WHAT IS HIJAMAH (WET CUPPING) PART 1


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WHAT IS HIJAMAH (WET CUPPING)


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Wet Cupping (Hijama) is one of the remedies from the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Not only did he have hijama performed on himself, but he also recommended it as a beneficial treatment for various ailments.

Note that even though the various forms and methods of Cupping are beneficial, only wet cupping (hijama) is a remedy from the sunnah. 

Below are some narrations from the sunnah of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) that relate to Hijamah therapy:

Narrated ibn Abbas that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: I did not pass by an assembly of Angels on the night that I was taken on the night journey (lailatul israa), except that all of them said to me: Oh Muhammad, upon you is Cupping (You should have cupping performed). (Sunan ibn Majah 3477)

Narrated Anas bin Malik (radiyallahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: I did not pass by an assembly of Angels on the night that I was taken on the night journey (lailatul israa), except that they said: Oh Muhammad, order your nation with Cupping (to use cupping as a treatment). (Sunan ibn Majah 3479)

 

Narrated Jabir (radiyallahu anhu) that Umm Salamah (wife of the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam) sought permission from the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to have Cupping performed on her. So the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) ordered Abu Taibah to cup her. He said: I assumed that he was her brother from breast feeding or he was a boy under the age of puberty. (Sunan ibn Majah 3480)

 

Narrated Jabir (radiyallahu anhu) when he returned to Muqanna’ he said: I will not leave until to treat yourself with Cupping. For indeed I heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) saying: Indeed, there is a cure in it (in Cupping). (Sahih Muslim 2205)

Narrated ibn Abbas (radiyallahu anhu), the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: there is a cure in three things: in the slash of the cupper or drinking honey or cauterization with fire, and I forbid my nation from cauterisation. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 5681)

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Benefits of Hijama mentioned in Islam:

 

Many benefits of Hijama Therapy are mentioned in the Sunnah of Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Not only did the Prophet use Hijama Therapy for specific ailments, he also promoted it for overall health and as a preventative measure. 

Below are some narrations of the Prophets (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) mentioning the benefits of using Hijama Therapy:

Narrated Ibn Abbas: That the Messenger of Allahs was treated with Cupping on his head while he was in ihram due to a migraine that he had. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 5701)

Narrated Anas (radiyallahu anhu), that the Prophet (sallahu alaihi wasallam) used to get treated with cupping on the two jugular veins and the upper part of the back. He used to get treated with cupping on the 17th and 19th and the 21st. (Jami’ at-Tirmidhi 2051)

Narrated Jabir (radiyallahu anhu) that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) fell off from his horse onto a trunk (of a tree), so his foot became dislocated. Waki’ said: meaning that the Prophet was treated with Cupping on it because of a contusion(Sunan ibn Majah 3485)

Narrated Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: Whoever wants to be treated with Cupping let him search for the 17th or the 19th or the 21st. And do not let your blood become hyperemic (becomes excessive/boil/rage) so that it kills you. (Sunan ibn Majah 3486)

Narrated Jabir (radiyallahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was treated with Cupping on his hip because of a sprain/bruise he suffered from. (Sunan Abu Dawud 3863)

Narrated Salma (radiyallahu anhaa), the servant of the messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam): There was no one who complained to the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) of a headache except he would say to him: Get treated with Cupping. And neither a pain in the legs except he would say: dye them (with Henna). (Sunan Abu Dawud 3858)

Narrated Jabir (radiyallahu anhu) when he returned to Muqanna’ he said: I will not leave until to treat yourself with Cupping. For indeed I heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) saying: Indeed, there is a cure in it (in Cupping). (Sahih Muslim 2205)

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Therapists wage:

The following is an excerpt taken from a book entitled: Cupping, a practice of the Prophet & a miraculous way of treatment’ Compiled by Shihab al-Badry Yasin:

 

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) always paid the cupper his wage and that it is lawful. The majority of scholars agree with that. Cupping for money might spread the practice between people.

