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Putting the Miswak on the ground

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

Sa’id ibn Jubayr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) says:

‘By keeping the miswak on the ground if a person becomes mad [majnun], he should blame none other than himself.’

Is this why they say that it is recommended to keep the miswak standing instead of keeping it horizontal?

 

Answer

This is not a Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam).

In the quote you have provided, it is cited as the statement of the famous Tabi’i; Sa’id ibn Jubayr (rahimahullah).

This appears in several fiqh books like the following:

Halabatul Mujalli, vol.1 section on the miswak,

Raddul Muhtar, vol.1 pg.115

Al-I’lam, bi fawaidi ‘Umdatil Ahkam, vol.1 pg.564

These sources cite Imam Hakeem Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) to have quoted this, without any mention of a chain.

 

However, after citing this, [among other etiquettes of the miswak] Hafiz Ibnul Mulaqqin (rahimahullah)- a renowned Hadith master and Faqih- states:

‘These are good etiquettes that one should adopt, as they are a source of good.’

(Al-I’lam, bi fawaidi ‘Umdatil Ahkam, vol.1 pg.564)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar