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