What is the ruling on using a misbaha (prayer beads) that is made of elephant bone?

Answered by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed

What is the ruling on using a misbaha (prayer beads) that is made of elephant bone?

Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In our school, elephants are animals that can’t be eaten, so even if it is slaughtered, it is filth. So, if there is moisture on the hand or on the misbaha, the hand becomes filthy. And putting najasa on oneself (tadammukh), in our school, is haram, unless for a need. This is not considered a need because there are many misbahas available that are not made of this. However, if there isn’t any moisture that would transfer the filth, it is permissible to use it.

Amjad Rasheed

[Translated by Sr. Shazia Ahmad]

 

السؤال: ما حكمُ استعمال مسبحة حجارتها مصنوعة من عظم الفيل ؟ الجواب : مذهبُنا إن الفيل حيوانٌ غير مأكول فهو وإن ذبح يكون نجساً ، وعليه فإن كان هناك رطوبة على اليد أو السبحة فتتنجس اليد بها ، والتضمخ بالنجاسة عندنا حرام من غير حاجة وليس هذا من الحاجة لتوفر غيرها بكثرة . أما إن لم تكن هناك رطوبة تنقل النجاسة فيجوز استعمالها .