Miswak and Toothbrush

Miswak and Toothbrush

Question

Will the Sunnah of miswak be fulfilled by using a toothbrush?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

Answer

According to our teacher Muḥaddith al-ʿAṣr Shaykh al-Ḥadīth Mawlānā Muḥammad Yūnus Jownpūrī (d. 1438/2017) who has passed away today, there are two Sunnah elements to the use of the miswak; one is the cleansing aspect and the second is the the specific device used by the Prophet ﷺ. Accordingly, using a toothbrush will achieve the former and not the latter. Thus, the toothbrush should not be regarded as a complete substitute of the miswak. A similar differentiation has also been made by Shaykh al-Islam Mufti Muḥammad Taqī ʿUthmānī (b. 1362/1943) (Dars Tirmidhī, 1:226). It is also worth noting that there are also additional benefits of the miswak. Thus, using the miswak will result in greater reward and benefit.

Allah knows best

Yusuf Shabbir

17 Shawwāl 1438 / 11 July 2017

Approved by: Mufti Shabbir Ahmad Sahib

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