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I keep tasbi with me so that shaitaan should not divert me . is counting on tasbi is bidaa

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Asslkm may peace, mercy and blessing of Allah Tallah be upon y ameen. i came to know this site yest. night alhamdulilla this site is mashallah. my question is i keep myself engaged in zikar sitting walking etc but i keep tasbi with me so that shaitaan should not divert me . is counting on tasbi is bidaa .it is true we cant count zikar but that feeling that inthis way shaitaan will not stop me from zikar. i think y understood what i want to ask.

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Counting on beads or tasbih

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imraan verses 190-195:

190 Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of night and day there are indeed Signs for men of understanding.

191 Men who celebrate the Praises of Allah standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides; and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heavens and the earth (with the thought): "O Our Lord! Not for naught hast Thou created (all) this! Glory to thee! Give us salvation from the penalty of the fire.

192 O Our Lord! Any whom Thou dost admit to the fire, truly Thou coverest with shame; and never will wrong-doers find any helpers!.

193 O Our Lord! We have heard the call of one calling (us) to faith `Believe ye in the Lord' and we have believed. O Our Lord! Forgive us our sins, blot out from us our iniquities, and take to Thyself our souls in the company of the righteous.

194 O Our Lord! Grant us what Thou didst promise unto us through Thine Messengers, and save us from shame on the Day of Judgment: for Thou never breakest Thy promise."

195 And their Lord hath accepted of them and answered them: "Never will I suffer to be lost the work of any of you be he male or female: ye are members one of another; those who have left their homes, or been driven out therefrom, or suffered harm in My cause, or fought, or been slain; verily, I will blot out from them their iniquities and admit them into Gardens with rivers flowing beneath; a reward from the Presence of Allah, and from His Presence is the best of rewards."


Your Question: is counting on tasbi is bidaa

If one wishes to count the number of Praises, or Glorifications, or terms of Remembrances of the Lord Most Exalted, there is absolutely no harm or restriction if one uses one’s hand or takes the help of an instrument like beads, tasbih, etc.


A bida or innovation is something which is invented, innovated, and added to the deen of Islam after the deen was completed on Prophet Mohamed (saws). It especially concerns the rites and rituals of worship, or any deed which was not performed or endorsed by the Messenger of Allah (saws), but was added as a part of the deen after his (saws’s) death. It also concerns any innovated deed which one does and believes that by doing this innovated deed, he is eligible to earn more reward from Allah Subhanah.


Some ignorant people have indeed claimed that the use of ‘tasbih’ is a bida, but that opinion is absolutely incorrect! These same people state that the declaration of the ‘adhaan’ on the microphone is bida, or praying on a carpet is bida, or praying in air-condition is a bida, etc. simply because the Messenger of Allah (saws) did not do these acts in that way!


If one believes that declaring the adhaan through the microphone is more rewarding or the only way to declare adhaan, or one believes that praying on a carpet is more rewarding or the only place to pray, or one believes that the praying of a prayer in air-condition is worthy of more rewards, etc. then indeed it would constitute a case of bida!


Similarly, if one thinks that celebrating the praises of Allah Subhanah with a ‘tasbih’ is more rewarding than celebrating it otherwise, or one believes that the only way to celebrate the praises of Allah is through the ‘tasbih’, then indeed it would constitute a case of ‘bida’. But if one simply wishes to use the tasbih as a count instead of his fingers, and does not believe that one has more reward than the other, or that one is the best or only way, it would not constitute a case of bida or innovation.


Your Statement: it is true we cant count zikar but that feeling that inthis way shaitaan will not stop me from zikar

If the holding or carrying of a tasbih helps one to remember their Lord more often, there is absolutely no harm in holding or carrying a tasbih. But one should not think that the simple holding of the ‘tasbih’ in one’s hand will stop or deter the accursed enemy of man, the evil Shaytaan from whispering evil into their hearts!


The way to neutralize and deter the evil whisperings of the accursed Shaytaan is to constantly seek refuge in Allah from the evil of the Shaytaan by reciting the 113th Surah Al-Falaq and the 114th Surah An-Naas, or by declaring ‘Aoodobillahe minas Shaytaan ir-rajeem’ (I seek refuge in Allah from the Shaytaan, the accursed)


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verses 200-201:

200 If a suggestion from the Shaytaan assail thy (mind), seek refuge with Allah; for He Hears and Knows (all things).

201 Those who fear Allah, when a thought of evil from the Shaytaan assaults them, (immediately) bring Allah to remembrance; when lo! they see (aright)!


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 23 Surah Muminoon verses 96-98:

96 Repel evil with that which is best: We are well-acquainted with the things they say.

97 And say: "O my Lord! I seek refuge with Thee from the suggestions of the Shayateen.

98 And I seek refuge with Thee O my Lord! Lest they should come near me."


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,





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