The excellence of the siwak and the qualities of the natural form (fitra)

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

215. Chapter: The excellence of the siwak and the qualities of the natural form (fitra)

1196. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "If it was not for the fact that I might have been overburdening my community - or the people - I would have ordered them to use the siwak for every prayer." [Agreed upon]

1197. Hudhayfa said, "When the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, got up in the night, he would rinse out his mouth." [Agreed upon]

1198. 'A'isha said, "We used prepare the Prophet's siwak and wudu' water and Allah would make him wake for whatever part of the night He wished, and he would use the siwak and do wudu' and then pray." [Muslim]

1199. Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "How many times have I told you about the siwak!" [al-Bukhari]

1200. Shurayh ibn Hani' said, "I asked 'A'isha, 'What did the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, do first when he entered his house?' She replied, 'Use the siwak.'" [Muslim]

1201. Abu Musa al-Ash'ari said, "I visited the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and the end of the siwak was on his tongue." [Agreed upon]

1202. 'A'isha reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The siwak is purification for the mouth and pleasing to the Lord." [an-Nasa'i]

1203. Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The natural form of man (fitra) involves five things - or there are five things which are part of the natural form of man: circumcision, shaving the pubic hair, cutting the nails, removing hair from the armpits and trimming the moustache." [Agreed upon]

1204. 'A'isha said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'Ten things make up man's natural form: trimming the moustache, letting the beard grow, using the siwak, snuffing water up the nose, cutting the nails, washing the knuckles, removing hair from the armpits, shaving the pubic hair and using water in the lavatory.'" The narrator said, "I forgot the tenth. It could be rinsing the mouth." [Muslim]

1205. Ibn 'Umar reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Trim the moustache and let the beard grow." [Agreed upon]