The Importance of Brushing the Teeth in Islam
Brushing the teeth not only helps one look better and feel healthier, but also it pleases God. The religious leaders of Islam emphasized on this fact and suggested their followers to brush their teeth too.
According to Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H&H.P), “If you brush your teeth before saying your prayers, that prayer is better than seventy five prayers one says without brushing his teeth.”
Imam Sadiq (A.S) said, “When you wake up at night to say your prayers, brush your teeth. Because an angel comes down and puts its mouth on yours and takes with it every word you say to the heavens. Therefore, it is better if your breath and words smell nice.”
In the Mesbah Al-Shari’a book, Imam Sadiq (A.S) quoted from Prophet Mohammad, “Brushing the teeth not only cleans the mouth, but also pleases God.”
One of the things that Prophet Mohammad never forgot to do was brushing his teeth.
If you think about it, you will find out that brushing the teeth has many different advantages.
Still, a sane person knows that brushing teeth is a physical act and improves the health in one’s body only and in order to purify the soul too, they need to pray to God, to worship Him, and to ask Him to forgive the sins they have committed.
Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H&H.P) said that brushing the teeth was like a means that awakened the souls; teeth are made clear and white with the aim of chewing the food and helping the digestion, but they become dirty and damaged by chewing the food.
Al-Maaref Islamic Organization