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Using a toothbrush as a substitute for miswaak

Q: Can we use a toothbrash as a substitute for siwaak?


A: Through using a miswaak one cleans one’s mouth, tongue, teeth, etc in accordance to the Sunnah manner. Through brushing one’s teeth with a toothbrush, though the mouth will be cleansed however one will not receive the reward of cleaning one’s mouth in accordance to the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

عن عائشة رضي الله عنها قالت قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم السواك مطهرة للفم مرضاة للرب (بخاري تعليقا 1/259)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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