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  1. Salam alaykum once again a great beneficial article but I have to say this one is my favorite I love hijama I recommend it to every one its the best treatment I have ever done and tried and actually had instant results and always feel amazing alhamduliaah in every department when I get hijama done I try and do it every month it doesn’t hurt and takes a few minuties

  2. As salamu Alakium

    Very good article specially for those who don’t know about Hijama. You have explained very well. I haven’t experienced yet but my brother went through this treatment. Always uses to complained pain in his body, some times in his leg, some times back pain. But after this treatment ( four courses, once a month) he feels comfort. No pain at all.

    May Alllah give you reward to inform and pass on this knowledge to others ameen.

  3. Jazaaka Allahu khayra for promoting us practising very important sunnah and actually hijama is very beneficial mentally, physically and spiritualy.
    Other thing people do in some area is actual blood donation after every certain interval it also give them good improvement in their health

  4. Thank you for this article! I absolutely agree, Hujama has been forgotten by many of us. Soo many Muslims aren’t aware of what it is, which is a shame because it has soo many benefits (as you mentioned). I do it every three months and it has helped me with my sciatica and my migraines.

  5. Salam great article! I have cups from a site named Bellabaci-they are medical grade silicone and are available for face and body!

  6. that was so fascinating I really enjoyed reading it an I going to try it InshaAllah Thank u brother Asalaamo Alykom

  7. Masha Allah, I had hijama for the first tme this year :-) There are no ladies who can perform hijama here in Ireland sadly, but alhamdulilah there are several in the UK, so last time I went to the UK I finally overcame my nerves for the sake of Allah and had it done. Turns out I had no reason to be nervous at all, there was no pain and the practitioner was a very lovely sister so it was a really good experience all round

  8. Assalam Alaikum
    very good and informative article about Hijama.I didnt try Hijama before.I will try in sha Allah.
    Jazak Allah

  9. As-salaam álaikum:
    Really good article. In the UK (where I am not), there is at least one (1) reputable place where Hijama can be learnt. You can access it online.
    People from all over the world have done so. I myself joined; however, unfortunately, I have not yet finished it. This is largely due to a large number of responsibilities I now have.
    I highly recommend that people seek out the treatment and if they can, learn how it can be performed safely.

  10. Interesting article. Have heard about hijama before now but am rather concerned about contracting other diseases through the process

    • Assalamu alaikum sis,

      That’s a fair concern – which is why you should always go to a reputable hijama practitioner! ANyone with the correct training will follow strict health and safety guidelines, just as disinfecting the pumps, using brand new cups for each treatment, using disposable gloves, and using sealed sterile surgical-grade blades for the cuts. I’m a hijama practitioner myself, and am very careful about these things :) So any risk of infection is prevented, inshaAllah.

    • This is a huge misconception unfortunately. Hijamah is NOT a blood transfusion. Nobody is taking live blood out of one patient and putting it into another. That is how diseases are spread – when you take a blade or needle from one person and put it instantly into another. This is why drug users spread HIV and so on. When you do a few minutes of research you quickly find out that bloodborne pathogens die within minutes of interaction with atmospheric air. In addition, most diploma level educated practitioners will hospital grade sterilziation methods. This is why you want to go to someone who has studied hijama in a formal setting and NOT a “hobbyist” who learned it in 1 weekend. If you have any doubts, just ask! Your practitioner will be more than willing to explain their sterilization methods – if you are dissatisfied with their answer, you have the right to ask others. But please do not spread this rumor that hijama spreads diseases… here’s the policy at our clinic: http://hijamahworks.com/policy-on-cups.html

  11. Alhamdulillah! !!
    An amazing article….sent at the right time…..
    yes…I have done hijama twice….it gave me intense peace and releaved me off stress and improved my physical health. .Jazakumullahu khairan

  12. I go regularly for cupping. It relieves headaches, backache and muscle pain really fast. It’s not painful. It’s looks scarier than it feels.

  13. Salam,

    I will begin with “husn addhun” and assume that the author believes what she is claiming, but this does not make it any less misleading. For someone who claims to be a psychiatric nurse, I would expect more evidence of scientific training from her article, but it seems to reflect the articles from lay people on the internet instead.

