Meswak (twig tooth brush) cleared for use in Ramadan, Dubai Metro stocks it


By Majorie van Leijen

This month a special item is sold in the Zoom market at Dubai Metro stations: The meswak.

Some people might wonder how this tree twig could add to their lives. For people who are fasting, the meswak can prove a great attribute.

During the Holy month of Ramadan, anything a person swallows would make the fast invalid. In that light, brushing teeth during fasting hours becomes a little difficult.

“The use of a tooth brush is allowed, but when any of the tooth paste is swallowed, the fast becomes invalid,” commented the Central Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf).

“We cannot tell people not to brush their teeth during the fasting hours, but we advise them not to use the tooth brush, or to use the tooth brush without tooth paste,” said the center.

Refraining from any form of consumption while not brushing one’s teeth can leave an unpleasant odor in the mouth. This is where the use of meswak comes in handy. More info