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Tasbih misbaha is a string of beads which is often used by Muslims to keep track of counting in tasbih. A misbaḥah is used as...read more

Tasbih misbaha is a string of beads which is often used by Muslims to keep track of counting in tasbih. A misbaḥah is used as an aid to perform dhikr ( a devotional act in Islam) including the names of God in Islam, and the glorification of God after regular prayer It is often made of wooden or plastic beads, but also of semi-precious gemstones such ascarnelian and onyx, ivory, amber etc. They usually consist of 99 beads to assist in the glorification of God following prayers: 33Tasbih, 33 Tahmeed, and 33 Takbeert (ʾAllāhu ʾakbar), they are frequently divided  by an additional "counter" bead placed after the 33rd and the 66th bead. Its function is to give the reciter a way of keeping track of the number of recitations. Some suggest the 99 beads also refer to the99 names of Allah. Smaller misbahas consist of 33 beads, in which case one cycles through them three times to complete 99. However, misbahas may also consist of 100 or 200 count beads to assist in the dhikr duties of certain Sufi orders. At what may be considered the beginning or end of the rosary is often placed an elongated cylindrical bead made with a baluster-like profile. This is called the pillar (in Arabic, situn or rukn) or leader (imam)Misbahahs are also used culturally to reduce stress or as an indication of status in society.

 

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