Hadiths on Hijama


Hadith Narrations on Cupping/Hijamah

Cupping (Hijama) Is The Best Of Remedies

“Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping (hijama)…” [Bukhari (5371)].

“If there was something excellent to be used as a remedy then it is cupping (hijama).” [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3857), Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3476)].


“I did not pass by an angel from the angels on the night journey except that they all said to me: Upon you is cupping (hijama), O Muhammad.”[Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3477)].

The angels said, “Oh Muhammad, order your Ummah (nation) with cupping (hijama).”[Tirmidhee (3479)].


Cupping (Hijama) Is A Preventative Medicine

“Whoever  wants to perform cupping (hijama) then let him search for the 17th, 19th and 21stday (of the Islamic, lunar month) and let none of you allow his blood to rage (boil) such that it kills him.” [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3486)].

“When the weather becomes extremely hot, seek aid in cupping (hijama). Do not allow your blood to rage (boil) such that it kills you.” [Reported by Hakim in his ‘Mustadrak’ and he authenticated it and Imam ad-Dhahabi agreed (4/212)].

“Healing is in three things: in the incision of the cupper, in drinking honey, and in cauterizing with fire, but I forbid my Ummah (nation) from cauterization (branding with fire).” [Bukhari (5681)

“Indeed in cupping (hijama) there is a cure.” [Sahih Muslim (5706)]. 

“Cupping (hijama) on an empty stomach* is best. In it is a cure and a blessing…”[Ibn Maajah (3487)].

“Whoever performs cupping (hijama) on the 17th, 19th or 21st day (of the Islamic, lunar month) then it is a cure for every disease.” [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3861)].

“Whoever  wants to perform cupping (hijama) then let him search for the 17th, 19thand 21st…” [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3486)].

“Cupping (hijama) on an empty stomach* is best. In it is a cure and a blessing. It improves the intellect and the memory.

“Cupping (hijama) on an empty stomach* is best. It increases the intellect and improves the memory. It improves the memory of the one memorising. 

‘alaa ar-reeq in arabic means to fast until after being treated with cupping. Once the treatment of cupping has been completed, one may eat and drink. 

As for the Islamic day and night, the night enters before the day. So at sunset on Tuesday, Wednesday night comes in. Cupping (hijama) is best performed during the daytime between the adhaan of fajr and the adhaan of maghrib because yawm in arabic means daytime.

Cupping (Hijama) May Be Used For:


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


Ibn al-Qaiyum (may Allah have mercy on him) mentions that the Messenger r 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)].


A Jewish woman gave poisoned meat to the Messenger so the Prophet SAW 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 felt pain from it, he performed cupping (hijama). Once he travelled while in Ihram and felt pain hence performed cupping (hijama). [Ahmed (1/305) the hadeeth is hasan (good chain with all the paths)].

Strengthening One’s Intelligence And Memory

“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)].


“The Messenger was cupped on (his foot) for bruising.” [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (2807)].