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f:450 -    Miswak should be of which tree
Country : Hyderabad, India,
Name : Jameel Ahmed
Question:     Miswak can be done with which things and should not be done with which, please describe?
Answer:     Miswak of every tree is correct and permissible.  It is Mustahab that Miswak should be of a soft tree, whose taste is bitter.  The Miswak of Peelu, also known as Arak tree is better than all other Miswak, then Miswak of olive.  However, the Miswak of pomegranate and bamboo is harmful and their use is not correct.

It is given in Miraqil Falah, Pg. No. 40:

Miswak should be of a soft tree, as thick as a finger, a hand-breadth long, as straight as possible and of “Pelu”.

It is given in Tahawi Ala Miraqil Falah:

It is Mustahab that if it is dry, it should be wetted and after using, it should be washed, so that Satan does not make it his Miswak and the Miswak should be of a bitter tree.  This removes phlegm, clears the chest and helps in digestion of food.  Mswak of “Peelu” is the best, then of olive and the Miswak of any tree is permissible, excepting of pomegranate and bamboo, as they are harmful from the medical point of view.

And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) knows best.

Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder/Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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