Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Benefits of Brushing Teeth

The Prophet (SAWA) said in his advice to Imam Ali (AS), 'One must brush his teeth at every ablution. O Ali, one must brush his teeth as frequently as possible, for verily a single prayer that one performs after having brushed his teeth is better than forty days worth of prayers performed without doing so. 
(Bihar al-Anwar, v.76, p.137, no.48) 

He also said: "Jibra'il continuously advises me about brushing teeth, that I really thought he would lay it down as an obligation (WAJIB)." 

Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, 'You must brush your teeth for it removes 
whisperings of the heart.
(Bihar al-Anwar, .76, p.139, no.52) 

Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said,

'There are twelve distinctive features to brushing one's teeth: it is a recommended prophetic practice, it purifies one's mouth, brightens one's eyesight, pleases the Beneficent Lord, whitens the teeth, does away with wretchedness, strengthens one's gums, whets one's appetite for food, takes away 
phlegm, improves one's memory, multiplies one's rewards for good deeds, and gives pleasure to the angels.
(al-Khisal, p.481, no.53) 

The Prophet (SAWA) said, 'Freshen your mouths by brushing, for verily they are the means to the Qur'an.
(Kanz al-Ummal, no.2753) 

Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, 'You must brush your teeth for it removes 
whisperings of the heart.
(Bihar al-Anwar, v.76, p.139, no.52) 

Imam al-Rida (AS) said, 'Brushing one's teeth brightens the eyesight, increases hair growth, and removes the tendency for frequent weeping.
(Bihar al-Anwar, v.76, p.137, no.48) 

Imam al-Sadiq (AS) was answering someone's question about the verse of the Qur'an (25:44): "Do you suppose that most of them listen or apply reason? They are just like cattle; rather they are further astray from the way. He was asked, 'Do you consider all of these people (around us) as being real human beings [true to their nature]?' to which he replied, 'Exclude from them the one who does not brush his teeth, ... 
(Bihar al-Anwar, v.176, p.128, no.11) 

So the Imam went as far as to say that those who do not brush their teeth might as well be like cattle! 

Subhanallah! Islam gives us directions and guidance for even the most mundane, routine acts, that other 'religions' simply do not think about (let alone have answers for!) 


Anonymous said...

Great post...realllly... SubhanALLAH

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