Hijama: A Forgotten Sunnah

by Hina Liaqat.

Do you want to stay fit and healthy naturally? Then this article is surely for you! Let’s dive into an informative session on ‘Hijama’ (Cupping), a Prophetic Sunnah and a form of alternative medicine that has been used throughout history to treat various health-related issues.

There is no doubt that we live in a golden age where medical sciences have reached its height leaving no avenue for cure unexplored. In a time like this, we have forgotten one of the cardinal Sunnah of the Prophet S.A.W that has slowly been replaced by modern allopathic medicine.

It was declared as the best of medicines by Prophet S.A.W, as he is quoted to have said

“Cupping is the most helpful procedure for human beings to cure themselves.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 5357)

WhatsApp Image 2019-06-23 at 9.06.04 PMIts significance can be measured from the fact that the Prophet (S.AW) was instructed by angels to establish Hijama (Cupping) therapy during the Night journey and ascension (Laylatu’l-Isra’ wa’l-Mir’aj).

Abdullah ibn Abbas reported that the Messenger ? said:

I did not pass by an angel from the angels on the night journey except that they all said to me: Upon you is cupping (hijama), O Muhammad.” [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3477)].

“Hijama” in Arabic literally means “to suck” and to “return to a normal state of internal balance”. It is a holistic, extremely powerful detox which removes toxic and stagnant blood from the body and ultimately helps the body to create a balanced, healthy alkaline environment.

The Prophet (S.AW) said: “The best treatment is hijama (cupping); it removes blood, lightens the back and sharpens the eyesight.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi º3053)

Some medically documented advantages of Hijama include the following:-

  • Boosts the circulatory and immune systems
  • Cleanses and detoxifies the body
  • Treats illness and relaxes the patient
  • Relieves pain
  • Improves Fertility
  • Treatment of muscular, skeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and urinary issues
  • Alleviates mental, emotional, spiritual and metaphysical issues.

The healing powers of Hijama are not confined to the treatment of physical ailments and extend to even the cure of curses such as Black Magic. According to ibn Al Qaiyum, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) had Hijama performed upon his head to remove black magic which had been cast upon him. [Zad al-Ma’ad (4/125-126)]

Now that we have understood the importance of Hijama, it is imperative upon us to inculcate its practice into our lives. May Allah grant us taufeeq to revive and spread this Sunnah of the Prophet( S.A.W).

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