What does the hand of fatima represent

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what does the hand of fatima represent

La mano de Fatima by Ildefonso Falcones

La apasionante historia de un joven atrapado entre dos religiones y dos amores, en busca de su libertad y la de su pueblo

Espana, segunda mitad del siglo XVI: hace mas de medio siglo que ha desaparecido el ultimo reino musulman de la peninsula, el de Granada. Los musulmanes, cuya presencia tenia ochocientos anos de antiguedad, se ven convertidos en una minoria oprimida economicamente y humillada en sus costumbres y religion, que incluso son obligados a abandonar.

Hartos de tanta injusticia, los moriscos, que es como se llamaba a los musulmanes espanoles, se alzan en los montes de Granada contra los cristianos y emprenden una lucha desigual. Entre los sublevados esta Hernando, hijo de una morisca y del sacerdote que la habia violado; ello hace que sea rechazado, tanto por los suyos debido a su origen, como por los cristianos, por la cultura y costumbres de su madre. Hernando busca libertad y respeto, pero se encuentra con la brutalidad de unos y otros. Tambien descubre el amor, en la persona de la valerosa Fatima, la de los hermosos ojos negros.

Tras la derrota de la insurreccion, Hernando es deportado a la ciudad de Cordoba, la hermosa ciudad que aun conserva el legado de su pasado arabe. En ella Hernando intenta comenzar una nueva vida, que sera una nueva etapa en la lucha por la tolerancia y la concordia entre las dos culturas.

El autor de La catedral del mar vuelve con una trepidante novela con las mismas claves que llevaron al exito a la primera: fidelidad historica entrecruzada con un conmovedor relato de amor y odio, de ilusiones perdidas y esperanzas que dan sentido a la vida y la lanzan por los caminos de la aventura.
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Powerful Symbol of Protection Hamsa

Although in the Koran superstition is prohibited, the five pillars of Islam are often represented by the five fingers of “the hand of Fatima.
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Hamsa Hand

Hamsa is a talismanic symbol that people believed to protect them from harm against the evil forces. In all religions it is a protective symbol. Many early cultures adopted the eye as an icon for their protection, others used Hamsa and so over time the most popular universal symbol became an eye placed in the palm of a hand. Hamsa hand bracelet or hand of fatima necklace is worn by people who have the faith in a "Supreme Power" and find themselves at a cross-road in life. They could follow different religions; some of them could be Jewish, Muslim others could be advocates of Christianity or Buddhism. Irrespective of their religious beliefs, they would find themselves in a common ground as far as having faith in a Higher Power is concerned. The amulet consists of five spread fingers, often with an eye on the hand.

You will find many designs in our shop featuring the Fatima Hand. The symbol dates back to cave paintings. The name comes from Mohammed's daughter Fatima. The five fingers represents the 5 pillars of Islam but is mainly a symbol used for protection and used as defence to ward of the Evil eye. And the saying goes that if your Fatima Hand amulet bears a crack, it means it has been protecting the wearer from very bad luck. Often the " Fatima Hand " is decorated with an eye.

In Arabic, it is “khamesh.” In the Sunni culture, the hamsa is associated with the Five Pillars of Islam. For the Shi'tes, it symbolizes the Five People of the Cloak.
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Archaeological findings have revealed the use of amulets was a common practice among the ancient cultures living in biblical lands. Amulets are, broadly speaking, enchanted objects people use to protect themselves from evil and injury, while also bringing good luck, which have not stopped being popular in our own day and age. The use of this talisman has been documented since ancient times. It was later adopted by the Carthaginians as it was associated with the goddess Tanit, patroness of Carthage, and passed to the Berbers and the Maghrebis also known as Roman Africans. Thus, the Jewish and Arab cultures adopted the jamsa as an outside influence. The jamsa is a symbol formed by a hand with five fingers, with the middle finger right in the center. Attached to the middle finger are the index finger and the ring finger, which are a little shorter than the center finger, but share the same size between them.

The Hamsa Hand and the Hand of Fatima have become popular good luck symbols worldwide. They are common symbols in both Jewish and Muslim communities. In Muslim communities it is called the Hand of Fatima or the Khamsa. Hamsa is the Hebrew word for five. Likewise Khamsa is the Arabic word for five.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Romildo P. says:

    The hamsa is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa and The Hand of Fatima also represents femininity, and is referred as the woman's holy hand. It is believed to have extraordinary characteristics that .

  2. Paien M. says:

    In all faiths it is a protective sign.

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