About the Hand of Fatima
The The Hand of Fatima is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet that represents God’s hand. It is a protective symbol in all religions. It provides its owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune.
The hamsa hand is known by several names, including hamsa, hamsa hand, hamesh, hamesh hand, khamsa, and chamsa. It’s also known as the Hand of Miriam, after Moses and Aaron’s sister. There are two types of hamsa hands: the most common is the stylised hamsa hand with two symmetrical thumbs, but there are also hamsa hands that are not symmetrical and are shaped like actual hands.
Either hamsa hand, with fingers pointing up or down, is thought to bring the wearer happiness, tranquility, and wealth, as well as protection from the ayin ha’ra, or evil eye. The increased interest in Kabbalah and mystical Judaism has brought the hamsa pendant back into fashion, and many artists are incorporating the image of the hamsa hand in many elements of their art, including hamsa jewelry, paintings, sculptures, wall hamsas, and amulets.
The hamsa hand, which can be worn facing up or down, is considered to provide the possessor success, harmony, and protection from the ayin ha’ra, also known as the evil eye. With the growing popularity of Kabbalah and spiritual Judaism, the hamsa hand is becoming more common. It can also be found in a wide range of other aspects of art.
The History of the Hamsa Hand
Although the hamsa hand has long been associated with Islam and Judaism, archeological investigations in the Middle East show that it predates these religions and began with the Phoenicians as a protective emblem for an ancient Middle Eastern deity. The hamsa hand has long been associated with a female creature that protects against evil and disaster.
Hamsa Hand Iconography
The term “hamsa” or “hamesh” means “five”. The hamsa hand has five digits, but the number five has additional symbolic value in Jewish and Islamic cultures. For Jews, the number five (hamesh) denotes the five books of the Torah. It also depicts the Hebrew alphabet’s fifth letter, “Heh,” which signifies one of God’s holy names. For Sunnis, it represents the Five Pillars of Islam, but for Shi’ites, it represents the Five People of the Cloak.
The Jewish hamsa hand also represents God’s hand in the Jewish religion. Many Jews believe the hamsa pendant represents Miriam’s Hand, Moses’ and Aaron’s sister. The hamsa hand represents The Hand of Fatima, the Prophet Mohammed’s daughter, in Islam.
Many Jews think that the five fingers of the hamsa hand encourage its bearer to glorify God with all of their senses. The eye emblem on Hamsa hands is a potent protection against the evil eye. It is most commonly worn as a hamsa necklace, but it may also be found as a decorative element in homes, on key chains, and on other jewelry items, and it is gradually becoming popular as an amulet in baby carriages. It not only keeps the evil eye at bay, but it also provides happiness, luck, health, and good fortune to its wearer or owner.
The Hand of Fatima for Middle East Peace
In recent years, peace activists in the Middle East have adopted the hamsa hand. Because hamsa hand symbology is thought to predate most modern religions, those who actively support a peaceful resolution to the ongoing Israeli conflict believe that wearing the hamsa hand highlights not only the similarities of Judaism and Islam, but also the similarities of the religions’ origins.
The hamsa symbol is thought to have originated in an ancient Middle Eastern religion, and some Jews and Muslims wear it as a gesture of hope, peace, and prosperity in Israel and other parts of the Middle East.
The Hand of Fatima Jewelry for Sale
Jewish Gift Place is pleased to offer a vast range of hamsa pendants, including a hamsa necklace collection, a wall hamsa collection, hamsa earrings, and hamsa bracelets. They are constructed of sterling silver, gold, pearls, and semi-precious stones. Hamsa jewelry is a meaningful and delightful present for any occasion, whether it’s a housewarming gift, a Bat Mitzvah gift, a Hanukkah gift, an anniversary gift, or a birthday gift. Each hamsa pendant sold by Jewish Gift Place comes with a card that includes the Hamsa prayer above as well as a brief explanation of the Hamsa hand’s meaning.
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