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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, the 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 Husain 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.