Monday, September 3, 2012

What is "Hijama"?

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu !



I recently just found out what Hijama was and thought it to be something that I absolutely MUST share with my dear readers (though I'm sure many of you already know more about this than I do !) . I had no idea this was Sunnah until I researched more and realised how beneficial it was/is for our bodies! I had heard about something similar to this during my non-Muslim days and I knew it was something similar if not the same as "acupuncture". Probably one of the only things I knew about the Chinese culture! Subhana'Allah.

What is 'hijamah'?

The word ‘hijamah’ is derived its origin from the word al-hajm which carries the meaning: to suck, to absorb, or to extract. It described a medical treatment whereby ‘dirty’ blood is extracted from the body by a suction cup attached to a lightly incised skin surface. Detoxification of the blood, stimulation of new blood formation.  As we age, we suffer from increased accumulation of toxins, stemming from poor diet and lifestyle, pharmaceutical drugs, pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals in our fruits, vegetables and meat, environmental pollutants and chemicals.  
Hijama helps to remove these impurities and stimulate the bone marrow to produce new, healthier blood. Increased blood circulation,  pain reduction.  Areas of chronic pain often have localized areas of blood stagnation.  Both the action of drawing a vacuum on the skin as well as the drawing of , help to improve circulation. Cupping has been used successfully for numerous diseases.


Authentic Narrations

Cupping (Hijama) Is The Best Of Remedies

Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping (hijama)…" [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5371)].

Abu Hurairah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger  ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "If there was something excellent to be used as a remedy then it is cupping (hijama)." [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3857), Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3476)].

 

The Angels Recommending Cupping (Hijama)

Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "I did not pass by an angel from the angels on the night journey except that they all said to me: Upon you is cupping (hijama), O Muhammad." [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3477)].

Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (may Allaah be pleased with him) the angels said, "Oh Muhammad, order your Ummah (nation) with cupping (hijama)." [Saheeh Sunan Tirmidhee (3479)].

Cupping (Hijama) Is A Prevention

Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Whoever wants to perform cupping (hijama) then let him search for the 17th, 19th and 21st day (of the Islamic, lunar month) and let none of you allow his blood to rage (boil) such that it kills him." [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3486)].

Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)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)].

In Cupping (Hijama) There Is A Cure And A blessing

Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger  ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) 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)." [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5681), Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3491)].

Jaabir ibn Abdullah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Indeed in cupping (hijama) there is a cure." [Saheeh Muslim (5706)].

Ibn Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger  ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)said, "Cupping (hijama) on an empty stomach* is best. In it is a cure and a blessing..." [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3487)].

 

Cupping (Hijama) In Its Time Is A Cure For Every Disease

Abu Hurairah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger  ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Whoever performs cupping (hijama) on the 17th, 19th or 21st day (of the Islamic, lunar month) then it is a cure for every disease." [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3861)].

The Best Days For Cupping (Hijama)

The best days for cupping (hijama) are the 17th, 19th and 21st of the Islamic, lunar month which coincide with Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.

Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Whoever wants to perform cupping (hijama) then let him search for the 17th, 19th and 21st…" [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3486)].

 

Cupping (Hijama) May Be Used For:

Headaches

Salma (may Allaah be pleased with him), the servant of the Messenger of Allaah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Whenever someone would complain of a headache to the Messenger of Allaah  ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), he  ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would advise them to perform cupping (hijama)." [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3858)].

Magic

Ibn al-Qaiyum (may Allaah have mercy on him) mentions that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) 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)].

Poison

Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that a Jewish woman gave poisoned meat to the Messenger of Allaah  ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) so he  ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) sent her a message saying, "What caused you to do that?" She replied, "If you really are a Prophet then Allaah will inform you of it and if you are not then I would save the people from you!" When the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) felt pain from it, he ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)performed cupping (hijama). Once he travelled while in Ihram and felt that pain and hence performed cupping (hijama). [Ahmed (1/305) the hadeeth is hasan (good chain with all the paths)].

