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Wasalamo`Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh,Assalamu 'alaykkum
If I have permission to write here, yes there is another valid opinion.
Of course you have!
BaraakAllaah feek. I had a mind of searching multaqa on this and I instead starting doing other things. I'll go through the links you shared Inshaa`Allaah.That is it is not outright Bid'ah. Scholars just say it is better not to use it (so that people don't imitate you and make it preferable). However, it is permissible.
Here is the opinion of Shaykh `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz - http://alifta.com/Fatawa/Fatwaprint.aspx?id=5743&BookID=14§ionid=
Also, Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan has similar opinion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoYmvZ5vQS0
What most scholars say as bid'ah is that when people make using prayer beads preferable over using fingers. That was the opinion of Shaykh Uthaymeen as well.
What I read was veeery long ago. So I said:Shaykh Salih al munajjid didn't say its an outright bidah either, he just quoted both views of scholars.
Br. Pervaiz means using prayers beads is bid'ah I think this is what we learn from IslamQA.
Anyway, BarakAllaah feek for pointing that out.