Got Henna? Contest #8:
Henna Blessings, Protection, and Luck

Henna Blessings

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Henna has long been understood to confer blessings,  protection and luck. The khamsa, or hamsa, a proxy for the hennaed hand has been attached to many things, to bring the same blessings, protection and luck as henna itself.


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QUESTION 1:

This is a detail of a larger protective hamsa. Whom did this protect?
Answer: This is Genuine U.S. Military Issue Religious Jewelry. This Hamsa is manufactured to protect people serving in the USA Military, and is listed in GI Jewelry's catalog as being produced for both Jewish and Muslim armed forces personnel.

Military hamsa
Military issue Hamsamilitary
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QUESTION 2:

This is a detail of a larger protective hamsa. Whom did this protect?
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This hamsa is part of a widely sold ornament made to protect newborns; it is sold to be pinned to their cradle to protect them from harm and from the Evil Eye.
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QUESTION 3:

This is a detail of a larger protective hamsa. Whom did this protect?
House blessing

This hamsa was constructed to protect a house, a household, and the family within.  The attributes, shown below, of this hamsa are the same attributes of luck often believed to be bestowed by henna!
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luck
 health  life

fertility
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QUESTION 4:

Who proclaimed that henna would protect people from an epidemic, and why was this proclamation made?
The answer to Question #4 comes from Shafaq News, May 16, 2012.  A fictitious infant made the claim, the infant being invented by a merchant who wanted to quickly sell his henna inventory, though another source blamed foreign intelligence.

"Shafaq News / Abu Hussein said to "Shafaq  News", " Yesterday witnessed a great demand for the substance of henna by many customers,  so I had a state of puzzlement, and I did not initially know the reason for this demand."

The Iraqi markets are witnessing a remarkable rush by women to buy henna material, where, according to Zainab Ali, who has purchased two bags of henna, the stain heads and hands and feet of their young children, especially the newborns "to save them from death!".

"Shafaq  News", investigated the source of this matter , and how the market of henna has become and suddenly  and strikingly a destination for women over the usual, . We knew more than a story, by the people who bought henna in the past two days, and they have either young children or newborns.

However, the  most frequent story on the lips of women, is that a child was born a short time ago, and the first moments it began to speak (as they claim), and warned them of the advent of  a mysterious and deadly disease that affects children soon in Iraq through a dust storm It  advised them to stain the heads and hands and feet of their young children with henna substance, for keeping and protecting  them from this epidemic. "

But the henna dealer in Shorja - the largest market in Iraq - Tehsin A’adil Ansari appears to be close to the heart of the matter, reported to  "Shafaq  News", the beginning of the story, "The news available to me says that there is a big and well known Iraqi merchant - who requested anonymity - agreed with the a cleric after he brought large amounts of henna from India to narrate the public in one of his religious lectures to the story of the child’s contrived prodigy, and promote it in coordination with other religious people to convince the people about the need to buy henna to save their children from death, in exchange of a generous amount of money given to the cleric. "

Commenting on the topic a researcher at the Sociology and Psychology  Nuha Darwish said to "Shafaq  News", "societies in wars and conflicts are often  subjected to many economic and psychological value collapses, and they become a fertile ground for rumors, that have a big impact on individuals who suffer psychological and moral depression. "

She explains that "Iraq has become a target of any every party that wants to achieve rapid economic gains, and may be traders who want to spread henna that is perhaps corrupted and not fit for human use are behind this thing."

The head of the Committee of Religious Endowments Ali  al-Allaq in an interview with "Shafaq  News", "from the religious aspect it is impossible to trust and rely on the news that  does not have a ground out in the Islamic  law," noting that " We are afraid that there are hidden political  and intelligence hands behind such things as the matter of the child who spoke in its cradle seeking to move the issues to distract people from the basic requirements in their daily lives and disable them. "