Cupping / Hijama Insights – Kerry Abdullah

A light insight to minders day ‘traditional healing.’ From trained Cupping/Hijama therapist Kerry Leigh Abdullah based in Zimbabwe. Kerry gives us a bit of background on the topic of cupping and shares more information on what is is, what different kinds of techniques are used and the benefits. This traditional healing practice is now commonly done all over the world.

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Hijama/cupping has been around for many centuries. Historical evidence suggests Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Arabs have all been in practice using different methods and techniques but all with the same intention. 

Today cupping is no longer considered ‘traditional healing’ and instead has now become an affordable form of healing without medication involved. Popular with athletes such as Step Curry, Micheal Phelps, James Harrison and many more they have all taken to this remedy as it’s serves great for muscle tension, revitalizing the blood and over all well being. Celebrities have also begun enjoying the amazing benefits cupping has to offer.

James Harrison

Let’s not let the celebrities steer attention away from a practice that is also so beneficial Islamically. Hijama is simply a Sunnah (A practice of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH) in Islam and has so much reward for the cupper and patient – all done with the correct and best intention.

A Hadith (an Islamic teaching of the Prophet PBUH) says – 

Abdullah Ibn Abbas reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said,

“How good is the cupper, removes blood, lightens the back and sharpens the eyesight.”


Benefits of cupping are:

The list is endless and I’m sure to get them all down would be highly impossible. 

Here are some common benefits to remember: 

Benefits of Wet & Dry Cupping 

* Purifies the blood 

* It’s a Sunnah

* Best for treating menstrual issues such as period pain, cysts, infertility, pcos etc..

* Fibromyalgia

* Aids in batting insomnia.

* Controls high Blood Pressure.

* Great for tackling migraines and headaches – just to name a few. 

Dry cupping is an option for a person who for some reason is unable to get cut due to them perhaps being on blood thinning medication such as aspirin.

Benefits of Massage cupping:

* Reduction of Cellulite.

* Tone up muscle and skin. 

* Release of tension in muscles and so many more.

Benefits of  Facial cupping (a personal fave).

* Brighter and healthier skin.

* Reduces dark circles, pigmentation and freckles. 

* Smoother, youthful and supple skin. 

* Tackling acne and scars and many more.. 

The main purpose of cupping is to get fresh blood to stagnated areas where the pain is and relieving that pain through flushing it out. 

When choosing a therapist always ensure they are certified, being cut/cupped incorrectly can lead to further complications. 

Always make your intention and always remember to entrust in Allah (alone) as everything comes from him. 

Yours in cupping

Kerry xx

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Make sure if you are keen to try out cupping / Hijama you make an appointment with Kerry and get your 2021 goals of being healthier going. Ladies only.

Kerry is HASA Certified. The Hijama Association of South Africa.

Gratitude in 2021 – Nabeelah Menk

Featured guest post from a lovely follower Nabeelah Menk. She shares her gratitude journey with us through all the struggles she has faced over the past few years and how she has learnt to over come it. For anyone else who has suffered or is currently suffering with any of these related issues I hope you will find inspiration to help you know you can get through it. You are not alone.

If anyone asked me what the greatest lesson I’ve learnt from life so far is, it is this: Gratitude. Being able to appreciate each moment for what it is and thanking Allaah for it.

Having been through post partum depression twice, having been suicidal, and gone through anxiety panic disorder, having faced many medical complications and living with a chronic autoimmune condition, I have learnt a lot about how to cope, Alhamdulillaah. Having overcome my mental issues, I am grateful everyday for every blessing that Allaah has bestowed upon me. The gratitude just increases His bounties. It is His promise and truly, I have witnessed that in my own life.

Be grateful, even for the difficult times you go through, you learn so much and you come out of them stronger and wiser.

A few simple yet very effective things I have learnt through the challenges I have faced on my journey so far:

1. Be you. Be honest, be kind, yet be firm in setting your boundaries. Don’t let go of your morals and values for someone else. It is never worth it.

2. Don’t let others’ opinions of you bother you.
This is very difficult to achieve, but once you get this, it makes your life so peaceful.
People will always have something to say, no matter what it is you do. So do what is right for you, keeping Allaah’s limits in mind.

3. Be mindful. Live each moment in the present, because no one is guaranteed tomorrow.

4. Let go of what you cannot control. Don’t worry and stress over things that are outside of your control. Do what you can, try your best and leave things in His hands, because He is the best of planners.

5. Don’t hold on to the past. Learn from it and let it go. Forgive. There is nothing to be gained from holding grudges. I read somewhere that holding on to grudges is like carrying a sack in which you place a potato for every grudge. The longer you hold on to it, the heavier it feels and the more the potatoes rot. Lay down that sack and let go of those rotten potatoes. You deserve to breathe clean, fresh, revitalizing air, which is not possible if you’re carrying around a sack of rotten potatoes.

