Stones tasbih in Pakistan (prayer beads) are used by followers of a number of religions including Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, and Christianity. They are used to count the repetitions of prayers, devotions, for meditation, protection against harmful energy, and for relaxation.
Stones Tasbih (Prayer beads), which were first used by Hindus in 500 BC and may be linked to the invention of the abacus by the Chinese, may have physical, metaphysical, and psychological effects on their users. They allow the user to keep track of prayers with little effort by almost subconsciously counting out the beads.
Stones tasbih in Pakistan (prayer beads) are used in three widely accepted ways:
Repetition of the same devotion a set number of times.
Repetition of several different prayers in a pattern.
In Islam, the prayer beads are known as Misbaha or Tasbih and are made up of 99 beads consistent with the names of Allah. Smaller ones are made of 33 beads rotated three times. They are traditionally used to keep count of the prayer known as Tasbih of Fatima or are sometimes used as worry beads for relieving stress. They are made of wood or stone produced in Mecca. The stones used to make the stones tasbih in Pakistan (prayer beads) have physical, metaphysical, and psychological effects on their users.