Al-Kāfi - Volume 5 > The Legal Status of Income from Cupping Operation
Hadith #2

2- سَهْلُ بْنُ زِيَادٍ عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ أَبِي نَصْرٍ عَنْ حَنَانِ بْنِ سَدِيرٍ قَالَ دَخَلْنَا عَلَى أَبِي عَبْدِ اللهِ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) وَمَعَنَا فَرْقَدٌ الْحَجَّامُ فَقَالَ لَهُ جُعِلْتُ فِدَاكَ إِنِّي أَعْمَلُ عَمَلا وَقَدْ سَأَلْتُ عَنْهُ غَيْرَ وَاحِدٍ وَلا اثْنَيْنِ فَزَعَمُوا أَنَّهُ عَمَلٌ مَكْرُوهٌ وَأَنَا أُحِبُّ أَنْ أَسْأَلَكَ عَنْهُ فَإِنْ كَانَ مَكْرُوهاً انْتَهَيْتُ عَنْهُ وَعَمِلْتُ غَيْرَهُ مِنَ الأعْمَالِ فَإِنِّي مُنْتَهٍ فِي ذَلِكَ إِلَى قَوْلِكَ قَالَ وَمَا هُوَ قَالَ حَجَّامٌ قَالَ كُلْ مِنْ كَسْبِكَ يَا ابْنَ أَخٍ وَتَصَدَّقْ وَحُجَّ مِنْهُ وَتَزَوَّجْ فَإِنَّ النَّبِيَّ (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِه) قَدِ احْتَجَمَ وَأَعْطَى الأجْرَ وَلَوْ كَانَ حَرَاماً مَا أَعْطَاهُ قَالَ جَعَلَنِيَ اللهُ فِدَاكَ إِنَّ لِي تَيْساً أُكْرِيهِ فَمَا تَقُولُ فِي كَسْبِهِ فَقَالَ كُلْ كَسْبَهُ فَإِنَّهُ لَكَ حَلالٌ وَالنَّاسُ يَكْرَهُونَهُ قَالَ حَنَانٌ قُلْتُ لأيِّ شَيْ‏ءٍ يَكْرَهُونَهُ وَهُوَ حَلالٌ قَالَ لِتَعْيِيرِ النَّاسِ بَعْضِهِمْ بَعْضاً.

2. Sahl ibn Ziyad has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn abu Basir from Hanan ibn Sadir who has said the following: “Once we visited abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, when Farqad al-Hajjam was also with us. He (Farqad) asked him (the Imam) saying, ’May Allah keep my soul in the service of your cause, I perform a certain kind of work and I have asked more than one person about the legal status of what I do and they think it is a detestable work. I like to ask you. If it is as they say I will stop performing such works. Instead I will find some other kind of work. I will take your word as the word in the matter.’ He (the Imam) asked, ’What kind of work is it?’ He (the man) replied, ‘It is cupping.’ He (the Imam) said, ‘You can use the income thereof for living, give charity, pay the expenses of your Hajj and marriage thereof, O brother, (in faith). The Holy Prophet had used cupping services and paid for them. Had it been unlawful he would not pay for it.’ He (the man) then asked, saying, ‘I pray to Allah to keep my soul in service for your cause, I have a he-goat. People hire it for goat grooming. What do you say about the income thereof?’ He (the Imam) replied, ’You can use the income thereof; it is lawful, although people may dislike it.’ I (Hanan) then asked, ’Why people dislike it when it is lawful?’ He (the Imam) replied, ‘It is because people scorn each other about it.’”