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    Amazing, I also seen this article few days back in a newspaper –

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    Amazing Facts…About Honey and Your Health

    – Honey contains vitamins and antioxidants, but is fat free, cholesterol
    free and sodium free!
    – One antioxidant called “pinocembrin” is only found in honey.
    – Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to
    sustain life, including water.
    – Honey has the ability to attract and absorb moisture, which makes it
    remarkably soothing for minor burns and helps to prevent scarring.
    – Honey speeds the healing of open wounds and also combats infection.
    – As recently as the First World War, honey was being mixed with cod liver
    oil to dress wounds on the battlefield.
    – Modern science now acknowledges honey as an anti-microbial agent, which
    means it deters the growth of certain types of bacteria, yeast and molds.
    – Honey and beeswax form the basics of many skin creams, lip-balms, and
    hand lotions.
    – According to Dr. Paul Gold, a Professor of Psychology at the University
    of Virginia, “people remember things much better after they’ve consumed
    glucose, a form of sugar found in honey.”
    – Honey is nature’s energy booster! It provides a concentrated energy
    source that helps prevent fatigue and can boost athletic performance.
    – Recent studies have proven that athletes who took some honey before and
    after competing recovered more quickly than those who did not.
    – Honey supplies 2 stages of energy. The glucose in honey is absorbed by
    the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost. The fructose is
    absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy.

    Allah says in the Qur’an, “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 colour wherein is
    healing for men. Verily in this is indeed a sign for people who think.”
    [Qur’an 16:68-69]

    The Prophet, sallallahu aleyhe wa sallam (peace be upon him), has also told
    us of the healing found within honey for a variety of medical problems,
    including stomach ailments. One hadeeth, reported by Bukhari, states that a
    man came to the Prophet , sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam (peace be upon him),
    because his brother had a stomach disorder. The Prophet sallallahu alaiyhi
    wa sallam said “Let him drink honey.” The man returned a second time and
    again the Prophet , sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam (peace be upon him),
    responded again, “Let him drink honey.” The man returned again, and said “I
    have done that.” The Prophet sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam then responded,
    “Allah has said the truth, but your brother’s stomach has told a lie. Let
    him drink honey.” He drank it and was cured.

    Tirmizi, Ibn Majah and Baihaqi also reported that the Prophet, sallallahu
    alaiyhi wa sallam (peace be upon him), said, “Make use of the two remedies:
    honey and the Qur’an.”

    Do you know how important a food source the honey, offered to man by Allah
    by means of a tiny animal, is?

    Honey is composed of sugars like glucose and fructose and minerals like
    magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulfur, iron and phosphate.
    It includes B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3 vitamins changing according to the
    qualities of nectar and pollen sources. Besides; copper, iodine, iron and
    zinc exist in it in small quantities. Also, several kinds of hormones are
    also present in its content.

    As stated in the Qur’an, honey has a feature of ‘healing men’. This
    scientific fact was also confirmed by the scientists who assembled during
    the World Apiculture Conference held on 20-26 September 1993 in China:
    “During the Conference, treatments with honey derivatives were discussed.
    Especially the American scientists expressed that honey, royal jelly, pollen
    and propolis (bee resin) had the property of curing many illnesses. A
    Romanian doctor stated that he tried honey on cataract patients, and 2002
    out of his 2094 patients recovered completely. Polish doctors also informed
    that bee resin helped to cure many diseases like haemorrhoids(piles), skin
    problems, gynaecological diseases and many others.” (Hurriyet Newspaper, 19
    October 1993)

    Nowadays, apiculture and bee products has become a new branch of research in
    countries advanced in science. Other benefits of honey may be described as
    Easily digested: Because the sugar molecules in the honey can convert into
    other types of sugar (fructose to glucose), the honey is easily digested by
    the most sensitive stomachs despite its high acid concentration. It also
    helps kidneys and intestines to function better.

    Has a low calorie level: Another quality of the honey is that, when it is
    compared with the same amount of sugar, it gives 40% less calories to the
    body. Although it gives great energy to the body, it does not add on weight.