    First I will address cupping, or hijama. I took the time (again) to search for studies on cupping on Pubmed, and found that many of them are in Chinese journals or low ranking journals, and consistent with my previous reading, have significant limitations. The first issue to address is that most of the studies only looked at the effects of cupping on pain, yet not one study seems to have a placebo control. In placebo-controlled trials, people either receive the active (real) treatment, or a placebo (fake treatment). Pain has a well known and large placebo effect, meaning that people who think they got the real treatment (whether it’s a drug, surgery, or some other therapy) often report great improvements in their pain, even when they actually received placebo and not the real treatment. The stronger the patients’ expectations that a treatment will work (even if it’s fake), the more effective they think it was. This is why drug companies have trouble getting new pain medications to the market – the medications thought to be effective fail in bigger trials (you can check this link http://www.nature.com/news/strong-placebo-response-thwarts-painkiller-trials-1.18511).

    There is only one trial listed that tested a sham (placebo) cupping device just to see if patients would know if it was fake) (Developing and validating a sham cupping device, Lee et al 2010), but none that actually compared patients who received cupping vs sham cupping. It’s a major limitation and source of bias when all trials of cupping are done without a placebo control group, especially when they are typically held in countries like China (and some in Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc.) where people actually believe cupping will work. The patients might have felt better simply because of their beliefs, not because of anything the cupping actually does (I can’t think of a scientific reason, or any evidence, that cupping would selectively remove “bad blood” or toxins). In other words, theres on evidence that cupping truly works for pain.

    There were a few trials that looked at the effects of cupping on things other than pain, e.g. lipid profile, but they had conflicting results, methodological limitations, and were basically not conclusive. So there’s no reliable evidence that cupping works for anything. To see if cupping really works, we would need properly designed studies to provide evidence; otherwise people are wasting their time, money, and potentially not seeking effective therapies. Especially when they go to “Islamic” clinics or other traditional health practitioners who are convinced, and in turn convince the patients, that these “therapies” work, magnifying the likelihood of a placebo response (and then getting even more convinced because these patients think they got better).

    Now, as to the sunnah: please keep in mind that the Prophet (pbuh) told us to follow him in matters of religion, but not in other matters, so it is meaningless to call hijama a “sunnah” because he did not claim that the “medicine” existing at the time would be effective, and certainly by all measures we have better medical care than they did back then. I remind you of this hadith from Sahih Muslim:

    After arriving in Medina, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) passed by some people who were fecundating some date palms, so he asked them what they were doing. When they told him, he said, “I don’t think that will provide any benefit,” or in another narration, “It would be better if you didn’t do that.”

    So they refrained from doing it, and that year the crop was not as good. They mentioned it to him (peace and blessings be upon him), and he replied:

    “I am only a human: if I command you to do something in your religion, then take it; but if I tell you to do something based on personal opinion, then [realize] that I am only human,” and in another narration, “Yet if I inform you of something from Allah, then do it, for indeed I will never convey an untruth on behalf of Allah Mighty and Majestic,” and in yet another narration, “You know better of your worldly affairs.”

    Finally, I want to address some of the claims of this article which are outright lies, even if many lay people believe them:
    “A lot of money is spent on medical care every year in an attempt to restore our health, yet how many of these “remedies” actually work? Although these prescription drugs may help our ailments, do they cure the root of the problem – the toxins?’
    — Toxins are not the cause of all ailments, as anyone with any sort of medical training should know. Furthermore, there is no evidence that hijama selectively removes toxins from the body, nor is there sufficient evidence that it works for anything.

    “Hijama is believed to draw out ‘bad blood’, therefore, it holds countless benefits:”
    —- What evidence is there that hijama draws out “bad blood” and how are you defining “bad blood”?

    “Unclogging the meridians in the body, releasing energy”
    —- What do meridians have to do with “bad blood” (I won’t even get to the “releasing energy part)? Also, keep in mind that meridians have no scientific backing, and that people believe in them because they believe in Eastern religions (that conflict with Islam); I would consider it theologically suspect and dangerous to mix between Islam and other religions that way.

    “Prevention of diseases”
    —- Really? Which ones? I didn’t see anything on disease prevention, even in the weak trials.

