Honey is regarded as a remarkable sweet viscous liquid produced by honey bees from the flower nectar as pure and nutritious food. There is an ample number of health benefits that honey does provide us with. The benefits of honey are also mentioned in the Holy Quran and the number of Hadith which is why it is held in high esteem by Muslims, as evidenced by the Holy Quran’s unique mentions.
Surah-An-Nahl (Chapter 16)
The Quran has a separate surah called “Nahl” (meaning “bee” in Arabic) on bees and honey in which Allah, the Almighty says:
And your Lord inspired to the bee, “Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct (Surat An-Naĥl: 16:68). [Sahih International]
Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you].” There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought (Surat An-Naĥl: 16:69). [Sahih International]
Similarly, Prophet Muhammadﷺ would prescribe honey for stomach aches and enjoyed drinking honey sherbet (honey melted in water).
Hadith regarding the benefits of Honey
It is narrated by Abu Said Al-Khudr that once a man came to the Prophet ﷺ and said, “My brother has some abdominal trouble.” The Prophet said to him “Let him drink honey.” The man came for the second time and the Prophet said to him, ‘Let him drink honey.” He came for the third time and the Prophet said, “Let him drink honey.” He returned and said, “I have done that ‘ The Prophet then said, “Allah has said the truth, but your brother’s abdomen has told a lie. Let him drink honey.” So he made him drink honey and he was cured. (Sahih Al-Bukhari Book 71 , Hadith 588)
Honey has a variety of health-promoting properties. Honey is regarded as a healer in the Quran and Hadith. It is reported by Jabir bin Abdullah that he heard the Prophet ﷺ saying, “If there is any healing in your medicines, then it is in cupping, a gulp of honey or branding with fire (cauterization) that suits the ailment, but I don’t like to be (cauterized) branded with fire.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari Book 71, Hadith 587)
Previous religious scriptures have also mentioned honey. Prophet Solomon عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ is reported to have said:
“My son, eat thou, honey because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste. So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.” (Old Testament, Proverbs 24:13-14)
It is for this reason that many Jews believe that eating honey can lead to mental keenness. Prophet Jesus عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ is reported to have eaten fish with honeycomb along with his disciples when he appeared before them after surviving the crucifixion:
“While they were still in disbelief because of their joy and amazement, He asked them, ‘Do you have anything here to eat?’ So they gave Him a piece of broiled fish and some honeycomb, and He took it and ate it in front of them. (Luke 24:42)
‘May your food be honey!’
When Sultan Mehmed II, also known as Mehmed the Conqueror, established the council, a well-wisher said, “Oh my powerful sultan, may your morning be prosperous, your food be honey and cream, and your route be made of meadows.” Pleased by the peasant’s words, the sultan generously rewarded the man. Onlookers were taken aback by the sultan’s generous response, to which the leader responded: “What was he supposed to say? He wanted to bless me with the best place and food he knew of.”
Ancient cultures such as the Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks, and Romans all found honey to be beneficial to their wellbeing. Honey has been used to treat diseases, wounds, and stomach problems.
Honey may be the 21st century’s latest antibiotic! This has been shown by thousands of studies and experiments. The Holy Qur’an, on the other hand, was founded 14 centuries ago. This is without a doubt one of the Qur’anic wonders revealed by Allah, who is exalted in power. The Divine Claim of Allah Almighty that honey contains healing and medicine for mankind has been proved beyond a shadow of a doubt! The Noble Quran is a chock-full of scientific assertions and ideas. What’s even more incredible is that all of these theoretical assertions and hypotheses have been proved to be in full harmony with science and current scientific findings.