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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.)

*** 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]

And for Allah is the Highest example. (Surah Nahl:60)

So when Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala , in His Infinite Wisdom, tests us with a situation that we think is difficult or takes away something that in our mind was good for us, we need to remember that perhaps it may not be so. Perhaps if we had continued in our way, it might have been harmful for us and whatever Allah decreed for us is actually better for us, for He is All-Wise and All-Knowing. Allah says:

’…and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.’ (Surah Baqarah: 216)

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He sends down the angels with inspiration of His Command to whom of His slaves He pleases (saying): “Warn mankind that La ilaha illa Ana (none has the right to be worshipped but I), so fear Me (by abstaining from sins and evil deeds).
—  Surah An Nahl [16:2]
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


“What is your favorite Ayah of the Quran and how has that impacted your life?”

“ ‘And if you would count the graces of Allah, surely never could you be able to enumerate them’ Surah An Nahl (16:18)

If you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday, what would you have?  When I had read that quote, I was at a point in my life where if it was true I would probably have woken up to nothing. I think why the above ayah is so important to me is because it constantly reminds me to be grateful for everything I have, anything from the clothes on my back to the unconditional love I get from my parents. I didn’t know it back then but these things that we take for granted are truly some of the things that thousands of other people pray for on a daily basis. We should all strive to be more grateful and practice saying alhamdulillah even for the smallest of things and remember that surely if you are grateful, God will give you more and more inshaAllah.”