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The best days to do cupping

Question

Please could you verify the following Narration.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The best of days that you should perform cupping are the seventeenth, nineteenth and the twenty first of the month. I did not pass a single gathering of Angels on the night of Isra except that they would say to me ‘O Muhammad perform cupping’

Answer

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“When I went for Isra (Mi’raj) every group of Angels encouraged me to do cupping and the best days for cupping are the seventeenth, nineteenth and twenty first”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2053)

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has classified the above narration as sound (hasan).

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

CUPPING ON A WEDNESDAY?

Question

I have heard that the Hadith regarding prohibition of cupping on a Wednesday is weak. Is this true and is cupping harmful on Wednesday?

 

Answer

What you have heard is indeed correct. The Hadith Masters have judged the famous narration which discourages cupping on a Wednesday as weak.

[The Hadith states that one who cups on a Wednesday or Saturday will suffer from leprosy- Musnad Bazzar, Hadith: 7800, 7807 and others)

However despite that, the very senior Muhaddithun, like Imams ‘Ali Ibn Madini and Ahmad ibn Hambal (rahimahumallah) have encouraged that one abide by this narration, since there were several individuals in History who tried cupping on a Wednesday and suffered thereafter with the disease of leprosy (just as the Hadith warned).

(Refer to Zadul Ma’ad, vol.4 pg.55-56, Fathul Bari, hadith: 5694 and Hukmul ‘amali bil Hadithid Da’if, of Shaykh ‘Awwamah, pg. 38 with the footnotes)

Therefore, as a precaution, one should try and avoid cupping on a Wednesday or Saturday.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

HOW MANY TIMES DID NABI (SALLALLAHU ‘ALAYHI WA SALLAM) DO CUPPING?

Question

Is there any mention in Hadith as to how many times Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) had cupping done?

 

Answer

It is quite apparent from the books of sirah, that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) had cupping done several times and on various limbs.

I have not come across a narration which mentions the exact number of times that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) underwent cupping.

There is however, clear mention of two Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhuma) that did cupping for Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam).

‘Allamah Salihi (rahimahullah) has cited narrations which name the two Sahabah who did cupping on Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as: Abu Taybah and Abu Hind (radiyallahu ‘anhuma).

(Subulul Huda War Rashad, vol. 13 pg. 228-229)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

THE BENEFITS OF CUPPING

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) said, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“How excellent is the person who cups; he removes the [dirty] blood, relieving the back and clearing the vision.”

Answer

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has recorded this as part of a longer Hadith. He has declared the Hadith sound (hasanun gharib).

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2053)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

CUPPING ON AN EMPTY STOMACH IS BEST

Question

Is there a narration which says cupping on an empty stomach is best?

Answer

Yes. Imam Ibn Majah (rahimahullah) and other Muhaddithun have recorded a weak Hadith which states, ‘Cupping on an empty stomach is the most beneficial.’

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3487-3488. Refer: Zawaid Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1156)

These words have also been reported in other corroborating Hadiths.

(Refer: Al Mudawi, Hadith: 1597)

This is suitable (rather recommended) for practice.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

CUPPING IS AMONG THE MOST BENEFICIAL OF TREATMENTS

Question

Could you verify this narration?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Cupping is [among] the most helpful procedure to treat yourself”

Answer

Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu). The Hadith is therefore authentic.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5696)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

CUPPING ON A TUESDAY?

Question

There is a Hadith recorded in Sunan Abi Dawud, wherein Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said that ‘Tuesday is a day of blood.’

What is the status of this narration?

Answer

The full narration is as follows:

Kabshah/Kayyisah bintu Abi Bakrah said that her father would prevent his family from cupping on Tuesday. He would say, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘Tuesday is a day of blood [i.e. a day there is excess blood in the body], in it is an hour where the blood will not stop.’

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 3858, Sharh Ibn Raslan, Hadith: 3862)

Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has declared the chain weak (اسناده ليس بالقوي). He also says that the prohibition from cupping on Tuesday is from the side of the Sahabi (Sayyiduna Abu Bakrah radiyallahu ‘anhu) and not Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). i.e. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did not explicitly prohibit cupping on a Tuesday in this Hadith, rather the Sahabi (radiyallahu ‘anhu) prohibited his family.

(As Sunanul Kubra, vol. 9 pg. 340)

Notes:

1) Some narrations encourage cupping on Monday and Tuesday. This has been recorded through three weak chains. (Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3487-3488. Refer: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 5694). Imam Daraqutni (rahimahullah) has also recorded a statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) where he encouraged cupping on a Tuesday. Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has declared this chain authentic (jayyid).

2) Although the Hadith in question is weak, some Fuqaha may have deemed cupping on Tuesday undesirable as a precautionary measure. Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal (rahimahullah) would -as a precaution- encourage abiding by Hadiths like these, even though they may be weak. (Refer: Zadul Ma’ad, vol. 4 pg. 55 and Fathul Bari, Hadith: 5694. Also see: Hukmul ‘Amal Bil-Hadithid Da’if, pg. 38)

3) The best dates for cupping have been authentically reported in other sources.

Kindly consult a reliable Mufti/Darul Ifta for further clarification and a Juristic (fiqhi) ruling.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

CUPPING ON THE HEAD AND SHOULDERS

Question

Is the following Hadith authentic?

Sayyiduna Abu Kabshah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to undergo cupping on the head and between his shoulders and used to say “Whosoever removes this blood it will not harm him that he does not take any other medical treatment/medicine”

 

Answer

Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration.

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 3855)

This narration will be classified as sound –hasan– by Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) according to his principle.

(Refer: Hidayatur Ruwat, Hadith: 4468)

However, one should be extremely cautious and only consult a professional when doing cupping on the head. Imam Ma’mar, the famous teacher of Imam ‘Abdur Razzaq (rahimahumallah) had lost his memory -temporarily- after undergoing cupping on his head .

(Refer: Musannaf ‘Abdur Razzaq, Hadith: 19817, Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 3856)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

CUPPING ON THE HIP

Question

Is there any narration that the Messenger of Allah was cupped on his hip due to a pain in that area?

Answer

Yes. Imam Abu Dawud and other Muhaddithun have authentically reported the following Hadith:

“Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was cupped on his hip due to discomfort/pain in [that area].”

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 3859. Also see: Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, Hadith: 2660 and footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah -hafizahullah- on Musannaf, Hadith: 14809)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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