HONEY AND THE HOLY QURAN
The powerful healing attributes of honey have long been used to promote health and healing. Raw Honey, particularly Sidr honey from the sacred Sidr Tree, is closely associated with the Muslim culture and Ramadan. Cited several times in the Quran, raw honey is deemed to have strong medicinal benefits, and Prophet Mohammed believed it to be an integral part of a healthy diet.
“There emerges from their bellies a drink (honey), varying in colours, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.” (Quran 16:68)
It has been claimed that The Prophet Mohammed favoured a more vegetarian diet, and also moderation when it came to eating. One of his more famous quotes was “The worst vessel to fill is the stomach, but leave one-third for food, one-third for water, and one-third for air.”
He also said that “Honey is a remedy for every illness of the body, and Quran is a remedy for all illnesses of the mind, therefore I recommend to you both remedies: the Quran and honey”.
The Prophet was known to drink a glass of honey and water on an empty stomach. He considered honey to be shifa (having healing properties). One Hadith quotes the Prophet as saying: “If a person eats honey, a thousand remedies enter his stomach and a million diseases will come out.”
The Quran says many times that the technical skill of the bees is in producing sweet honey from the bitter juices of plants. Mohammed maintained that medicines administered by physicians are bitter, but those given by God are as sweet as honey.
Honey was considered to be an exquisite food and an important healing substance but the Prophet also recommended eating honey because it brought good luck. The followers of Islam therefore looked upon honey as a talisman.
Ramadan and Honey
Raw honey is a great substitute for sugar as the glucose in honey gets absorbed faster than sugar sources, so it gives a quick energy boost. With about 17 grams of carbohydrates in a tablespoon, honey can be added to workout shakes, meals and desserts during Ramadan, to help regulate blood sugar levels. A perfect ingredient on any plate during Iftar and Suhoor!
Raw honey as a Ramadan gift
As a result of its association with the Holy Quran and the benefits of including honey in Ramadan meals, raw honey makes a perfect and thoughtful Ramadan gift.