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subha

/ˈsuːbaː/
noun
1.
(Islam) a string of beads used in praying and meditating
Word Origin
from Arabic
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string of Muslim prayer beads whose units (100, 25, or 33) represent the names of God. As the beads (made of wood, bone, or precious stones) are touched one by one, Muslims may recite any of numerous formulas, the most common being "Glory to Allah." But because prayer may also be recited in the secret of one's heart, a person can multiply his praises of God by merely moving the beads through his fingers while engaged in conversation.

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