Prayers have always calming effect on people, that is why many Muslims around the world carry a strand of brightly colored beads in their hand as they go about the course of their day. For Muslims, it is peace of mind, a connection to God and their belief. Each bead connect the Muslim to his creator God, each bead connect them to him, each beads say a prayer for God. The strand of beads are sometimes mistakenly referred to as “worry beads”. However, they are really Islamic prayer beads known and called “subha” or “misbaha” in Arabic”. The exact origin of subhas is unclear, but it is seen in all religions. It might be traced to ninth-century India. The beads are used to count the numbers of units of certain prayers and represent the 99 names of God and are an important part of Islamic spiritual life to count verbal remembrances of God. Making and using a subha is an act of religious piety that should be undertaken seriously. They come in wide variations in styles and settings, of lengths featuring 33, 66 or 99 beads. The “subha” can be made from cheap plastic beads or expensive glass or clay ones or they may set in gold, silver or even strung together with thin strips of leather. You can enjoy the come in Ramadan month making a strand of prayer beads for yourself or a Muslim friend. Take the hint and have fun with your kids making the pretty colours and put together the tasbeeh below and insh’Allah it will be well-used.