The premise of Islamic medicine is faith in Allah (Glorious is He and He is Exalted) and knowing healing comes only from Him, and that there is a cure for every disease.“There is a remedy for every disease and when the remedy is applied to the disease it is cured with the permission of Allah (Glorious is He and He is Exalted).” (Recorded by Muslim.) In Islam, health is a very important part of life and there is a great emphasis placed on it. Narrated Ibn `Abbas: The Prophet said, “There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 6412)
The question is, do we give importance to our life or take time out to learn about the natural remedies?
A Forgotten Sunnah
Hijama Cupping Therapy is an Islamic, natural, holistic, healing therapy. Unfortunately, it is a “forgotten sunnah” that has been erased from our valuable history, due to modern medicine and surgery. We need to revive and establish this practice of the Prophet Muhammad. We need to empower Muslims to be strong, healthy and rise up once again. As Muslims, we need to re-assert ourselves as leaders in the fields of medicine and health, just as we were in the golden age of Islamic science. Hijama Cupping Therapy is a Sunnah
During “Al-Isra Wal Miraj” or the “Night Journey & Ascension”, our Beloved Prophet Muhammad experienced many profoundly significant events. He flew on a winged horse (Al-Buraq) from Makkah to Jerusalem, accompanied by the Angel Jibreel. He prayed with many other Messengers of Allah, ascended to the highest of the seven heavens, was given the gift of five times daily prayer and tenets of the creed by Allah (Glorious is He and He is Exalted).
“Glory to He Who took His servant for a journey by night from the most sacred mosque to the farthest mosque, whose precincts We blessed, in order that We might show him some of Our signs: for He is the One Who hears and sees [all things]”. Quran 17:1
Amongst all these amazing miracles, Allah (Glorious is He and He is Exalted) also ordered the Angels to instruct Prophet Muhammad to establish hijama cupping therapy.
“I did not pass by an Angel from the Angels on the Night Journey except that they all said to me; ‘Upon you is Hijama cupping, O Muhammad’”(Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah -3477).
The Best of Medicines
Hijama was declared the best of medicines by Prophet Muhammad, alongside the Quran.
He said: “Hijama cupping is the most helpful procedure for human beings to cure themselves.” (Al Bukhari # 5357)
Other Cultures Practice Cupping Therapy too
Cupping therapy has been practised for centuries globally. The first documented medical text was found in 1550 BC in Egypt. Cupping was also discovered in China over 5,000 years ago and is still practised to this day. It was commonly practised in the Roman Empire, the Islamic Empire, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, South Asia and the USA. It was very popular during the middle ages and the 18th and 19th Centuries in Europe. Right now it is most popular in China, Finland and Russia and many Islamic countries.
Cupping Therapy vs. Hijama Cupping Therapy
Cupping therapy is the name of the actual procedure itself. A vacuum is created in a cup and placed on the body. This vacuum causes a negative pressure and pulls the muscles into the cup and therefore, draws the blood to the cupped area. This is known as “dry cupping”. Then you remove the cup in order to make small, shallow incisions in that same area, before putting the cup back on. This pulls out the toxic blood, acids and excess fluids from the body. This is known as “Wet Cupping or Blood Cupping.”
But what differentiates hijama is the religious and spiritual aspect of the practice. “Hijama” is the Islamic version of cupping therapy. Muslims practice hijama cupping therapy, in accordance with the way of the Prophet. It means that the patient and hijama practitioner should have done their ablutions (wudu) and should recite the Quran during the hijama procedure.
Hijama Returns The Body To A Normal State
Al-hijamah in Arabic literally means “to suck” and to “return to a normal state” of internal balance. It ultimately helps the body to create a balanced, healthy alkaline environment by removing acidity. This fixes any problem that the body has, by bringing it to its normal state. Hijama cupping therapy is a holistic, super-powerful detox which removes toxic and stagnant blood from your body. It expels negative, unhealthy elements from the body, and allows it to replenish itself.
The Prophet said: “The best treatment is hijama cupping; it removes blood, lightens the back and sharpens the eyesight.” (At-Tirmidhi, 3053)
The Medical Benefits Are Well-Documented
Hijama Cupping is an excellent form of preventative and curative therapy. Below are some of the ways cupping helps:
- Boosts the circulatory and immune systems
- Cleanses and detoxifies the body
- Treats illness and relaxes the patient
- Pain relief
- Hijama is also useful for treating many muscular, skeletal, neurological, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and urinary issues.
Some of its benefits were highlighted by Prophet Muhammad
Ibn Umar reported that the Messenger of Allah (Glorious is He and He is Exalted) said, “Hijama cupping on an empty stomach is best. It increases the intellect and improves memory. It improves the memory of the one memorizing….” (Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah, 3488).
It Works On An Emotional Level Too
Islamic medicine is holistic and works on the levels of mind, body and soul. Hijama cupping therapy is a minor, surgical procedure which has an immediate physical effect. However, it also serves to alleviate, mental, emotional, spiritual and metaphysical issues. It is very relaxing and dispels anxiety and depression. According to ibn Al Qaiyum, Prophet Muhammad had Hijama performed upon his head to remove black magic which had been cast upon him;
Ibn al-Qaiyum (may Allah have mercy on him) mentions that the Messenger 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)]
There Are Sunnah Points On Your Body
The traditional sunnah points for hijama therapy are on the upper back, which essentially target the heart, lungs, brain and spine. All are major foundations for optimal health.
“Hijama cupping on the back of the neck treat seventy-two illnesses” (Collected by At-Tabarani)
Hijama serves to cleanse and unblock the major arteries and veins.
There Are Ideal Times To Do It
Anas narrated that the Prophet used to have Hijama Cupping done on the veins on the side of the neck and the upper back. (At Tirmidhi)
Hijama cupping is both a preventative and a curative remedy. It is recommended that you should have a hijama detox, and then use hijama as a form of maintenance 2-4 times a year if you are healthy. If you have serious medical conditions, it can be performed more often. It is best to have hijama performed on the “Sunnah Days” according to hadith:
“Whoever performs Hijama cupping in the 17th, 19th and 21st day (of the Islamic Lunar month), then it is a cure for every disease”. [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3861)].
The Hijama Therapist Has A Special Status
Imagine having a career in a blessed profession that the Holy Prophet Muhammad has praised himself;
The Prophet said: “If there is anything good in the medicines with which you treat yourselves, it is in the incision of the hijama therapist, or a drink of honey….” (Muslim #2205)
We encourage as many Muslims as possible to learn how to perform hijama professionally, in order to:
- Counter the negative side effects of allopathic medication and chemicals
- Treat the diseases that are untreatable even with modern medicine
- Have this treatment available to more people
- Have a satisfying and spiritually rewarding career
- Revive the forgotten sunnah of hijama.
The career of a professional hijama therapist is fulfilling and benefits the practitioner in this life and the next