In the Quran, Allah, Almighty, Says (what means): "And your Lord inspired the bees, 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 color wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think." [Quran 16: 68-69]
I am the doctor; I am the handcrafter of medicine. You come to me to take your medicine from my pharmacy, the one that I prepare myself to heal you, Allah willing, from your diseases. The medicine I make never tastes bitter to annoy whoever takes it; on the contrary, it is sweet and delicious and everyone likes it. In fact, it has many colors and many odors; it smells like roses in the garden, flowers and basil, or even jasmine. The colors of my medicine are pure and beautiful: pure white, red, or yellow.
Its healing power is guaranteed, and the patient does not need a medical check by the physician; furthermore, whoever takes it will not have any side effects or complications because it heals and strengthens, it is always useful and never useless.
None of the whole creation can make such medicine because it is my secret and no one else can have it. In fact, no creature taught me this secret; moreover, I never went to school and never studied at any university. However, I am excellent at manufacturing this healing medicine.
Do not wonder at this speech, and do not say: "How should we believe? These are just dreams." In fact, I am not dreaming or lying; I am telling the truth and nothing but the truth.
Do you want to know who taught me my secret? He is the Great Creator, Allah, Almighty, Who created me and taught me the right path and guided me by His inspiration and simplified this ability for me.
Allah, Almighty, created a great factory in my tiny body, in which there are very minute instruments that make this medicine. After that, He permitted me to go and extract materials from fruits and roses’ nectar that would never harm the rose; then I mix that nectar in my body to let my instruments work with the Aid of the All-Powerful Allah to extract an excellent medicine, pure and very useful. Do you know now who I am?
Yes, I guess you know that I am the BEE, and the medicine I make is honey. I am a very tiny hyperactive creature that never tires or becomes lazy or even sick. I usually do my work with determination and never feel bored, but rather I spend my whole life making honey.
Allah, Almighty, inspired me to build my well-organized shelter, so I build it in a hexagonal shape, strongly fixed from its ends; then He let me fly easily using my tiny wings in order to reach the valleys and the green fields extracting flowers’ nectar and tasting many fruits before I return home. When I return, I empty all that I collected, then store it. Then I go out again, and so on, feeling neither fatigue nor boredom.
As a matter of fact, I do not ask any recompense from you for my effort except to consider my existence and respect my living space. Therefore, I do not like anyone to threaten my life or assault me because we, bees, do not like aggression and we love to live safely.
However, if anyone attempts to endanger our lives, we are very brave and our weapons are our stinging lances. Our soldiers sacrifice their lives for the defense of our kingdom and they are fierce in battle for a sting would certainly cost a bee its life. That is because its stinging lance is attached to its vital organs, and when it impales its victim its bowels exit its body and it dies horribly as you see.
Allah, Almighty, has honored us in His Book (Quran) and featured us by giving one chapter of His Book our name and has granted us the honor of His inspiration. Not only that, but He, Almighty, predestined our lives and guided us to the way of our work. If you want to know something about our kingdom or the organization of our government, then our kingdom does not differ much from yours, and our government resembles yours to a great extent.
We have a Queen who rules us and whom we obey and guard. The work is divided among us: some make wax, others work in honey and another team builds the shelters, while still others bring water. We usually arise very early in the morning, and our drone’s example has led to people saying: "he wakes as early as a drone."
Some of our hive members keep flapping their wings to refresh the air of the cell, and some are the soldiers and yet some others are just males. We shall return now, dear friends, to my medicine.
Honey has been mentioned in the Quran, and Allah, Almighty, described it as a cure for what ails people. It is a sterilized medicine in which no microbe or insect can live. If you want to be sure of this power take some honey and put an insect in it and you will find that it will be dead in a few seconds.
Honey is a cure for so many diseases, and it is the medicine recommended by our Prophet Muhammad who said: "You have the two cures: Honey and the Quran." [Ibn Maajah]
Moreover, honey is mentioned in the Quran when Allah, Almighty, speaking about the rivers of Paradise, Says (what means): "The description of Paradise which the 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]…" [Quran 47: 15]
A man came to the Prophet and said: "My brother has some abdominal trouble." The Prophet said to him: "Let him drink honey," – the man came for the second time and the Prophet said to him "Let him drink honey." – He came for the third time and the Prophet said, "Let him drink honey." – He returned again and said, "I have done that." The Prophet 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 at last."
Some doctors said that the patient mentioned in the Hadeeth had the following situation: That man had some harmful wastes gathered in his abdomen. So when he drank honey for the first time, the wastes disintegrated and left his body gradually. The wastes were discharged from the patient’s body and he was cured by the Power of Allah, Almighty.
Now have you been acquainted with my whole life, dear friends? I guess you love me now and you are not afraid of me anymore, because as you see I harm no one except the one who harms me, since my sting costs me my life.
So be my good friends and allow me to do the work that Allah, Almighty, has inspired and taught me to do. Peace be with you.
[From: "Birds and Animals Mentioned in the Holy Quran" By: Nour M. Jaffala]