Ash Shaykh Abdul Muhsin Al Abbad was asked:
Is Al Hijaamah Sunnah, and did the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم do it?
“Hijaamah is permissible, it is a remedy. If a person is in need of it he does it and if he is not in need of it he does not. It is not said that it is Sunnah where as a person does Hijaamah and he has no need for it.”
Is it specific to men?
“No, never. It is for men and women.”
I practice doing Hijaamah, perform it on people, and I don’t seek anything for it, they (the patient) are the ones who give me whether it is little or a lot and I don’t check. Is their a problem in that?
“No their is no problem, never.” End translation.
Imam Al Uthaymeen said:
“Al Hijaamah is not Sunnah, Al Hijaamah is a remedy of a person, If he is in need of it, he does it, and if not, he doesn’t.”. End quote. [Majmoo Fatawa Wa Rasaail 23/96]
Therefore, Hijaamah is rather only Sunnah according to some scholars, for one who is in need of it and does it to follow the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم in that, and not when one does it as a means of prevention.
Imam Al Albani was asked:
The messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم did Hijaamah. Is it possible for a person who is not sick to do this Sunnah, should he do Hijaamah?
“No, this Sunnah, as the Fuqaha say [is that] its meaning [reason] is known. Meaning it is not out of worship whereby a person worships with it merely as an act of worship. Rather, it is for remedying. [For example] a person has pain in his head, back, or foot, then [int this case] he does Hijaaamah to remedy that. For that reason, we find the messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم did not always do Hijaamah in a specific place. Rather, it was in accordance to what? The need. At times between his shoulders, at times on his shin, at times on his head and like this. Thus Hijaamah is for remedying, the one who is in need of it does it and the one who is not does not. Clear?” End translation. [Reference link no longer exists]
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