    Rapidly fuses into blood: When accompanied by mild water, honey fuses into
    the bloodstream in 7 minutes. The free sugar molecules in it make the brain
    function easier…

    Supports blood formation: Honey provides an important part of the energy
    needed by the body for blood formation. In addition, it helps cleaning the
    blood. It has some positive effects in regulating the blood circulation and
    facilitating it. Also, it functions as an important protection against
    capillary problems and arteriosclerosis.

    Does not accommodate bacteria: This bacteria killing property of the honey
    is named as the “inhibition effect”. The experiments conducted on honey
    resolve that, its bacteria killing property increases twice when diluted
    with water. It is very interesting to note that the newborns in the bee
    colony are nourished with diluted honey by the bees responsible of their
    supervision – as if they know this feature of the honey.

    Royal Jelly: Royal jelly is a substance produced by worker bees inside the
    beehive. Inside this nutritious substance, there exist sugar, proteins, fats
    and many vitamins. It is used in problems which occur as a result of tissue
    deficiency or body frailty.
    It is obvious that honey, which is produced in much higher amounts than the
    requirement of the bees, is made for the benefit of man. And it is also
    obvious that bees cannot perform such an unbelievable task “on their own”…


    “And your Lord taught the honey bee ….”
    “And your Lord taught the honey bee to build its cells in hills, on trees,
    and in (men’s) habitations; Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth),
    and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within
    their bodies a drink of varying colours, wherein is healing for men: verily
    in this is a Sign for those who give thought. (Surat an-Nahl (The Bee),

    It is generally known that honey is a fundamental food source for the human
    body, whereas only a few people are aware of the extraordinary features of
    its producer, the honeybee.

    As known, food source of bees is nectar, which is not possible to be found
    during winter. For this reason, they combine the nectar collected in summer
    time with special secretions of their body, produce a new food substance,
    which is honey, and store it for the coming winter months.

    It is noteworthy that the amount of honey stored by the bees is much more
    than their actual need. The question which comes to the mind is why this
    “excessive production”, which seems to be a waste of time and energy is not
    stopped? The answer to this question is hidden in the verse which states
    that the bee is “taught” so by the Lord.
    Bees innately produce honey not only for themselves but also for the human
    beings. As a matter of fact, bees, like many other beings in nature, are
    offered to the service of man. Just like the chicken laying at least one egg
    a day although it does not need it, or the cow producing much more milk than
    its offspring needs.

    The lives of bees in the hive and their honey production have very
    interesting contents. Without going into too much detail, let us discover
    the “social life” of the bees with its basic features. There are numerous
    “tasks” to be performed by the bees, all of which they overcome with an
    excellent organization.

    Regulation of humidity and ventilation: Humidity of the hive, which gives
    honey its protective quality, must be kept within a certain limit. If
    humidity is over or under a normal limit, then the honey will get spoiled
    and loose its protective and nutritious qualities. Similarly, temperature in
    the hive has to be 320 C for 10 months of the year. In order to keep the
    temperature and humidity in the hive within certain limits, a special
    “ventilation group” is appointed.

    In a hot day, bees are easily observed ventilating the hive. The entrance of
    the hive fills with bees and by clamping on the wooden ground, they fan the
    hive using their wings. In a standard hive, air entering from one side is
    forced to leave from the other side. Extra ventilator bees in the hive work
    for pushing the air to all corners of the hive.

    The ventilation system is also useful in protecting the hive from smoke and
    air pollution.
    “And that We have subjected them to their (use)? of them some do carry them
    and some they eat: And they have (other) profits from them (besides), and
    they get (milk) to drink. Will they not then be grateful?”(Surah Ya-Seen
    (Ya-Seen), 72-73)

    Health system : The effort of the bees to preserve the quality of the honey
    is not limited with humidity and heat regulation. A perfect health system in
    force within the hive also keeps under control all events that may result in
    the origination of bacteria. The main purpose of this system is removing all
    substances subject to cause bacteria production. The basic principle of this
    health system is to prevent foreign substances from entering the hive. To
    secure this, always two guardians are kept at the entrance of the hive. If a
    foreign substance or insect enters the hive despite this precaution, all
    bees take action to remove it out from the hive.

    For the bigger foreign objects that can not be removed from the hive,
    another protection mechanism is started. Bees produce a substance called
    “propolis (bee resin)” for these kind of situations. They produce it by
    adding some special secretions to the resins they collect from trees like
    pine, poplar and acacia. Propolis is a special substance in which no
    bacteria can survive. The bigger foreign objects in the hive are enveloped
    with a 1,5 mm thick propolis, and are thus isolated from the hive.

