Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. Honey is one of the most amazing foods we enjoy today. Its exquisite texture, varying colors, and differentiating tastes make it truly a wonder of nature.
The Islamic Miracle and Benefits of Honey:
More than 1400 years ago Allaah and His messenger sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam told us that honey can heal a variety of medical problems.
Allaah Says: “And the 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 ways of your Lord made easy (for you)’. There comes forth from their bellies a drink of varying colors wherein is healing for men. Verily in this is indeed a sign for people who think.” [Quran 16:68-69]
The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam has also told us of the healing found within honey for a variety of medical problems, including stomach ailments.
It is reported by Al-Bukhaari may Allaah have mercy upon him that a man came to the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam because his brother had a stomach disorder. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam said: “Let him drink honey.” The man returned a second time complaining that no improvement happened in his brother’s case, and again the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam responded: “Let him drink honey.” The man returned again, and said: “I have done that but to no avail.” Thereupon the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam responded: “Allaah has said the truth, but your brother’s stomach has told a lie. Let him drink honey.” He drank it and was cured.
It is also reported that the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam said: “Make use of the two remedies: honey and the Quran.” (At-Tirmithi)
Modern medicine has only recently discovered the fact that honey is a remedy to many diseases. Traditional uses of honey have included honey mixed with lemon for sore throats. Honey coats the throat and reduces throat irritation. Research has already shown that honey blocks the growth of oral bacteria.
Honey has also been used for stomach pains and problems. Modern research shows that honey is effective when used in the treatment of gastric or peptic stomach ulcers. Research has also revealed that honey is effective in the treatment of various wounds and infections because of its antimicrobial (antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal) properties.
Researchers are not absolutely sure why honey heals but they are learning new things about honey everyday. Honey contains a variety of sugars and minerals. Honey is also considered an antioxidant. This means it allows the blood to circulate better and provide more oxygen to areas of the body such as the brain.
Honey can also be used externally to promote healing when applied to wounds, even postoperative wounds. Honey has also been effective in its use to treat burns. It has even been shown to be low in calories and useful as a sweetener for diabetics, people with heart disease or those overweight.
The honey bee works endlessly to produce one of nature’s most prized resources for the consumption of us humans. As the ayah above states “Verily this is a sign for those who give thought” Allah (subhaana huwa ta’ala) has truly given us a blessing with His gift of honey. With all its properties, it is nothing short of miraculous.