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The Healing Power of Honey

May 30, 2023
Honey, a precious gift from the Almighty, is revered for its abundant nutrients and medicinal virtues. The Holy Quran recognizes it as a healing remedy, alongside the guidance it provides to believers. Beyond its physical benefits, Honey holds spiritual value, as Prophet Muhammad praised its ability to uplift the heart and purify the soul. As we explore the multifaceted nature of Honey, we are reminded of its divine origins and the countless blessings it brings to our lives.
Healing powers of honey

Honey, bestowed upon humanity as a divine blessing from the Almighty, holds a treasure trove of essential nutrients and medicinal virtues within its golden embrace.

The Almighty has heralded Honey as a panacea for ailments in His infinite wisdom. Indeed, within the sacred verses of the Holy Quran, only two entities have been extolled as remedies for humanity: the Quran itself and the nectarous elixir that is Honey.

Delving into the sacred depths of the Holy Quran, specifically Chapter 10, Verse 57, we find the resounding words of the Almighty resonating with profound significance, "O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (i.e., the Qur'an, ordering all that is good and forbidding all that is evil) and a healing for that (disease of ignorance, doubt, hypocrisy and differences, etc.) in your breasts – a guidance and mercy (explaining lawful and unlawful things, etc.) for the believers."

Continuing our journey through the sacred verses, we encounter Chapter 16, Verses 68 and 69, where the Almighty reveals, "And your Lord inspired the bee, saying: 'Take you 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 colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think."

Therefore, it becomes abundantly clear that Honey assumes the role of a healing remedy for the infirmities that afflict humankind while simultaneously standing as a profound symbol for those endowed with wisdom and discernment.

Taking heed of this divine guidance, Muslim physicians and researchers seized the opportunity to embark upon a scholarly exploration of bees and Honey, a pursuit that would later captivate the entire world.

Indeed, the seemingly insignificant honey bee invites discerning minds to delve into its daily existence, tenacious struggle, unwavering discipline, collaborative teamwork, and the awe-inspiring architecture of its abodes, leaving many astounded.

Labelling Honey as the "Water of Life" is not without justification, as it harbours unparalleled natural sweetness, imbued with a plethora of minerals and vitamins that have the potential to invigorate the human physique.

Within the human corpus, Honey undergoes rapid digestion, facilitating the seamless assimilation of its nutrients into our very being.

The Holy Quran bestows upon Honey the epithet of an extraordinary heavenly blessing. Chapter 47, Verse 15, affirms this divine proclamation, "The description of Paradise which the pious have been promised is that in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified Honey (clear and pure). Therein for them is every kind of fruit, and forgiveness from their Lord. (Are these) like those who shall dwell forever in the Fire, and be given, to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels?"

While Honey finds wide-ranging applications in the treatment of various ailments, notably joint pains, cardiovascular and liver afflictions, life-threatening diseases, skin disorders, stress management, blood purification, gastrointestinal issues, visual impairment, paralysis, muscular weakness, Parkinson's disease, and pursuit of longevity, its significance transcends the realm of physical well-being.

The beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, held a profound affinity for Honey, exalting its virtues and endorsing its consumption. He proclaimed that Honey holds the power to cure physical disorders, while the Holy Quran serves as a balm for spiritual ailments.

The respected Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, expounded on the merits of Honey, emphasizing its ability to uplift the heart, instil serenity, enhance vision, and purge the soul of obstinacy and self-centeredness.

His teachings illuminate the profound impact that Honey can have on the holistic well-being of an individual.

In the realm of Honey production, several nations claim the distinction. Australia, the United States of America, Canada, China, and Mexico are among them.

Notably, various regions of Pakistan contribute significantly to producing this delectable nectar, including Hazara, Kashmir, Swat, Jhelum, and the verdant expanse of Changa Manga forest.

As we marvel at the enigmatic wonders of Honey, let us acknowledge its divine origins and enduring status as a sacred gift from the Almighty. Its multifaceted healing properties, coupled with its unparalleled sweetness and nutritional richness, serve as a testament to its remarkable nature.

In conclusion, Honey is a testament to Allah's benevolence, bestowed upon humanity as a source of physical and spiritual healing.

As we explore the fascinating world of Honey, we begin to understand its amazing qualities and its deep meaning. Let's appreciate this special liquid of life, as it represents divine wisdom and reminds us of the countless blessings we receive.

This article is originally written by Muhammad Aslam Ch. in Urdu and translated by Usama Zulfiqar.

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About Author | Muhammad Aslam Ch.
Aslam has more than 35 years of experience as a former government electrical engineer and has worked for a number of both public and commercial enterprises. He has read more than 4,000 books, studied the Holy Scriptures, and researched the most recent scientific discoveries.

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