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TARIQA MUSTAFAWIYYA      Home of the Fuqara 

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 Some people think zikrullah is  an innovation, but this is not correct,


because Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) saw

others counting zikr on pebbles and date-seeds. He did not

object to it, which proves its justification. Stringing or not

stringing these together does not make any difference.

     Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) saw his

companions counting on date-seeds and pebbles, and did

 not disapprove it, which proves its justification, and stringing

or not stringing the beads does not make any difference.

Therefore, the statement of the people who call this practice

an innovation is not reliable.

Someone, once saw a tasbeeh (rosary) in the hands of

Hadhrat Junaid Baghdadi (Rahmatullah alaih) at a time

when he was at the height of his spiritual glory, and questioned

him about it. He replied that he could not give up a

thing by means of which he had attained nearness to Allah.

It is narrated about many Sahabas (Radhiyallaho anhum)

that they kept date-seeds and pebbles for counting zikr. It is

related about a Sahabi named Abu Safiyyah (Radhiyallaho

anho) that he used to count zikr on small pebbles or stones.

It is related about Hadhrat Sa'ad bin Abi Waqqaas (Radhiyallaho

anho) that he used (both) datestones as well as

pebbles. Hadhrat Abu Sa'eed (Radhiyallaho anho) is also

reported to have used pebbles for counting zikr. It is given

in Mirqaat that Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallaho anho)

used to count on a string with knots on it. It is mentioned

in Sunan Abi Dawood (a book of ahaadith) that Hadhrat

Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallaho anho) used to keep a bag full

of date-stones and pebbles for counting zikr on these, and

that when the bag would get empty, his maid-servant

would put these back into the bag and place it near him

again. The bag would get empty because the stones after

counting were placed outside the bag, till all the stones

would get finished, when the maid-servant would put the

same stones again into the bag and place it near him. It is

also narrated about Hadhrat Abu Darda (Radhiyallaho

anho) that he had a bag containing Ajwah date-seeds, on

which he would commence zikr after the morning prayer

 and would continue till all the seeds were finished from

 the bag.

 Hadhrat Abu Safiyyah (Radhiyallaho anho) a slave of

Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) used to have a

piece of skin with pebbles spread on it before him, and he

would recite zikr on these from morning to mid-day, when

this skin with pebbles used to be removed from there, then

he would attend to his other needs. After the noon-praver,

the skin was again spread before him, and he would continue

zikr on the pebbles till the evening.

The grandson of Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallaho

anho) narrated that his grandfather used to have a string

with two thousand knots in it, and that he would not go to

bed until he had completed doing zikr on these. The

daughter of Hadhrat Imam Husain (Radhiyallaho anho) narrated

about Hadhrat Fatimah (Radhiyallaho anha) that she

had a thread with knots, on which she used to count her


 The tasbeeh is also known as muzakkirah (that which reminds),

because when  it is held in one's hand there is a sort of urge for doing zikr.

and therefore it is termed as such.


          Remember oh Seekers of ALLAH  the wise words of Allahs BELOVED:

                   The  Messenger (saws) has said he guarantee's paradise to those

             who gaurd what is between his two jaws and what is between his two legs.

 In dealing with the tongue , there are seven essentials in this respect:-

1. Recitation of Kalimah Tayyibah.

2. Recitation of the Holy Qur'an.

3. Acquisition of Ilm (religious knowledge).

4. Propagation of religious knowledge to others.

5. Duaa, i.e. supplication.

6. Zikr of Allah, including Istighfaar.

7. To abstain from loose and useless talk.

8. Salatul an nabi


 May ALLAH Increase in us Knowledge - AMEEN