    The same bee resin is used to patch the cracks in the hive. After being
    applied on the cracks by the bees, the resin reacts with air and forms a
    hard surface drying in a very short time.

    It is quite obvious that the system employed by the bees for the protection
    of the hive requires great consciousness and intelligence. What is more
    interesting is the special feature of the propolis, secreted by protection
    purposes by the bees, not letting any bacteria survive in it. Even though we
    assume that bees secrete this substance “consciously” to cover foreign
    substances, how can we explain that bees give an antibacterial quality to
    this secretion? Can you – who have a more developed intelligence than the
    bee – give antibacterial quality to any secretions of your body?

    By shaping small beeswax, honey bees construct a hive where 30.000 bees can
    live and work together.

    The hive is made up of beeswax-walled honeycombs, which have hundreds of
    tiny cells on each of its faces. All honeycomb cells are exactly at the same
    size. This engineering miracle is achieved by the collective functioning of
    thousands of bees. Bees use these cells for food storage and maintenance of
    the young bees.

    Bees have been using the hexagonal structure for the construction of the
    honeycombs for millions of years. (There is a bee fossil is found dating 100
    million years.) It is a wonder why they have chosen the hexagonal structure
    rather than octagonal, or pentagonal? The answer is given by the
    mathematicians: “hexagonal structure is the most suitable geometric form for
    maximum use of unit area” If the honeycomb cells were constructed in another
    form, then there would be areas left out of use; thus less honey would be
    stored, and less bees would be able to benefit from it.

    As long as their depths are the same, a triangle or quadrangle cell would
    hold the same amount of honey as a hexagonal cell. But, among all these
    geometric forms, hexagon is the one with the shortest circumference. Whilst
    they have the same volume, amount of wax required for hexagonal cells is
    less than that required for a triangular or quadrangular one.

    So, the conclusion is: Hexagonal cell requires minimum amount of wax for
    construction while it stores maximum amount of honey. This result, obtained
    after many complex geometrical calculations, can surely not have been
    calculated by bees themselves. These tiny animals use the hexagon form
    innately, just because they are “taught” and inspired so by their Lord.

    The hexagonal design of the cells is practical in many aspects. Cells fit to
    each other and they share each other’s walls. This, again, ensures maximum
    storage with minimum wax. Although the walls of the cells are rather thin,
    they are strong enough to sustain a few times of their own weight.

    Besides the side walls, the same principle of maximum saving is considered
    also while the bottom edges are constructed.

    Combs are built as a slice with two lines lying back to back, where the
    connection point problem occurs. This problem is solved by constructing the
    bottom surfaces of cells by combining three equilateral quadrangles. When
    three cells are built on one face of the comb, the bottom surface of one
    cell on the other face is automatically constructed.
    As the bottom surface is composed of equilateral quadrangle wax plaques, the
    depth increases in these cells, which results in an increase in the volume
    and thus in the amount of honey to be stored.

    Another point that bees consider during the construction of the honeycomb is
    the inclination of cells. By rising cells 13 in both sides, they prevent the
    cells from being parallel to ground. Thus, honey does not leak out from the
    mouth of the cell.

    While working, worker bees hang onto each other in circles and get together
    in bunches. By doing this, they aim to provide the necessary temperature for
    wax production. Little sacks in their abdomen produce a transparent liquid,
    which leaks out and hardens the thin wax layers. Bees collect the wax with
    the little hooks on their legs. They put this wax into their mouth, chew and
    process it till it softens enough and shape it in the cells. Many bees work
    together to ensure the required temperature for the working place in order
    to keep the wax soft and processable.

    There is another interesting point to note in the construction of the
    honeycomb: The construction of the honeycomb is started from the upper side
    of the hive and continued simultaneously in two or three separate rows
    downward. While a honeycomb slice expands in two opposite directions, first
    the bottom of its two rows join. This process is realized in an astonishing
    harmony and order. Therefore, it is never possible to understand that the
    honeycomb actually consists of three separate parts. The honeycomb slices
    started simultaneously from different directions are so perfectly arranged
    that, although there are hundreds of different angles in its structure it
    seems like one uniform piece.

