Amongst the many creatures Allah has created in this world, there is a creature in which Allah Taala’s bounty is clearly evident, the honeybee. Allah Taa’la has enabled the honeybee to produce such a substance within which there is a cure for all mankind. Regarding the honeybee, Allah Taa’la says in the Glorious Qur’an:
“And your Lord inspired the bee, saying, ‘take your habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the way of your Lord made easy (for you).’ There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think.”
In this verse, we learn of one great benefit of honey for mankind; The ability to heal. Another astonishing factor in honey is that it varies in colour and viscosity in accordance with conditions such as the climate and the type of Nectar, etc. This is significantly different to fresh milk which does not vary in colour or viscosity due to changes in the animal’s provision or weather conditions.
In a Hadith, Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood has reported Allah’s Messenger as saying:
“Make use of two remedies, Honey and Qur’an.”
Honey has been useful both as food and medicine. Honey has been produced by bees from nectar. It contains a unique combination of sugars, acids, minerals, enzymes, vitamins, and flavour to make it one of the best foods as well as one of the most easily digested and highly acceptable materials known to man.
Some of the benefits which honey gives to its consumers are mentioned below:
And to sum up everything, honey is a blessed Sunnah of our beloved Prophet . This is known to us from a narration by Hazrat Aisha , who says:
“The Prophet loved sweet and honey.”
May Allah Taa’la bestow upon us all the ability to utilise honey, so that we can fully benefit from all of its properties and act upon the Sunnah of Nabi .