Hijama in Sri Lanka – by Imran Razeek

Hijama in Colombo, Sri Lanka – by Imran Razeek

This is a guest-post in the form of a written interview with Imran Razeek – a male cupping therapist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka

– Please give us a short introduction about yourself, and in particular how you ended up being a hijama therapist?

My name is Imran Razeek, currently residing in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I am a lecturer in Chemistry, teaching Chemistry for London O/L & A/L Examinations. Myself & my wife got Hijama treatment from Dr. Noordeen Yousuf of Thailand on his visit to Sri Lanka. I was suffering with chronic migraine for 15 years & my wife was suffering from cervical spondylosis. Alhamdulilah with Allah’s permission, we got instant relief & gradual cure after Hijamah.

Since then we wanted to learn & awaken this great sunnah among the laymen.My wife & I learned the art of Hijama from Dr. Noordeen. We got training under the doctor for nearly one month & handled more than 300 patients during the training period Alhamdullilah.

Since then we have been practicing this great missing therapy among our friends, relatives & family. But now I conduct free Hijama sessions at our local masjid once/twice a week for the general public. And my wife conducts sessions at home.

– What particular illnesses/ conditions (if any), do you specialise / had the most experience in?

Alhamdullilah I have seen great improvements in my patients specially with joint pains, lower back pain, body pains, headaches, sinusitis, Gastritis, Varicose veins, cervical spondylosis etc.

I also have handled patients with paralysis, Neuro fibro metosis, Skin rashes, Diabetes, Cholesterol, Trigger finger, Hypertension, poor vision, Infertility, wheezing, Addiction, Haemorrhoid, Speech difficulty, poor memory, Heel pain, Lymphoedema, Laryngitis, Elephantitis, Mental Disorder, Poisoning due to animal bites, carpal tunnel syndrome.

– And do you find that in your experience, the conditions/illnesses that you have come across respond well to cupping (hijama) therapy? And if so, what are they?

Migraine, Joint pains, Back pain, sinusitis, Gastritis, Throat infection, Varicose veins, cervical spondylosis, Poisoning due to animal bites, carpal tunnel syndrome.

– Also what would you say about using cupping as a general preventative therapy (which by getting rid of bad blood/ toxins in the body may help prevent conditions like high cholesterol/ heart disease / cancer in the long term)? And how often would you recommend this (once a month? once/twice a year?)

As a general preventive therapy I recommend cupping to be done once a month/3 months on the sunnah days of 17th, 19th & 21st of the lunar month, as per the hadith: Abu Hurairah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, “Whoever performs cupping (hijama) on the 17th, 19th or 21st day (of the Islamic, lunar month) then it is a cure for every disease.” [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3861)].

– As a hijama therapist, how often do you get hijama done yourself, and what for (if any specific condition) and who do you go to to get it done (since it is not an easy therapy to self-administer)?

Once a month on the 17th/19th/21st of the lunar month. My wife does it for me.

– As a non-Muslim country with a significant Muslim population, what is the overall prevalence of hijama therapy in Sri Lanka? Is it available in hospitals and clinics as a valid alternative / sunnah therapy?

Most of the people are unaware about Hijama. It is not available in hospitals. But some Muslim doctors do practice in their clinics but its not very common.

Whereabouts is your clinic or practice located in Colombo?

At the moment I do not have a clinic, I conduct sessions at my residence & at our masjid in Colombo.

Residence : 33/2B, Ambagahawatte Road, Off Temple Road, Kalubowila, Dehiwela, (opposite Kalubowila Teaching Hospital)

Masjid: 300, Hospital Road, Kalubowila, Dehiwela.

Imran Razeek

Sri Lanka

E mail: chembase@ymail.com


Our thanks to Br Imran Razeek from Colombo, Sri Lanka for sharing the above post. If you have any questions for Br Imran or indeed have been treated by him and want to leave him a testimonial(!), then please do so via a comment* below.

