Tasbih, usually pronounced as “Tassbih” (Arabic for” Sabbath”), is a prayer that requires no music or vocal intonation, and is an extremely popular prayer amongst Muslims all over the world. The origin of this prayer can be traced back to the early centuries of Islam, when the prophet Muhammad (SAW) taught his followers to make a simple form of supplication, which they called data, which also included reciting the names of God.
As time went on, more complex forms of data developed which included hymns, poetry, mantras, and even the Tajweed. Eventually, darts began to be recited in public, with the leader of Islam, Muhammed (SAW), encouraging his followers to do so. This has now become the traditional way of saying data throughout the Muslim world.
Tawhid is not limited to reciting the names of God; it also involves praise and worship of other things such as Allah, the angels, the dead, and even other creatures of nature. For the Arabic language, tasbih means “upon whom praise is made.” In Islamic tradition, praise and worship of nature is considered to be virtuous and is an aspect of the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
One of the basic pillars of tasbih observance is the “fatimah.” A fatimah is a short prayer written for special occasions that involves mentioning all of the things that Allah has created and placed in the earth, as well as any living creatures that Muhammad has commanded them to act upon. There is no limit to the number of things that can be mentioned in a fatimah, and the saying of the fatimah itself may come in the form of a question or meditation.
The second pillar of tasbih, which occurs in both the Islamic traditions and Christian faiths, is recitation. In both the Islamic traditions and the Christian traditions, a recited ayat, or quote, from the Qur’an is recited in order to honor and praise all things created by Allah. In Islamic practice, a Muslim may read from the Qur ‘an during meditation to gain insight into the message of the Qur’ an and its purposes. Some Muslims also recite a line or two from the Guru Nanak’s writings, as well as extracts from the Torah and the Bible. In some places, entire mosques are built in memory of these great holy books.
Each of these pillars can be strengthened by reciting the same line or reading a quote from the Qur’an as well as any other source of Muslim wisdom, during prayer. If done correctly, a tasbih must not only praise the creator but also the Holy Spirit, and all beings created by Allah.
Since Muslims are known to be born into the religion of Islam, reciting verses from the Bible, from the Hindu Upanishads, or from the works of other Muslim religious authors, will strengthen the bond between the believer and his or her belief system. Once a person reaches a certain age or has reached puberty, recitation of tasbih becomes especially important because of its importance to the muslim education system. Any student who wishes to excel in their studies will have to undergo this study, and it is here where reciting a line or two from the book of Qur’an will prove worthwhile.
Another way to strengthen a prayer tasbeeh is to recite the names of all the Prophets, even when they are dead, or to someone who is not a Muslim. When doing so, the tasbih must also express praise and respect for all Islamic religious figures, even the late ones, as the book of Qur’an states that the last prophet, Muhammad (SAW), is the last of the Allah’s divine creations. In fact, many Muslims consider those who died before him to be nonbelievers, and in order to avoid such people, tasbih must be recited in order to state the fact that all religious figures are God fearing, and should be respected and obeyed. This applies to all religions and philosophies, not just Islamic religious teachings.
The tasbih must state the qualities of faith, peace, and order, even if one is living under a nation that is not practicing sharia law. It is believed that when a person recites tasbeeh he is performing a task that will help him and his family stay safe from all evil. Reciting tasbeeh in a mosque is quite difficult, as it requires both skill and recitation, and is not possible for everyone to master. However, with the advent of modern technology and the ability to recite tasbeeh through e-mails, the recitation has been made easier through video, making the process more available to everyone. One can now read tasbeeh online through the internet rather than having to read it in a traditional manner.
Some scholars feel that tasbeeh is not necessary at all, as Islam does not require that you state or affirm any of its fundamentals, such as the oneness of Allah, the oneness of the religion, or that Muhammad is the Last Prophet. Rather, it is believed that tasbih helps to preserve order in the society, as it reassures people that they will not be harmed by their own actions, as well as helping the weak and the vulnerable. It also helps keep track of progress made by those who have departed and reminds people that they have a duty of care to those who follow them, even if they are now gone.
Lastly, it is not necessary to recite tasbeeh while fasting, as this action is considered to be disrespectful and therefore, in some cultures, is forbidden. However, with proper guidance and recitation, tasbeeh can indeed help to strengthen the ties between family, friends, and community.