Description of 8 x 8mm Slightly Scented Olive Wood Tasbih
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The similitude of His light is as a niche wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass. The glass is as it were a shining star. (This lamp is) kindled from a blessed tree, an olive neither of the East nor of the West, whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself) though no fire touched it. Light upon light. Allah guideth unto His light whom He will. And Allah speaketh to mankind in allegories, for Allah is Knower of all things.
For 7000 years, the sacred olive tree has been cultivated in the Mediterranean Basin. It is very often used to make luxury goods. The beautiful heartwood of the olive tree has a wavy grain and is a creamy yellowish brown with contrasting darker streaks. With time, the colour tends to deepen. Olive wood is a wonderful material when crafted for tasbihs.
According to some commentaries of the Holy Quran, scholars have described the symbolism of the olive tree, in the profound Verse of Light, as representing the genealogical tree of the Prophets and the Messengers. Others have stated that it represents the axis mundi, or the binding between Heaven and Earth through Divine Revelation. As we recite our prayers while using the olive wood tasbih, it can serve as a reminder that as believers, we have been gifted the responsibility of connecting our hearts to God and therefore the world to heaven.
It is with great pleasure that Rumi’s Garden introduces to you this olive wood tasbih made in cooperation with a family misbaha guild based in Islamic Cairo. This 5th generation guild commissions West African students of Al-Azhar University to create the wonderful tassels.
Each bead is unique since it is completely handmade from natural materials.
Details of Olive Wood Islamic Prayer Beads
۩ Country of Origin: Egypt
۩ Bead Material: Handmade from Slightly Scented Olive Wood (زيتون)
۩ Bead Size: Approximately 8 x 8 mm
۩ Rukn (Elongated Pillar) & Dividers: Handmade from
Slightly Scented Olive Wood
۩ Tassel: Light Brown + White
۩ Number of Beads: 100 (33-17-17-33)
۩ Length: Approximately 42 cm (without rukn)
۩ Weight: Approximately 37 grams
۩ Overall Size: Large (L)