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The 'Hand of Fatima', also known as the 'Hamsa' in the Islamic faith (meaning five and referring to the digits on the hand), serves as an ancient talismanic way of warding off and getting protection from the 'evil eye', by providing a 'protecting hand' or 'Hand of God'.<br />
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The symbol is used in a variety of ways including charms, jewellery, door entrances, cars and other places. Being the daughter of the prophet Muhammad, Fatima Zahra is held in the highest of esteem by Muslims, as being the single most ideal example for all women in terms of her purity, and a paragon of female virtue.