Prayer Beads

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Prayer Beads

Prayer Beads are used in many religions and cultures to help with prayer and meditation. Islamic Prayer Beads are called ‘Subha’ (Arabic) from a word meaning ‘to glorify God’ – ‘Subhanallah’. They are also called, ‘Misbaha’ (Arabic) and ‘Tasbih’ (Persian and Urdu).

  • They are often made of glass, wood, plastic, gemstones or olive stones.
  • The cord may be cotton, nylon or silk.
  • They have either 33 beads or 99 beads (the 99 are separated by flat discs into 3 groups of 33 beads).
  • There is a larger bead and a tassel to mark the starting point for recitation.
  • The Subha are used by Muslims to help count the recitation of words and phrases as part of their devotions.
  • One bead at a time is moved whilst reciting words of ‘dhikr’, (Rembrance of God).
  • The recitations are often words taken from the ‘99 Names of God’.
  • * Words most often recited are ‘Subhanallah’ (Glory to God) 33 times ‘Alhamdulillah’ (Praise be to God) 33 times and‘Allahu Akbar’ ( God is Most Great) 33 times.
  • * At the time of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslims did not use prayer beads as we know them today.
  • * They may have used date stones or small pebbles.
  • * The joints of the fingers were and are still used, with the thumb counting.
  • * The widespread use and manufacture of Subha began around 600 years ago.

We have a beautiful selection of Prayer Beads available.


The item(s) shown here are a small selection of those available. To see the complete range visit us at The Olive Tree.
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