Miracle of Honey
By: Vivian bint Joan
More than 1,400 years ago Allah and
His messenger sallallahu aleyhe wa sallam (peace be upon him), told
us that honey can heal a variety of medicinal problems.
Allah says in the Quran, "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 colour wherein
is healing for men. Verily in this is indeed a sign for people who
think." [Qur'an 16:68-69]
The Prophet, sallallahu aleyhe wa
sallam (peace be upon him), has also told us of the healing found
within honey for a variety of medical problems, including stomach
ailments. One hadeeth, reported by Bukhari, states that a man came
to the Prophet , sallallahu aleyhe wa sallam (peace be upon him),
because his brother had a stomach disorder. The Prophet said "Let
him drink honey." The man returned a second time and again
the Prophet , sallallahu aleyhe wa sallam (peace be upon him), responded
again, "Let him drink honey." The man returned again,
and said "I have done that." The Prophet then responded,
"Allah has said the truth, but your brother's stomach has told
a lie. Let him drink honey." He drank it and was cured.
Tirmithi, Ibn Majah and Baihaqi also
reported that the Prophet, sallallahu aleyhe wa sallam (peace be
upon him), said, "Make use of the two remedies: honey and the
Modern medicine is only just learning
of this fact. 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.
We do know that 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.
Although there is healing in honey
for a variety of medical disorders, certain precautions should be
taken. Children under the age of one year never be given honey due
to the possibility of infant botulism. This type of food poisoning
can be deadly, however, it only seems to affect infants under one
year of age. Also, if you have any known allergies to specific plants,
then you should make sure the honey you are using is not made from
that plant. People with allergies to bee stings should be careful
when using other bee-related products such as propolis or royal
jelly. If these precautions are followed, then honey may provide
healing for you.
As Muslims, we must acknowledge and
accept that Allah and His Prophet, sallallahu aleyhe wa sallam (peace
be upon him), know better and have revealed the truth. We should,
therefore, study the research that is available, not to confirm
or deny the truth that has been revealed by Allah and his Prophet,
sallallahu aleyhe wa sallam (peace be upon him), but to learn of
new ways we can use honey.