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  • It stresses the fact books of his Sahih Bukhari such as cleanliness, use that Muslims should take good care of their health of tooth stick (siwak), food, bath and exercise.

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  • Slide 28: "Allahumma ya ghaniyyu ya hamid, ya mubdi'u ya mu'id, ya rahimu ya wadud, aghnini bihalalika 'an haramika wa bitha'atika' an ma'shiyatika wa fidhlika 'amman siwak."

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  • "Cleansed of what she had interiorized as an inevitable defilement, an odor that she preferred not to name, her periodic chastity; bad, black blood, she would say, yet not so bad for less delicate nostrils, curve of the waist embellished, complexion deep brown, eyes lined in kohl, thick hair, wavy, shining, black; teeth white pearls, gums like rubies or coral, rubbed with siwak, Capparis sodata, fragrance and sap of chewed bark."

    Talismano by Abdelwahab Meddeb, translated by Jane Kuntz, p 48 of the Dalkey Archive Press paperback

    September 21, 2011