Description of Camel Bone & Coquilla Nut (Kuk, Kaukah, Cuk, كوك) Tasbih
Camel bone is a material that has been used since ancient times. Within Islamic crafts, bones of camels are obtained from halal sacrificed, healthy animals. Very little of the camel goes to waste and bones are kept to create a variety of items such as elaborate decorative items, combs and tasbihs. The beauty of camel bone is in its pristine white color that is smooth to the touch. It has become a replacement for ivory tusks since the latter involves cruelty to animals and is illegal.
As to kuk, it is considered to be sacred in many religions, including Islam. According to Muslim oral traditions, the Ark of Prophet Nuh was made from its trunk, although this has neither been verified nor denied in written sources.
When branches of kuk palm are cut, it can take over 100 years for them to grow back to their original state. However, Muslims have used the coquilla nut, which this blessed palm produces, to make prayer beads while leaving the mother tree unharmed. The healing properties of the coquilla nut include that of cleansing which is one of the reasons why Ottoman medical doctors always had kuk in hand.
It is with great gratitude that Rum’s Garden has been able to collaborate with a fifth-generation guild in old Cairo, beside the tomb of the Prophet’s ﷺ grandson, Imam Husayn. Great care was taken to ensure that only the highest quality natural materials were used in the making of this rosary. Variations and inconsistencies may exist since it is handmade.
Details of Large Islamic Prayer Beads Set made of Camel Bone and Coquilla Nut
۩ Country of Origin: Egypt
۩ Bead Material: Camel Bone
۩ Bead Size: Approximately 12 x 6 mm (Rounded Disk Beads)
۩ Rukn (Elongated Pillar) & Dividers: Handmade from Coquilla Nut
۩ Tassel: Burgundy + Cream + White
۩ Number of Beads: 100 (33-17-17-33)
۩ Length: Approximately 33 cm (without rukn)
۩ Weight: Approximately 122 grams
۩ Overall Misbaha Size: Large (L)
۩ Packaging: Handmade hemp pouch
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