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A dedicated prayer takes you away from the noisy environment and fills your mind with sacred thoughts. People of every religion follow their own methods when they pray to their God. The followers of Islam pray to Allah in a different manner. They make use of various accessories like praying beads, rugs, scriptures etc while offering prayers.

Prayer beads are used to offer prayers and even use in meditation. In Islam the bead is usually called as Subha, which means 'to exalt'. Cotton, nylon or silk threads are used to make Subha. The beads used in it are often made of wood, gemstone or plastic. These beads are available in different colors and material and their price depends on the material of the bead. The designs and embellishments used in these beads often differ from one another but they are only available in 99 beads set of three which is divided as 33 beads or only 33 beads set. The colour of the beads may differ from one set to another but a particular set consists of beads of only one colour.

In Islam, Subha is used during the prayers to count the recitation and phrases that are chanted and it also helps in increasing the level of concentration. It is believed that during the time of Muhammad Prophet such beads in use, instead pebbles and stones were used to recite prayers and phrases.  The name of Allah is chanted in 99 different ways during a prayer. The most famous phrases are 'Subhannllah' which is chanted 33 times, 'Alhamdilillah' and 'Allahu Akbar' which is also chanted 33 times. The beads are used with the right hand and every bead is pushed backward as each phrase is recited.

According to Islamic mythology it is believed that if an Islam follower recite the prayers using the beads, all his sins will be pardoned. These beads are also used while traveling to Hajj and are also a common gift item that is brought by people who come back from Hajj. Not many people know that these beads also act as a stress buster as these beads provide comfort to the finger tips when used.

The other names for 'Subha' are 'Misbaha' and 'Tasbih'. The prayer which is recited using these beads is known as 'Tasbih of Fatimah'. This prayer was initially offered by Muhammad to his daughter as a gift. The Muslims need to recite this phrase daily after each prayer.

In other religions these beads are commonly known as rosary beads, prayer ropes, Hindu prayer beads and Buddhist prayer beads, though the purpose of these beads remains the same. It is believed that this prayer ornament used by Muslims is not only a medium to offer prayers to Allah, but also a way to increase an individual's confidence. The availability of beautifully designed beads today is also attracting the young generation and restoring their faith in God.

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Comment by Jeny Thomas on July 22, 2014 at 4:15am

Very informative post. So many new things are mentioned about Islamic Prayer Beads which many people need to know. I've bought prayer beads from EastEssence. They provide beads of fine quality which lasts longer.

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