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Taking Payment for Hijaamah (Ahadith 1810 – 1811)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 315:

Narrated Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu):

Abu Taiba cupped Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) so he ordered that he be paid one Sa` of dates and ordered his masters to reduce his tax (as he was a slave and had to pay a tax to them).


Volume 3, Book 34, Number 316:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

Once the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) got his blood out (medically) and paid that person who had done it. If it had been illegal, the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) would not have paid him.

It was briefly mentioned in a previous post that it’s not exactly haraam to charge money for Hijaamah.

Ibn Qudaamah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

It is permissible to hire a cupper to treat one with cupping, and his earnings are permissible.

Go through the detailed discussion on the subject here.

The Forbidden Four (Hadith No. 1794)

Bismillah.

Hadith no. 1793 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 298:

Narrated Samura bin Jundab (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “This night I dreamt that two men came and took me to a Holy land whence we proceeded on till we reached a river of blood, where a man was standing, and on its bank was standing another man with stones in his hands. The man in the middle of the river tried to come out, but the other threw a stone in his mouth and forced him to go back to his original place. So, whenever he tried to come out, the other man would throw a stone in his mouth and force him to go back to his former place. I asked, ‘Who is this?’ I was told, ‘The person in the river was a Riba-eater.”


The Forbidden Four

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 299:

Narrated ‘Aun bin Abu Juhaifa:

My father bought a slave who practiced the profession of cupping. (My father broke the slave’s instruments of cupping). I asked my father why he had done so. He replied, “The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) forbade the acceptance of the price of a dog or blood, and also forbade the profession of tattooing, getting tattooed and receiving or giving Riba, (usury), and cursed the picture-makers.”

  • A detailed study on the ahadith about cupping show that doing it and charging money for it is not exactly haraam.
  • The prohibition on the price of a dog and the fact that it is among the most evil of earnings and is something vile indicates that it is haraam to sell dogs; the transaction is not valid and the price is not halaal and the one who destroys it is not obliged to repay its value, regardless of whether the dog is trained or not, or whether it is one that it is permissible to keep or not. This is the view of the majority of scholars.
  • Tattooing, in which the skin is pierced with a needle and a blue or other coloured dye is injected, is haraam in all forms, whether it causes pain or not, because it involves changing the creation of Allaah, and because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed the one who does tattoos and the one for whom that is done.
  • Riba (which means adding something extra to certain products, like selling gold for gold, or by not receiving something when a contract is signed, or paying extra in return for extension of a loan) is haraam because Allaah – who rules as He wills – has forbidden it.
  • It is well established from clear, saheeh mutawaatir ahaadeeth that image-making is not allowed, and that the one who does this is cursed and is warned of torment in Hell, as in the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas which is attributed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Every image maker will be in Hell, and a soul will be given to every image which he made so that it might torment him in Hell.” (Narrated by Muslim).

Hijaamah while Fasting (Hadith No. 1654 – 1656)

Bismillah.

Ramadan’s gone but Kitaab-us-Siyaam (Book of Fasting) continues. :)

Volume 3, Book 31, Number 159:

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was cupped while he was in the state of lhram, and also while he was observing a fast.


Volume 3, Book 31, Number 160:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was cupped while he was fasting.


Volume 3, Book 31, Number 161:

Narrated Thabit Al-Bunani:

Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu) was asked whether they disliked the cupping for a fasting person. He replied in the negative and said, “Only if it causes weakness.”

There is a lot of debate among scholars on this subject. Before we get into that, there’s something that we need to understand.
The things that break the fast do not break it unless three conditions are met:

  1. he (the fasting person) should know the ruling
  2. he should not have forgotten that he is fasting
  3. he should be doing that by choice.

Moving on to the issue of Hijaamah while fasting, there are two major opinions:

  1. The cupper and the one to whom cupping is done both break their fast; they have to refrain from eating etc. for the rest of that day, and they have to make up that day later on, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The cupper and the one to whom cupping is done both break their fast.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 2367; Ibn Maajah, 1676. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 2074.

  2. Cupping/Hijaamah does not break the fast because it has to do with the extraction of blood and not swallowing it. And since the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) did get it done while fasting, it’s permissible to do so now as well.

Both these opinions are further debated upon, and it’s not necessary to get into that. For people like you and I, it’s better to avoid things that are doubtful. So if I had to get Hijaamah done, I’d choose a day when I’m not fasting in order to avoid all sorts of doubts and confusions. Simple.

Hijaamah (Ahadith 1584 – 1585)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 29, Number 61:

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was cupped while he was in a state of Ihram.


Volume 3, Book 29, Number 62:

Narrated Ibn Buhaina:

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), while in the state of Ihram, was cupped at the middle of his head at Liha-Jamal.

Hijaamah (cupping) can be done in Ihraam, and obviously outside of it as well.

What is Hijaamah?

The word hijaamah (cupping) comes for the word hajm which means sucking, as in the phrase hajama al-sabiy thadya ummihi (the infant suckled his mother’s breast). Al-Hajjaam means the cupper, hijaamah is the profession of cupping.

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

Healing is to be found in three things: drinking honey, the knife of the cupper, and cauterization of fire.

(Reported by al-Bukhaari, 10/136).

Benefits of Hijaamah:

Cupping has real benefits in treating many diseases, past and present. The diseases which have been treated by cupping and for which it has been of benefit by Allaah’s Leave include the following:

  1. Circulatory diseases
  2. Treating blood pressure and infection of the heart muscle
  3. Diseases of the chest and trachea
  4. Headache and pains in the eyes
  5. Pain in the neck and stomach, and rheumatic pain in the muscles
  6. Some diseases of the heart and chest, and pain in the joints

In addition, cupping may offer a unique treatment which may reduce pain, and it does not have any side-effects.

More on it here.

P.S. ideal time for hijaamah is the last third of the month. And Rajab’s last 10 days are here (almost). Planning to get it done soon? :D

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