The Hand of Fatima ( Fatma - daughter of Prophet Mohammed )
Throughout northern Africa, Turkey, and in other
parts of the Middle East, Muslims wear the necklace and , "Hand of
Fatima" , as a jewellery and also for superstitious protection. Fatima was the daughter of the Prophet
Muhammad who married Ali, the nephew of the Prophet. From
their descendants Shi'a Muslims claim a direct line of
authority over Muslims. Miracles were attributed to Fatima, such as
when she prayed in the desert, it started raining. She is described
as a faithful, holy woman. This article from the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in Turkey tells of the importance of jewelry named for
"Almost all Anatolian (Turkish)
jewelry has a special meaning of its own and its own story, and the
'Hand of Fatima Necklace' is one of these, a lovely piece of silver
and gold from which silver hands are hung and in whose good luck the
women of Anatolia (Turkey) believe. Its romantic story is as follows:
One day Lady Fatima (daughter of the Holy Prophet Mohammed) was
cooking helva ( halvah )
(the texture is like a dry oath meal , with sugar and butter in it . They use semalina as the main ingredient . ) in a pan in the garden when suddenly the door
opened and her husband the caliph Ali entered along with the new bride. ( Islam allowed four times marriage to man ) concubine (slave-girl), she was deeply grieved and u the wooden stirring spoon in confusion dropped from her hand and unaware ,
she continued stirring the halvah with her hand. Because of the grief in her
heart she never even felt the pain of her hand mixing the hot halvah.
However, when her husband hurried to her side and exclaimed in
surprise "What are you doing there, Fatima?" she felt her hand
burning and the pain. Thus it is from that day on the hand of the
Lady Fatima has been used in the Islamic world as a symbol of patience, abundance,
and faithfulness, and thus it is that girls and women wearing this
necklace from whose end the hands hang believe the hands of Lady
Fatima will bring them good luck, abundance and patience."
The story continues ; the bride and Ali as the groom go into their wedding room . The house is wooden , and Fatima can not stop herself from looking through a tiny little hole of a room from the second floor. And when Ali leans over the bride ,from that tiny hole , Fatima's tear drops to his shoulder , which stops him.
So , the necklace of Fatima ,rather popular in Islamic countries is formed of peaces shaped after a teae drop. The Ethnographical Museums of Turkey havr fine examples .
Fatima was the daughter of the prophet Mohammed,
but in fact this hand has been around before Islam, and there is
still much right hand-left hand magic in Morocco. The left hand is
for doing bad things; it also protects against the evil eye if you
put it palm up in front of you (so naturally that's an insulting
thing to do to someone, implying they have the evil eye)."
. . .
C. more here
Learn about Turkey's
history of jewelry. more heremore heremore here
Topkapi Dagger with emeralds and
diamonds, Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
D. Ear- and Nose-Piercing
In Arabia a girl usually had her ears pierced at
birth, and a Bedouin child may have had them pierced in two or three
places. The holes were kept open with silk cords until she was old
enough to wear earrings. There were even some pieces of jewelry which
attach to the nose, and then attach to other head ornaments.
(For example, see the photo of the Pakistani bride, above.)
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