When looking for lucky symbols, are you confused about The Hamsa Hand and the Hand of Fatima? When crafting personalized Hamsa necklaces, i have always been asked “what does Hamsa mean? what’s the difference with the Hand of Fatima? What is Fatima?“. I have decided to write a blog post to help you understand the meaning, origin, differece and symbolism of The Hamsa Hand and The Hand of Fatima.
The Hasma Hand and The Hand of Fatima is actually the exactly same symbol. It is very common and important in both Jewish and Muslim communities. Jewish call the symbol the Hamsa Hand or the Hand of Miriam, while Muslims call it the Hand of Fatima or the Khamsa. Both Hamsa and Khamsa mean word five, but Hamsa is Herew language, while Khamsa is Arabic word.
Origin of the Hamsa Hand
It is believed that the Hamsa Hand has the power to protect one from the evil eye and brings good luck, and happiness to the symbol holder. The Hamsa Hand has a various different spellings which are Hamsa, Khamsa, Chamsa, and Hamesh. The Hand of Fatima symbol is thought to symbolize “The Five Books of Moses“, which are: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The first book Genesis tells the story of the creation of the world, while the bookd Deuteronomy ends with Moses dying in the land of Moab. Sometimes, the symbol is also called ” The Hand of Miriam“. Miriam, according to the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, was the only daughter of Amram and Jochebed, and the elder sister of Moses by six years and Aaron by three years. Moses led the Israelities out of Egypt and Aaron became the first high priest. Miriam played an important role during Moses times and she was highly respected then. She was a prophet and first appears in the Book of Exodus. According to legends, it was due to Miriam’s virtues that the Israelites could always find water during forty-years of wandering on the desert. And the well that always followed the people of Israel is called Miriam’s well. So Miriam became to represent protection, good luck and happiness.
Fish on The Hamsa Hand
Fish drawing is commonly decorated on the Hamsa Hand and it is a traditionally symbol of good luck. It is thought that fish lives in the water and it is completely immune to the powers of the evil eye, therefore, the fish symbol on the Hamsa Hand strengthens the protection from evil eye.
Eye on The Hamsa Hand
Many times the Hamsa Hand is decorated with eye drawing. It means the eye can see everything and nothing escapes from this eye. The eye in possession of the Hamsa watches out for the person, warns about the evil things and protect the symbol holder.
The Hamas Hand has various different spellings, such as Hamsa, Khamsa, Hamesh, and Chamsa. There are two main styles of The Hamas Hand. One is shaped like a regular hand, while the other decorated with two symmetical thumbs on each finger. The later is the most popular throughout the world. The Hamsa Hand can be worn facing up or down and it is believed to protect the owner from The Evil Eye, also called “Ayin Ha’ra“. Nowadays people believe that wearing the Hamas Hand can bring success, good luck, harmony and happiness.
Depending on different cutures, the interpretation of the Hamsa Hand varies. The word “hamsa” means the five fingers on the hand. The number 5 is “hamesh” in Herew, while the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is “Hey“. “Hey” is one of God’s holy names. The word ” Hamesh” represents the five books of the Torah. In jewish communities, it is also called “five books of Miriam“. Therefor, it is also interpreted to be the Hand of Miriam and it is a symbolic of five senses in an effort to praise God.
In Arabic community, it is Khamesh. According to Sunni culture, the hamsa is associated with the Five Pillas of Islam; While for the Shi’tes, it represents the Five People of the Cloak. In Muslim faith, the symbol represents The Hand of Fatima,the daughter of the Prophet Mohammed.
The Hamsa Hand symbol is often worn as a pendant necklace, a charm for bracelet, a key chain pendant. It is also a fashion to hang pictures of the Hamsa Hand/ The Hand of Fatima on the wall in homes for protection and good blessings. A decoration of the Hamsa Hand on the baby carriage is believed to protect the baby from the evil things. The Hand of Fatima is widely used for jewelry items, more and more people are seen wearing the Hamas Hand or the Hand of Fatima as amulets. The Hamas Hand jewelry items are also very popular throughout the world because of its good meaning and symbolism. Giving someone a hamas hand necklace personalized with his or her own names or initials would be a great idea for Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation, Wedding and more occasions.