Fiqh of Fasting: Cupping for Both Parties

8. Cupping for both parties

This is a Sunnah and very few muslims do this. It is almost as if the Sunnah of cupping has been forgotten. There is an actual science involved in this. What one does is he makes an incision on a certain part of the body depending on what he wants done. And he gets a warm cup and places it over the ailment and this draws a certain amount of blood. This was not allowed at first while one is fasting but abrogated later. And according to some scholars it is not abrogated. It is similar to acupuncture but not entirely the same.

According to Imaam Ahmad and Ishaq and other Hadeeth scholars, hijamah (cupping) makes the fasting invalid. This is also the opinion of some of the Sahaaba and the Taabi’een. They held the view that the fasting of the cupper and the cupped is rendered invalid. Their argument is based on the hadeeth of Thawban, that the Prophet (sall Allâhu’ alayhi wa sallam) said “The cupper and the cupped have broken the fast.” The second evidence is the hadith of Shaddad ibn Aws, who said: The Messenger of Allah (sall Allâhu’ alayhi wa sallam) came across a man in Al-Baqi` holding my hand on the 18th day of Ramadaan and said: “The cupper and the cupped have broken the fast.” A similar hadeeth was reported by Rafi` ibn Khudayyij, Abu Hurayrah and Abu Musa Al Ash’aree. Reported in Sunan Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah for both and also Sunan an-Nasaa’ee with sound chains of transmission according to Imaam an-Nawawee found in Al-Majmu` (6/349-350) and also Fath Al-Bari (5/79).

The other opinion is that cupping does not invalidate the fast because of these narrations because they have been abrogated by the following ahadith:

Ibn Abbas narrated that the Prophet was cupped while he was in the state of lhram, and also while he was observing a fast. And he also narrated the Prophet was cupped while he was fasting. Sahih Al Bukhaaree (3/31/159-160). Thabit Al-Bunani narrated Anas bin Malik was asked whether they disliked the cupping for a fasting person. He replied in the negative and said, “Only if it causes weakness.” Sahih Al Bukhaaree (3/31/161). Again because of this there is a difference of opinion in this matter and one should follow an opinion that he is sure about.

Related Posts:
Prologue
Introduction
Chapter 1: Fasting in Ramadhaan

Chapter 2: Conditions in which breaking fast is Permissible, Impermissible, or Recommended
Chapter 3: That which Invalidates Your Fast
1. Intentional Intake of anything into the abdomen
2. Intention to break fast
3. Fluctuating Intention to fast
4. Vomiting intentionally
5. Menstruation or Post Partum Bleeding
6. Masturbation
7. Marital Relations
8. Cupping for both parties
9. Death
10. Apostasy
11. Above are Exempted in some cases

Chapter 4: Repayment of Missed or Broken Fasts
Chapter 5: Recommended, Disliked, and Impermissible Days of Fasting

(Chapter 4 & 5 – Insha’Allah comming soon around Eid al Fitr)

6 Responses to “Fiqh of Fasting: Cupping for Both Parties”


  1. 1 hijab August 16, 2007 at 12:36 am

    I have just started selling the hijama products and most people including myself bever new anything like this even existed

  2. 2 Islamic Products September 13, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    Can we do cupping while fasting?


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Fiqh As Sawm

Islamic Rulings Surrounding Ramadhan and Fasting. Based on “Manar As Sabeel Fi Sharh Ad Daleel” Of Shaykh Ibraheem ibn Duwaiyan (d. 1353 AH) as explained by Br. Salim Morgan. Transcribed and Edited By Ibn Al Hyderabadee

Prologue Introduction

Chapter 1: Fasting in Ramadhaan
1. A pillar of Islam 2. Obligation of Fasting 3. Sighting of the Moon for start of Ramadhaan 4. One reliable witness' presence is sufficient 5. Conditions that make Ramadhan Obligatory for an Individual 6. Expiation for the inability to fast due to age or illness 7. Requirements of a valid fast 8. Obligations to fulfill during fasting 9. Recommended acts of fasting

Chapter 2: Permissions and Prohibitions

1. Impermissible to break fast during Ramadhan 2. Prohibited to fast for a woman in her menstrual or post-partum bleedin 3. Obligatory to break it when it is required to save a person’s life 4. Recommended to break fast for one who is ill and fears harm from fasting. 5. Recommended to break fast when one is traveling 6. Permissible for one to break fast who begins a journey while fasting 7. Permissible for a pregnant or nursing (breast feeding) woman 8. Change of condition of a person doesn’t obligate one to refrain from eating and drinking the rest of the day. 9. Prohibited to fast a voluntary fast instead of an obligatory one.

Chapter 3: That which Invalidates Your Fast

1. Intentional Intake of anything into the abdomen 2. Intention to break fast 3. Fluctuating Intention to fast 4. Vomiting intentionally 5. Menstruation or Post Partum Bleeding 6. Masturbation 7. Marital Relations 8. Cupping for both parties 9. Death 10. Apostasy 11. Above are Exempted in some cases

Chapter 4: Repayment
1. Missing a day of fast in Ramadhan
2. When does one make up a missed fast
3. If missed fast are not made up until few dats before next Ramadhan
4. Missed fasts first or voluntary?

Chapter 5: Recommended, Disliked, and Impermissible Days of Fasting
1. Recommended Every Other Day Sawn Dawood
2. The three white days of every Islamic month
3. Six days of Shawwaal
4. Month of Muharram and the 10th
5. Ten days of Dhil Hijja and that of Arafat
6. Disliking of the month of Rajab
7. Disliking of the day of Friday
8. Disliking of the 30th of Shabaan
9. Impermissibility of fasting on the two Eids
10. Completing of a voluntary fast is not Wajib

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