Using the Misbahah in other than Tasbih

Q 1: Is it permissible to use Misbahah (counting beads used when remembering Allah) for purposes other than making Tasbih (glorification of Allah)? I have heard that it is an act of Bid`ah (innovation in religion) to do so. Enlighten us!

A: It is permissible to use Misbahah in counting Tasbih or Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah). However, it is better to count the number of Tasbih on one's fingers. It is considered an act of Bid`ah to think that using Misbahah is an act of Sunnah. Misbahah is associated with Sufi practices. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong in using Mibahah for purposes other than making Tasbih.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.