Hijama and Cupping
The act of performing Hijama (cupping) is a Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah’s peace be upon him) and it is extensively reported in a wide collection of authentic ahadith. Its practice is strongly recommended and emphasized in a number of narrations. The practice of Hijama forms an integral part of Islamic Prophetic Medicine.
Hijama was a common practice of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah’s peace be upon him) and his companions for the treatment of a range of ailments as well as a form of body maintenance and health promotion.
What is Cupping or Hijama
The word ‘hijama’ means ‘drawing out’ in Arabic. It is now being recognized as alternative medicine or an alternative way of treating different diseases and bodily disorders. Some sections of the modern medical community also endorse the various benefits of hijama and even encourage its practice for certain diseases.
In this non-surgical procedure, toxic or ‘bad’ blood is drawn out from the body. Certain ‘hijama points’ on the body are addressed to do so. On such selected points, blood is encouraged to accumulate and then sucked out by using a little vacuum system. The blood is made to accumulate on the surface of the skin where minute incisions are introduced on the skin; the blood comes out from the incisions and is collected in a cup from where it is removed.
Benefits of Hijama (Cupping)
Hijama is has been in use in many countries to treat certain diseases or bodily disorders. While the Chinese seem to have played a leading role in using this technique to treat certain diseases, Arabs and others have adopted also it since it was recognized as beneficial by the Prophet (Allah’s peace be upon him). The Europeans were also doing cupping to treat many diseases. The difference between the Arabs or Muslims and others in doing hijama was not hidden since while believers were more interested to do hijama as the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) (without questioning anything), others were doing it purely for medical benefit.