Allah Ta’al says in the Quraan Kareem:

“And the lord inspired the bee, saying: Take your 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.”

[16:68-69(An-Nahl) ]


It is narrated in the Sahihain that Abu Said Al Khudri Radi Allaho Anhu said:

A man came to Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) & and said, “My brother is complaining about stomach, or he is complaining about diarrhoea”. Our beloved Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Give him some honey”. The man went and came back later, saying, I have given him some honey, but it did not help, or he said, “It made his diarrhoea worse”. He repeated this twice or three times, all the while the Prophet continued saying to him, “Give him some honey”. In the third or fourth time, Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,

صَدَقَ اللهُ، وكَذَبَ بَطْنُ أَخِيكَ

“Allah has said the truth while your brother’s stomach has lied.”

A Hadith [narrated by Ibn Majah and others] stated that Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

علَيْكُم بالشِّفَاءَيْنِ‏:‏ العَسَلِ والقُرآنِ

“Make use of the two cures: Honey and the Quran”.

This Hadith joins the material and the divine cures, the medicine of the body and the soul, the earthly medicine and the heavenly cure.

Understanding these facts, let us go back to the man to whom Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم)had prescribed honey to cure his diarrhoea, which was caused by overeating. Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم)prescribed honey for him to rid his stomach and intestines from accumulating harmful substances or excretions that prevents the food in the stomach from being digested, because honey has a cleansing effect. The harmful, viscid substances were adhering to the stomach walls, which is similar to the material of a towel, polluting both the stomach and the food. Honey removes these substances that engulf the stomach, and it is the best cure for this condition. Honey is a potent cleanser and is effective in treating cases of diarrhoea, especially when the honey is mixed with warm water.

Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) repeated his command to the man, to give some honey to his sick brother for a good reason. The prescribed medicine should be in sufficient doses; otherwise, the ailment will not be fully cured. When the prescribed medicine is in a larger than necessary dose, it will weaken the body and cause side effects. When Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) first ordered the man to give his brother honey, he did not give him a sufficient amount to cure his condition. When the man said that his brother was not cured, Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) knew that the dose was not sufficient, so he told the man several times to give his brother more honey, so that the dose would reach a sufficient amount, When the sick person has several doses of honey in a sufficient amount to fight the disease, the cure occurs by Allah’s permission. Giving the correct dose of the proper medicine is a major part of the science of medicine.

When Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said to the man:

“Allah has Said the truth and your brother’s stomach has lied”.

This indicates the sure effectiveness of the honey. It also explains that the illness remained not because the prescribed medicine was not effective, but because the stomach had a large amount of spoiled substances in it. Therefore, Rasulullah (صلى الله عليهوسلم), ordered the man to take more medicine because his stomach contained excessive amounts of spoiled substances.

Honey is:

  • a food,
  • a drink,
  • a sweet,
  • a remedy
  • a type of refreshment and
  • an ointment,
  • numerous medicinal values.

Therefore, there is no other substance that is more beneficial than honey or that even rivals its value. This is why the people of old relied on honey, for most of the books of old do not mention sugar, as this was discovered in modem times.

Honey has tremendous medicinal value,

  • It washes away the harmful substances that might be collected in the veins and the intestines.
  • Honey dissolves excess moisture,
  • is beneficial as a drink and as an ointment,
  • It is of great value for the elderly, and those suffering from phlegm and cold moods or condition (chills).
  • Honey is nutritious,
  • Softens one’s bowel movement and
  • Is a good preserving agent.
  • In addition, honey reduces the bitter taste of other medicines,
  • Cleanses the liver and the chest,
  • Aids in producing urine,
  • Dissolves the phlegm that is accompanied by coughing.
  • When honey is consumed hot and mixed with rose oil, it cures animal bites and the effects of opium.
  • Taking honey mixed with water helps against the bite of a rabid dog and the effects of eating poisonous mushrooms.
  • If fresh meat is kept in honey, it preserves its freshness for three months. Likewise if gourds, cucumbers and eggplants are kept in honey, they too will be preserved.
  • Furthermore, honey will keep some types of fruit fresh for six months.
  • It preserves dead corpses, thus deserving to be called, “The true preserver”.
  • When honey is applied to someone that is infected with lice, it will kill both the lice and the eggs.
  • Honey will add softness and beauty to the hair while allowing it to grow longer.
  • When honey is applied to the eye as Kohl (eyeliner), it will strengthen weak eyesight.
  • Honey whitens the teeth, preserves their health and the health of the gums,
  • Opens the orifice of the veins along with causing the flow of menstruation.
  • Furthermore, licking honey on an empty stomach will help the body get rid of mucus and phlegm. It cleanses the stomach and rids it of harmful substances or mixtures, heats the stomach mildly and opens up the pores.
  • Honey has similar effects on the kidneys, the prostate, urinary bladder and the liver.
  • Furthermore, honey is the least harmful sweet substance for congesting the liver and kidneys.
  • Adding to all these benefits that we mentioned, honey does not have any side effects, nor harm except for those suffering from bile and who should take it with vinegar to neutralize its harm.

Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to drink some honey mixed with water on an empty stomach. There is a wonderful secret behind this practice regarding preserving the health. Only those who enjoy sound comprehension will be able to recognize such a secret.

From the book  Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet    By Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jauziyah



Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, in its issue a few years ago  has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by Honey and cinnamon, as researched by western scientists:

HONEY IS THE only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. What it will do is what some call ‘turning to sugar’. In reality, Honey is always Honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will “crystallize”. When this happens loosen the lid, boil some water and sit the Honey container in the hot water, but turn off the heat and let it liquefy naturally. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil Honey or put it in a microwave. This will kill the enzymes in the Honey.

Cinnamon and Honey.  Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of Honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept Honey as a very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects for any kind of diseases. Today’s science says that even though Honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of Honey and cinnamon powder, apply it on bread instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, when they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heartbeat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; Honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of Honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most of the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of Honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of Honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure Honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm Honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of Honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that Honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of Honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that Honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

RAVAGES OF OLD AGE: Tea made with Honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of Honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of Honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of Honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying Honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink Honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of Honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of Honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take Honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of Honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of Honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night Honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.