Ikrimah reported that Ibn ‘Abbas said: “The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was cupped and he gave the cupper his wage. If he knew it was undesirable, he would not have given it.” It was reported from ‘Awn bin Abu Hanifah on the authority of his father that he bought a cupper slave and said, “The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) forbade the acceptance of the price of blood (cupping), the price of a dog, gains of a prostitute and he cursed the usurer, the one paying usury, the one making tattoos, the one getting tattoed and the sculpture.”

This means that accepting the price of selling blood is prohibited but this is different from paying a return for the cupper’s time.

Ibn ‘Abbas said, “The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam was cupped by a slave from Banu Bayadah and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam gave him his wage and talked to his master who reduced his charge. If it was illicit gain, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam would not have given it.”‘Amr bin Amir al-Ansary said, “I heard Anas bin Malik saying, ‘The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was cupped and never did he treat anyone unjustly concerning his wage.’”

Our advice to the one seeking treatment from Hijama is that you follow the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in regards to paying the therapist. We recommend that you pay what you are able to afford, taking into consideration the materials used by the therapist, as well as the time spent with you. We also recommend that the cupping therapist does not set a charge for performing hijama, as is also from the Sunnah. Payment should ideally be made immediately after treatment so we advise the one seeking the treatment to go to the Hijama appointment with sufficient funds. The average cost of a Hijama therapy session for the cupping therapist is around £20. This is based on a 45-minute appointment with the patient receiving 4-6 cups. This cost includes all materials e.g. the cups, pump, blackseed oil, tissues, gloves, apron, honey (if needed), blade, disposal bags, and anything else that might be used. This cost does not include the cupping therapist’s travelling costs (if there are any).

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Cupping while fasting:

There are many examples from the wives of the Messenger of Allah (salllallahu alayhi wasalam), mothers of the believers and of his closest Companions who adhered strongly to his Sunnah.

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiyallahu anhuma): “The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was treated by Cupping while he was fasting.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 5694)

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Cupping in Ihraam:

It is permissable for a person to have Hijama performed while in the state of Ihram. Among the proofs for this are the following narrations of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam):

 

Narrated Ibn Abbas: The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was treated by cupping while he was in the state of ihram. (Sahih al-Bukhari 5695)

Narrated Ibn Abbas: That the Messenger of Allahs was treated with Cupping on his head while he was in ihram due to a migraine that he had. (Sahih al-Bukhari 5701)

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Best days to have Hijama Therapy:

The best and most beneficial days to have hijama performed, also commonly known as the ‘Sunnah Days’ are the 17th, 19th or 21st of the Islamic (Lunar) month which fall on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.

Taking into consideration that in Islam the night enters before the day. So at sunset on Tuesday, Wednesday night comes in and so on.

Hijama Therapy is more beneficial when perfomed during the daytime between fajr and maghrib.

If you are not able to be cupped on the Sunnah days then the closest Monday, Tuesday or Thursday to the Sunnah Days are the next best days. Likewise, if there are no Sunnah days in a month, then the closest Monday, Tuesday or Thursday to the 17th, 19th, and 21st days of that month. If not, then on any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday of the month.

Below are some narrations of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) mentioning the best time to have Hijma performed:

Narrated Anas (radiyallahu anhu), that the Prophet (sallahu alaihi wasallam) used to get treated with cupping on the two jugular veins and the upper part of the back. He used to get treated with cupping on the 17th and 19th and the 21st. (Jami’ at-Tirmidhi 2051)

Narrated Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: Whoever wants to be treated with Cupping let him search for the 17th or the 19th or the 21st. And do not let your blood become hyperaemic (becomes excessive/boil/rage) so that it kills you. (Sunan ibn Majah 3486)

Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiyallahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: Whoever gets treated with Cupping on the 17th and 19th and the 21st will be cured from every illness. (Sunan Abu Dawud 3861)

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AL -HIJAMAH PART 4


10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HIJAMAH

CUPPING IN TRINIDAD

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Hijamah – or wet cupping – is a fast disappearing practice, which is a shame as it was highly recommended by the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, and continues to offer many health benefits.

