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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]

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


A Verse

Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition.
Holy Quran Translation Surah An-Nahl Verse 90

A Hadith

Allah’s Apostle said, “Between my house and the pulpit there is a garden of the gardens of Paradise.”
Sahih Bukhari - Hadith No: 286 (Volume: 2)

A Quotation

The prescription for a glorious though unfortunate continent, an illustrious though hapless state, a noble though ownerless people, is Islamic Unity.
Seeds of Reality 14

“The command of Allah is coming, so be not impatient for it. Exalted is He and high above what they associate with Him. He sends down the angels, with the inspiration of His command, upon whom He wills of His servants, [telling them], “Warn that there is no deity except Me; so fear Me.” Surah An-Nahl 16:1-2.

The unbelievers in Makkah used to ask the Prophet (ﷺ) to hasten their punishment in this life, or to hasten the punishment God has in store for them in the life to come. Astime passed with no punishment being inflicted, they urged the Prophet more and more to hasten it, demonstrating that they could not care less. They thought that Muĥammad (ﷺ) was warning them against something that would never happen. His only aim, as they imagined, was to get them to believe what he said and accept his faith. They could not understand God’s wisdom in giving them time. Nor could they appreciate His grace. They would not reflect on the signs He has placed everywhere in the universe around them. Nor would they reflect on His revelations in the Qur’ān which address people’s minds and hearts.

That is after all a much more effective address than punishment and suffering. It is more worthy of man whom God has honored when He gave him a mind, feelings and an independent will to study, reflect and make free choices. 

The opening of the sūrah is very decisive: “God’s judgement is bound to come.” It implies that the command has been given, and that God’s will has been made. This is sufficient for the judgement to come to pass at the time appointed for it by God Himself. “So do not seek to hurry it on.” God’s laws operate in accordance with His will. They cannot be hurried, nor can they be postponed to satisfy people’s wishes. The statement here tells us that God’s judgement, to resurrect people or to inflict His punishment on those who deserve it, has been made. It will come to pass at the time God has determined. There will be no hurrying and no delay. 

-Fi Dhilal Al-Qur’an by Sayyid Qutb.

When their specified time arrives, they cannot delay it for a single hour nor can they bring it forward”
( Surah An- Nahl : 61)