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He who reads Surah al-Nahl every month, Allah [swt] will push away from him the problems [pain] of the Dunyah. As well as push away from him seventy different forms of afflictions, the worst of them being: craziness & leprosy, and he will be of the inhabitants of Paradise in `Adn.
—  Abu Ja`far al-Baqir [as], Tafsir al-`Ayaashi, V.2, Pg.275, H.1 - Translated from my copy of Tafsir (1991 Ed.)
إِن تَحْرِصْ عَلَىٰ هُدَاهُمْ فَإِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَا يَهْدِي مَن يُضِلُّ ۖ وَمَا لَهُم مِّن نَّاصِرِينَ

“If you (O Muhammad ﷺ) covet for their guidance, then verily Allah guides not those whom He makes to go astray (or none can guide him whom Allah sends astray). And they will have no helpers.”

(Qur’an, 16:37)

أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْا إِلَىٰ مَا خَلَقَ اللَّهُ مِنْ شَيْءٍ يَتَفَيَّأُ ظِلَالُهُ عَنِ الْيَمِينِ وَالشَّمَائِلِ سُجَّدًا لِلَّهِ وَهُمْ دَاخِرُونَ

Have they not observed things that Allah has created? how their shadows incline to the right and to the left, prostrating to Allah , while they are humble. [16:48]

“And if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. Verily, man is indeed an extreme wrong-doer, a disbeliever (an extreme ingrate who denies Allah’s Blessings by disbelief, and by worshipping others besides Allah, and by disobeying Allah and His Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihe wasallam).”

[Surah Ibrahim, 14: 34]

“And whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allah. Then, when harm touches you, unto Him you cry aloud for help.”

[Surah Al-Nahl, 16: 53]

Therefore, it is incumbent upon all Muslims to thank Allah (may He be Praised) for these bounties and to avoid being ungrateful.

Allah says while mentioning the bounties He bestows upon His servants:

“And Allah has brought you out from the wombs of your mothers while you know nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight, and hearts that you might give thanks (to Allah).”

[Surah Al-Nahl, 16: 78]

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وَأَوْفُوا۟ بِعَهْدِ ٱللَّهِ إِذَا عَٰهَدتُّمْ وَلَا تَنقُضُوا۟ ٱلْأَيْمَٰنَ بَعْدَ تَوْكِيدِهَا وَقَدْ جَعَلْتُمُ ٱللَّهَ عَلَيْكُمْ كَفِيلًا ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَفْعَلُونَ

And fulfill the covenant of Allah when you have taken it, [O believers], and do not break oaths after their confirmation while you have made Allah, over you, a witness. Indeed, Allah knows what you do.

—  An-Nahl (16):91

*** Virtues of Honey ***

In the Quran, Allah SWT informs us about the honey of honey bees; that it varies in colour and that it is a healing for mankind.

“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."  [16:69]


Allah SWT also mentions honey in the Quran as one of the foods of paradise:

“The description of Paradise which the Muttaqûn (pious) have been promised is that In it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified honey (clear and pure)…” [47:15]


Honey has also been mentioned in the authentic Sunnah. It is reported that the Prophet (SAW) said:

“Cure is in three (things): a drink of honey, a slash of the knife used in Hijama and branding (cauterizing) by fire. And I prohibit my nation from cauterizing.” [Bukhari 5356]

In another hadith, it states:

“Upon you is the two cures: the honey and the Quran”

[Ibn Maajah 3452, Shaykh al-Albani graded this hadith weak and said that it is authentic saying of Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood]

Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree narrated,

“A man came to the Messenger (SAW) and said, ‘My brother has pain in his stomach’, so the Messenger (SAW) said, ‘give him honey to drink.’

The man came back and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! It only increased his illness!’ So the Messenger (SAW) said, ‘Give him honey to drink.’ The man came back and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! It only increased his illness!’ The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said ‘Allah spoke the truth and your brother’s belly has lied. Go and give him honey to drink.’ He went and gave him honey and was cured.

[Bukhari (5684), Muslim (2217)]

Ibn Qayyim (RH) commented that the prescribed medicine should be in sufficient doses otherwise the ailment will not be fully cured and dosage larger than the required amount will weaken the body and cause side effects.

Hence the reason why the man wasn’t cured straight after taking the honey was due to excessive amounts of harmful properties in his stomach, the Prophet (SAW) knew that the dose was not enough and that the man needed more honey to be cured.
[Zaad al-Ma'aad -4/35]

أَلَمْ يَرَوْا إِلَى الطَّيْرِ مُسَخَّرَاتٍ فِي جَوِّ السَّمَاءِ مَا يُمْسِكُهُنَّ إِلَّا اللَّهُ ۗ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِقَوْمٍ يُؤْمِنُونَ

Do they not see the birds controlled in the atmosphere of the sky? None holds them up except Allah . Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe 16:79

The ones whom the angels take in death [while] wronging themselves, and [who] then offer submission, [saying], "We were not doing any evil." But, yes! Indeed, Allah is Knowing of what you used to do.

 ٱلَّذِينَ تَتَوَفَّٮٰهُمُ ٱلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةُ ظَالِمِىٓ أَنفُسِہِمۡ‌ۖ فَأَلۡقَوُاْ ٱلسَّلَمَ مَا ڪُنَّا نَعۡمَلُ مِن سُوٓءِۭ‌ۚ بَلَىٰٓ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَلِيمُۢ بِمَا كُنتُمۡ تَعۡمَلُونَ