The many decorative symbols of the hand above is known as Hamsa in Arabic. This palm-shaped amulet is popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eye. In Islam, it is also known as the hand of Fatima, so named to commemorate Muhammad's daughter Fatima Zahra. Placing the Hamsa at house is a symbol of protection for our homes.