Description of Scented Olive Wood (زيتون) Tasbih
And thereby We brought into being for you gardens of date palms and grapevines, wherein you have many fruits and whereof you eat, and a(n) [olive] tree issuing forth from Mount Sinai that produces oil and a seasoning for eating.
(Quran, 23: 19-20)
The blessed olive tree, also called ‘the oldest cultivated tree’, grows up to 12 meters high and it can take forty years for it to start bearing fruit. Once it does produce olives, it can continue to do so for centuries. Older trees can reach up to 2000 years in age. From this sacred plant, nothing is wasted; its fruit quenches hunger or is used to produce olive oil, the leaves possess medicinal value and the wood of the tree is highly valued for carpentry work.
Olive wood has a fine, wavy grain that is pale yellow in color with brown strokes. It is extremely smooth to the touch, and it releases an olive oil odor, when rubbed which is why it is such an ideal material to use in tasbih making. The olive tree is a powerful symbol in many religions. It represents wisdom, fertility, purity and the Intellect which comes to know God.
It is a privilege for Rumi's Garden to present to you a olive wood tasbih which was created by a family-run subha-guild based in Cairo, close to the Mosque of Sayidna al-Hussain. The tasseling work was accomplished by Western African students of knowledge who now reside there while they study.
Details of Large Islamic Prayer Beads Set made of Olive Wood
۩ Country of Origin: Egypt
۩ Bead Material: Olive Wood
۩ Bead Size: Approximately 10 x 6 mm (Lenticular Beads)
۩ Rukn (Elongated Pillar) & Dividers: Handmade from Olive Wood
۩ Tassel: Black + Pistachio
۩ Number of Beads: 100 (33-17-17-33)
۩ Length: Approximately 31 cm (without rukn)
۩ Weight: Approximately 44 grams
۩ Overall Misbaha Size: Large (L)
۩ Packaging: Handmade hemp pouch
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