The hand of Fatima also known as Hamsa Hand, is well known in this world and it is normal for you to hear other names such as “The Hand of Jamsa” (Arabic) or “The Amulet of Khamsa”, all the names quoted are valid.
This is a symbol formed by a hand with five fingers, which has the middle finger right in the center, attached to the middle finger are the index finger and the ring, these being a little shorter than the heart, but in turn have The same size between the two. To the sides of this symbol are two thumbs, also the same size between both and that have a slope towards the outside. This symbol is used in various Jewish cultures.
The first use of this symbol is dated 244 AD, where it was first used in the Beit Alpha mosaics, drawn by Marian Jew and his beloved son Janine.
The word Jamsa means “FIVE” in the Arabic language, which are the five fingers that make up the hand looking down. If you want to go a little deeper into the origin of the Hand of Fatima, I recommend reading your legend a little further down.
Once you know the definition of this symbol we will go a little deeper into the subject and we will try to give you as much information as possible about this. We are sure that it will be of your interest and there will be many things that you did not know about the Hand of Fatima, we recommend that you continue reading and surely you will go to sleep learning new things.
History and Legend
Being sincere, no one knows what the true story of Fatima’s hand is. To this day there are too many legends and stories about the hand of Fatima, but we have decided to teach you which is the legend most accepted by readers and the one that has the most credibility.
Legend has it that a woman named Fatima (Daughter of the great prophet Muhammad, you can see the meaning of Fatima entering here) was one day at home preparing dinner when her husband Ali came home unexpectedly.
Listening to Fatima as she arrived, she went out to meet him, but she was saddened to see him, because she was accompanied by a young and beautiful woman. Fatima became very jealous, but kept silent and returned to the kitchen.
In Morocco today polygamy continues to exist, as long as you can pay an amount of money and as long as the woman has not entered into her marriage contract she will consider it a marriage break.
Fatima, feeling so sad and continuing to prepare dinner for her husband, stood in shock and was not aware of what he was doing: On the fire was a pot of boiling water and not being attentive, in Instead of picking up a spoon and stirring the water, he reached into his own hand and began to stir.
So strong was Fatima’s sadness that she felt no pain as she used her hand to remove the water. At that moment her husband Ali entered the kitchen and withdrew his hand from the pot, shouting at him. It was then that she realized that she was burning her hand.
Ali took care of the hand of his wife Fatima and the next day, he confessed that he had stayed all night with the concubine and Fatima was more sad.
That same night, Fatima watched as her husband Ali went back to the young concubine’s room and followed him and spied him through a crack and could see how her husband was kissing her. Fatima began to shed tears all over her cheek and it was at that moment that her husband Ali realized that he was doing things wrong and felt very sad.
As Ali perceived that he was hurting Fatima, he left the other girl to give 100% of his love to Fatima.
From that situation, the hand of Fatima became a very important Muslim symbol and much used by women to be able to protect themselves and to have much more patience and strength and to find in this way the fidelity of their partners.
What does the hand of Fatima protect? What is it for? What is the meaning of the hand of Fatima? If you want to know the answer to all these questions we recommend that you continue reading and continue learning information about this amulet from the hand of Fatima.
Before entering the meaning of this symbol, you must know that this symbol can have more than one meaning and everything depends on whether the hand of Fatima is placed up or down.
According to the Jews, Muslims and some Christians use this symbol for arria (which is their original position) and the meaning of the hand of Fatima upward is strength, power and blessing, also used against the evil eye And also to protect the person who carries it, that is why many people called it the protective hand of Fatima.
However, the meaning of the hand of Fatima down completely changes with the previous one, since it is usually used with the eye of Fatima, better known as the “Turkish eye” or “the eye of God” and often attracts luck, Patience and love to him who carries it with his fingers down, also called it “The hand of luck.”
Currently the Hand of Fatima is also a decorative element, but it has no miraculous value.
Formerly the Hand of Fatima amulet was used to hang it on the doors of homes as a symbol of protection, in this way it protected the entire family that lived inside. The five fingers of Jasma have the power of protection and is the lucky number of the Arab people.
This symbol, although it has no relation with Islam and although in the Koran the use of superstition is prohibited, this religion usually establishes a relationship between the five fingers of the hand of Fatima and the five pillars of Islam.
Many people associate the symbol of Jamsa with the Catholic religion, but if you have already read all the previous content, you will know that the symbol was created mainly by the Jews. With the passage of time, many other religions and cultures were giving meaning to this symbol independently, with Catholicism being one of those religions.
Although this symbol is used as a talisman of protection in people, the church itself considers that the hand of Fatima is a way of representing the monotheism of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
In the Catholic meaning of the hand of Fatima, it is also known as “The hand of God”, since at first the hand only had the fingers that we discussed at the beginning of this article, but later it was added an eye in the middle Of the palm of the hand (Turkish Eye) that they baptized like “The eye of God”, for that reason the Turkish eye and the hand of Fatima is something that usually is seen usually in the symbols that have a religious background.
Summing up a little the Christian meaning of this symbol, according to the church is no more than a symbol that protects spiritually and in religions represents monotheism.