Muhammad is the name of the man that started the Muslim religion. Muslims believe that Muhammad received the word of God through archangel Gabriel. There were people around Muhammad who believed what Muhammad said and wrote his words in a book the compiled called the Quran. Several passages in the Quran, or Koran, have to do with oral hygiene and brushing with a Siwak tooth stick. Muslims feel that Muhammad was a prophet and refer to him as “The Prophet or Apostle” in their religious book, the Quran. Those around Muhammad wrote anecdotes in the Quran about his oral hygiene practices and beliefs.
“Allah’s Apostle I said, ‘I have told you repeatedly to (use) the Siwak. (The Prophet put emphasis on the use of the Siwak.) (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Friday Prayer, Volume 2, Book 13, Number 13)” – Narrated Anas
The Siwak is a stick that has bristles at the end that are round. The stick is sometimes whittled away to make a point at one end and some are just sticks with no bristles. Some Islamic followers believe the Siwak wards off the devil if it is carried at all times by believers, although this devil prevention story could not be found in passages from the Quran.
“Allah’s Apostle said, ‘If I had not found it hard for my followers or the people, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with Siwak for every prayer.’ (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Friday Prayer, Volume 2, Book 13, Number 12)” – Narrated by Abu Huraira
Muhammad died on June 8, 632. He had been born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in about 570 and died in Medina, Saudia Arabia. He had 13 wives and several female sex slaves he had taken after killing men in towns he had taken over. Some towns were taken over to spead the Muslim faith and one story tells of Muhammad torturing and killing a woman’s husband so he could marry her. He then killed the rest of the men in the town with his followers and kidnapped the women in the town and kept them as sex slaves. The sex slaves were also referred to as concubines. Muslims believe it is within their religion to take women, especially non-Muslim women, as sex slaves.
Muhammad’s wives tell of his sensitivity to smells in an account having to do with one wife having honey. One of the wives obtained some honey and Muhammad liked honey very much. Muhammad expected his wives and followers to have clean mouths. The other wives got together before his nightly visit to each of them that night and agreed to tell him that the smell of honey on his breath was offensive to them upon his arrival. He supposedly swore off honey after that.
One of his wives, named Aisha, was 6 years old when he married her and historical accounts say she lived with her parents until she was 9 years old. Aisha was also one of the wives that told Muhammad the honey was offensive on his breath. The marriage was consummated when Aisha was 9 years old and Muhammad was 53 years old. Aisha was the daughter of one of Muhammad’s close friends.
There is an interesting side story about Aisha losing a necklace during Muhammad’s battle with the Banu Mustaliq. Aisha had accompanied Muhammad to the skirmish while he was fighting. She lost a necklace her sister had loaned to her. Muhammad stopped the battle to find the necklace. After the fighting finished they all left to go back home. Aisha said she lost the necklace again and slipped away to find it. Accounts of this incident say Aisha was taken home by Safw’an bin Mu’attal. Rumors started that Aisha didn’t lose the necklace and tried to run away and leave Muhammad. When Aisha was recaptured and brought back to Muhammad she told him she did not leave on purpose and Muhammad believed her. Trust was restored between the couple. In the video attached to this article a story is told about Aisha being with Muhammad when he died. He used the siwak moistened with Aisha’s saliva just before he died. Aisha was about 21 years old at the time of Muhammad’s death at about age 62.
Because Muhammad believed in marrying little girls, some of the Islamic countries with Sharia law have changed laws to allow men to marry very young girls because they see it as un-Islamic and against Sharia law to outlaw pedophilia. The rest of the world might call these same men pedophiles and send them to jail. In one horrific case in Yemen in 2013, an 8 year old girl died of internal bleeding injuries after her wedding night to a 40 year old man. Other girls, in countries with Sharia law, have died giving birth before the age of 12 without proper medical intervention. Brushing teeth with a Siwak is seen as just as holy as pedophilia and beating women in some Muslim countries with Sharia law.
Some of the selling points in the video attached of the Siwak tooth stick made by Fattabiouni فاتبعوني are:
- It drives away the devil and the Siwak is an object of anger to the devil.
- If a siwak is used before prayer, good works multiply your rewards in heaven
- The Siwak helps a person to remember their testimony of faith when dying, which will lead to a good ending and make the Lord God happy.
- Fattabiouni فاتبعوني recommends using the Siwak tooth stick 20 times a day to please the Lord and get a great after-life in heaven.
- This product, the siwak, came directly from the messenger of Allah (Muhammad), so it isn’t just any oral hygiene product.
- The stick comes from the salvadora persica tree which is said to be one of the miracles of the messenger of Allah (Muhammad).
Most of the sales pitch in the video is directed to life after death and how the siwak will help with that. Many Muslims might believe that because Muhammad recommended the siwak they will buy this dental implement for a sure ticket to heaven.
Some women in Muslim countries have many of their teeth missing and may not have any teeth left to use a siwak on. They may still carry the devil prevention tooth stick device called Siwak if they believe in the Quran. The women may have missing teeth from years of abuse by husbands who follow Sharia law and are allowed to abuse their wives without questions being asked. The requirement of Muslim women in many countries to be covered from head to toe in veils and cloth hides much of the abuse:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.— Sunan Abu Dawood, 11:2142 (Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab)
The middle east had a law on the books from 3000 B.C. in Mesopotamia that said that a woman should have her teeth knocked out for contradicting her husband. This was according to Charles Lindholm in his book titled The Islamic Middle East: Tradition and Change. This tradition seems to have been passed down to Muslims in the Middle East. Another author named Anita Lustrea wrote about how Muslim women are made by Sharia law to wear Burqas. Lustrea describes them as the head to toe covering allowing only an eye slit which does not allow for even peripheral vision. Lustrea’s book titled What Women Tell Me: Finding Freedom from the Secrets We Keep, tells how having to wear the Burqas hide knocked out teeth and bruises wives have received from abusive Muslim husbands.
Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch film maker made a 12 minute film in 2004, about the abuse of Muslim women. The film was titled Submission. A woman named Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was a former Muslim, worked with him on the film. She says she warned him not to use his name in the credits. Theo Van Gogh received several death threats but did not take them seriously and even said “Who would kill the town idiot?” Theo Van Gogh did not have his teeth knocked out but was executed while riding his bicycle in Amsterdam a year later. He was murdered by an Islamic follower of Muhammad, who also happened to share the first name of his hero Muhammad except he had the added surname of Bouyeria. Theo Van Gogh was shot and stabbed on the street with a knife. A smaller knife was also found in him holding a note from the murderer with a death threat against the Muslim woman who helped make the film, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was safely in hiding. Theo Van Gogh was distantly related to Vincent Van Gogh, the 19th century painter. They shared the same ancestors, Vincent Van Gogh’s father and mother, Theodorus Van Gogh and Anna Cornelia (Carbentus) Van Gogh.
Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest).