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Al hijaamah (cupping) i would like to know about its benifits. are there recommended times for one to have it done or times that one should avoid cupping?

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al hijaamah (cupping) i would like to know about its benifits. are there recommended times for one to have it done or times that one should avoid cupping?


what is the age limit for a child? can a pregnant woman do? how often (times) or interval a person should do?


what is the reason to do the cupping with fasting and on the 17th , 19th or 21st of the

islamic calendar? pls. explain in detail.


some one said "the cupper must also ensure that no blood reaches the stomach of the

patient". as per my knowledge cupping is done end of of the neck than how is it possible

the blood may reach to stomach? i will appreciate if you clarify in details.


thanks alot. may Allah bless you for your hard work and guidance.

a sister.

 

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Cupping in Islam

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


 

Dear and beloved sister in Islam, the art of cupping, whereby an expert in the art removes some blood of the patient from some specific parts of his body, was used as a remedy for certain ailments in the times before the advent of Islam, during the time of the Prophet (saws), and still practiced in some places today!

 

One must realize that Allah Subhanah did not send His Messengers to teach arts, or sciences, or technical things which man has the ability to learn through his experience, research, tests, discoveries, etc.; but rather Allah sent His Messengers to guide mankind towards the Right Path that one cannot learn or acquire through his experience, or his research, or through tests in laboratories, or through inventions and discoveries!

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 5830 Narrated by Talhah ibn Ubaydullah

I and Allah's Messenger (saws) happened to pass by people near the date-palm trees. He (the Prophet (saws)) said: What are these people doing? They said: They are grafting, i.e. they combine the male with the female (tree) and thus they yield more fruit. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (saws) said: I do not find it to be of any use. The people were informed about it and they abandoned this practice. Allah's Messenger (saws) (was later) on informed (that the yield had dwindled), whereupon he (saws) said: If there is any use of it, then they should do it, for it was just a personal opinion of mine, and do not go after my personal opinion, but when I say to you anything on behalf of Allah, then do accept it, for I do not attribute a lie to Allah, the Exalted and Glorious. You have better knowledge (of a technical skill) in the affairs of the world.

 

Whether or not something more beneficial than cupping has been discovered or invented today, whether or not it is beneficial and safe, the recommended times, whether or not it is beneficial to a child or a pregnant woman, at what intervals can it be done, etc. are questions best answered by one who is an expert in the technical field and science of medicine and it is they who should be consulted when seeking these answers.

 

Your Question: what is the reason to do the cupping with fasting and on the 17th , 19th or 21st of the islamic calendar? pls. explain in detail.

To the best of our knowledge there is nothing in the authentic Sunnah which dictates that cupping is encouraged during the Holy month of Ramadan or during the specific dates of 17th, 19th, or 21st of Ramadan.

 

In fact, one who wishes to apply the remedy of cupping is discouraged to do while fasting if he fears that it would adversely effect his health or his strength and his fast would thus be endangered.

 

Al-Muwatta Hadith 18.32

Malik said, "Cupping is only disapproved of for some one who is fasting out of fear that he will become weak and if it were not for that, it would not be disapproved of. I do not think that a man who is cupped in Ramadan and does not break his fast, owes anything, and I do not say that he has to make up for the day on which he was cupped, because cupping is only disapproved of for someone fasting if his fast is endangered. I do not think that someone who is cupped, and is then well enough to keep the fast until evening, owes anything, nor does he have to make up for that day."

 

Your Question: some one said "the cupper must also ensure that no blood reaches the stomach of the patient". as per my knowledge cupping is done end of of the neck than how is it possible the blood may reach to stomach? i will appreciate if you clarify in details.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2370

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: Neither vomiting, nor emission, nor cupping breaks the fast of the one who is fasting.

 

The statements of the one who said that the blood should not reach the stomach is baseless, as in light of the above guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws), cupping by itself does not invalidate ones fast in any way.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

Burhan

 

 

 


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