Is it wajib to use miswak?

The Details of the Question

Is it wajib to brush teeth with the miswak before every prayer in Hanafi madhhab? Is it a sin not to do it?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

It is sunnah; it is not a sin not to do it.

It is understood from the hadith narrated by many Companions stating, “If I did not want to cause difficulties for my (ummah) believers, I would order them to use miswak in every prayer” (Bukhari, Jumua, 8; Muslim, Taharah, 42; Abu Dawud, Taharah, 25) that the Messenger of Allah did not give a definite order; therefore, using miswak is not regarded as wajib, but sunnah.

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