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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].

Hijama Sunnah Days?

The classification of narrations as weak (Da’if) has made it somewhat unclear to pinpoint authentic Sunnah days for Hijama. Experts in ahadith have not found conclusive evidence regarding the specific days recommended for Hijama. The perspective varies depending on the school of thought one follows, with some scholars suggesting that while the narrations may lack authenticity, there is virtue in considering it ‘better to do’ Hijama on those suggested days if feasible.

One point of contention arises from the absence of narrations depicting the Prophet (PBUH) personally practising Hijama on these designated days, regardless of the authenticity of the hadith. If indeed it was emphasised as better, why is there no historical account of the Prophet (PBUH) engaging in Hijama on these specific days? (whether weak hadith or not)

Those that do follow the Sunnah days then these fall on the 17th, 19th and 21st of the Islamic calendar month.

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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