There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think.

[Surah An-Nahl (The Bee) 16:69]

Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

Honey contains great benefits, for it cleanses impurities from the veins and stomach etc, whether it is eaten or applied to the skin. It is good for the elderly, the phlegmatic and those whose humours are cold and wet. It is nourishing, aids digestion, energizes, makes unpleasant medicine palatable, is good for the liver and chest, is a diuretic and helps to ease coughs caused by phlegm. If it is drunk warm mixed with rosewater it is beneficial for one who has been bitten by a scorpion or who has consumed opium. If it is drunk on its own mixed with water, it is good for the one who has been bitten by a rabid dog or eaten poisonous mushrooms. If fresh meat is placed in honey, it will stay fresh for three months, as will cucumbers, pumpkins and eggplants. Many fruits can be kept in it for six months.

It will also preserve a dead body, and it is known as the trustworthy preserver. If the body of one who is afflicted with lice is painted with honey, it will kill the lice and their eggs. It makes the hair long, beautiful and smooth. If used on the eyes like kohl it clears the vision. If the teeth are brushed with it, it whitens the teeth and makes them bright, and keeps the gums healthy. It opens the veins and induces menstruation. If taken on an empty stomach it takes away phlegm and cleanses the stomach, clearing away waste matter and restoring the correct temperature. It does likewise to the liver, kidneys and urethra.

As well as all this, it has no side effects and causes little harm. It may cause side effects in one who is suffering from jaundice, but that may be counteracted by vinegar and the like, in which case it becomes very beneficial for him. It is a kind of nourishment, a kind of medicine, a kind of drink, a kind of sweet, a kind of cream. There is nothing that has been created for us for a similar purpose that is better than it, or even comes close. The ancient peoples relied on it, and in most of the books of the ancients there is no mention of sugar at all and it was unknown to them, for it is something that is very new. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to drink honey mixed with water on an empty stomach, and this is the secret of maintaining good health that no one can understand except one who is intelligent and blessed.

(Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/33, 34.)

Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) also said:

With regard to the Prophet’s guidance concerning drinking, it is the most perfect guidance that maintains good health. He used to drink honey mixed with cold water. This is very healthy and no one can understand how healthy it is except the most prominent doctors. For drinking honey on an empty stomach dissolves phlegm, cleanses the stomach, reduces its viscosity, washes away waste matter, warms it up a little and opens its inlet and exit. It has a similar effect on the liver, kidneys and urethra. It is more beneficial to the stomach than any other kind of sweet that enters it. However it may cause side effects in people who are suffering from jaundice because it is hot and jaundice is hot, so it may aggravate it; in order to avoid this effect vinegar may be added, then honey will become beneficial and drinking it will be more useful than many or most of the drinks that are made from sugar, especially for those who are not used to these drinks, for if they drink them they will not suit them as well as honey does, or even come close.

With regard to drinking it when it is collected and well-prepared, this is one of the most beneficial things for the body, and one of the greatest means of preserving health; it is very refreshing and energizing, and it is good for the liver and heart. If it is well-prepared it provides nutrition and makes food reach all parts of the body in the most effective manner.

(Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/224, 225)

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to drink honey mixed with cold water.

  • This is very healthy, and prominent doctors know it.
  • Drinking honey on an empty stomach dissolves phlegm, cleanses the stomach, reduces its viscosity, washes away waste matter, warms it up a little and opens its inlet and exit.

  • It has a similar effect on the liver, kidneys and urethra.

  • It is more beneficial for stomach than any other sweet.

  • However, it may have side effects on people suffering from jaundice, because it is hot and it may aggravate jaundice. To avoid this, vinegar can be added, then honey will become beneficial and drinking it will be more useful than most drinks made from sugar.

  • Honey is also very refreshing and energizing, and good for the liver and heart.

  • If it is well-prepared, it helps nutrition reach all parts of the body.

  • If honey is drunk warm, mixed with rose-water, it is beneficial for those who are bit by a scorpion or who have consumed opium.

  • If fresh meat is placed in honey, it will stay fresh for three months, so will cucumbers, pumpkins and eggplants. Several fruits can be preserved in it for six months.

  • It can also preserve a dead body.

  • For those who complain of lice, applying honey will kill the lice and their eggs.

  • Applying honey also nourishes the hair, making it long, beautiful and smooth.

  • If used on the eyes like Kohl, it clears the vision.

  • If the teeth are brushed with it, it whitens the teeth, makes them bright, and keeps the gums healthy.

  • It also opens the veins and induces menstruation.

  • Honey also has no side effects and causes little harm.

  • Honey is not only a nourishment, but a medicine, a drink, and also a sweet.

  • Ancient people relied on it, and in most books of the past, there is no mention of sugar at all, which was unknown to them. Sugar is something very new.

  • The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to drink honey mixed with water on an empty stomach, and this is the secret of maintaining good health that no one can understand except those who are intelligent and blessed.

Summarized from: Zaad al-Ma’aad 4/224, 225 and 4/33, 34

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah, 691H (1292CE), 751H (1350CE), is a reputed scholar in Islamic history. Among his several popular books, “The Prophetic Medicine”, which deals with the medical treatments of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is widely read even today.

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