Nasihah (Advice): The benefits of Cupping
Sayyiduna Ibn Abbas radiyallahu anhuma reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “How excellent is the person who does cupping; he removes the [dirty] blood, relieving the back and clearing the vision.” [Sunan Tirmidhi]
Question and Answer:
- Does cupping break the Wudhu? If it does, can one perform Salaah after making Wudhu if the blood was just wiped off with a tissue paper or towel?
(Question published as received)
- In cupping therapy, blood is drawn and extracted from the body to the extent that blood flows from the incisions. This nullifies and breaks one’s Wudhu. One will have to perform a fresh Wudhu to perform Salaah thereafter.
In regards to blood that flows out of the body, the blood must be cleansed before performing Salaah if the collective blood that flows out covers more than the size of a Dirham.
A dry tissue or paper towel is not sufficient to cleanse blood from the body. If three wet pieces of tissue or cloth or three wet wipes are used to clean the blood, this will suffice.
A Dirham refers to the Islamic silver coin that was approx. 2.75cm in diameter. It is equivalent to the size of the old 50 cent coin and is 2mm larger than the current R5 coin (South Africa). (Lubaab 1/52 – Ahsanul Fataawa Vol. 1 pg. 89 – Fatawaa Raheemiyyah 4/23 – Hindiyyah 1/43)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
Mufti Moosa Salie
(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.)
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