Hijama or Cupping Therapy – Sunnah Points on Human Body

Sunnah Points on Body

Sunnah Points on Body

There are total 9 Sunnah Points of the body where Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam were performed hijama or cupping therapy. These are the sunnah points of Hijama or Cupping Therapy

Hadiths About Sunnah Points

  • In Ghazwah Khyber while our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w was poisoned, he took Hijamah at 3 points on the KAHIL, we feel that a cup was applied behind the heart (at the left of KAHIL), & the third was either a little bit lower to this point OR on the right side of KAHIL, Allah Knows the best.
  • Abdul Razzaq narrated that, “A Jewish woman brought to Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam a roasted sheep that she had poisoned, while he was in Khyber. Our beloved Prophet asked, ‘What is this, She said, a gift, being careful not to say that it was from charity so that he would not eat it. Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam and Sahabah (his companions) ate from the sheep, then our beloved Prophet said, “Stop eating”. He said to the woman, ‘Did you poison this sheep?’ She said, “Who told you that” ? He said, this bone,’ meaning the ewe’s leg that he had in his hand. She said, “Yes”. He said, ‘Why?’ She said, I thought that if you were a liar, the people would be relieved from you. However, if you were a true Prophet, it would not harm you.’ Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam then used HIJAMAH (cupping) thrice on the KAHIL (upper part of his back) and commanded that his Companions do the same. Yet, several of them died.”
  • Narrated by Ibn Majah, on the authority of Ali Radi Allaho Anh that angel JIBREEL advised Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam for Hijamah at Akhda’ain (posterior jugulars) and KAHIL (upper back ~ between the shoulders).
  • Reported by Abdullah Bin Bujainah Radi Allaho Anh that Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam took Hijamah on the center of his head (Yafookh) and he was in Ehraam while his journey to Makkah. (Name of the place where they stopped is mentioned as Lahyi Jamal)
  • Abu Dawood narrated that Jabir Radi Allaho Anh said that Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam used Hijamah (wet cupping) on his hip because of a debilitation he suffered from.

Reported by Anas Radi Allaho Anh that (while in Ehraam), Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam took Hijamah on the top of his foot due to the pain in that area. Narrated by Abu Dawood.

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Practice Hijama or Cupping Therapy – Islamic History, Types & Benefits

Dry Cupping

History of Hijama or Cupping Therapy

Hijama, more popularly known as cupping, is a natural treatment that has a very long history. Practice hijama this natural treatment can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Chinese and Middle East. However, the establishment of hijama was done by Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W. The practice is encouraged, with not only earthly reward (having a good health) but also heavenly one (given reward by ALLAH for following the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W).

History of cupping in Islam. The term hijama comes from hajm, which literally means sucking. The practice of hijama involves the application of cups to several points on the skin and the creation of a vacuum by removing the air from the inside of the cups.

During the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W lifetime, he often practiced hijama and said that it is the best of remedies (the benefits of hijama are already proven, which we will discuss shortly). He also advised his followers to practice hijama as well. Back then, hijama was done by using a horn as the cup. Today, the cups are made from other materials such as silicone or glass although the core principle remains the same.

Types of Hijama

There are two types of hijama, dry and wet. The dry hijama involves only the creation of vacuum and suction of the skin surface. The wet hijama, on the other hand, involves incisions.

Dry Hijama

Dry hijama is practiced on the body or, if there is any, the painful areas. The purpose of dry hijama is to increase blood flow as well as gather the blood in the affected areas. Sometimes, dry hijama is also done in combination with massage. In this treatment, the cups are applied after the skin is oiled using olive oil.


Wet Hijama

The process of wet hijama is more or less the same with dry hijama. The only difference is that wet hijama involves incisions. These incisions are done using a small, sharp blade razor or needle.

From the incisions, harmful blood that contains impurities like toxin will flow. Since wet hijama is must be done carefully, make sure that it is done by a professional therapist to avoid infection.


When to Practice Hijama

Prophet Muhammad taught us that there are times to practice hijama and the times to avoid it. The best dates to practice hijama are these: 17th, 19th and 21st of the lunar month. But if hijama is required for urgent treatment, it is recommended to do hijama immediately without waiting the best date. Hijama cupping on 17, 19 and 21 of the lunar month is recommended to maintain the health of various diseases because at the time the blood is being churned.

Hijama Cupping Benefits in Islam

There are two kinds of hijama cupping benefits in Islam. The first is, of course, the direct health benefits that you will experience. The second one is a heavenly reward from Allah since by practicing hijama we follow what His Messenger taught us.

According to the Prophet, hijama also improves one’s memory. Hijama is a treatment that is directed not only to one’s body but also his mind and soul. With hijama, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues can be alleviated. The practice of hijama is relaxing for the patient. It can eliminate depression and anxiety, too.

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