Honey, a Cure for all Mankind
“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 May Allah be pleased with him has reported Allah’s Messenger May Allah send peace and blessings upon him 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:
* One teaspoon will help to clear most colds and coughs
* Drinking honey diluted in hot water in winter and cold water in summer relieves stress and is an ideal energy supplement
* A spoonful of honey early in the morning restores health and increases potency
* Honey improves memory and eyesight
* Honey strengthens the joints in the body
* Honey has four times more energy than milk
* Honey reduces stress and tiredness
* Honey is not harmful for diabetics
And to sum up everything, honey is a blessed Sunnah of our beloved Prophet May Allah send peace and blessings upon him. This is known to us from a narration by Hazrat Aisha May Allah be pleased with her, who says:
“The Prophet May Allah send peace and blessings upon him 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 May Allah send peace and blessings upon him.