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What is Hijamah (cupping)? 



- The Importance of Health and Medicine in the Islamic religion 
- The Virtues and Benefits of Hijamah – An Islamic Perspective 
- Some famous minor and major ailments and their remedy via Hijamah: 
- Quotes from the medical works and reports of Islamic scholars elaborating on the medical benefit of Hijaamah in the case of major diseases and ailments
- Areas (points)  of Cupping from the Sunnah 
- The Virtues and Benefits of Hijamah – A Modern Science Perspective 



- Are the days of cupping restricted to the Islamic dates of 17, 19 and 21 only? Or Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only? 



Ibn taymiyyah (D. 728 After Hijri ) said 

It was well-known that the purpose of Hijaama was to extract blood which is harmful to the body.

Hijaama is mentioned because in hot countries blood rises to the surface of the body and so Hijaama removes that blood.  This is why Hijaama is performed in the Hijaaz (the western provinces of Saudi Arabia) and in other similar hot countries because the intended aim of extracting blood is achieved with the Hijaama.

As for cold countries, the blood seeps into the veins and so the vein needs to be cut by performing venesection (opening/dissecting a vein for bloodletting).

This matter is well known from experience and from observation.

In cold periods, internally, the body warms up and, externally, it cools down.  So, as similar things attract each other, a cold wind cools down what it meets from bodies and the earth so that the heat which is present escapes from the cold which opposes it, moving to the inside and heating up the inside of the earth.  Similarly, heat escapes the cold and moves to the inner core of animals (’ internal systems) , so animals therefore seek shelter in warmer places.

In winter and in cold countries, due to the heat in his body, a person eats more than the one who eats in the summer or in hot countries because body heat helps to digest and utilize food.  Also, underground spring water in winter is warmed due to the warmth of the inside of the earth.

In such cases, warm blood is found inside veins and not at the surface of the skin and so in cold weather a  person such as this, having Hijaama performed on them will not benefit from it, in fact, they could be harmed by it.

In the summer and in hot countries, the surface warms up and the core cools down.  Therefore, food is not digested in this condition in the way it is digested in the winter.  Also spring water is colder due to the core of the earth being colder, causing animals to go out to the desert and open lands due to the heat of the wind.  So, for people such as these (in warm climates), venesection may not benefit them, rather it could even harm them, and so Hijaama is more beneficial for them.’

[Taken from Majmoo’ Fatawa V.17/486 ]

From Nafi’ who said: Ibn Umar said O Nafi’ I have blood pressure so find me a person who performs Hijaama and, if you can, make sure he is a gentle person.  Do not appoint an old man, nor a young child since I heard the Messenger of Allaah –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– saying:

‘It is better to have Hijaama done while on an empty stomach.  Hijaama has a cure and blessings in it and it increases memory and intelligence.

So have the Hijaama performed with the blessings of Allaah on Thursday and keep away from Hijaama on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, to be cautious.  Perform Hijaama on Monday and Tuesday since it is the day Allaah pardoned Ayoob –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– from his trial while Allaah imposed the trial on him on a Wednesday.  Neither a skin discolouration disease nor leprosy appear except by performing Hijaama on a Wednesday daytime or a Tuesday night.’

[Collected by Ibn Majah, Ibn Adee in ‘al-Kamil’ and Khateeb in ‘al-Faqeeh wa al-Muttafaqih’ and Shaykh Albaani graded it Hasan. See Silsilah Saheehah No.766]

A brief summary of the clarifications about Hijaama taken from ‘Iblaagh al-fahhaamah bi Fawaaid al-Hajjamaa’ by Abu Abdul Bari AbdulHameed bin Ahmad al-Arabi

1- It is better not to have Hijaama after having a bath, except for the one whose blood is thick then he should take a bath relax for an hour then have Hijaama performed.

2- It is obligatory that the utensils for Hijaama are clean and sterile so that contagious diseases do not transfer, by Allaah’s permission, from one person to another.

3- It is better not to have the Hijaama performed 2 or 3 hours prior to Zawwal 
(when the sun is at its highest point), except for the one who is in dire need of it, then for that person it is good for him at any time.

4- You should not have Hijaama done on the top of the head except by a person who is very skilled at it, since it is a very sensitive area.

5- Older people should not have Hijaama performed on them often except for the one who has a need.

6- Doctors dislike Hijaama to be performed on a person who has a full stomach, so Hijaama on an empty stomach is better and more beneficial.

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