The Recommended Honey Intake
Honey has long held a special place in Islamic tradition and teachings. The Quran and the Hadith highlight the virtues of honey, referring to it as a healing and nourishing substance. Let’s take a look at the recommended honey intake in Islam, drawing upon both spiritual wisdom and scientific understanding.
Allah SWT highlights the value of honey as a source of healing for humanity in Surah An-Nahl:
وَأَوْحَىٰ رَبُّكَ إِلَى ٱلنَّحْلِ أَنِ ٱتَّخِذِى مِنَ ٱلْجِبَالِ بُيُوتًۭا وَمِنَ ٱلشَّجَرِ وَمِمَّا يَعْرِشُونَ (٦٨) ثُمَّ كُلِى مِن كُلِّ ٱلثَّمَرَٰتِ فَٱسْلُكِى سُبُلَ رَبِّكِ ذُلُلًۭا ۚ يَخْرُجُ مِنۢ بُطُونِهَا شَرَابٌۭ مُّخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَٰنُهُۥ فِيهِ شِفَآءٌۭ لِّلنَّاسِ ۗ إِنَّ فِى ذَٰلِكَ لَـَٔايَةًۭ لِّقَوْمٍۢ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ (٦٩)
“And your Lord inspired the bee: ‘Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct. 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 colours, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.” (Quran, 16:68-69)
Prophetic Guidance & Practice
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ spoke highly of honey and its benefits. His sayings encourage its consumption:
“Make use of the two remedies: honey and the Quran.” (Narrated by Ibn Majah)
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ recommended starting the day with a spoonful of honey mixed in warm water.
Nutritional and Medicinal Benefits
Modern scientific research supports the traditional beliefs about honey’s health benefits. It contains antioxidants, enzymes, and antimicrobial properties that contribute to its healing properties. Honey can be beneficial for respiratory health, digestion, and boosting the immune system.
Moderation in Consumption
While honey contains many beneficial properties, it’s important to consume it in moderation. Excessive consumption of any food, including honey, can lead to imbalances in the body.
Consultation with Professionals
Individuals with specific health conditions should always consult medical professionals or nutritionists before making significant changes to their diet, including incorporating honey.