6. Forgive people in the same way you would like Allaah to forgive you.
You can also keep your distance from such people. That’s okay. Forgiveness does not automatically mean interacting closely with them again. Being polite while maintaining minimal contact for your own mental health is just fine. Letting go of the grudge is more for yourself than for them.
Don’t give people and their actions more importance than they deserve.

7. Acknowledge your own accomplishments. You are doing the best you can. You are trying and that is what is important. Be content. Be happy. Be grateful.
You are unique and Allaah has blessed you.

Love Nabeelah


As we entered into Ramadan 2020 I wanted to share a post that can help all of us learn a few short duas that will help us increase our blessings in this beautiful month. Like and share with your friends and family and remember me and everyone in your duas. Have a blessed ramadan 2020!


1. Dua That Guarantees You Forgiveness

(Sahih Al-Bukhari) Prophet Muhammad SAW (PBUH) said: “Whoever gets up at night and says:

La ilaha ‘illa Allaahu, wahdahu la shareeka lahul mulku, wa lahul hamdu, wa huwa ala kulli shayin qadeer. Subhana allaahi, wal hamdu lillaahi, wa la illaaha ila Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar, waLa hawla wa la quwwata illa billaah.

There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allah Alone, He has no partners, He has the Dominion and for Him is all praise, and He is capable of all things, praise is for Him, and Far is Allah from imperfection, and There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allah, and Allah is the Greatest, there is no capability nor is there any power except with Allah.

“Then he says: Allaahumma aghfirlee. O Allaah forgive me!

Or he supplicates and his supplication is answered, and if he makes Wudhu and prays, then his prayer is accepted.

2. Dua That Wipes Away Sins.

(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Muslim, At-Tirmidhi) Prophet Muhammad SAW (PBUH) said: “Whoever says:

Subhana allaahi, wa bihamdih.

How far from imperfections Allah is, and I praise Him.

A hundred times during the day, his sins are wiped away, even if they are like the foam of the sea.”

3. Phrases That Are Heavier On The Scales Than An Entire Morning Of Recitation.

(Sahih Muslim) Prophet Muhammad SAW (PBUH) said: “I recited four words three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier.” These are:

Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, ‘adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wa zinatah ‘arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi.

Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the weight of His Throne and equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise)

4. Dua To Stay On The Right Path.

(Sahih Muslim)

Ya musarrifa-l quloobi sarrif qalbi ala ta’atik.

O, Allah! The One Who turns the hearts, turn my heart towards Your obedience.

5. Dua To Be Saved From Torments Of Grave.

Allahumma inni wa a’udhu bika min adhabil qabri.

O, Allah! Saves us from the torments of the grave.

6. Dua For The Best In The Dunya And Hereafter.

Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan, wa fil’akhirati hasanatan, waqina ‘adhaban-nar.

O, Allah! Our Lord give us all the good of this world, and the good of the hereafter, and Save us from the punishment of the Fire.

7. Dua To Help Pay Off Your Debts.

(Sahih At-Tirmidhi)

Allahum-makfinee bi halaalika ‘an haraamika wa aghninee bifadhlika ‘amman siwaaka.

O, Allah! Suffice me with what You have allowed instead of what You have forbidden, and make me independent of all others besides You.

8. Dua Of The Treasures Of Paradise.

(Sahih Al-Bukhari, At-Tirmidhi) Prophet Muhammad SAW (PBUH) said: “Shall I not tell you of a word which is one of the treasures of Paradise?”

La hawla wa la quwaata illa billah.

There is no power and no strength except with Allah.

9. Dua That Protects You From All Evil.

(Sahih Ibn Majah)

Bismillaahil-lathee laa yadhurru ma’as-mihi shay’un fil-‘ardhi wa laa fis-samaa’i wa Huwas-Samee’ul-‘Aleem.

In the Name of Allah, Who with His Name nothing can cause harm in the earth nor in the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.

10. Sayyidul Istighfar.

(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Sahih Al-Jami, At-Tirmidhi)

Prophet Muhammad SAW (PBUH) said: If somebody recites this invocation (given below) during the day, and if he should die then, he will be from the people of Jannah. And if he recites it in the night, and if he should die on the same day, he will be from the people of Jannah.”

Allahuma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, Khalaqtani wa ana ‘Abduka, wa ana ‘ala ‘ahdika wa wa ‘dika mastata ‘tu, A ‘udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika’alaiya, wa abu’u laka bidhanbi faghfir lee fa innahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta.

O, Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my convenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.


Subhana Allah (Allah is perfect) 33x, Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah)33x, Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest) 34x.


Subhan Allahi Wa Bi Hamdihi (Allah is free from imperfections)

La ilaha illa’llah (None has the right to be worshipped except Allah)

Astagfirullah ( I seek forgiveness from Allah)

La Hawla Wala Quwawta ila Billah ( There is no might nor power except with Allah)


Jazakallah for your read and your time.