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What is cupping (hijama)?

Cupping (hijama) is the best remedy recommended and used by the Messenger peace be upon him: “Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping (hijama)…” [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5371)]. He (SAW) also said that on the night of Israa (his ascension to the heavens) he did not pass by an angel except that it said to him, “Oh Muhammad, order your Ummah (nation) with cupping (hijama).” [Saheeh Sunan Tirmidhee (3479)]. This shows the importance and greatness of this Sunnah.

‘Hijama’ in Arabic is derived from ‘hajm’ which means ‘sucking’. Cupping (hijama) is the process of applying cups to various points on the body by removing the air inside the cups to form a vacuum.

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Cupping (Hijama) Is A Preventive Medicine

Anas ibn Maalik (RA) reported that the Messenger (SAW) 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’)

‘Abdullah ibn Abbas (RA) reported that the Messenger (SAW) 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)]

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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, but it can be done from the 17th to the 23rd of the lunar month when the moon is still waxing (not waning) on any day too.

As for the Islamic day and night, the night enters before the day.
So at sunset on Tuesday, Wednesday night comes in.
Some ahadith indicate that Wednesdays should be avoided.


السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ

If you would like to know more about Hijamah and the types etc there’s an article on Jamiat site that has very useful information. Click HERE to read it. 

This site was made to compile a list of certified & qualified practicing individuals you can go to for cupping. Cupping doesn’t only have medical benefits but its more importantly Sunnah. We should make intention for Sunnah and make dua Allah Ta’ala cures any ailments through it In Sha Allah.