The Wages Of The Cupping Therapist 

 




The Messenger r said, "The earnings of a cupper is degraded." [Muslim, kitaab al-masaaqah 41/000 (3988)].


The Messenger r said, "The worst of earnings are the wages of a prostitute, the price of a dog and the fee of a cupper." [Muslim, kitaab al-masaaqah 40/1568 (3987) Tirmidhee 1275].


It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah t said, "The Messenger r forbade the earnings of a cupper." [al-Nasaa’i (4673), classed as saheeh by Sheikh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i].

The Messenger  t  Paid A Cupper Who Cupped Him
 
The report narrated by al-Bukhaaree (2102) and Muslim (kitaab al-masaaqah 62/1577 no.4014) from Anas ibn Maalik y who said, "Abu Taybah t cupped the Messenger r and he r ordered that Abu Taybah t be given a saa’ of dates."

The report narrated by al-Bukhaaree (2103) from Ibn ‘Abbaas y who said, "The Messenger r was cupped and he gave something to the one who treated him. If it had been forbidden, he would not have given him anything." This is the wording of al-Bukhaaree. He also narrated another version (2279) which says: "And he gave the cupper his wages; if he knew that it was disliked, he would not have given him anything." 

These narrations seem contradictory but Imam Nawawi said, "The scholars have differed over the earnings of the cupper. Most of them from the early and present generations are in the opinion that it is not forbidden… this is what is well known from the madhab of Ahmed…" [Shahr Saheeh Muslim 10/233].
 

Sheikh Bin Baz in the explanation of Buloogh al-Maram tape no. 18 said, "In the hadeeth of Ibn 'Abbas y is a proof to show that it is allowed to do cupping and take a wage for it even if the earning of the cupper is considered degrading, there is no problem if he is given a wage…it is not considered forbidden and this is why the Messenger r gave the one who cupped him his wage. Ibn 'Abbas y said, "if it was forbidden then he wouldn't have paid him… it is better for the cupper not to take anything or he should seek a profession other than cupping."


Sheikh ibn 'Uthaimeen rahimahullaah said that the word khabeeth has different meanings, it could mean forbidden as in the Verse:


{ ويحل لهم الطيبات ويحرم عليهم الخبائث }


[soorah 'Araaf:157]


It could refer to something disliked as in the statement of the Messenger r regarding onions: "It is from a disliked tree," or it could refer to something degrading as in the Verse:


{ولا تيمموا الخبيث منه }
 

Soorah al-Baqarah: 267]]


The fact that the word Khabeeth could have these different meanings then we cannot say that it is forbidden since the Shariah principle says whenever there is more than one meaning then it cannot be used as proof to say that it is forbidden and this is

why the Messenger r paid the cupper.

 

 

Sheikh Saalih ibn Fawzan was asked regarding the wage of the cupper. He replied that it is allowed but disliked and that it is better for the Muslim to choose a profession to live by which is better that cupping and if he takes a wage then that is allowed since the Messenger r himself paid the cupper after being cupped. If it was forbidden, he wouldn't have paid him. [fatwa no. 13886].


A questioner asker sheikh Zaid al-Madkhali on the earnings of the cupper and he replied, "The Messenger r performed cupping and in return gave the cupper his wage for it but at the same time the Messenger r also said the earning of the cupper is degrading so this means that it is forbidden for him to eat, drink and clothe himself from it but rather he uses it for example in paying rent for his dwelling." Translated from:

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In conclusion, we sincerely recommend that the cupping therapist follows the Sunnah of not charging a set fee for hijama and we sincerely recommend that the patient follows the Sunnah of paying the cupping therapist. Some cupping therapists charge as much as £50 per cup and some patients are reluctant to pay the cupping therapists even for the materials or have paid as little as £2 for a session. Although these incidents are rare, they only harm the Sunnah of hijama as it puts cupping therapists off from either offering hijama or from not charging a set fee. Also, charging high prices puts the patients off from being cupped. We sincerely recommend that the patient pays approximately between £20-35 or £5 per cup for a cupping session. The patient should bear in mind the following when paying the cupping therapist:


1. The extra cost and time a cupping therapist incurs when they travel to the patient.

2. The length of time the cupping therapist spends with the patient. 

3. The number of cups the cupping therapist performs on the patient.

 

 

 

We would also sincerely advise the patient to make sure that they have sufficient funds before booking the appointment and they pay the cupping therapist immediately after the cupping session. Finally we would also advise the patient to give the cupping therapist plenty of notice when cancelling a booking especially bookings made on the Sunnah days.

We pray these recommendations will help revive the Sunnah of the Messenger r and also bring about love and a good feeling in the community for those we revive hijama.


 

 

 

 

                                                  
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