How to hold the miswak

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What is the sunnah method of holding the miswak? Is it proven from an authentic narration?



The Fuqaha (Jurists) mention the following method which is attributed to Sayyiduna Ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu’anhu) as stated by Imam Hakim Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) and others.

The three middle fingers should be on the top, and the thumb and baby/pinky finger at the bottom of the miswak.

(Raddul Mukhtar, vol.1 pg.114 and Bugyatun Nussak of ‘Allamah Saffarini -rahimahullah-, pg.88-89)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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