Tasbeeh

Prayer Beads

prayer beads

The Islamic gemstone prayer beads are exercised for prayer, chants and meditation purposes, and to relieve the person from stress by keeping the fingers occupied. Tasbeehs are prominent among various religions and cultures across the continents. Tasbihs are usually stunningly attractive because of their bright colors that are catchy to people, and are mostly made of gemstones, plastic, round glass, silver, wooden or bone. There are numerous, assorted colors and style that are introduced in the market, ranging from affordable, mass-produced tasbeeh to highly expensive, well-crafted tasbeeh. The design qualities are shared among these tasbeehs while others are fashioned with sophisticated decorations. Muslims often buy Islamic tasbeehs as gifts, most especially for those who have returned from pilgrimage, and they carry the tasbeeh as a source of solace and a stress reliever. Some Muslims let the tasbeeh hanging in their homes and near their children for the belief of having protection against harm. Almost two-thirds of the world’s population makes use of the tasbeeh as part of their religious rituals and traditional liturgy. Tasbeehs come in various structures and meaning to different people from across the continental ranges, but the straightforward and simplest purposes of those tasbeehs are to stimulate faith and praying procedures among people, and to help the preacher or worshipper in the recital of chants and religious songs.

Origin and Etymology

Originally, beads have become one of the earliest human accessories dated in Africa around 10,000 B.C. Over time, beads are formed from clays to stones, shells to wood, and the most expensive of all is formed from using gemstones. The English word, bead, comes from the Anglo-Saxon words bidden, which means to pray, and bede for prayer. Major religions such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity often utilize prayer beads in most of its religious customs, and each religion has its own version of prayer beads. The beads have been associated with the act of praying since the very beginning. The practice of prayer beads has been pioneered by the Hindu ecclesiastical practices in India around eighth century B.C. When Buddhism has emerged from a sect of Hinduism, the usage of prayer beads has been established in Japan, Korea, China and other Asian countries. With Catholicism, the prayer beads are also widely manifested as the rosary all throughout Europe in the late Middle Age. This showcases the prominence of prayer beads in the world in terms of culture and religion. No matter the religion and its name, the prayer beads have the most basic function, which is to assist the people in praying and in chanting songs.