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Al-Hijamah (Cupping Therapy) – Sunnah of the Prophet

Cupping is an ancient method of  treatment whereby a glass or cup is placed on the body surface and  a vacuum is created and toxins or  morbid material is sucked out  from the deeper tissues or the  diseased organs of the human  body.

According to a Hadith appearing  in Sahih Bukhari, the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) is  quoted to have said that there  are no remedies comparable to  cupping or blood-letting.

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Cupping is known as Hijamah which means reducing in size i.e.,  to return the body back to its  natural state. Cupping diverts the  morbid material responsible for  pain and inflammation by letting  down sufficient quantity of humours (akhlaat).

History of Hijamah or Cupping

Cupping therapy has been around  for thousands of years with  citations dating back to the time  of Hippocrates (400 BC). It was  carried out with the help of  hollowed out animal horns to  suck and drain the toxins out of  wounds caused by snakebite or  skin lesions. Horns were gradually replaced by bamboo cups which gave way to glass.

Earliest record of cupping is to related famous alchemist and herbalist Ge Hong (281-341 AD).  The Chinese expanded the utilization of cupping to include  its use in surgery to divert blood flow from the surgery site. After  extensive research the clinical  efficacy of cupping therapy is  confirmed and has become a  mainstay of government hospitals  in China today. The earliest pictorial record of cupping was discovered in Egypt, around 1500  BC. The oldest recorded medical  textbook written around 1550 BC  in Egypt mentions about cupping.
The Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) of Islam too is said to have used this therapy  known as Al-Hijamah and he even  used to pay the persons who  applied this therapy on him.

The cupping therapy is back into  vogue today after several centuries. Traditionally, cupping has been regarded as an effective treatment for a number of  musculo-skeletal disorders and  as a general measure to maintain and promote well-being.

Therefore, Cupping Therapy is  indicated for a number of problems ranging from eye ailment, headache, arthritis, sciatica, gout, piles, constipation, menstrual problems, uterine cramps, back pain, asthma, cold,  blood disorders, infertility, varicose veins to name but a few. 

Cupping is more beneficial for  skin, muscles, joints, and digestive organs. It diverts the old stagnant blood within the skin and increases the peristaltic movements of the intestines thereby improving the power of digestion.

Cupping is said to be beneficial when applied on a person who is  empty-bellied. A Hadith from Tirmidhi informs: Cupping on an  empty stomach is medicine but a  disease if done on full stomach.  

In the final analysis, cupping or al-Hijamah is powerful healing  method which has been in vogue  in ancient times and has found  endorsement from the Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).

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Nabeez: A Prophetic Sunnah Drink to Beat Acidity Problems while Fasting!

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One of the common complaints in Ramadan is that of acidity. In most parts of the world the fasts are ranging from 15 hours (or even more). To combat this I recommend drinking Nabeez. I have been making it since last Ramadan. I’m posting so that others who suffer from acidity too may benefit. The write up below gives details and the history about Nabeez.

Nabeez‘ [Nabidh] was one of the drinks consumed by the Holy Prophet (Sall Allahu Alaihi wa Sallam). In his time, it was typically made with dates or raisins and water.

It is an alkalizing tonic, having the tendency to remove acidity from the stomach and digestive system and it also helps to remove other metabolic wastes from the body. It improves digestion as it’s high in soluble fibre and it strengthens the memory. It assists the spleen function, liver, throat, chest and prostate, and so is particularly good for men. Nabeez will also benefit patients of Arthritis and elevated levels of Uric Acid (gout).

Making Nabeez is just as simple as soaking the dates (or raisins/sultanas) overnight and drinking the water in which they were soaked in the morning.

The idea behind soaking dates or raisins in water is so that they sweeten the water and become softened. Softened dates/raisins release their vitamins and minerals more easily and are easier to digest.

Ajwa‘ (a variety of date) are the best variety to use if making Nabeez with stoneless dates and ‘Manaqqa‘ is the best variety of raisins for making it with raisins, but black raisins can also be used, those colours were not Created without reason, so it is always preferable to keep changing our diets with new colours and and trying new varieties.

At night soak around 100 grams of dates or raisins in 1 litre of drinkable / healthy water and keep the utensil covered with a plate. Ensure the water is kept cool.

Next morning, you can drink the water and eat the soaked fruit as was the traditional method, or just use your blender (water + soaked fruit) to obtain a beautiful cloudy Nabeez.

And if you soak the fruit in morning, drink it in the evening. Nabeez should be consumed within 12 hours of soaking time, but if it is kept air tight inside the refrigerator, it will not spoil for 2-3 days.

Nabeez must never be left for more than 2-3 days, otherwise it may start to ferment, which is the start of the alcohol brewing process. This is forbidden to consume.

Never mix raisins and dates together; their Nabeez should be made separately.

