Description of Ebony (أبنوس) Tasbih
Ebony is a deep, black-colored dense wood that emits a glossy luster that can feel metallic once it is shined. Its unique characteristics has made the wood of ebony, which belongs to the genus Diospyros, long sought after for many centuries. The genus name Diospyros itself is derived from the Greek dios and pyros, meaning divine grain. The ebony evergreen can take 70-200 years to reach maturity. For prayer beads, it has long been appreciated for its durability, softness to touch, and beautiful color and shine. Symbolically, ebony represents protection, majesty as well as modesty.
The color black has also come to represent for many Muslims, the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (AS) in Karbala.
Ebony is one of the most treasured hardwoods that is extremely dense and dark in color. It belongs to several species of trees in the Diospyros genus, which etymologically means ‘Divine fruit’ in Greek. The word Ebony itself comes from the Ancient Egyptian hbny which was transformed to ébenos by the Ancient Greeks. In the Arab world, ebenos is still used.
The color and density of Ebony symbolically reminds one of the Black Stone of the Holy Ka’aba. The Islamic tradition holds that it fell from Paradise in order to show Adam (AS) and Hawa (AS) where to build the first altar. Its black colour is said to represent the virtue of detachment from the world and poverty in God (faqr) and the annihilation of ego of the spiritual wayfarer towards the Divine.
By the grace of God, Rumi’s Garden has collaborated with a fifth generation Islamic misbaha workshop based in the heart of the Sayidna Hussein area of Cairo. All beads are handmade from the highest quality materials and therefore are completely unique. The tassels were commissioned to West African students of knowledge studying at Al Azhar who are masters of their family trade.
Details of Extra Large Islamic Prayer Beads Set made of Ebony
۩ Country of Origin: Egypt
۩ Bead Material: Ebony
۩ Bead Size: Approximately 13 x 8 mm (Rounded Disk Beads)
۩ Rukn (Elongated Pillar) & Dividers: Handmade from Ebony
۩ Tassel: Burgundy + Golden Beige + Grey
۩ Number of Beads: 100 (33-17-17-33)
۩ Length: Approximately 40 cm (without rukn)
۩ Weight: Approximately 116 grams
۩ Overall Misbaha Size: Extra Large (XL)
۩ Packaging: Handmade hemp pouch
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