What Is Hijama?
Hijama is a therapy that comes from the Arabic root – sucking; vacuum. This therapy works with the body’s condition and balances it. The body may be suffering from sluggish organs, or be in need of detoxification, and either way Hijama is an effective treatment. Hijama therapy is even known to have helped women ovulate and thus, fall pregnant.
How and When Is Hijama Therapy Performed?
According to the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) there are certain places on the body that should have this treatment even if the individual is well, as a preventive medicine. There are also recommended times to perform Hijama and other times when Hijama should not be performed unless there is necessity. According to the Sunnah it is recommended to have Hijama performed on the 17, 19, and 21 of the Islamic calendar, but if it is necessary it is permissible to do it. Also, according to the Sunnah, Hijama should be done at the back of the neck, and between the two shoulder blades as this connects the brain to the rest of the body and it brings oxygen into the brain and helps the body to repair itself. This is also the place where toxins accumulate. Moreover, it strengthens the lymphatic system. Some Syrian groups do Hijama on the two shoulder blades as opposed to the back of the neck, however, traditional Chinese medicine, as well as other ancient medicine, refer to the back of the neck.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO THE TREATMENT?
Can we perform Hijama while Fasting?
Anas ibn Maalik RA was asked: "Did you dislike cupping for the fasting person?" He said, "No except for the reason of one becoming weak." [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (1940)]. This is not affected by the hadeeth, "The cupper and the one being cupped have broken their fast." [Saheeh see Irwaa al-Ghaleel (931)]. This is because the hadeeth is abrogated as Sheikh al-Albaani and ibn Hazm (may Allah have mercy upon them) showed by the following hadeeth: Abu Sa'eed al-Khudhree T said, "The Messenger PBUH validated cupping for the fasting person." [Saheeh see Irwaa al-Ghaleel (4/74)]. It appears that cupping (hijama) is allowed but disliked as Anas ibn Maalik RA mentioned because the fasting person becomes weak if they perform cupping (hijama) and Allah knows best. It is not recommended to have hijama treatment whilst fasting as it can make one feel even more weeker, tired & lathergic, especially in the UK, as we'l fasting for aprox (19hours). One may feel the need to break their fast in order to intake nutrients/ energy back to their body to help mobilise blood flow
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Cupping is the most helpful procedure for human beings to cure themselves." (Al Bukhari, 5357, and Muslim 1577)
He (peace and blessings be upon him) also said, "If there is any good in your medical treatments, it is in the blade of the cupper, drinking honey….." (Al Bukhari, 5356, and Muslim, 2205)