Hijama is an easy, safe and beneficial treatment that can be learnt by almost anyone. In the past it was extremely common that women were skilled in the practice of hijama in various cultures. I think that today those of us who are interested in learning hijama should strive to learn how to do it so that we can help at the very least our close family and friends.
Below are some of the main benefits of a wife being able to perform hijama on her husband:
There Is No Awrah Between The Husband And Wife.
It is narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and I used to do ghusl from one vessel placed between me and him. He would hasten until I would say, ‘Leave some for me, leave some for me.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 258; Muslim, 321 – this version narrated by Muslim).
Hijama treatment often requires for the client to uncover parts of their body that are in fact awrah for treatment (the awrah for the man is between the naval and the knee). Although this is Insha Allah permissible due to necessity as hijama is a minor medical treatment there is no doubt that it is preferable to be treated by someone who there is no awrah between the two of you and that only exists between the husband and wife.
It Could Help To Increase The Love Between The Spouses
How beautiful a way to draw closer to your spouse than by practicing a sunnah together! To increase in reward the husband can recite the book of Allah while his wife performs the hijama on him or vice versa.
Just think of the blessing that each spouse would receive from Allah for performing this blessed sunnah on their husband or wife seeking shifa from Allah by this means?
It Is Good Practice For Any Sister Who Wants To Become A Therapist
For any sister who would like to learn hijama and actually become a therapist, a husband could be the perfect start to getting regular practice and also help to build up their confidence in performing the hijama treatment.
Even if the husband is not in need of wet cupping on a regular basis she could practice moving cupping which is an extremely beneficial treatment that helps increase the blood flow and enhance the circulation which can aid weight loss and loosen muscle tension. It is also a good way to help someone get used to the sensation of the suction of the cups on the skin as many people who have not had hijama before can find it strange or temporarily uncomfortable.
If a sister also happens to already be a therapist of some kind this is an excellent skill to add to her list of treatments.
Having someone at home to be able to do hijama is no doubt a convenience. If your husband finds it hard to book an appointment with a clinic due his busy work schedule then no doubt it would be highly beneficial for both him and his wife if she knew how to do hijama for him.
I often have sisters ask me if I know brothers who perform hijama as many assume that maybe my husband does it. I know of brothers in the community who perform hijama but many of them work full time themselves and have limited time to practice hijama. Another disadvantage is that many of them don’t practice as mobile therapists and want the brothers to come to them for treatment.
It’s not something that I personally thought would have been an issue but according to many sisters whose husbands have had hijama previously they often feel dizzy after treatment and prefer not to drive. This makes it difficult if their wives or someone else is not available to pick them up and drive them home after a hijama session.
On the other hand for husbands who have never had hijama having to go and book an appointment with a therapist at a clinic or with one who is not mobile can be used as an excuse to avoid having hijama if they are already afraid of doing so. Many sisters have told me that their husbands are afraid to have hijama, who knows, perhaps if their wives knew how to do it they would feel more at ease about it?
Maybe, maybe not. 😊