    “Effectively curing digestive problems, joint and muscle pain, asthma, sciatica, fever, skin problems, low fertility, all of which arise from excessive toxins in our body”
    —- If any of this were true, please do let the scientific establishment know – you could win the Nobel prize, and we can just skip all these expensive and time-consuming studies since we have this miracle cure of cupping. In fact, since you think cupping is a cure for low fertility (which apparently also arises from toxins in the body, never mind the many causes in the scientific literature), you could open a clinic for low fertility alone and become a billionaire right away. (Note to readers, please do not do cupping if someone has a fever, especially if you’re planning to cut the skin; even if it’s low risk in many cases, you don’t want to increase someone’s risk of infection when their immunity is already down).

    I accidentally closed the browser window and rewrote this entire comment just because of the risks of miseducation to the Muslim community.

    I ask Productive Muslim to refrain from publishing such articles in the future, until they run them by qualified physicians (with training in evaluating scientific literature) who will back up their claims with data or at least disclose the limitations of the data.

    Salam,

    SAS

    • Thank you SAS. It seems you have your medical school “blinders” on.

      The allopathic community follows the Greek scientific method (which btw is the same method that continually seeks emperical evidence of the existence of Allah).

      Trying to understand hijamah via these lenses dosent work. You are trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. You are trying to compare apples and oranges, and it doesnt work for you – so now you have an existential crisis infront of you – do you choose the Greek method or the sunnah?

      It doesn’t have to become a choice like that. It doesnt have to be one or teh other. Let me help you take a step back and see it a different way, if you are willing.

      Here’s the quickest solution. This is the same solution I prposed to my friend who is a PhD and professor of Pharmacology at a reputable university in the US. This is the same approach I suggested for a well recognized Radiologist in Canada who came to me for insomnia (he said he’d rather try hijamah then go onto anti-depressants).

      Here it is: go back to your post and replace every instance of the word “placebo” with the word “shiffa”. Now you’ll see it differently.

      Everyone- EVERYONE- IJMAA’ will agree that a Tylenol will have no effect unless Allah (Swt) wills it. Right? Tylenol was the means. So what gives anyone the right to deny that any herb, accupuncture needle, touch therapy, homeopathic tuncture, or hijamah cup can be the means to the shiffa of Allah (swt)? It’s tantamount to denying the attributes of Allah.

      So above all you have to recognize that scientific approach ends at a certain point, and the ghaib takes over. We don’t know how shiffa works. It’s not in human capacity to understand the “howness.” But from thousands of years of anecdotal evidence, we know that it exists.

      Most people who come across hijama and try it, do so because the medical approach failed them. No specialist, no scan, no pill nor any test could diagnose their problem. The “emergency medicine” approach failed them, so they looked for alternatives. I sincerely pray to Allah that this does not happen to you or any family member.

      Last point – Productive Muslim, my request is the opposite request from SAS – I am not in favor of censorship. I am in favor of dialogue, so please continue to allow viewpoints to be heard and discussed.

      BarakAllah feek

      • Salam,

        The scientific community (allopathic medicine or otherwise) is influenced by various schools and methods, including the Greek. Our understanding of medicine (and of our own limitations) has progressed a tremendous degree since the days of ancient Greece. Islamic scholarship has also been influenced by various schools and methods (including the Greek) as they collected and interpreted the narrations that came to make up our understanding of the sunnah. All scholarship is influenced to some degree or another by surrounding belief systems and their scholarly predecessors, and all scholarship adapts over time, for better or worse, depending on our own biases and competence at identifying the best evidence and interpreting it. It’s always an uphill struggle. I’m not aware of any existential crises.

        None of us know the ghaib (considering that ghaib means the Unknown, it would be a contradiction in terms). God knows everything, including the things we don’t know (as well as the truth of what we erroneously think we know). We cannot quantify what ghaib is (except perhaps for things that are explicitly stated to be unknown to us, such as when Judgement Day will occur, etc.). What we see through the Hubble Space Telescope would have been ghaib to previous generations, and what future generations see is ghaib to us, and I’m sure many things will remain ghaib to humans until Judgement Day. Yet, had we not tried to investigate space or the world around us, we would not be aware of these ayat. It is the same with medicine.

        Nothing happens without God’s will. No one is saying alternative therapies definitely don’t work; the point is there’s no evidence that they do work, or that they are “means to shiffa” in the first place. First of all, to identify shiffa or healing, you would have to identify what they are healing from (or at the very least identify the symptoms that improved). To lump all medical conditions into one group is sloppy, and the opposite of searching for signs from God.

