Honey in the Qur'an: Health Benefits and How To Consume

Safiya Rahman

-
July 01, 2024
Organic honey in a glass jar, symbol of health and nutrition in Islamic tradition

Honey, with its rich, golden hue and soothing sweetness, has been noted as  powerful superfood and medicinal source for thousands of years. Its value extends far beyond the culinary world and is a gift that is profoundly ingrained in the Islamic tradition. The Qur'an refers to bees and honey in Surah An-Nahl (The Bee), highlighting honey's nutritional and healing properties:

"And your Lord inspired to the bee, 'Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct. 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." [Quran, 16:68-69]

In light of these Quranic verses and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), let's delve into the nutritional and healing properties of honey.

Nutritional Composition of Honey 🍯

Honey is nature's energy booster, rich in carbohydrates, mainly fructose and glucose, which are excellent energy sources. It contains a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that contribute to its health-boosting properties. Among these are vitamin C, calcium, and iron, with darker honeys typically possessing higher mineral contents than lighter ones.

Muslim woman enjoying various types of honeys at home in accordance to her islamic faith

Honey in Prophetic Medicine 📖

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) frequently extolled the virtues of honey. A well-known hadith states, "Make use of the two remedies: honey and the Qur'an." [Tirmidhi] This shows that honey was not only considered a dietary substance but was also recognised for its curative capabilities.

Health Benefits of Honey 💪

Modern science supports many of the health benefits of honey that were known to Muslims through the Qur'an and Hadith.

  1. Boosts Immunity: The antioxidant and antibacterial properties of honey can help improve the digestive system and boost immunity.

  2. Aids Wound Healing: Topically applied honey has been shown to be an effective treatment for wounds, burns, and skin ulcers.

  3. Eases Throat Irritation: Honey is an old home remedy for a cough and sore throat. Its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties can soothe the throat and reduce cough frequency.

  4. Promotes Heart Health: Honey's phenolic compounds have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.

  5. Improves Sleep: Honey promotes the formation of melatonin due to its tryptophan content which helps the body recover during sleep

Honey is a staple superfood in many muslim households

Incorporating Honey into Your Diet 🥗

Honey is incredibly versatile. Use it as a natural sweetener in tea, drizzle it over yogurt or cereal, add it to marinades or salad dressings, or simply take a spoonful as a quick energy booster.

Which Crescent Days products contain honey? 🍯

We use honey in many of our most popular halal supplements to help support a wide range of health solutions:

  1. Halal Night Sticks: for deeper sleep and reduced fatigue

  2. Halal Multivitamin: for comprehensive health and wellbeing

  3. Halal Energy: for natural energy and a reduction in tiredness and fatigue

  4. Halal Biotic: for gut health and digestive support

  5. Halal Immunity: for protection against colds, flus and sickness

1