Friday, October 21, 2011

Bee & Honey

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 6:43 PM
Allah, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful inspired the bees to make hives and produced honey which is a nutriment and medicinal for mankind. There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in seven to nine recognized families, and the actual number is probably higher. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants. Bees are adapted for feeding on nectar and pollen, the former primarily as an energy source and the latter primarily for protein and other nutrients. In Islam, there is an entire Surah in the Noble Qur'an called al-Nahl (the Honey Bee) and the existence of bee was mentioned  in verses 68 & 69. According to hadith, Prophet Muhammad صل اللة علية وسيلم  strongly recommended honey for healing purposes.


وَأَوْحَى رَبُّكَ إِلَى النَّحْلِ أَنِ اتَّخِذِي مِنَ الْجِبَالِ بُيُوتًا وَمِنَ الشَّجَرِ وَمِمَّا يَعْرِشُونَ (٦٨)
ثُمَّ كُلِي مِنْ كُلِّ الثَّمَرَاتِ فَاسْلُكِي سُبُلَ رَبِّكِ ذُلُلا يَخْرُجُ
مِنْ بُطُونِهَا شَرَابٌ مُخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَانُهُ فِيهِ شِفَاءٌ لِلنَّاسِ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لآيَةً لِقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ (٦٩)
"And your Lord inspired the bee saying: “Take your habitations (make hives) in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect: (An-Nahl 16:68)

“Then eat of all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you)”. There comes forth from their bellies, a drink varying colour , wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for  people who think. (An-Nahl,16:69)

Therefore, to enhance our thought, the following verse is narrated in the Noble Quran :


الَّذِي لَهُ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأرْضِ وَلَمْ يَتَّخِذْ وَلَدًا وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ شَرِيكٌ فِي الْمُلْكِ وَخَلَقَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ فَقَدَّرَهُ تَقْدِيرًا (٢)

He to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and Who has begotten no son (children or offspring) and for Whom there is no partner in the dominion. He has created everything, and has measured it exactly according to its due measurements.(Al-Furqan 25:2)


Bee colonies are established t by groups known as "swarms", which consist of a mated queen and a large contingent of worker bees. This group moves en masse to a nest site that has been scouted by worker bees beforehand. Once they arrive, they immediately construct a new wax comb and begin to raise new worker brood. A colony generally contains one queen bee, a fertile female; seasonally up to a few thousand drone bees or fertile males and a large seasonally variable population of sterile female worker bees. 

Swamp of Bee & The Bee

Honey

There are 24 different breeds of the common "honey bee" (Apis mellifera.) These insects have a highly organized social structure in which each bee has a specific function-worker, drone, or queen. There is only one queen bee per hive (except occasionally at the end of a queen's life when she becomes non-reproductive and a daughter takes over as queen, stinging the old queen to death.) The queen has several distinct characteristics that set her apart from her workers, which are all female, and the drones, which are male.

Honey is the complex substance made when the nectar and sweet deposits from plants and trees are gathered, modified and stored in the honeycomb by honey bees as a food source for the colony.

Bee Hive

The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste which provide strength and energy to our bodies, honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural fruit sugars play an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. So, to experience these health benefits of honey, here are a few tips for you:

a.      For a workout, take a spoon of honey to enable you to go for the extra  mile.
b.     Feeling low and lethargic in the morning, spread it on hot toast or replace the sugar in your tea with it for a refreshing surge of energy.
c.    Prepare some sandwiches with honey and butter for your children to make sure they have enough energy to sustain through the day.
d.    Immunity System Builder - can be a powerful immune system booster which help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease. Start every brand new day,  before breakfast, mix a spoonful of honey and lemon juice from half a lemon into a cup of warm water and drink it.
e.      Honey is Anti-Cancer! - Honey does not cure cancer but what many people don't think enough of or have overlooked is - honey possesses carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumor properties! Read: Honey is Anti-Cancer!
f.        Honey Remedy for Ailments :

(1)   For Cuts and Burns:- For thousands of years, honey has been recognized as one of the most natural home remedies to treat a wide range of ailments and complaints including yeast infection , athlete foot , and arthritis pain. Honey has been used as a natural cure in first aid treatment for wounds, burns and cuts as it is able to absorb moisture from the air and promote healing.
(2)   For Sore Throats:- Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, honey not only soothes throats but can also kill certain bacteria that causes the infection. Take a spoonful of honey to soothe the inflammation or gargle with a mixture of two tablespoons of honey, four tablespoons of lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
(3)   Unable to sleep? Use the famous Milk and Honey Remedy. Take a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of honey to calm the soul and induce sleep. Or, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey to a cup of  tea and sip. 

The bee colonies is an example of a system based on the idea of monotheism (tawhid) which encompasses the orientation of a particle. The queen bee is the center of existence, surrounded and defended by the worker bees. They move as a unit in form of swarm. In the Muslim prayers we are commanded to face the same direction wherever you are, toward the Kaabah, Masjidil Haram, Makkah. The circumambulation (tawaf) process during hajj and umrah pilgrimage we can see similar system adopted as one of the obligatory pillars. To know Allah, we must seek His Creations, and it is beyond our capability to seek His physical being.

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