        Firearms will not have an effect in defending soldiers in a face-off with an invading army unless God wills it…but no one would suggest to meet firearms with swords, or call swords “sunnah” just because they was used in the Prophet’s day (pbuh). Certainly no one would suggest to meet arrows, catapults, or unknown weapons (as an analogy to different medical conditions) with swords. Now imagine someone says, “what gives anyone the right to deny that any sword, knife, slingshot, fist, foot, or broken glass can be the means to the protection of Allah (swt)? It’s tantamount to denying the attributes of Allah.” Do you see how this makes no sense (and veers into the realm of takfeer to boot)?

        Anecdotes are not evidence, because they are heavily influenced by biases. (Remember that thousands of years of “anecdotal evidence”, also known as people saying stuff, convinced generations that there were numerous gods and idols and that these imaginary beings spoke to them…just because people believe something doesn’t mean it’s true). One of the main goals of (well designed) clinical trials is to minimize biases, and they often show that a treatment that was widely believed to be effective is actually not effective, or is less effective/more risky than a less known treatment, or as effective as a much cheaper treatment people could use instead. It’s important to identify these biases in order to make these distinctions and to better treat patients, rather than allowing them to live under the delusion that a particular treatment is effective when it’s not. Laziness in identifying better solutions is not good for anyone, except those who profit from ignorance.

        Now to placebo effects (there’s a lot to say about them, but I’ll stick with the minimum here). Let’s say someone has cancer. They’re convinced that something with no evidence (e.g. “natural therapies”) will heal them, and so they get a placebo effect and feel better for awhile (more cheerful, less pain, etc.). Then they become increasingly ill, because placebo effects are transient. I have personally seen this happen, where a patient insisted she had previously cured her breast cancer by herbal treatments or some such thing, and refused to get any sort of approved treatment for the cancer that had landed her in the intensive care unit. She spent months suffering in the ICU, awake and aware but with a breathing tube, insisting that all she needed was natural treatments, getting more and more complications, until she died. Compare this with people who caught their breast cancer early on, got treated, and lived active lives for decades until they died of other causes. The placebo effect made her feel better for a long time, but eventually it caused great suffering that would have had a much better chance of being avoided had she followed supported treatments.

        People often try out alternative therapies, either hijama or otherwise, before they seek medical help, or instead of it. I personally had a patient that used hijama repeatedly for a stroke, and only sought medical help months later, when he no longer had use of one side of his body, and when it was too late to get much help even from physical therapy. That’s the danger of peddling unfounded treatments as cures, based on the practices of people centuries ago (it’s not like the Prophet (pbuh) even invented hijama, it was something people already used).

        If a patient wants to try a harmless “therapy” with no evidence of effectiveness because he or she sought medical help, followed it and the doctors said there was no hope, then they’re free to try these therapies; if they want to try harmless “therapies” that have no evidence of help or harm to following doctors’ instructions, no one would object (it’s their money if they want to waste it). But patients should know about this lack of evidence so they can make informed choices, not have the “therapies” marketed to them as miracle cures. They would be better off joining clinical trials in many cases.

        Anyway, even something like hijama will lead to bruises which are not helpful, and if they cut the skin, there’s always the risk of infection, so why not pick something else? Why not just do ruqya, and have someone stroke their head and pray over them? Why pay for unsupported “therapies” rather than donate the money for research or some sadaqa jariya (continuing charity) if they’re seeking barakah (blessing)?

        Lastly, there is a difference between censorship and being careful whom you trust to inform your readers. I’m assuming PM doesn’t want to mislead their readership, so I definitely recommend doing due diligence and getting qualified people to discuss such topics. This reminds me of when Islamophobes write articles containing all sorts of easily disproved lies about Islam, and people feel the need to argue the truth in comments. It’s basic due diligence, not censorship, to tell the Islamophobes to first show their qualifications and provide their evidence before publishing the articles. It’s much harder correcting misinformation once it spreads.

        Salam

        • salaam

          1. “Dont waste your money.” This emotional argument has no merit here. Overzealous doctors say these same alarmist statements about vitamins, herbs and so on.

          2. “Only qualified people.” Yes, and a medical doctor is not qualified to talk about the merits of hijamah, unless they themself have undergone the training. A good M.D. stays in their lane and understands how and where the alternative therapies fit into a comprehensive health care plan.

