The following is an article from Dr Rizwhan Suleman (Mchiro) of Hijama Centres UK. The opinions discussed and expressed in the article are entirely the authors, and sharing the article on the blog does not necessarily mean we agree to everything being discussed therein in its entirely.
Who should perform Hijama?
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This is a question that is widely discussed, debated and even argued about in the practical sphere of hijama (wet-cupping) therapy. Is hijama something that should be exclusively practiced by qualified doctors or is it something that can be done at home by family members and lay people alike? This is a question that patients and practitioners are continuously asking.
From both the Islamic perspective as well as a rational point of view, when such a valuable asset as health is at stake there should be no risks or chances taken if they can be avoided. By ensuring that you are entrusting your health in the hands of someone who has dedicated many years of study in the field of health such as a doctor, you are taking the initial steps in minimizing the risk of harming the physical health that Allah has entrusted to you. In an ideal world the people that we would all go to for hijama therapy should be trained and qualified health professionals who
have studied health and medicine and also have a good understanding of how hijama works with both its physical and spiritual applications.
Firstly in order to provide training for lay practitioners to undergo a course in medical science it would require the establishment of sophisticated and organize
d teaching institutions with dedicated staff that are able to provide full time teaching to full time students. Considering many of these practitioners undertake hijama on a part-time basis or as a hobby, this would appear to be problematic from the onset as the level of commitment to be trained to a primary healthcare standard would be lacking in many of the candidates, not to mention the financial implications of such training. Another problem would be the requirement of some form of regulation through legislation in order to allow these practitioners to be recognized as primary care providers. Even to the most hardline protagonists of this goal within the field, it would appear to be an extremely difficult task to achieve, especially in the western world.
Edited by Nurudeen Hassan BSc (Hons) MRes
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