The premise of Islamic medicine is faith in Allah (Glorious is He and He is Exalted) and knowing healing comes only from Him, and that there is a cure for every disease.

There is a remedy for every disease and when the remedy is applied to the disease it is cured with the permission of Allah (Glorious is He and He is Exalted).” (Recorded by Muslim.)

In Islam, health is a very important part of life and there is a great emphasis placed on it.

Narrated Ibn `Abbas: The Prophet said, “There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 6412)

The question is, do we give importance to our life or take time out to learn about the natural remedies that the Prophet has told us about?

A Forgotten Sunnah

Hijamah Cupping Therapy is an Islamic, natural, holistic, healing therapy. Unfortunately, it is a “forgotten sunnah” that has been erased from our valuable history, due to modern medicine and surgery. We need to revive and establish this practice of the Prophet Muhammad . We need to empower Muslims to be strong, healthy and rise up once again. As Muslims, we need to re-assert ourselves as leaders in the fields of medicine and health, just as we were in the golden age of Islamic science.

Here are the top 10 things you should know about hijamah Cupping Therapy….

1. hijamah Cupping Therapy is a Sunnah

During “Al-Isra Wal Miraj” or the “Night Journey & Ascension”, our Beloved Prophet Muhammad experienced many profoundly significant events. He flew on a winged horse (Al-Buraq) from Makkah to Jerusalem, accompanied by the Angel Jibreel. He prayed with many other Messengers of Allah, ascended to the highest of the seven heavens, was given the gift of five times daily prayer and tenets of creed by Allah (Glorious is He and He is Exalted).

Glory to He Who took His servant for a journey by night from the most sacred mosque to the farthest mosque, whose precincts We blessed, in order that We might show him some of Our signs: for He is the One Who hears and sees [all things]”. Quran 17:1

Amongst all these amazing miracles, Allah (Glorious is He and He is Exalted) also ordered the Angels to instruct Prophet Muhammad to establish hijamah cupping therapy;

I did not pass by an Angel from the Angels on the Night Journey except that they all said to me; ‘Upon you is hijamah cupping, O Muhammad’” (Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah -3477)

2. “The Best of Medicines”

Hijamah was declared the best of medicines by Prophet Muhammad , alongside the Quran.

He said: “hijamah cupping is the most helpful procedure for human beings to cure themselves.” (Al Bukhari # 5357)

3. Other Cultures Practice Cupping Therapy too

Cupping therapy has been practiced for centuries globally. The first documented medical text was found in 1550 BC in Egypt. Cupping was also discovered in China over 5,000 years ago and is still practiced to this day. It was commonly practiced in the Roman Empire, Islamic Empire, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, South Asia and USA. It was very popular during the middle ages and 18th and 19th Centuries in Europe. Right now it is most popular in China, Finland and Russia and many Islamic countries.

4. Cupping Therapy vs. hijamah Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is the name of the actual procedure itself. A vacuum is created in a cup and placed on the body. This vacuum causes a negative pressure and pulls the muscles into the cup and therefore, draws the blood to the cupped area. This is known as “dry cupping”. Then you remove the cup in order to make small, shallow incisions in that same area, before putting the cup back on. This pulls out the toxic blood, acids and excess fluids from the body. This is known as “Wet Cupping or Blood Cupping.”

But what differentiates hijamah is the religious and spiritual aspect of the practice. “hijamah” is the Islamic version of cupping therapy. Muslims practice hijamah cupping therapy, in accordance to the way of the Prophet . It means that the patient and hijamah practitioner should have done their ablutions (wudu) and should recite Quran during the hijamah procedure.