          3. “Bruises”. This is inaccurate. The discolorations are not bruises. A bruise is from blunt trauma. Hijama does not injure people.

          4. “Risk of infection from a cut.” Really? So, don’t donate blood because the needle prick could cause infection? Don’t use a diabetic blood sugar prick test because of risk of infection? Ban MMA and the professional sports industry as a whole, because of risk of infection? Come on..

          5. Cancer stories. This is a can of worms. For each of your stories I have 3. Explain to me the 14 year old girl who did hijamah (and a bunch of other things) over the course of a year and survived leg amputation? Her tibia literally grew back. Her medical care team is amazed. Explain to me, my own uncle who was told he had 3 months to live – and its been 9 months since then? Explain to me how my friend’s mom’s tumor disappeared within 3 months after she went for umrah. Right here in Toronto, at Princess Margaret Hospital. “Placebo”? No, I say Allahu Akbar.

          6. Hijama is not a miracle cure and should not be marketed as such. It has its scope.

          7. The physician is the primary care provider and facilitates the diagnosis via testing. Would never advise a person to go “rogue” self-diagnose without any assistance from a physician.

          salaam

    • salaam

      dear sas,

      i may be wrong but wasn’t the Beloved’s (peace be upon him) advice to us do Hijama-an order from the angels in the heavens?

      • I’ve never heard that. And even if there were such a hadith, and it were considered reliable and mutawatir (with multiple intact chains of narrators), it’s one thing for the Companions to do something such as cupping that may have had some effect (even if it turns out to be entirely placebo) at a time where there were no other options, and an entirely different thing for us to do it when there are options that actually have been shown to work.

        And in cases when there are no available therapies, patients should be well aware that cupping or whatever unproven treatment they want to use has not been shown to be effective; then it’s their prerogative to do it anyway or not. When you watch ads from pharmaceutical companies, they are obligated to disclose potential side effects (even when the drug was proved to be an effective treatment for a particular condition after years in clinical trials), but alternative therapies are often not well regulated and anyone can say anything about them, in ignorance or for profit.

        • I’m only going to address the most alarming statement in your post above:

          The usul of hadith interpretation have not changed for centuries. Each of the 4 madhaahib have their fiqh regarding hijamah. Where, when, can you charge for it, etc. If new interpretation of the ahadith were required then it would have happened by one of the students of these madhaahib at some point in the past 1400 years. Hijamah is universally accepted by all of the fuqahaa and muhaditheen. If you’re challenging centuries of established principles then we seek refuge in this. We do not support any kind of new progressive madhab, with new usul of hadith interpretation.

          Since you didn’t know the very commonly citied hadith about the angels then maybe read through some of them. Hijamah as a sunnah is not about 1 or 2 hadith. There are dozens and dozens. Here are a few: http://hijamahworks.com/hadith-collection.html.

          salaam

          • I don’t know how your reply even relates to my post. As I explained, medical practice has improved tremendously over the past centuries, and in fact you claimed yourself that your clients should primarily follow their doctors. Thank you for the link to the ahadith (although when you copy-paste all these translations and commentaries into your websites you really should source them, including the translators); however, as people didn’t have any options besides cupping (and often more unpleasant things, it seems), it’s hardly surprising this was what was recommended back in the Prophet’s days (pbuh). We have better validated treatments now, as I’ve explained repeatedly.

            The very commonly cited hadith about the angels advising the Prophet (pbuh) to use hijama seems to be from Sunan Ibn Majah (Book 31 Hadith 3477) and is classified as da’eef (weak). Just because it’s commonly cited (from what I’ve seen, mostly by people selling hijama), doesn’t mean it’s reliable or that it should be commonly cited.

            Salam

          • SAS – I am trying to help you here. You are trying to use your rational thought to make an argument that hijamah is somehow deprecated or obsolete. At best, you’re delving into a grey area here and should consult students of knowledge of your doubts before going onto a public forum and calling for PdM to stop publishing articles on Islamic health. What next, will you be casting doubt on miswak? Honey? All of Islamic medicine?

            You cannot do random ta’weel (intepretation) of ahadith. You talk about who is qualified, then let the muhaddith speak: I have directly spoken to shuyukh of shariah about this. They come to me in fact.

