Q. Is using counter or beads to count dhikr of Allah Bidah? Using of digital Tasbeeh or tally counter is allowed?
A. It is permissible (Mubaah) to use a “Tasbīh” or “Subhah” in order to aid oneself in performing Zikr.
In the past, people used stones and beads as an aid in making Zikr. In today’s times, digital counters along with other technological methods are used.
Hence, if one uses a Tasbih for this purpose it will not be Bid‘ah. The general principle of Mubaah is one may practice on it or use it on condition he does not regard it as compulsory in Deen or a Sunnah.
Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
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