Strengthening One's Intelligence And Memory

Ibn Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)said, "Cupping (hijama) on an empty stomach* is best. In it is a cure and a blessing. It improves the intellect and the memory..." [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3487)].

 

Dislocation/Bruising

Jaabir ibn Abdullah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) fell from his horse onto the trunk of a palm tree and dislocated his foot. Waki' (may Allaah be pleased with him) said, "Meaning the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was cupped on (his foot) for bruising." [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (2807)].

Cupping (Hijama) While fasting Or In The State Of Ihram

Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger  ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was cupped on his head for a unilateral headache while he was in Ihraam. [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5701)].

Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger  ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was cupped while he was fasting. [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5694)].

Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) was asked: "Did you dislike cupping for the fasting person?" He said, "No except for the reason of one becoming weak." [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (1940)].

This is not affected by the hadeeth, "The cupper and the one being cupped have broken their fast." [Saheeh see Irwaa al-Ghaleel (931)]. This is because the hadeeth is abrogated as Sheikh al-Albaani and ibn Hazm (may Allah have mercy upon them) showed by the following hadeeth:

Abu Sa'eed al-Khudhree (may Allaah be pleased with him) said, "The Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) validated cupping for the fasting person." [Saheeh see Irwaa al-Ghaleel (4/74)].

It appears that cupping (hijama) is allowed but disliked as Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) mentioned because the fasting person becomes weak if they perform cupping (hijama) and Allah knows best.

Areas of Cupping (Hijama)

Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was treated with cupping (hijama) three times on the two veins at the side of the neck and the base of the neck. [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3860), ibn Maajah (3483)].

Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) was cupped on his head. [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5699)].

Abdullah ibn 'Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to cup his head and would call it (the place at the top of the head) "Umm Mugheeth." [Saheehah (753), Saheeh al-Jaami' (4804)].

Jaabir ibn Abdullah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was treated with cupping (hijama) on his hip for a pain in that area. [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3863)].

Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was treated with cupping (hijama) when he was in Ihram, on the top of his foot, for a pain in that area. [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (1836)].




Sources:
http://www.salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=6&Topic=1615
http://www.zhijama.co.uk/?page_id=235
http://www.alhijama.co.uk/home/hadith
http://www.simplyhijama.com/#/what-is-cupping/4545422585

6 comments:

  1. I had nooooo idea what it was and all the hijama thing you keep talking. but i remember when i watched the movie : The Karate Kid where jackie chan healed the pain of the boy. AND IT WAS A SUNNAH. so cooooooool ! Subhanallah. Thanks for sharing :))

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  2. Salams, yes the Karate Kid scene is partly the same thing, except that was 'dry' fire cupping (dry-cupping is a therapy in its own right - has some links to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine) whereas hijama is mainly 'wet' cupping or blood-cupping ie same sort of thing but some 'light scratches' are made with a little blade on the skin on the site of the cup and then when the cup is re-applied this slowly draws out blood into the cup, seems to have various applications, but particularly suitable to conditions involving inflammations - see for example the following video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BURKSW1maA

    We are a group of hijama enthusiasts that run a hijama blog: www.ahealth.co.uk, hope that can be a source of more information for you and also if you can share your hijama experiences there, that would be great.

    Shuaib

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  3. did you know their is also dry hijama ... a friend of mine does hijama and i watch her one day doing someone masha`allah she was so gentle with other lady felt nothing

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    1. assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu!!!

      yes there is also dry hijama but the purpose of the wet hijama is to pull the bad blood out of the body which causes pain in areas...its kind of like a "detox" i really want to try the wet hijama but there doesnt seem to be much of this around the area I am at in the US :(

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    2. Salams

      Try the Hijama Directory at www.hijamadirectory.info for your nearest therapist.


      Salams

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  4. Asalamu Alaikum, sis,
    Hijama is indeed really beneficial as the hadiths show. I haven't done it yet I'm bit scared I guess inspirational as my fear may be but inshallah one day. Thanks for sharing lovely post.

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