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Taking Payment for Hijaamah (Ahadith 1810 – 1811)


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.

Hijaamah while Fasting (Hadith No. 1654 – 1656)


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)


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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