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The Greeks used agate for making jewelry and beads. Centuries earlier, agate was known to both the Sumerians and the Egyptians, who used the gem for decoration and religious ceremonies. Most agates occur as nodules in volcanic rocks or ancient lava beds. Agate is extremely hard and has the ability to resist acids.
NOTE: Stone beads are naturally occurring minerals; hence the ingrained pattern and color of the individual beads will vary.
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What is Tasbih?
In Islam, Tasbih signifies a form of dhikr (prayer) that involves the repetitive utterances of short sentences glorifying God. The same word is also used forPrayer Beads (Rosary) consisting of 99 or 33 beads.
Using Prayer Beads as a tool of meditation is as old as human history. A simple device it make it easier for believers to pray in a focused and consistent manner. Tasbih has profound physical, metaphysical and psychological effects on the practitioner.
The Islamic Tasbih is similar to the Komboskini of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Rosary of theRoman Catholics. Buddhists and Hindus use the JapaMala consisting of 27 beads, a divisor of 108. The Chinese Buddhists andTaoists use a 108-bead device called su-chu, which has three dividing beads, so the su-chu is divided into three parts of 36 each.
*Construction of a Tasbih:
In the 99-bead Islamic version, the tasbih consists of the nisane, a disc which separates 33 beads, the pul,a small bead that marks the seventh position, the imame, which is a longpiece marking the beginning and the end of the tasbih, and the tepelik(ornamental tassel) at the top of the imame.
Sometimes only 33 beads are used, in this case the tasbihis cycled three times to reach 99. In 33-bead tasbih s, the nisaneseparates 11 beads and there is no pul.
During the Prophet s time, date stones, olive seeds and pebbles were used to make tasbih beads. In Ottoman times rock crystal beads with silver tassels became fashionable. Tasbih beads are also made from ebony, pearls, amber, coral, cornelian, jade, ivory, rhino horn, etc. Tasbihs made from fragrant woods like sandal wood are often kept in closed boxes to retain the fragrance.
The number of artisans who continue to make handmade tasbih sin the traditional manner is now very limited. Instead machine made glass and plastic beads have become commonplace.
(Sahih Bukhari, Volume8, Book 75, Number 341)
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The people said:
"O Allah's Apostle! The rich people have got the highest degrees of prestige and the permanent pleasures (in this life and the life to come in theHereafter)."
He said, "How is that?"
They said, "The rich pray as we pray, and strive in Allah's cause as we do,and spend from their surplus wealth in charity, while we have no wealth (to spend likewise)."
He said, "Shall I not tell you a thing, by doing which, you will catch up with those who are ahead of you and supersede those who will come after you; and nobody will be able to do such a good deed as you do except the one who does the same (deed as you do). That deed is to recite SubhanAllah ten times, and Al-Hamdulillah ten times, and AllahuAkbar ten times after every prayer.
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