From ancient times to the present day, tasbih beads, the masbaha and rosaries, have retained their importance and influence in people’s lives whether it’s used for decorative or prayer purposes. The word “beads” is stems from the Anglo-Saxon word “Bede”, meaning prayer. However, prayer beads do not belong to one culture or religion, yet are seen as symbols in numerous religions.
The typical string of Tasbih beads are composed of two main materials: the beads themselves and the tassel. Each string consists typically of 33 or 99 beads. When used in prayer, each bead represents a short prayer that is recited and repeated continuously.
The beads used on the string can be from a range of materials, from wood and pearls, to semi-precious stones. Each source type has a specific symbol and representation.
Here are the different types of tasbih beads:
- Wood: Symbolizes humbleness and simplicity, reflecting clarity and light. Typically, wooden beads are used in prayer and dipped in holy water.
- Amethyst: Shields people from intoxication. This was a popular belief back in Ancient Greece.
- Aqeeq (Carnelian agate): This type of stone typically stems from religion, and it is characterized by its reddish-brown unique color.
- Gold: Frequently encrusted with diamonds, the prayer beads are made up of gold, reflecting more on modern times. This type of tasbih bead is a fashion statement.
- Black Onyx: An emblem of strength and reverence. This type of prayer beads can be personalized according to the owner’s personal preferences. It is sometimes known as the “self-mastery stone”.
- Lapis Lazuli: This stone is viewed as one of the most valuable because of the natural beauty it holds. Its deep celestial blue color brings forth a past filled with truth, magic, power, and wisdom. It was very famous among ancient royals. Lapis Lazuli encourages thankfulness and appreciation of nature’s beauty.
- Fayrouz: The bluish-green stone worn to deflect the envious negative energy carried by the evil eye. This concept is prevalent across all cultures, specifically across the Middle East.
- Pearl: Enriched with purity, pearls symbolize refinement, as well as harmony with nature.
- Amber: Amber is often mistaken for a stone. However, it is a fossilized resin; a naturally found substance secreted from trees long dead. Many consider amber tasbih beads as ones that remove negative energy, as well as reduce inflammation.
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