Salmat, the servant of the Messenger (SAW) said, “Whenever someone would complain of a headache to the Messenger of Allah , he would advise them to perform cupping (hijama).” [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3858)].

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) mentions that the Messenger (SAW) was cupped on his head when he was afflicted with magic and that it is from the best of cures for this if performed correctly. [Zaad al Ma’aad (4/125-126)].

Abdullah ibn Abbas reported that a Jewish woman gave poisoned meat to the Messenger (SAW) so he sent her a message saying, “What caused you to do that?” She replied, “If you really are a Prophet then Allah will inform you of it and if you are not then I would save the people from you!” When the Messenger r felt pain from it, he r performed cupping (hijama). Once he travelled while in Ihram and felt that pain and hence performed cupping (hijama). [Ahmed (1/305) the hadeeth is hasan (good chain with all the paths)].

Strengthening One’s Intelligence And Memory
Ibn Umar reported that the Messenger r said, “Cupping (hijama) on an empty stomach* is best. In it is a cure and a blessing. It improves the intellect and the memory…” [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3487)].

Jaabir ibn Abdullah y reported that the Messenger (SAW) fell from his horse onto the trunk of a palm tree and dislocated his foot. Waki’ t said, “Meaning the Messenger (SAW) was cupped on (his foot) for bruising.” [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (2807)].

Cupping (Hijama) While fasting Or In The State Of Ihram
Abdullah ibn Abbas reported that the Messenger (SAW) was cupped on his head for a unilateral headache while he was in Ihraam. [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5701)].

Abdullah ibn Abbas reported that the Messenger (SAW) was cupped while he was fasting. [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5694)].

Anas ibn Maalik 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 SAW 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 y mentioned because the fasting person becomes weak if they perform cupping (hijama) and Allah knows best.

Areas of Cupping (Hijama)
Anas ibn Maalik reported that the Messenger (SAW) was treated with cupping (hijama) three times on the two veins at the side of the neck and the base of the neck. [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3860), ibn Maajah (3483)]

Abdullah ibn Abbas reported that the Messenger (SAW) was cupped on his head. [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5699)].

Abdullah ibn ‘Umar reported that the Messenger (SAW) used to cup his head and would call it (the place at the top of the head) “Umm Mugheeth.” [Saheehah (753), Saheeh al-Jaami’ (4804)].Jaabir ibn Abdullah reported that the Messenger (SAW) was treated with cupping (hijama) on his hip for a pain in that area. [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3863)]. Anas ibn Maalik y reported that the Messenger (SAW) was treated with cupping (hijama) when he was in Ihram, on the top of his foot, for a pain in that area. [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (1836)]. Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said, “Cupping (hijama) under the chin is beneficial for pain in the teeth, face and throat, if it is performed in its proper time. It purifies the head and the jaws.Cupping (hijama) on the top of the foot is a substitution for the puncturing of the Saphena, which is a large vein in the heel. It is beneficial for treating ulcers that occur on the thighs and calves, the interruption of menses and skin irritation on the testicles.Cupping (hijama) at the bottom of the chest is beneficial for the treatment of sores, scabies and mange on the thighs. It helps against gout, hemorrhoids, elephantiasis and itchiness on the back.” [Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/58].

Cupping (Hijama) For Women
Jaabir ibn Abdullah reported Umm Salama (may Allah be pleased with her) asked permission from the Messenger (SAW) to be treated with cupping (hijama). So the Messenger (SAW) ordered Abu Teeba to cup her. Jaabir ibn Abdullah y said, ” I think he (SAW) said that Abu Teeba is her brother through breastfeeding or a young boy who didn’t reach puberty”. [Saheeh Muslim (5708), abu Dawud (4102), Saheeh ibn Maajah (3480)].

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