dhikr

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Is it permissable not to do counting when recite dhikr?
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Dear Brother / Sister,

There is no drawback in not counting the zikr (mentioning, in Islamic mysticism repeating, silently or aloud, the word Allah, the ninety-nine names of God, or formulas which praise God) recited. However, there is some information coming from Our Prophet (peace be upon him) concerning with counting zikr. It would be better to count in order to find their numbers. If we do not count, how will we find the number? However, it is all right if there is someone who finds the numbers without counting.
It is an instrument to count using fingers and prayer beads when reciting the determined zikr. It is not an innovation (bid’a) to use a prayer bead. It is useful to use a prayer bead in order not to mix the number of glorifications. Our Prophet (pbuh) advised to recite Subhanallah (Good Lord! /Good God!), Alhamdulillah (Thank God! /Glory be to God!/ Praise be to God!) and Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest!) several times and especially after prayers (salath).
The Companions of Our Prophet used to recite those glorifications either by counting with their fingers or with small stones that they gathered. Therefore, it can be said that the prayer beads that are used today are similar to what they used to do and it is a good custom.

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