Authentic narrations and Prophetic quotes in regards to Hijama Cupping
Hijama is the best of remedies
Abdullah ibn Abbas (ra) reported that the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings be upon him – PBUH) said,
Healing is in three things: in the incision of the cupper, in drinking honey, and in cauterizing with fire, but I forbid my Ummah (nation) from cauterization (branding with fire). [Sahih Bukhari – 5681, Sahih Sunan Ibn Maajah – 3491]
Anas ibn Maalik (ra) reported that the Messenger (PBUH) said,
When the weather becomes extremely hot, seek aid in cupping / Hijama. Do not allow your blood to rage (boil) such that it kills you. [Reported by Hakim in his ‘Mustadrak’ and he authenticated it and Imam ad-Dhahabi agreed – 4/212]
Hijama / Cupping may be used to treat headaches
Salma (ra), the servant of the Messenger (PBUH) said,
Whenever someone would complain of a headache to the Messenger of Allah (saw), he would advise them to perform cupping / Hijama.[Sahih Sunan Abu Dawud – 3858]
Hijama while fasting or in the state of Ihram
Abdullah ibn Abbas (ra) said:
Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) was cupped on his head for a unilateral headache while he was in a state of Ihraam.[Sahih Bukhari – 5701]
Abdullah ibn Abbas (ra) reported that the Messenger (PBUH) was cupped while he was fasting.
[Sahih Bukhari – 5694]
Anas ibn Maalik (ra) was asked: “Did you dislike cupping for the fasting person?” He said, “No except for the reason of one becoming weak.” [Sahih Bukhari – 1940]
Areas of Cupping / Hijama
Abdullah ibn Abbas (ra) reported that the Messenger (PBUH) was cupped on his head. [Sahih Bukhari – 5699].
Jaabir Ibn Abdullah (ra) reported that the Messenger (PBUH) was treated with cupping / Hijama on his hip for a pain (above the thigh) in that area. [Sahih Abu Dawud – 3863].
This is a bit of a grey area as many of the narrations have been classed as weak (Da’if) but experts on ahadith, and therefore we cannot find any authenticity in regards to the Sunnah days of the month for Hijama. Depending on which school of thought you follow, some scholars say that we can take virtue from the narrations and it is ‘better to do’ it on those days if possible.
One argument is that, even if The Prophet (PBUH) did say it’s better to perform hijama on certain days, why were there no narrations of Him actually carrying it out himself on these days? (whether weak hadith or not)
Should You Charge For Cupping?
When the Prophet (ﷺ) was cupped, he paid the man who cupped him his wages. [Sahih al-Bukhari 2278]
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) got him self cupped and gave the cupper his wages. Had he considered it impure, he would not have given it (wage) to him. [Abi Dawud 3423]
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