Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the beneficial, refuging and saving blood-letting
Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله رفعه إلى أبي عبد الله جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه عليهما السلام، قال: احتجم النبي صلى الله عليه وآله في رأسه وبين كتفيه و في قفاه ثلاثا، سمى واحدة " النافعة " والأخرى " المغيثة " والثالثة " المنقذة ".

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ahmad bin Abi Abdillah, that he ascribed it to Abu Abdillah, Ja’far bin Muhammed, from his father, peace be upon them both, that he said: The Prophet, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, performed blood-letting in his head, between his shoulders and the back of the neck thrice. He named one as the beneficial, the other as the refuging and the third the saving.



Hadith #2

وبهذا الاسناد، عن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله، عن الحسن بن علي، عن أحمد بن عائذ، عن ابن سلمة - وهو أبو خديجة واسمه سالم بن مكرم - عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام قال: الحجامة على الرأس على شبر من طرف الأنف وفتر بين الحاجبين ، فكان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله يسميها بالمنقذة. وفي حديث آخر قال: كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله يحتجم على رأسه ويسميها المغيثة أو المنقذة.

2. With this chain of narrators, from Ahmad bin Abi Abdillah, from Hasan bin Ali, from Ahmad bin ‘A’idh, from Ibn Salama, and he is Abu Khadija, and his name is Salem bin Makram, from Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, that he said: Blood-letting on the head is performed by a shibr [1] from the tip of the nose (vertically) and a fitr [2] between the eyebrows. The Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, used to call it the saving. In another narration, he said: The Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, used to perform blood-letting on his head and name it as the refuging or the saving.