What are Islamic Prayer Beads?

The most fundamental practice of the Islamic tradition is remembrance or dhikr. Like the 5 daily prayers it takes on different forms and it is the means to inner tranquility, purification, and most importantly knowledge of God (SWT). The beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) prescribed a variety of recitations that are meant to be recited with concentration and presence . His disciples (known as The Companions) used numerous methods to keep count of these recitations including elaborate finger counting techniques, pebbles,and knotted string. In the following centuries Islamic prayer beads (also called tesbih, sibha, and tespih) truly blossomed at the hands of God conscious artisans who elevated this craft to a unique expressions of Islamic art. Similar to Islamic architecture across the world, many distinct styles and motifs of Islamic prayer beads were imbued by the culture and heritage of the artisans.