Cupping for Cure – Sunnah Treatment

Cupping for Cure - Sunnah Treatment

By Dr. Mrs. Shahnaz Sikander Jangda – Doctor, Workshop leader and professional Hijamah therapist

Origin of Cupping

Cupping is a method of treatment method that can be traced back to ancient times; it was developed in the process of struggle against diseases. It is an important component in non-drug therapies.

Aim of Cupping

The aim of cupping is to extract harmful blood from the body. The Arabic name for cupping is Al-Hijamah. It was widely practised by the Prophet (sa) and his companions; the method is still alive in many countries, especially Asia and the Middle East. In the UK, the practice of cupping has a long history, with one of the leading medical journal, “The Lancet”, being named after it.

Principles of Cupping

At the time of the Prophet (sa), the Arabs viewed disease as a disturbed area in the equilibrium of body fluids. The Greeks believe that illness is caused by harmful and dirty blood, which must be removed in order for the disease to heal completely.

The whole process of cupping can take about 10 to 15 minutes and should be done on empty stomach. There are two types of cupping: dry and wet. The Prophet (sa) practised wet cupping and recommended this as the best treatment. Wet cupping (Hijamah) is the process of using vacuum at different points on the body. The skin is lacerated with blade, so that unclean blood is drawn into a cup.

Cupping in the Light of the Prophet’s (saw) Guidance

Numerous Ahadeeth highlight the importance of cupping. Some are as follows:

The Messenger (sa) said: “Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping.” (Bukhari) He also said: “I did not pass by any group of angels on the night of Isra (night ascension), but all of them said to me: O Muhammad (sa); order your Ummah with Hijamah.” (At-Tirmidhi)

Cupping as a Preventive Treatment

Cupping can also be utilized as a preventative maintenance for the body. It cleans the body’s cardiovascular system, so diseases never get a chance to develop. Where disease already exists, cupping cleans the system to help it fight better and recover from it.

Benefits of Cupping

Cupping successfully treats the following conditions:

  1. Blood disorders.
  2. Rheumatic diseases like arthritis, sciatica, back pain, migraines and vomiting.
  3. Depression, insomnia and other psychological disorders.
  4. Lung diseases.
  5. Digestive system disorders.
  6. Skin problems.

It gives a feeling of deep pleasure and relaxation, so it can be used by a healthy person for general physical and mental wellbeing.

Cupping is also recommended for pain relief, varicose veins, deep tissue massage, and it results in up to 50% improvement in fertility levels. An investigation into the effect of cupping therapy as a treatment for anterior knee pain and its potential role in health promotion was done with the results revealing major improvements. Moreover, a recent systematic review included five trials on the effects of wet cupping on musculoskeletal problems. Its finding suggested that wet cupping is effective for treating lower back pain.

Al-Hijamah, or cupping, is a wonderful therapy packed with enormous benefits of the Prophetic Sunnah and an excellent method for detoxifying the body of harmful substances; this is a medical advantage which should be utilized to its very best.

Little Deeds

Little Deeds

Alhumdulillah, Little Deeds was formed in April, 2010 with a small capital by Tayyab Abid; it is recently a joint venture with other brothers who share the same vision: to alleviate poverty by empowering socially and economically poor Pakistani families through interest-free loans and educating them with Islamic and personal development skills. Alhumdulillah, all applicants are able to return their loans in due time. Currently, Little Deeds is operating within Karachi and Sajawal only. Following is a brief over-view of how Little Deeds works:

Individual selection

The process starts with the submission of applications by persons interested in getting financial assistance. The loan officer evaluates whether or not the applicant deserves the loan.

Evaluating business plans

The loan officer discusses the business plan to see if it is viable and whether it can generate income beyond the household expenses of the individual so that the loan could be repaid easily. The applicant’s family is also interviewed to ensure that they know about the loan and support the business idea.

Guarantors of loans

After the initial evaluation, the loan officer discusses the plan with the two guarantors provided by the applicant. These are two individual guarantors who vouch for his/her credentials and accept the responsibility of monitoring the borrower; they give the assurance to persuade the borrower for timely payment of loan. One of the two guarantors may be from the same family.

Loan disbursement

Loan is given in front of the guarantors. Loan disbursement depends upon the availability of funds.

Lectures and personal development

Every individual is motivated through lectures and individual counselling to develop following qualities:

  • Emphasis on performing Salah
  • How to improve and develop manners and relationships
  • Emphasis upon children’s education
  • Protection and improvement of environment
  • Following highest ethical values in business

Recovery/follow-up

Once the loan has been disbursed, the loan officer monitors the applicant with regular visits to his residence and place of work. Repayment has to be submitted to the officer by the 10th of each month. In case of any defaults or fraud, we would exclude the area from our circle of operations; knowing this, the elders of the society put social pressure on the applicants to continue paying off their debts.