Nabeez Recipe in Urdu

ﻧﺒﯿﺬ ﺑﻨﺎﻧﮯ ﮐﺎ ﻃﺮﯾﻘﮧ :

ﺣﺴﺐ ﻣﻘﺪﺍﺭ ﮐﮭﺠﻮﺭ ﻟﯿﮑﺮ ﺷﺎﻡ ﮐﻮ ‏( ﺍﮔﺮ ﮐﮭﺠﻮﺭﯾﮟ ﺧﺸﮏ ﮨﻮﮞ ﺗﻮ ﺍﻥ ﮐﻮ ﭼﮭﻮﭨﮯ ﭼﮭﻮﭨﮯ ﭨﮑﮍﮮ ﮐﺮﻟﯿﮟ ﺍﻭﺭ ﮔﭩﮭﻠﯿﺎﮞ ﻧﮑﺎﻝ ﺩﯾﮟ ‏) ﭘﺎﻧﯽ ﻣﯿﮟ ﺑﮭﮕﻮ ﺩﯾﮟ ﯾﻌﻨﯽ ﺍﮔﺮ ﮐﮭﺠﻮﺭ ﺍﯾﮏ ﭘﺎﺅ ﮨﻮ ﺗﻮ ﺍﺱ ﻣﯿﮟ ﭘﺎﻧﯽ ﺗﻘﺮﯾﺒﺎً ﺩﻭ ﮐﻠﻮ ﮨﻮ۔ ﺻﺒﺢ ﺍﭨﮫ ﮐﺮ ﮐﮭﺠﻮﺭ ﮐﻮ ﮨﺎﺗﮭﻮﮞ ﺳﮯ ﻣﻠﯿﮟ ‘ ﻣﻠﺘﮯ ﻣﻠﺘﮯ ﺗﻤﺎﻡ ﮐﮭﺠﻮﺭ ﺍﻭﺭ ﺍﺱ ﮐﮯ ﺭﯾﺸﮯ ﭘﺎﻧﯽ ﻣﯿﮟ ﺣﻞ ﮨﻮﺟﺎﺋﯿﮟ ﮔﮯ ﺟﯽ ﭼﺎﮨﮯ ﭼﮭﺎﻥ ﻟﯿﮟ ﺍﻭﺭ ﻧﻮﺵ ﺟﺎﻥ ﮐﺮﯾﮟ ‘ ﻭﺭﻧﮧ ﺑﻐﯿﺮ ﭼﮭﺎﻧﮯ ﺑﮭﯽ ﺍﺳﺘﻌﻤﺎﻝ ﮐﺮﺳﮑﺘﮯ ﮨﯿﮟ۔ ﺍﮔﺮ ﮐﮭﺠﻮﺭﯾﮟ ﺗﺎﺯﮦ ﮨﻮﮞ ﺗﻮ ﺍﻧﮩﯿﮟ ﻣﺖ ﺗﻮﮌﯾﮟ ﺍﻭﺭ ﺛﺎﺑﺖ ﮨﯽ ﺑﮭﮕﻮﺩﯾﮟ ﺻﺒﺢ ﺍﭨﮫ ﮐﺮ ﻣﻞ ﭼﮭﺎﻥ ﮐﺮ ﯾﺎ ﻣﻞ ﮐﺮ ﮔﭩﮭﻠﯿﺎﮞ ﻧﮑﺎﻝ ﺩﯾﮟ ﺍﻭﺭ ﻧﻮﺵ ﮐﺮﯾﮟ۔ ﭼﺎﮨﯿﮟ ﺗﻮ ﮐﮭﺠﻮﺭ ﮐﮯ ﺷﺮﺑﺖ ﻣﯿﮟ ﺩﻭﺩﮪ ﺑﮭﯽ ﻣﻼ ﺳﮑﺘﮯ ﮨﯿﮟ ﺍﺱ ﻃﺮﺡ ﺍﺱ ﮐﯽ ﺍﻓﺎﺩﯾﺖ ﺑﮭﯽ ﺑﮍ ﮪ ﺟﺎﺗﯽ ﮨﮯ ﺍﻭﺭ ﺟﻨﺖ ﮐﮯ ﺩﻭ ﻣﯿﻮﮮ ﯾﻌﻨﯽ ﺩﻭﺩﮪ ﺍﻭﺭ ﮐﮭﺠﻮﺭ ﺍﮐﭩﮭﮯ ﮨﻮﺟﺎﺗﮯ ﮨﯿﮟ۔ ﺻﺤﺎﺑﮧ ﮐﺮﺍﻡ ﺭﺿﻮﺍﻥ ﺍﻟﻠﮧ ﻋﻠﯿﮩﻢ ﺍﺟﻤﻌﯿﻦ ﮐﯽ ﺯﻧﺪﮔﯽ ﻣﯿﮟ ﺍﮐﯿﻼ ﮐﮭﺠﻮﺭ ﮐﺎ ﺷﺮﺑﺖ ﭘﯿﻨﺎ ﺑﮩﺖ ﺯﯾﺎﺩﮦ ﺛﺎﺑﺖ ﮨﮯ۔ ﺷﮩﻨﺸﺎﮦ ﺍﻭﺭﻧﮕﺰﯾﺐ ﻋﺎﻟﻤﮕﯿﺮ ﺭﺣﻤۃ ﺍﻟﻠﮧ ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﺻﺒﺢ ﻧﺎﺷﺘﮯ ﻣﯿﮟ ﻧﺒﯿﺬ ﮐﺎ ﺍﺳﺘﻌﻤﺎﻝ ﮐﺮﺗﮯ۔ ﺑﮍﮮ ﺑﮍﮮ ﻣﺤﺪﺛﯿﻦ ﺍﻭﻟﯿﺎﺀ ﺻﺎﻟﺤﯿﻦ ﺣﻀﺮﺕ ﭘﯿﺮﺍﻥ ﭘﯿﺮ ﺷﯿﺦ ﻋﺒﺪﺍﻟﻘﺎﺩﺭﺟﯿﻼﻧﯽ ﺭﺣﻤۃ ﺍﻟﻠﮧ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﺑﮭﯽ ﻧﺒﯿﺬ ﮐﺎ ﺍﺳﺘﻌﻤﺎﻝ ﺯﯾﺎﺩﮦ ﮐﺮﺗﮯ۔ ﺟﻌﻔﺮ ﺻﺎﺩﻕ ﺭﺣﻤۃ ﺍﻟﻠﮧ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﺳﮯ ﺑﮭﯽ ﻧﺒﯿﺬ ﮐﺎ ﺍﺳﺘﻌﻤﺎﻝ ﺛﺎﺑﺖ ﮨﮯ۔