If you are a hijama therapist or patient and are happy to share your knowledge or experience via a guest blog-post like the one above, please contact us.



Comments: 16

  1. Posted by salafi saylani 26 Oct 2009 at 9:39 am Reply

    Bismillaah hir rahmanir raheem,


    I had knee joint pain & back pain for years. With Allah's permission, I got instant relief and cure after Hijamah done by brother IMRAN RAZICk.

    I had witnessed others saying after the HIJAMAH" Alhamdulillaah, instant cure "

    May allaah bless him..

    Abu Yahya isaam bin abdul cader as saylani

  2. Posted by AKRAM ABDUS SAMAD 27 Oct 2009 at 1:40 am Reply

    Bismillaah hir rahmanir raheem,

    Alhamdulillahi rabbil aalameen wassalathu wassalamu ala Muhammadin wa ala ali wa ashaaabihee ajmaeen amma ba'd,

    Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullahi Wabarakathuhu,


    It is a great ni'mah (blessing) of Allaah that one of our brothers of Sunnah, has been trained in this abandoned sunnah.

    what we know from our Prophet Sallaahu Alahiwasallam that Victory and salvation for our ummaah only will come by returning to the Sunnah of prophet Sallaahu Alaihiwasallam.


    we know for Action to be accepted it has to be
    1) Sincere

    2) To follow the sunnah of the prophet

    Mashallah, the contribution of brother IMRAN RAZEEK is that , since he is brother of Sunnah, he is ready to correct and learn to do this sunnah with out SHIRK AND INNOVATION SUCH AS..

    1)PRACTICING ON SUNNAH DAY (17th, 19th & 21st of the lunar month)

    whatever I said, if it is truth it is from Allah, and if there are false it is from me and whispering sha'ytan.May Allah guide all of us to the straight path and show us the truth as truth and give the might to follow it, and show us the false as false and give the might to avoid it. Ameen.

    Jazakallahu Khair

    Allaah Knows Best

  3. Posted by Aboo Abdullah Irshad 11 Nov 2009 at 10:55 pm Reply

    Assalamu alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuh,

    Dear Readers,

    This brother Imran Razeek is a known brother to me for a long time whom I do love for the Sake of Allah.

    May Allah give him success of awakening this Sunnah and all of his other beneficial activities and May Allah make the Ummah benefit from him more, Aameen.

    Barakallahu feekum,

    Aboo Abdullah Irshad
    ad-Dammam, Saudi Arabia

  4. Posted by niftheen 14 Nov 2009 at 1:59 am Reply

    where we can learn Hijama therapy in srilanka by educational way?

  5. Posted by Imran 14 Nov 2009 at 10:01 am Reply

    As far as I know there are no professional Hijama courses being conducted in Sri Lanka.

  6. Posted by niftheen 24 Nov 2009 at 11:41 pm Reply

    so can we learn any hijama therapy courses in internet? pls tell us sir ?

  7. Posted by Imran 25 Nov 2009 at 9:49 pm Reply

    Yes. There are many sites offering online Hijama courses. Please check the following links:

  8. Posted by niftheen 26 Nov 2009 at 7:28 pm Reply

    thnx sir has in india hijama courses?
    and how get tamil nots,or books?

  9. Posted by Imran 03 Dec 2009 at 7:52 am Reply

    I am unaware of Hijama courses being held in India nor Tamil books on Hijama. There is a brother named Tanveer Ahmed who conducts Hijama sessions every quarterly in Hyderabad,India. You may post a comment in his guest-post OR you may contact him for more details
    CONTACT DETAILS: +966-502384013
    E mail: mtanweer@mednet.com.sa

  10. Posted by Anonymous 13 Mar 2010 at 2:49 am Reply


    I am also a patient who has experienced the wondrous effects of hijama by Allah almighty's permission.

    I am a patient who's been suffering from witchcraft for quite some time and just one session gave me quite a relief and peace to my mind and body.

