The use of tasbeeh beads in Islamic prayer is not a new phenomenon. It has been practiced by Muslims for centuries. They do this by making circular motions with their hands over the tasbeeh which is considered sacred. If it is well made, the tasbeeh will emit a sound similar to that produced when one is pouring milk over a wet sponge. The tasbeeh is then used to scent the prayer cloak. Muslim tradition maintains that the tasbeeh must be kept dust free at all times and musk must be used to clean the garment when not in use.
Taweez is part of the three Islamic pillars. There are two prayers in Islam, Salat al-Fitra and Fatiha, both of which feature digital tasbeeh. The latter calls upon Allah to guide all the believers, and is a collective prayer to the almighty Creator of the heavens and the earth. The tasbeeh is said to protect the believer from the anger of the devil and to bring about tranquility and relaxation.
Islamic prayer is performed in two different tasbeeh styles
Islamic prayer is performed in two different tasbeeh styles. In the Salat al-Fitra, which is performed at the beginning of each prayer, the leader of the group makes a call to Allah, recites a few sentences (called the ayat) and finishes with a prayer. The leader is followed by the rest of the congregation who raise their hands and form a ring. The ring is then passed from person to person and the whoever has completed the round is the winner. Each person then takes his own tasbeeh beads and places them in his shirt or waistcoat.
Another style is called Fatiha and is similar to the Salat al-Fitra in that it is done at the end of each prayer.
Another style is called Fatiha and is similar to the Salat al-Fitra in that it is done at the end of each prayer. However, the rounds are not recited as in Salat al-Fitra but rather are played in rhythm with an internal Muslim rhythm. One is also asked to stand, while another player sits or lies down. Two tasbeeh beads are laid flat on the ground, and each player hits them with his smallest tasbeeh beads so that the tasbeeh beads come out in a regular cluster in the center of the circle.
This is then repeated a number of times and the player who gets the most points wins. The leader is then asked to kneel before the assembled congregation and make a few short utterances (called mubaraktums) in Arabic. After the leader finishes, all players stand up and raise their hands in a gesture of respect to the leader. One player is selected to be the judge of the game and they are asked to score their hands on each hand by counting the number of tasbeeh beads rolled from the beads onto the tasbeeh table. Whoever has the highest number is declared the winner.
Another version of the Tassbeh
There is another version of the Tassbeh game called Tassbeh Kurbah. In this game, three Raksha bands, made using different color threads, are laid on the assay round board. They are then turned over once, face up, so that each one is facing outwards. The players then have to move their Raksha beads around the board until they form a ring. This is done by laying the beads in a circular pattern around the board.
The last version is called Tassbeh Kayam. In this version the players are given a sheet of white paper with nine circles on it. On every angle of the circle with a dot is shown, showing the location of the player’s head. This is a popular version in the Middle East. It is usually played with kids. There is even a children’s version called Tassbeh Nasheh that is popular in some communities.