5. hijamah Returns The Body To A Normal State

Al-hijamah in Arabic literally means “to suck” and to “return to a normal state” of internal balance. It ultimately helps the body to create a balance, healthy alkaline environment by removing acidity. This fixes any problem that the body has, by bringing it to its normal state. hijamah cupping therapy is a holistic, super powerful detox which removes toxic and stagnant blood from your body. It expels negative, unhealthy elements from the body, and allows it to replenish itself.

The Prophet said: “The best treatment is hijamah cupping; it removes blood, lightens the back and sharpens the eyesight.” (At-Tirmidhi, 3053)

6. The Medical Benefits Are Well-Documented

Hijamah Cupping is an excellent form of preventative and curative therapy. Below are some of the ways cupping helps:

Boosts the circulatory and immune systems

Cleanses and detoxifies the body

Treats illness and relaxes the patient

Pain relief

Fertility

Hijamah is also useful for treating many muscular, skeletal, neurological, immune, cardio-vascular, respiratory, digestive and urinary issues.

Some of its benefits were highlighted by Prophet Muhammad :

Ibn Umar reported that the Messenger of Allah (Glorious is He and He is Exalted) said, “hijamah cupping on an empty stomach is best. It increases the intellect and improves the memory. It improves the memory of the one memorizing….” (Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah, 3488).

7. It Works On An Emotional Level Too

Islamic medicine is holistic and works on the levels of mind, body and soul. hijamah cupping therapy is a minor, surgical procedure which has immediate physical effect. However, it also serves to alleviate, mental, emotional, spiritual and metaphysical issues. It is very relaxing and dispels anxiety and depression. According ibn Al Qaiyum, Prophet Muhammad had hijamah performed upon his head to remove black magic which had been cast upon him;

Ibn al-Qaiyum (may Allah have mercy on him) mentions that the Messenger was cupped on his head when he was afflicted with magic and that it is from the best of cures for this if performed correctly. [Zaad al Ma’aad (4/125-126)]

8. There Are Sunnah Points On Your Body

The traditional sunnah points for hijamah therapy are on the upper back, which essentially target the heart, lungs, brain and spine. All are major foundations for optimal health.

Hijamah cupping on the back of the neck treat seventy-two illnesses” (Collected by At-Tabarani)

hijamah serves to cleanse and unblock the major arteries and veins.

Anas narrated that the Prophet used to have hijamah Cupping done on the veins on the side of the neck and the upper back. (At Tirmidhi)

9. There Are Ideal Times To Do It

Hijamah cupping is both a preventative and curative remedy. It is recommended that you should have a hijamah detox, and then use hijamah as a form of maintenance 2-4 times a year if you are healthy. If you have serious medical conditions, it can be performed more often. It is best to have hijamah performed on the “Sunnah Days” according to hadith:

Whoever performs hijamah cupping in the 17th, 19th and 21st day (of the Islamic Lunar month), then it is a cure for every disease”. [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3861)].

10. The hijamah Therapist Has A Special Status

Imagine having a career in a blessed profession that the Holy Prophet Muhammad has praised himself;

The Prophet said: “If there is anything good in the medicines with which you treat yourselves, it is in the incision of the hijamah therapist, or a drink of honey….” (Muslim #2205)

We encourage as many Muslims as possible to learn how to perform hijamah professionally, in order to:

Counter the negative side effects of alophathic medication and chemicals

Treat the diseases that are untreatable even with modern medicine

Have this treatment available to more people

Have a satisfying and spiritually rewarding career

Revive the forgotten sunnah of hijamah.

The career of a professional hijamah therapist is fulfilling and benefits the practitioner in this life and the next.

Action Items

Now, armed with this phenomenal knowledge, be proactive. Here is your action list to be part of the revival of the sunnah of hijamah cupping therapy:

Book a hijamah treatment and get treated – experience it first hand.

Start treating the community professionally and safely

Promote hijamah, spread the word and educate the Muslim community

Establish the sunnah of hijamah cupping therapy

Whoever revives a Sunnah from my Sunnah and the people practice it, s/he will have the same reward of those who practice it without their reward diminishing…” (Sunan ibn Maajah 209)

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