MUSLIM PRAYER BEADS
Muslim prayer beads are usually called Misbaha or Tesbih. Muslims use these beads as a guide, when they pray. “Tesbih” or “Misbaha” is the Islamic word for prayer beads or rosary. It originated from the word “Supha” which has a beautiful meaning. “Supha” means to be announce the glories of God or Allah, and this is exactly what the Muslims do when they pray with the Misbaha beads.
These Islamic prayer beads are composed of 99 beads. During prayer, the Muslims recite the 99 names of Allah. Some Islam prayer beads are composed of 33 beads only. They serve the same purpose, but for them to recite the 99 names of Allah, they have to go through the beads three times.
This is how the Misbaha or Tesbih is usually prayed – it begins by reciting “Allahu Akbar” 34 times. Translated, the phrase means “God is the greatest.” It is followed by reciting “Al-hamdu lilah” (Praise be to God) 33 times, then followed by “Subhan Allah” (Glory be to God), recited 33 times. This prayer is usually recited after the Muslims have completed their 5 daily ritual prayers. Because of these prayer beads, Islam believers have learned to pray in a solemn, almost trance-like state.
When these prayer beads were first introduced during the Prophet Mohammed’s time, they used stones or pebbles to aid them in counting. At present, various materials are being used by the Muslims. The practice of reciting the Tesbih or Misbaha began when Muslims followed Allah’s proclamation to “Remind people” of Allah’s greatness. This repetitive prayer was then created as a private reminder for the Muslims. Eventually, they used these Islam prayer beads to mark the number of times they recite or praise Allah’s greatness. Aside from the Misbaha being a reminder of Allah the Exalted, many Muslims believe regular prayer of the Misbaha provides them salvation from world destruction.
Muslims are well-known for being very dedicated and devoted. Hence, it goes without saying that praying with the Misbaha or Tesbih should be done with utmost privacy and solemnity. As a reminder, Muslims are asked not to count out loud when praying – as this deviates from the significance of the prayer.