Misbaha (graphic)

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A misbaha (Arabic: مسبحة), subha (Arabic:سبحة), or tespih (Turkish) is a string of prayer beads, probably of Persian origin, which is a tool used to perform dhikr (Islamic practice that focuses on the remembrance of God), including the 99 Names of Allah, and the glorification of God after regular prayer.

A popular recitation might include Subhan’allah (glory be to God), Alhamdulillah (praise to God) and Allahu Akbar (God is great), each repeated 33 times.

It is thought that in the early Muslim era loose pebbles were used or that people counted on their fingers. Followers of Wahhabism view the misbaha as an intolerable innovation, believing that the Prophet Muhammad only used the fingers of his right hand…

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