Islamic Prayer Beads
Islamic prayer beads is a traditional form of Islamic prayers that are performed three times a day for the whole day. It calls upon Allah to guide his servants to do well. Tasking a simple group of people to stand in one place for a set period of time is called tasbih. It is usually performed before dawn and after sunset. The intention behind this is to call upon Allah to guide his servants, and to strengthen their faith in him by what he says.
Islamic prayer beads is one of the five pillars of Islam. Before it, Muslim scholars used to pray, meditate or ask Allah for favors. Today we find that tasking is done for all the days of the week except the month of Ramadhan. However, it is still a very important part of Muslim life, since it provides us with knowledge about Allah, makes us closer to him, and strengthens our relationship with him and our relationship with others.
Tasking is performed before prayer in the morning, afternoon and night. It is also called name (prayer) tasbih or shariff (surrounding prayer). After a long day of work, family affairs and other worries, we can relax by reciting the Quran, then offering prayer for the day. In some traditions, the leader of the prayer has the right to make requests for special items or actions. This is called Muslim tasbih (order of prayer).
The leader of the prayer gets the permission from the leader of the family or from the senior members of the community to make such requests. Then the congregation gathers around the person and read the Quran, and the tasbih is being read by a curtain, prayer rug or other outside source. After reciting the tasbih, the leader, accompanied by members of the congregation, offers prayer for the day. This is called as sales tasbih (order of salah).
Some mosques also have special Islamic prayer beads that are recited in the late evening after the prayer, as an act of goodbye to the family. At such time, the congregants gather their belongings, step into the kitchen and light the candles. They then go back to their places. The leaders then lead the gathering in prayer for the day.
Muslim leaders do not recite the Quran in the same manner as non-Muslims do. Instead of reciting the sacred texts, they allow others to do so, as long as it is not in the customary manner. Prayer tasbih has been interpreted by Islamic religious scholars as meaning that Muslims are permitted to pray without reading from the Quran, or having someone else to lead them in the recitation. This is in contrast to the Christian service of prayer in which only the leader is allowed to recite the sacred texts, after which, the members pray silently for the duration of the service.
Tawaf, or front side, tasbih, is recited in the front of all the congregation. If a leader chooses to do so, before starting with reciting the Quran, he or she must read the pre-dawn khutba, the call to prayer. If the leader wishes to finish the prayer before beginning with tasbih, he or she may do so by saying the shaykh, or Islamic phrase," Allahower salam Al Ghazaimun", which means," Lord God, grant me your peace".
Muslim leaders must be very careful not to interrupt the recitation of any act, or Allah's words. If a leader begins quoting something or using funny phrases while the act is being recited, he or she will be considered to be insulting the ayat and will be asked to stop. In addition, Muslim leaders should recite the Islamic prayer beads calmly and in a clear voice. If the voice is difficult to hear or the recitation is being done by someone who is very slow, the taunt may be stopped or even rudely interrupted. Respectful silence is the standard for Muslim prayer tasbih.
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