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Islamic rulings on hijama

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In this section we wish to explain the islamic rulings relating to hijama as there are many misconceptions and assumptions made regarding a number of issues around the topic.

There are many websites and forums on the internet that discuss these issues often quoting ahadeeth (narrations) relating to the topic and making rulings based on individual opinions, interpretations and understandings often without appropriate research, methodology or qualification.

At Hijama Centres UK we pride ourselves in our intergrated understanding of human health, medicine and patient centred health care but recognise that we are not qualified to make judments or rullings on religious matters, even those pertaining to health related issues.

For this reason we have not attempted to provide our own opinion or interpretations on the matter but have sought qualified islamic advice from a reputable and reliable scholar.

About the Scholar: Shaykh Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari

Shaykh Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari is a traditionally-trained Islamic scholar who has studied the Arabic language and various other traditional Islamic sciences including Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir), Hadith and Fiqh in different parts of the world including the UK, Pakistan and Syria. His Shuyukh/teachers include his father, Shaykh Mawlana Adam, Shaykh Yusuf Motala, Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, Shaykh Abd al-Razzaq al-Halabi and others. He has received authorizations (ijazahs) in various Islamic disciplines including the six major collections of Hadith and the science of issuing religious verdicts (Fatwa). His authored works include: Islamic Guide to Sexual Relations, Birth Control & Abortion in Islam, The Issue of Shares and Simplified Rules of Zakat, and is widely known for providing answers to people’s everyday issues and comprehensive fiqh related articles; which can be found at his website

The Shaykh has taught many courses and lectured extensively on a range of topics, and continues to travel regularly teaching and lecturing both in the UK and abroad. Presently, he resides in Leicester, UK, where he is a teacher of various traditional Islamic sciences, and Director and researcher at the Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence (Darul Iftaa,

Questions and Rulings:

Asalaamu alaykum Warahmatullah,

I am writing to you on behalf of hijama centres UK. We provide private health care services including wet cupping/Hijama therapy in a number of locations in the UK. Primarily we provide Hijama for the treatment of medical ailments however we do also provide treatments for Sunna/prophylactic reasons too. We give medical consultations as well as patient advice and education services to the community.

We maintain high standards of practice by ensuring that all patients are treated under the guidance of a qualified health professional & by utilising single use clean clinical equipment.

In order for our practices to be both, safe & sustainable we charge a very modest fee for our services & have not found a provider in the non-muslim sector offering private healthcare at a comparable cost to ours.

To ensure that there is appropriate accessibility for Hijama at a professional standard we offer our services in a number of locations through out the uk but can only provide this for a selected number of days each month. Due to the limited availability of health professionals and the unpredictability of the islamic calendar we are not always able to ensure that these dates coincide with the 17th 19th or 21st of the islamic Callander.

Please can you clarify:

If it is permissible to charge a fee for the services we offer.

If there is any restrictions on the days/dates that Hijama is to be performed.


Wa alaykum assalam Warahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

1) According to the mainstream and overwhelming majority of classical scholars, it is permitted to charge a fee for cupping, and one’s earnings would be considered halal. This is based on studying the various hadiths on the subject in detail, such as:

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with them both) reports that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was treated with cupping, and he paid the cupper his fee.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

Some scholars, however, did consider it to be Makruh. (Ibn Qudamah, Al-Mughni)

As such, it would be best if you charge primarily for your time, the doctor’s time and other related aspects, and offer the very act of Hijamah free. As for how much you charge, this is something best decided by yourself. But note that even charging for the Hijamah itself is not haram or sinful.

2) Hijamah can be done on any given date or time. Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal would be treated with cupping whenever his blood increased, no matter what time it was. However, it is preferable (in light of some hadiths) to have it done on the 17th, 19th and 21st of each Islamic month.

And Allah knows best

Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Darul Iftaa, Leicester, UK

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