Prayer beads – known as masbaha or tasbih – are often used by people to make dhikr (remember Allah [SWT]). For example, counting Subhan Allah, Alhamdulillah, and Allahu Akbar 33 times after prayers.
But is this the way the Prophet [SAWS] made dhikr?
Abdullah ibn Umar [RA] said, “I saw the Prophet [SAWS] counting his praises of his Lord on his right hand.”
[Reported by Tirmidhi]
Please keep in mind, its not a religious innovation (bid’ah) to use prayer beads! But, it is not the way the Prophet [SAWS] made dhikr. And we know that the best way is the way of the Prophet [SAWS], so why not just use our fingers? Besides, the Prophet [SAWS] said:
“Count on your fingers, for they will asked, and will be made to speak.”
So, in sha Allah, let’s revive the sunnah of making dhikr on our fingers and this will increase our rewards since we’ll get the reward of remembering Allah AND the reward of following the sunnah of the Prophet [SAWS].