Hadith question – Branding

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1. Kindly advise me if the following Hadith is authentic and if possible, the source of the hadith: Narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas: The Prophet said, “Healing is in three things: cupping, a gulp of honey or cauterization, (branding with fire) but I forbid my followers to use cauterization (branding with fire).”

2. What is the ruling regarding the use of branding as a form of treatment?



1. The hadeeth is quite popular.

2. Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has allowed it only in extreme circumstances.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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