The use of prayer beads originated in ancient India with the Hindus. In India, sandstone representations have been found which date back to 185 BC, showing people holding prayer beads. Most of the scholars agree that the use of prayer beads had become widespread in 8th century BC in ancient India.
Around 500 BC, Buddhism was born in India, which adopted the Hindu practice of using Mala for repeating mantras. Although no definitive date is known but most scholars agree that Muslim traders and explorers brought the tradition of bead prayers from Buddhism to Islam. European Christians began using bead prayers around 7th century AD.
THE USAGE OF WORD SABBAHA (SIIN-BA-HA)
21:33 And He is the One who has created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon, each of them in its own orbit (Falakin) carryout their duties (Yasbahuna).
36:40 The sun is not required to overtake the moon, nor will the night precede the day; each of them in its own orbit (Falakin) carryout their duties (Yasbahuna).
Also see the following two verses in which the word “SABHAN” has been used:
79:3 And those who carry out their duties (Sabihati) swiftly (Sabhan).
73:7 For you during the day have prolonged duties (Sabhan).
57:1 Glorifies (Sabbaha) for God (Lillahi) is everything in the heavens and the earth. He is the Noble, the Wise.
59:24 He is God; the Creator, the Initiator, the Designer. To Him belong the most beautiful names (Asma ul Husna). Glorifies (Yusabbihu) for Him whatever is in the heavens and the earth. He is the Noble, the Wise.
61:1 Glorifies (Sabbaha) for God is everything in the heavens and everything on the earth. And He is the Noble, the Wise.
62:1 Glorifies (Yusabbihu) for God is everything in the heavens and everything on the earth; the King, the Holy, the Noble, the Wise.
64:1 Glorifies (Yusabbihu) for God is everything in the heavens and everything on the earth. To Him is all kingship, and to Him is all praise, and He has control (through standards and measure) over all things.
EVERYTHING IN THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH KNOWS THEIR SALAT AND TASBEEH
24:41 Do you not see that to God everything in the heavens and the earth glorify (Yusabbihu) for him? Even the birds in formation, All knows its following closely (Salat) and its glorification (Tasbeeh). And God is fully aware of everything they do.
Is whatever in the heavens and on earth, having prayer beads in their hand and uttering names of God?
Is whatever in the heavens or on earth, doing expeditiously the duties that God assigned to them?
I hope you would have known by now that TASBEEH does not mean uttering God’s name on the prayer beads but TASBEEH means, doing the duties assigned by God swiftly and expeditiously.
TASBEEH is not saying something on prayer beads but doing what God has asked us to do.