Cupping (al-Hijamah) is a Sunnah method of medical treatment in which a jar is attached to the skin surface to course a local congestion through the negative pressure created by a vacuum apparatus or by introducing heat in the form of ignited material. This type of treatment has been practiced by the Arabs and the Chinese for thousands of years.
In Malay, this practice is known as 'Bekam' and in Arabic 'Al-Hijamah' This therapy has been popularized by our Nabi Mohammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam as stated in many ahaadith.
The Cupping Method or Hijamah has the function of warming and promoting the flow of energy in the blood thus dispelling cold, dampness, toxins and winds. It also diminishes swelling and pains.
Hakeemul Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله shares a Hadith wherein Sayyidina Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم has said; "The son of Ādam (عليه السلام) says, 'My wealth! My wealth! What is yours except that which you have eaten and transformed into waste, that which you wore and transformed into rags and that which you spent in charity and sent forward to await you? That alone is yours.'"
Let us be very clear; neither does the wealth, nor our wives and not even our children belong to us. We are but labourers who are pulling carts on which are loaded wives, children and wealth. Separation will most certainly take place on reaching the final destination.
Hazrat Thaanwi رحمه الله has emphasised that labourers and workers are not owners. We are in reality labourers and servants; how then can we become masters? We are inconsequential. Greatness belongs to Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله alone! We are overpowered, overwhelmed and subdued. Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله is All Powerful and He asserts in the Holy Qur'ān:
وله الكبريآء فى السموات والأرض
'And His is the Majesty in the heavens and the earth.'
The reality is that man is beguiled by the false glitter of this world. In his deviation, man desires to acquire more wealth. In this way, he becomes forgetful of good deeds which will secure his Aakhirah. He therefore remains 'rich' in this short worldly life but will be tragically a wretched destitute in the Aakhirah.
اللهم احفظنا يا الله!
In a Hadith narrated by Hazrat Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه, Sayyidina Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم has said:
ليس الغنى عن كثرة العرض ولكن الغنى غنى النفس
'Abundance of worldly means does not (in itself) constitute what is called "richness" - Real "richness" is the richness of the heart.'
The richness of the heart depends on our association with Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله. Attachment to Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله will cause us to be disinclined to the illusion of the world. When Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله, the All Powerful, illuminates the heart of His lover with glimpses of His nearness, everything pales into insignificance. As a potent reminder for all of us; when we will become contemplative of the omnipresence of Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله, our actions will then conform with the sublime example of Sayyidina Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم.
Attachment to Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله results in perpetual honour, respect and endowment in this world and the Aakhirah.
(To be continued ان شاء الله)
CLING TO THE FEET OF YOUR MOTHER, FOR PARADISE LIES THERE!
Let us for a while turn the clock backwards to a point some 25 years behind.
Time: 2.15 am
On an unpleasantly cold, mystifying night the moon is sheltered by the murky looming clouds. The night’s eerie silence is punctuated only by an occasional bark of a dog or by a cacophony caused by two cats fighting.
Suddenly the oppressive regime of the night is sharply interrupted by a very shrill scream…
And what happens next?
A woman suddenly gets up from her deep slumber and throws her blanket aside…
Please do not take this to be the beginning of a horror story or a thriller. This is the narration of a scene of reality that you would witness in every home where there are babies. The scream in this particular story is that of a baby boy and the woman who gets up instantly on hearing this scream is none other than his mother. Like all other infants this boy too has absolutely no sense of timing and neither is he bothered about the fact that his mother badly needs a good night’s sleep after a hard day’s work. The most amazing thing, however, is that the mother wakes up from her sleep at such an odd hour, nurses her baby and attends to all his needs, including changing his nappy, with all her heart and without even a sign of irritation.
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And now, twenty five years later, let us witness what transpires between the same boy and his mother.
The children of the Ummah are the future of the Ummah. How wisely has it not been said: Give me the child of today and I will give you the man of tomorrow! Great personalities were moulded during their childhood. Thus we need to be extremely careful how we rear our children. Moulana Thanvi rahmatullahi alayh has given the following advice with regards to how to bring up children:
If it is a girl, do not give her the habit of worrying too much about plaiting and parting her hair or wearing very stylish clothing.
When a child persists or insists on having something, do not fulfil all his wishes or else he will become spoilt.
Prevent the child from talking very loudly or shouting. Especially if it is a girl and she speaks in this loud shouting manner, you should scold her and reprimand her. If you do not do this, this habit will remain when she grows up.
Safeguard your child from speaking or mixing with children who have evil habits, who are not interested in their learning, who are in the habit of wearing stylish clothes or eating extravagant dishes.
Always inculcate a hatred for the following actions in your child, i.e. teach him to hate the following acts:
(a) becoming angry,
(b) speaking lies,
(c) envying someone,
(e) carrying tales,
(f) defending whatever he does or says,
(g) to unnecessarily "make up" stories,
(h) speaking excessively without any benefit,
(i) laughing unnecessarily or laughing excessively,
(j) cheating or deluding someone,
(k) not thinking about or not differentiating between good and bad.
If any of these acts or traits are found in him, stop him immediately and warn him.
Occasionally you should give them some money so that they may purchase whatever they wish.
Teach them the etiquette and manners of eating, sitting and standing in gatherings.
The habit of waking up early should be inculcated in the child.
When the child reaches the age of seven, inculcate the habit of offering salât.
As far as possible, make him learn under a religious-minded teacher.
Jamiatul Ulama Comment: This is very important. Allowing an immoral, sinful person to teach our children in private non – Muslim schools etc. will surely have disastrous consequences. A pious person, on the other hand, will influence our children to do good deeds and have respect and the Fear of Allah Ta’ala, In shaa Allah.
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29 October 2018
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