    InshaAllah i hope to continue this treatment with brother imran raazee and raise awareness on these brilliant healing methods that allah gifted us with……

  11. Posted by அமைதியின் தூதர்.... 04 Nov 2010 at 8:23 am Reply

    Assalamu Alaikum ,

    I am a student, I came to know about this beautiful Sunnah of Rasool (saw) recently & i am looking forward to practice it through out my whole life. Insha Allah.

    Also i have some doubts regarding this Issue, It will be very useful if you can explain it. did Rasool (saw) prohibited doing cupping as a profession ?

    I came across theses Hadiths,

    1 – The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The earnings of a cupper are khabeeth (evil).”

    Narrated by Muslim (1568).

    2 – The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The worst of earnings are the wages of a prostitute, the price of a dog and the fee of a cupper.”

    Narrated by Muslim (1568).

    3 – It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade the earnings of a cupper.

    Narrated by Ahmad (7635), al-Nasaa’i (4673), Ibn Maajah (2165).

    Can you explain please ?

  12. Posted by Dr Rizwhan 06 Nov 2010 at 6:43 pm Reply


    The rulings regarding the fee of a cupper are that it is permitted to pay a fee, the fee is a halal and a good earning, and it is recommended as in any transaction that the fee or service charge be agreed upon before partaking in any services in order not to cause any dismay to the patient or the doctor. This is a ruling provided by to me via personal contact of Mufti Ibraheem Desi (Senior Lecturer at Darul Uloom Ta’leemuddin, Isipingo Beach and head of the Fatwa Department of the Jamiat ul Ulama (KZN, South Africa).

    In order to have correct understandings in Islamic rulings it is important to have a full understanding in the sciences of fique, hadith, arabic language and tafseer, as well as many other specialities and it can be misleading, confusing and sometimes even risky to extrapolate rulings or derive understanding from all hadith directly ourselves. This task requires someone who has an in depth understanding of such tasks and should be a reliable scholar with the qualified ability of deriving fatwa.

    "So ask the People of Knowledge if you do not know" Qur'an:21:7

    There are many people who give personal opinions regarding this issue however the scholars have given their rulings which supersede the opinions of the lay man as their opinions are based upon in depth knowledge and research on the topics and take into account all sources of evidence relating to a matter including apparently conflicting reports. One example of this is the hadith mentioned below.
    Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was treated with cupping, and he paid the cupper his fee.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 10/124; Muslim 1202).

    I hope this information was of help. Allah knows best.

    Dr Rizwhan Suleman (Mchiro)

  13. Posted by Imran 17 Jan 2011 at 9:56 am Reply

    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 (may Allaah be pleased with him) 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 degraded, there is no problem if he is given a wage…it is not considered forbidden and this is why the Messenger (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) gave the one who cupped him his wage. Ibn 'Abbas (may Allaah be pleased with him) 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 (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) regarding onions: "It is from a disliked tree," or it could refer to something degraded 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 (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) 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 the Messenger (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) himself paid the cupper after being cupped. If it was forbidden, he wouldn't have given him. [fatwa no. 13886].

    A questioner asker sheikh Zaid al-Madkhali on the earnings of the cupper and he replied: The Messenger (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) performed cupping and in return gave the cupper his wage for it but at the same time the Messenger (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) also said the earning of the cupper is degraded 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:


  14. Posted by Anonymous 09 Feb 2012 at 5:19 am Reply

    Assalamu Alaykum brothers and sisters, is there any righteous Raqui in Sri Lanka who does Ruqyah according to Koran and Sunnah ? Thanks.

  15. Posted by Muhammed Faiz 15 Mar 2015 at 12:34 am Reply

    Wats ur contact no

  16. Posted by Hussain 13 Dec 2016 at 1:20 pm Reply

    Assalam alaikum
    I am a hijama therapist and am visiting srilanka. Could u pls let me know urgently from where I can purchase a cupping set in colombo. Jaxakallah khairan

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