            In all cases, there are usul (principles) about when you look at fulfilling the spirit or objective of the law, and then the literal element. To give an example, the valid opinion of the shafi’ madhab that says the objective of siwak is to brush the teeth, so tooth brushing is a valid substitute. However- science came along and showed there are specific minerals in the ararak tree. And then the other madhaahib say, there are specific barakah in using the actual twig, which cannot be replaced. This does not mean the shafi opinion is invalid, but we can say that the other opinions are stronger. In your case, nobody has suggested hijamah is in this category. There have been a small minority which said blood donation/blood letting is a substitute. However again, science has shown that blood donation only reduces blood volume and red blood cell count. It does not account for the local effect (cupping site), lymphatic drainage, reduction in muscle inflammation, nervous stimulation, changes in cerebro-spinal pulse and the list continues. As well as the barakah of doing the action which was done by rasul Allah (saw).

            And still you have yet to produce anything to back up your line of rational thought.

            re: The hadith sources, as is indicated in the titling and pre-amble, are directly from the books of hadith.

            In your last statement your grievance are revealed once again about “selling” hijamah. Why not just take an honest reflection of your emotions here and explore what your true grievance is.

            Dear aspiring hijamah therapist:
            The above is a extreme minority. You will face objections, obstacles, doubts – and hopefully in the conversation above you’ve gotten a firm grasp on how to identify what is truly behind people’s objections.

            salaam

    • Assalaamualaikum wa rahmathulLah. Appreciate your contribution to the discussion. I’m a dentist and a couple of points came to mind after reading your comment…

      1_ it’s true that the article has attributed medical benefits to cupping which are not yet validated by scientific studies.
      2_ your comment rightly educated the lack of proper scientific study and literature on this topic
      3_ in my opinion, the scientific establishment can only say ‘ So far, we have no conclusive evidence to say cupping is beneficial or harmful as there has been no proper studies conducted yet’
      4_ in other words, to argue cupping is harmful or beneficial, is, from a strictly scientific perspective, very unscientific.
      5_what is Islamic criteria for classifying whether a matter the Messenger peace be upon him said falls in category if our worldly affairs (like the crop Hadith) or is a part of our religion? I believe the Muhaditheen maybe aware of this and should be considered in drawing our conclusions.
      6_ cos otherwise we would have a situation where muslims would throw away many beneficial advises of a Messenger of God.

      May Allah guide us all in all our affairs. And may He inspire someone in or outside the Umma to conduct a proper scientific study into this topic. And save the muslims from discarding even one beneficial advice of His Messenger peace be upon him.

      WaLlahu A’alam wa Jazaka Allah khair

      • WAS,

        Thank you for your comment.

        As to #3, that is the point, that there is no conclusive evidence, as you say. Lack of evidence is not necessarily evidence of lack of effectiveness, but it is important not to call a therapy effective with no evidence to avoid misleading people.

        #5 That is a good question. I would suggest that at the very least, matters concerning worship and the hereafter count as matters of religion (a very uncontroversial statement, although the details of what is accepted may vary), with essentially everything else counting as “worldy affairs”. Of course, the process of identifying basic ethical principles arises from what we understand to be revealed from God, and the interactions of the Prophet (pbuh) – and those who learned directly from him -with their own daily affairs will influence and (ideally) help direct our dealings with “worldy affairs”; however, when we have better evidence concerning a subject (e.g. medical practices) than they had in the time of the Prophet (pbuh), then we should follow the path of the best evidence, a practice which is most consistent with our role in benefiting society as Muslims.

        #6 The process of identifying exactly what the Prophet (pbuh) said, and in what context, and which advice should be used in which situation is an extensive and complex matter that the scholars have been debating since he died, with varying opinions, opinions which often change as new evidence arises. Frankly, as a community, we should be supporting the process of evaluating all evidence with the new tools and data that we have. The idea is not to toss out his advice, but to continually improve upon the process of understanding what God would have us do. I see no reason to assume that whatever they used for medical practice back then should be followed by ourselves in an effort to bring us closer to God, nor to assume that it is particularly effective, any more than I would assume traveling by camel is better than by car or train, or that it is more effective.

