Description of 11 x 10 mm
Slightly Scented Olive Wood & Ebony Tasbih
Two sacred plants produce two exceptional woods; the olive tree and diospyros, the mother of ebony. Rumi’s Garden has enlisted a family run tasbih guild from the heart of Cairo, close to the tomb of Imam al-Husayn, to bring together these two materials which are a powerful symbol of the spiritual quest.
Al-Razi states, in his al-Tafsiir al-Kabir, that the oil of the olive tree, when it is pure and viewed from a distance, looks as if it has rays emanating from it; likewise, the heart of the faithful acts according to right guidance which leads to understanding then inner illumination. Ebony, which is a dense black wood, represents the final stage of illumination; that of fana (annihiation) which Prophet Muhammad ﷺ expressed in his saying: ‘Die before you die’.
Smooth to the touch, this particular set of prayer beads is a reminder to the dhakir to hold on patiently to the path of remembrance. The subtle fragrance of olive oil, produced when the beads are used, is a humble reflection of paradise which we all strive towards.
The Coffee Brown and Golden Beige tassels of this sibha were made by young West African students of the Islamic sciences. Their tasseling craft is a well kept secret, which we pray they will pass on to their children.
Details of Olive Wood & Ebony Islamic Prayer Beads
۩ Country of Origin: Egypt
۩ Bead Material: Handmade from Slightly Scented Olive Wood (زيتون)
۩ Bead Size: Approximately 11 x 10 mm (Spherical Segment Bead)
۩ Rukn (Elongated Pillar) & Dividers: Handmade from Ebony (أبنوس)
۩ Tassel: Coffee Brown + Golden Beige
۩ Number of Beads: 100 (33-17-17-33)
۩ Length: Approximately 51 cm (without rukn)
۩ Weight: Approximately 69 grams
۩ Packaging: Handmade hemp pouch
۩ Overall Size: Extra Large (XL)