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Miswak or siwak are twigs made of the tooth-brush tree, an evergreen desert shrub. They are used to cleanse the teeth and mouth. Tooth-brush trees are widespread in the Arab Peninsula. Miswak can be also made of other trees like olive or Arabian balsam.The used part: twigs

Reference in the Quran or Hadith

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, encouraged using siwak. On the authority of Abu-Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is reported as saying: “Were it not that I do not want to overburden my nation [the Muslim nation], I would enjoin on them to use siwak [to clean their teeth] before every salah.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, The Book of Al-Jumu’ah [Friday])

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