        God does not change a people until they change themselves. It would not be terribly difficult to conduct proper research into the matter (and to many other matters believed to be religious), but it would need funding and people trained in conducting research properly (which is the exception, as most physicians don’t actually have this training). It’s completely doable, it just needs a concentrated effort from the community.

  14. Thank you for this very beneficial article. I didn’t know that certain days yield better results. I wonder if this has to do with the moon’s gravitational pull. Also, what are thise six points referred to in the article?

    Jazak Allah khayrun

  15. According to Ulemas, Yoga is not allowed in Islam because many sounds pronounced refer to their many Gods not to mention that Yoga is tightly related to Buddhism, reincarnation, and Polytheism.

    Be aware that guiding people to the right path is rewarded with good deeds and vice-versa!

    Take care. May Allah guide us to the right path. Ameen.

  16. When I first heard about hijama I thought I’d never get it done but then I did. Alhamdulillah it was really beneficial and after getting it done a number of time I decided to revive this sunnah. I’m now a qualified hijama therapist 😊

  17. Assalam. Jazakallah khair. This article has shed a lot of light on cupping and its tremendous relevance and re emphasised the need for us to adhere to the sunnah of our beloved RASUL. I hope at a certain time you will kindly mention the six areas cupping is most imperative. I wish us all more of ALLAH’s guidance .

  18. AsSalamulaikum,
    Do you know yoga is a Hindu prayer to worship their gods.
    We should not follow the footprint of sayatan.
    Don’t use the word yoga if u just mean just workout

  19. As salaamu alaikum and barak Alah feek for sharing this very important information. I am co-owner of a clinic in Toronto Canada (HijamahWorks.com) and alhumdulillah over the past 5 years we have served over 1000 muslims and muslimahs in our city. We highly encourage people to learn about this alternative health therapy. If you are interested in learning, here are some names of reputable online schools: ICAHT, simply hijamah, broken earth, hijamah nation, the optimum cure and recently we put out our own starter course DIY Dry Cupping. It’s time to make a change! May Allah grant you good health and eman, ameen.

  20. Asalamu aleykum werahmatullahi weberekatuhu I have been wanting to do hijamah for a while now, but in Sweden it is so hard to find a hijamah clinic. So can I do it in some Chinese or non-Islamic clinics? Would that be counted as sunnah? Or even better, do you know a hijamah clinic in Sweden, specifically Stockholm?
    Jezakumu Allahu kheiren for sharing this with with us
    Aselamu aleykum

  21. Bismillaah
    Alhamdulillah.. my family and I had been practicing Hijamah for years… May this practice spread over muslim communities in the world.
    Salaam
    from Indonesia

  22. If hijama was practised by the prophet s.a.w definitely its good n benefitial but professional of trainee hijama are very rare and i want to know is yoga permissible in islam?

  23. Good informative article I knew before about hijama only as a cure for certain diseases. After reading this article i came to know its a complete solution for today problems. Jazak Allah for sharing this

  24. I have tried the HIjama and got the good results. But I don’t know whether it was due to placebo effect or due to HIjama itself. As I didn’t find much medical evidence to back-up this Arab Medicine, I still have my doubts, but many of my friends are happy with this practice.

    I read some Islamic Quotes about it on this site: greatislamicquotes.com as well but still… I think I have to try it again.

  25. Alhadulillah for this beneficial article I have since start making enquiries in my country (Nigeria) on where I can get the hijamah done thanks to this wonderful article for motivating me May Allah accept it from us and reward us abundantly jazakumullah khair

    • Alhamdulillah for being here. Cupping is a sunnah practiced by the prophet and his companions, and great scholars of islaam over centuries. It is well accepted in Nigeria and I’m a Nigerian cupping therapist with tremendous success stories. Check out my latest interview on http://www.ahealth.co.uk.

  26. salaam alaikom,

    As to your questions above sister Najat …the first time i did hijama was with a medical righteous leader…it was quite an experience …as after first seeing him on Iqra, and then walking into his surgery and coming upon his awe inspiring figure and his calm demeanor …sorry that was off what you may have asked…but as everything is an experience…etc….i do recall, whilst first blood was drawn out and being asked ‘how do you feel now?’ and giving the response of raaha (i.e restfulness)….as to each time i have done Hijama in the past i personaly feel…subhan Allah..physcally and spiritually light and afloat with contentment and a whole lot of euphoria of all sorts.Al-Hamdullah. w jezakom Allah kul khair for the reminder. And on that note, if anybody else reads this may i remind them about the moon and the ebb and flow and its’ affects. Therefore i seek refuge from my soul.

    may i pose a few questions….could it be done on different days apart from the sunnah days? and is it true the talk about avoiding certain days..not sure something to do with the days and its relation to Ayub alaih asalaam?

    as for a reminder and a gift too…pain can be smoothed and eased by rubbing the oil of black seed over affected area.

