A mention of honey in the Qur’an:
“And thy Lord taught the bee to build its cells in hills, on trees and in (man’s) habitations… there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colors, wherein is healing for mankind. Verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought”
And in the Hadith collection of Imam Bukhari (rah):
Narrated ‘Aisha: Allah’s Apostle used to love sweet edible things and honey. (Bukhari, Book #65, Hadith #342)
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: (The Prophet said), “Healing is in three things: A gulp of honey, cupping, and branding with fire (cauterizing).” But I forbid my followers to use (cauterization) branding with fire.” (Bukhari, Book #71, Hadith #584)
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: A man came to the Prophet 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 again 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. (Bukhari, Book #71, Hadith #588)
The Osmanli Dergah has taken this advise to heart and built an area for bee keeping on their land; where honey is extracted, used in the daily meals, and given away to those who ask.
As mureeds, Shaykh Effendi also recommends that we take at least one spoon of honey a day, as there is indeed a cure for many diseases found within it, and more importantly, it encourages us to love what The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wasalam) loved.
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For video footage of the Dergah bees, see here: http://vimeo.com/2271897