ﺍﺣﺘﯿﺎﻁ :

ﻧﺒﯿﺬ ﮐﺎ ﺷﺮﺑﺖ ﺑﻨﺎ ﮐﺮ ﺍﮔﺮ ﮔﺮﻣﯽ ﮐﺎ ﻣﻮﺳﻢ ﮨﮯ ﭨﮭﻨﮉﯼ ﺟﮕﮧ ﯾﺎ ﻓﺮﯾﺞ ﻣﯿﮟ ﺭﮐﮭﯿﮟ ۔ ﺻﺒﺢ ﮐﺎ ﺑﮭﮕﻮﯾﺎ ﮨﻮﺍﺷﺎﻡ ﮐﻮ ﺍﺳﺘﻌﻤﺎﻝ ﮐﺮﯾﮟ ﺍﻭﺭ ﺷﺎﻡ ﮐﺎﺑﮭﮕﻮﯾﺎ ﮨﻮﺍﺻﺒﺢ ﺍﺳﺘﻌﻤﺎﻝ ﮐﺮﯾﮟ ﺍﮔﺮ ﻓﺮﯾﺞ ﻣﯿﮟ ﺭﮐﮭﯿﮟ ﺗﻮ ﺧﺮﺍﺏ ﻧﮩﯿﮟ ﮨﻮﺗﺎ ﻟﯿﮑﻦ ﺍﺣﺘﯿﺎﻃﺎً 12 ﮔﮭﻨﭩﮯ ﺳﮯ ﺯﯾﺎﺩﮦ ﻧﮧ ﺭﮐﮭﯿﮟ۔ ﺑﮭﮕﻮﻧﮯﮐﮯ ﺍﯾﮏ ﮔﮭﻨﭩﮯ ﺑﻌﺪ ﮔﺮﺍﺋﯿﻨﮉ ﮐﺮﮐﮯ ﺑﮭﯽ ﻓﻮﺭﯼ ﺍﺳﺘﻌﻤﺎﻝ ﮐﺮﺳﮑﺘﮯ ﮨﯿﮟ۔ ﺍﯾﮏ ﺩﻥ ﮔﺰﺭﻧﮯ ﺳﮯ ﺍﻭﺭ ﺷﺪﯾﺪ ﮔﺮﻣﯽ ﺳﮯ ﺍﺱ ﮐﮯ ﺍﻧﺪﺭ ﺧﻤﯿﺮ ﭘﯿﺪﺍ ﮨﻮﺗﺎ ﮨﮯ ﺍﻭﺭ ﺧﻤﯿﺮ ﮐﺎ ﭘﯿﺪﺍ ﮨﻮﺟﺎﻧﺎ ﺍﺱ ﮐﮯ ﺍﺳﺘﻌﻤﺎﻝ ﮐﻮ ﻣﺸﮑﻮﮎ ﺑﻨﺎﺩﯾﺘﺎ ﮨﮯ۔ ﻟﮩٰﺬﺍ ﮐﻮﺷﺶ ﮐﺮﯾﮟ ﺍﺱ ﮐﻮ ﺗﺎﺯﮦ ﮨﯽ ﺍﺳﺘﻌﻤﺎﻝ ﮐﺮﯾﮟ

. ﺩﻋﺎ ﻣﯿﮟ ﯾﺎﺩ ﺭﮐﮭﯿﮟ