Interested individuals can help Little Deeds through Duas, donations, spreading the word about it, informing Little Deeds about deserving people, and helping with fund-raising.

Little Deeds – Success Stories

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Highlights of the year 2010 – 2011

  1. Loans given to 57 people
  2. 0% fraud cases
  3. More than 20 people have returned their loans
  4. Ramadan Iftaris for over 1300 people in 2010-2011
  5. Ramadan Rashan distribution to over 300 families
  6. More than PKR 2.0 distributed in Zakat funds
  7. Team of six dedicated members

Brother Tayyab can be contacted at tayyababid@gmail.com.

Childhood Milestones: From a Teacher’s Diary

Childhood Milestones From a Teachers Diary

By Imrana Moiz – Lead teacher at Generation’s School. She holds a Diploma from Association Montessori Internationale and a certificate from Agha Khan Institute of Educational Development in Early Childhood Education

These days we, as teachers and parents, have become increasingly aware of special needs, thanks to the movie “Tare Zameen Pay”. Working in primary education in Pakistan for almost a decade now, I have seen many systems of education based on different theories of development. For example, Montessori and High Scope are established approaches, which require proper training of teachers. But no matter what theory the school follows, the focus is on one or two aspects of child psychology. Consequently, all teaching techniques are centred upon the development of those aspects.

However, in my experience, I have seen that sometimes we are too quick to declare a child as dyslexic or having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These terms, now widely known, have created many stereotypes in our minds regarding children. These conditions are real, but we should be very sure when we declare that a specific child is suffering from them.

Over-anxious parents with high expectations tend to label their own child as a slow learner. If we try to elaborate the word ‘slow’ and ask them to explain it, they usually reply that, “he/she cannot write as well as his/her older sibling”, “he/she has no interest in reading” or “he/she cannot sit still”.

When saying such things, they drive their children into unhealthy and unnecessary competitions, without stopping to consider the basics. The particular child becomes a specimen under a microscope. He may not have reached developmentally appropriate milestones for these tasks. Instead of helping children reach their goals, kids are pressurized at a tender age. When their mental growth is hindered by the fussing of the parents, kids perform poorly. Rather than being free to grow, pressure makes them worried and depressed, which results in erratic behaviour.

Besides, the child might be facing a number of problems, which can hamper his or her studies. The child might not be getting enough sleep, may be bullied, may be ignored by his parents or teacher, or only looking for a little encouragement. Any one of these reasons can lead to misbehaviour.

ADHD is characterised by a combination of inattentiveness, hyper-activity and impulsivity, exceeding the limits of the normal developmental range for children of that age. While parents might think that studying will make their child successful, too much studying is also harmful. Bombarding the child with information and around-the-clock learning is not the answer. It only makes them run away from it.

Narrated Ibn Masood: “The Prophet used to take care of us in preaching by selecting a suitable time, so that we might not get bored. He abstained from pestering us with sermons and knowledge all the time.” (Bukhari)

Ways to Maximize Halal Rizq – Reviews

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Title: The Historic Judgement on Interest – Delivered in the Supreme Court in Pakistan

Author: Justice Maulana Muhammad Taqi Usmani

Publisher: Maktaba Maariful Quran

No. of pages: 247

Available at: Darul-Ishaat, Karachi

For anyone involved in dealing with the financial sector (that pretty much covers everybody!) knowledge of the status of Riba/Sood/interest in Islam is critical. Unfortunately, this is an area of which even scholars are unaware as it requires a good foundation in economics/financial theory.
The best book to read to understand this is called “The Historic Judgement on Interest – Delivered in the Supreme Court in Pakistan” by Justice (retd.) Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani. What makes this book especially unique is that you often find books which put forward Islam’s view on Riba but this publication actually addresses all the ‘responses’ people give to justify the interest we see today as not being Riba. Plus, the book has been written in very easy to understand language and so would not be difficult to comprehend.
The book is published by Maktaba Maariful Quran in Karachi, and is fairly easily available in the market at a very economical price. I use this book as required reading for my Islamic Banking and Finance class at a local business school in Karachi and have felt it provides invaluable knowledge to the students. This was both my assessment as
well as the feedback from the students. – By Azeem Pirani

Audio Lecture: Maximizing Rizq

Delivered by: Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed

Available from: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13245794/General%20Talks/MP3/01-08-11%20-%20Maximizing%20Rizq%20-%20EKK.mp3

This is an inspiring talk in English on the subject of maximizing Rizq and how one needs to improve one’s quality of relationship with Allah (swt) and His creation on a quest to increase one’s provisions. It is a ninety-minute talk, which will broaden your horizons on the subject and enable you to perceive the subject of ‘Rizq’ in a whole new light, Insha’Allah. – Umm Ibrahim