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Cleanliness and godliness: Why Muslims use miswak during Ramzan

Cleanliness is half the faith. But the reason why Muslims use this 'blessed twig' goes beyond physical cleanliness.

Every Ramzan sees a remarkable hike in the sale of miswak — a twig mostly used by Muslims for oral care.

Made generally from Salvadora Persica, the pencil-sized twig has been used as a natural toothbrush for ages. And Muslims, in particular, believe that all prophets of Abrahamic religions — Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad — all of them have used it.

Among Muslims, following the prophetic ways, especially that

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