouth (and teeth) with Siwak.

It’s a bit weird for me because if I wake up for Tahajjud, I don’t want to make any extra effort. Doing miswaak at that time seems a bit too much. But that’s MY problem, and I need to fix it. If Prophet (SAW) did it, I should too.

Plus, there’s a nice effect of miswaak on your prayer. Makes you fresh and ready for `ibaadah. (y)

Wassalam.

Friday: Miswaak (Ahadith 710 – 713)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 710:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “If I had not found it hard for my followers or the people, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with Siwak for every prayer.”

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 711:

Narrated Anas:

Allah’s Apostle I said, “I have told you repeatedly to (use) the Siwak. (The Prophet put emphasis on the use of the Siwak.)

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 712:

Narrated Hudhaifa:

When the Prophet (p.b.u.h) got up at night (for the night prayer), he used to clean his mouth.

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 713:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

AbdurRahman bin Abi Bakr came holding a Siwak with which he was cleaning his teeth. Allah’s Apostle looked at him. I requested Abdur-Rahman to give the Siwak to me and after he gave it to me I divided it, chewed it and gave it to Allah’s Apostle. Then he cleaned his teeth with it and (at that time) he was resting against my chest.

Siwak/Miswak:  twigs of certain trees that are being used on a regular basis by Muslims for centuries (and all Prophets Peace upon them) to maintain oral hygiene and gain the pleasure of Allah SWT.  It is a “natural toothbrush.”  Not only does it provide spiritual benefits, but it is also beneficial to the everyday maintenance of one’s mouth, gums, and teeth.

The Prohet (PBUH) said; “It is a recommended for every adult male on Friday to take a bath and put on cologne if it is possible and to use miswak.” (Sahih Muslim)

And he (SAW) said: ‘Four things are amongst the practices of the Ambiyaa — circumcision, application of perfume, Miswaak and marriage’. (Ahmad and Tirmizi)

Y u no use miswak, then?

Wassalam.

Siwak @ Night (Hadith No. 246)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 4, Number 246:

Narrated Hudhaifa:

Whenever the Prophet got up at night, he used to clean his mouth with Siwak.

Would you believe it? Siwak really was his best friend. Ref: Hadith no. 245

Wassalam.

Till You Go U’ U’ (Hadith No. 245)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 4, Number 245:

Narrated Abu Burda:

My father said, “I came to the Prophet and saw him carrying a Siwak in his hand and cleansing his teeth, saying, ‘U’ U’,” as if he was retching while the Siwak was in his mouth.”


Prophet (SAW) was very particular about his cleanliness and hygiene. He took special care of his mouth so it won’t reek. Miswak/Siwak was his best friend. He used to clean his teeth with every wudu and every chance he’d get. The implication here is that he used to clean his tongue with the Siwak as well, because germs tend to accumulate on it and cause sour mouth to stink. So he’d clean hi tongue as much as he could, going as far back as possible. So much so that the sounds u’ u’ used to come out (of the like when you’re about to vomit).

Try doing that now! :)

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