Sunday, May 2, 2010

How to Make Your Own dhikr beads

As salaamu alaikum sisters,
here is a cool idea ! how to make dhikr beads for who use them.
Things You'll Need:

•100 beads

•Strong string or nylon line

Make or purchase 100 beads. Some believe the best selection of prayer beads can be found on the Internet or in stores such as ac moore. Historically, date seeds were most often used to make prayer beads, but you may make yours from any type of material you wish as long as you create 100 of them.

Step 2
Choose a material for the cord onto which your beads will be strung. Leather, gold yarn and silk have been popular choices for Islamic prayer bracelets, but yours will be no less perfect if you select plastic, sturdy cord, twine or rope. Just be certain the stringing material you choose can be threaded through the holes in the beads.

Step 3
Sit quietly and contemplate the blessings of Allah as you begin to thread beads onto the string. Saying prayers while making a religious object like an Islamic bracelet is a sacred duty and must be performed while you craft.

Step4 Once you have counted to 33 beads, either make a knot or add a specially shaped or distinct bead to the string to end section one. The first section of the bracelet is usually referred to as "SubhanAllah."

Step 5
Continue as you add a second group of 33 more beads to the string to complete the "Hamdullah" section. As in Step 3, feed a distinct bead onto the string or create a knot to keep it separate from the first and third sections.

Step 6
Add the final 33 beads to the bracelet as you close the 99-bead circle with the addition of the final group of beads known as "Allahuakbar."

Place the third and final distinct bead (or simply a knot), and then add the 100th bead

Step 8
Tie the 100-bead bracelet together but don't cut the cord or string holding the bracelet together. Instead, allow the cords or strings to dangle freely. According to Islamic belief, evil spirits are fearful of things that "dangle" so stay with tradition and, if the spirit moves you, add two beads or tassels on the ends as decorations.


Enjoy owning your handmade Islamic bracelet and remember it symbolizes the 99 names of Allah ---particularly when you invoke the name Allah when you touch the 100th bead to complete the circle of faith.


washi said...

Jazakallah khairan for sharing...I've always wanted to make these myself and now I can!

zainab1 said...

Shukrn...JazkAllaahu Khairan (smiles)