    اللهم اشفينا جمعيا شفاء لا يغادر سقمة and May Allah shed our sins. Allahoma ameen.

    barak Allah feekom w salaam alaikom w Rahmatu.

  27. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    لَّذِي خَلَقَنِي فَهُوَ يَهْدِينِ
    وَالَّذِي هُوَ يُطْعِمُنِي وَيَسْقِينِ
    وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ
    وَالَّذِي يُمِيتُنِي ثُمَّ يُحْيِينِ
    وَالَّذِي أَطْمَعُ أَن يَغْفِرَ لِي خَطِيئَتِي يَوْمَ الدِّينِ

    صدق الله العظيم

    attempted translation from somewhere in/on the net
    the poets……78. He who created me, and guides me.
    79. He who feeds me, and waters me.
    80. And when I get sick, He heals me.
    81. He who makes me die, and then revives me.
    82. He who, I hope, will forgive my sins on the Day of the Reckoning.

    • الَّذِي خَلَقَنِي فَهُوَ يَهْدِينِ

      dear editors please replace this to the top one. especially as it is Allah’s words and may He forgive me

  28. Have tried it. Would recommend it as you do feel physically that you have removed toxins from your body. A good practitioner can give you a reading on the type of blood that the body has been expelled. A proper follow up is the frequency of the hijama as I do not think that one treatment would do the trick.

  29. As-Salaam-Alaikum,
    Jazaka Allah for such a beneficial article. I have only done dry Hijama never done a wet Hijama, but after reading your article will definitely consider doing a wet Hijama as a Sunnah and for cure In Sha Allah.
    What are your thoughts on dry Hijama?

  30. Assalamu alaikum
    I was reading the Interpretations and meaning of the Noble Quran in which I came across 2 Hadith which mentions cupping both are from Sahih Al Bukhari. I would like to quote one of these Hadith and provide references for both.
    Narrated ‘Aun bin Abu Juhaifa (RA): My father bought a slave who practiced the profession of cupping. (My father broke the slaves instruments of cupping). I asked my father why he had done so. He replied, “The Prophet (pbuh) forbade the acceptance of the price of a dog or Blood, and also forbade the profession of tattooing, or getting tattooed and receiving or giving Riba, and cursed the picture-makers.
    Sahib Al-Bukhari, 3/2086(O.P.299)
    The other Hadith is very similar in regards to cupping too from Sahih Al-Bukhari, 7/5962 (O.P.845)
    These are authentic Hadith without any doubt and I personally feel we should do more research on these Hadith. If possible can you please elaborate a bit more on these Hadith and tell us if cupping is still permissible or forbidden as my knowledge of deen is very limited. I hope I myself and all readers benefit from this information.
    JazakAllah khair
    Sister in Islam
    Jannah

  31. Well, this is the first time I’ve heard about “Hijama”. Its really a mazing.
    I wish if I knew someone doing it, I can always go to them for my ailmnts.

  32. AssalamuAlaikum Sr. Najat Haddouch,
    I tried hijjamah about 3-4 times (as far as I remember). It’s not as scary as I though it would be. After receiving the treatment I felt a bit of a low energy while drinking more cool liquids during the first 2 days, then after that I felt good and almost rejuvenated. I feel proud to know that hajjamah seems to be an Islamic sunni detox for our health. InSha’Allah am looking forward to taking hijjamah again. :)
    Thank you for sharing us this beautiful article! Jazaki Allah Khair and May Allah grants you tawfeek in dunya and akhira.

  33. Why have you mentioned YOGA, a pagan exercise full of shirk filled chantings as a healthy option. Why should Muslims indulge in such things. Otherwise the article is good alhamdulillah

  34. I have hijama once every month. Dont know how id cope without it. Its also very good to break the effects of Sihr. Excellent detox i encourage my daughters to have it oerformed regularly too.

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