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  1. Benefits of honey and Black seed In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. Both The Quran and Ahadith refer to the many benefits and cures in honey. So unique and divine is the blessing of honey that a Surah in the Quran has been named after the honeybee (An Nahl)[1]. Allah Ta’ala says in the Quran, وَأَوْحَىٰ رَبُّكَ إِلَى النَّحْلِ أَنِ اتَّخِذِي مِنَ الْجِبَالِ بُيُوتًا وَمِنَ الشَّجَرِ وَمِمَّا يَعْرِشُونَ. ثُمَّ كُلِي مِن كُلِّ الثَّمَرَاتِ فَاسْلُكِي سُبُلَ رَبِّكِ ذُلُلًا ۚ يَخْرُجُ مِن بُطُونِهَا شَرَابٌ مُّخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَانُهُ فِيهِ شِفَاءٌ لِّلنَّاسِ ۗ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَةً لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ. And your Lord inspired the bee, saying: “Take you habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. “Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you).” 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 ponder. (An-Naĥl 68,69) The benefits of honey is also mentioned in many Ahadith; Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (Radhiallahu Anhu): A man came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said, “My brother has some Abdominal trouble.” The Prophet (ﷺ) said to him “Let him drink honey.” The man came for the second time and the Prophet (ﷺ) said to him, ‘Let him drink honey.” He came for the third time and the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Let him drink honey.” He returned again and said, “I have done that ‘ The Prophet (ﷺ) then said, “Allah has said the truth, but your brother’s `Abdomen has told a lie. Let him drink honey.” So he made him drink honey and he was cured. Sahih al-Bukhari 5684 It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (Radhiallahu Anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever eats honey three mornings each month, will not suffer any serious calamity.” (Sunan Ibn Majah 3450) Narrated Ibn `Abbas (Radhiallahu Anhu): (The Prophet (ﷺ) said), “Healing is in three things: A gulp of honey, cupping, and branding with fire (cauterizing).” But I forbid my followers to use (cauterization) branding with fire.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 5680) It was narrated from ‘Abdullah(Radhiallahu Anhu): that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “You should take the two that bring healing: Honey and the Qur’an.”( Sunan Ibn Majah 3452) Narrated by `Aisha (Radhiallahu Anha): Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) used to love sweet edible things and honey. (Sahih al-Bukhari 5431) The benefits of Kalonji (black seed) has also been mentioned in Ahadith; Abu Hurairah (Radhiallahu Anhu): narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ)said: “Use this black seed. For indeed it contains a cure for every disease except As-Sam” And As-Sam is death. Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2041 It was narrated that Khalid bin Sa’d said: “We went out and with us was Ghalib bin Abjar. He fell sick along the way, and when we came to Al-Madinah he was sick. Ibn Abu ‘Atiq came to visit him and said to us: ‘You should use this black seed. Take five or seven (seeds) and grind them to a powder, then drop them into his nose with drops of olive oil, on this side and on this side. For ‘Aishah narrated to them that she heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: “This black seed is a healing for every disease, except the Sam.” I said: “What is the Sam?” He said: “Death.” (Sunan Ibn Majah 3449) For further benefits and usage of honey and kalonji you may refer to Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet by Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyah http://www.kalamullah.com/Books/Medicine.pdf And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best Arshad Ali Student Darul Iftaa Trinidad Checked and Approved by, Mufti Ebrahim Desai. http://www.daruliftaa.net/ [1] Mariful Quran 5/331
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