    For such a construction, bees need to calculate the distances between the
    starting and connection points in advance and then design the dimensions of
    the cells accordingly. How such a delicate calculation can be done by
    thousands of bees have always impressed scientists.

    It is obviously irrational to assume that this task, which man can hardly
    overcome is arranged by bees. There is such a delicate and detailed
    organization in force that it is impossible for them to carry it out on
    their own.

    So how do they achieve this then? An evolutionist would explain this event
    to be achieved by “instinct”. But what is this “instinct” that can address
    to thousands of bees at the same time and make them perform a collective
    task? The point is that it would not be sufficient even if each bee acted as
    per its own “instinct”; since what they do must necessarily be in
    concordance with each other. Due to this reason, they must be directed by an
    “instinct” coming from a unique source. The bees, who start constructing the
    hive from different corners and then combining their separate works without
    leaving any gaps and having all the cells constructed equally in the perfect
    hexagonal structure, must certainly be receiving “‘instinctive” messages
    from the very same source!…

    The term “instinct” used above is in fact nothing more than a ‘futile name’
    just like mentioned in the Qur’an, the 40th verse of Surah Joseph. It is of
    no use to insist on such ‘futile names’ in order to conceal clear truths.
    Bees are guided from a unique source and thus they come to successfully
    perform tasks which otherwise they would not be able to. And it is not those
    namely ‘instincts’ that lead bees to that; but the ‘teaching’ mentioned in
    Chapter An-nahl of the Qur’an. What these tiny animals do is to implement
    the program that Allah has particularly given to them.

    “And in the creation of yourselves and the fact that animals are scattered
    (through the earth), are Signs for those of assured Faith.” (Surat
    al-Jathiya (Crouching), 4)

    Bees usually have to fly long distances and trace large areas to find food.
    They collect flower dust and honey constituent within a range of 800 m. from
    their hive. The bee which finds the flowers flies back to the hive to inform
    others about their place. But, how will this bee describe the place of the
    flowers to its friends in the hive? By dancing!… The bee returning to the
    hive starts to make some sort of a dance. This dance is a means of
    expression used to tell other bees the location of the flowers. This dance
    repeated many times by the bee, includes all the information about the
    inclination, direction, distance and other details of the food source that
    enable other bees to reach it.

    This dance is actually an “8” figure constantly repeated by the bee (the
    above picture). The bee forms the middle part of the figure “8” by shaking
    its tail and making zig zags. The angle between the zig zags and the line
    between the sun and the hive, gives the exact direction of the food source.

    However, knowing only the direction of the food source is not enough. Worker
    bees should also “know” how far they have to travel to collect honey
    constituent So, the bee returning from the flower source, “tells” other bees
    the distance of the flower pollens by certain body movements. It does this
    by shaking the bottom part of its body and causing air currents. For
    example; in order to “describe” a distance of 250 m., it shakes the bottom
    part of its body 5 times in half a minute. This way, the exact place of the
    source is made clear with the details given about distance and angle.

    If the journey from the hive to the food source takes a long time, then
    there is another problem facing the bee, who can only describe the food
    source according to the sun. In the bee’s journey back to the hive, the sun
    moves 1 degree every four minutes. Eventually, the bee will make an error of
    1 degree about the direction of the food source it informs to its friends
    for each four minutes it spends on the way.

    Certainly, the bee does not have any such problem! The bee’s eye is formed
    of hundreds of tiny hexagonal lenses. Each lens focuses on a very narrow
    area just like a telescope. A bee looking towards the sun at a certain time
    of day can always find its location while it flies. The bee is estimated to
    be doing this calculation by making use of the change in the daylight given
    out by the sun depending on the time of the day. As a result, while flying
    in daylight, the bee determines the direction of the target by making
    corrections in the information on the direction of the food source which it
    is to give in the hive..

    When a flower is visited, a honey bee can understand if the nectar of that
    flower has previously been consumed by another bee, and leaves the flower
    immediately. This way, it saves both time and energy. Well, how does the bee
    understand, without checking the flower, that the nectar is consumed?

    This is made possible thanks to the bees which have visited the flower
    earlier and marked it by leaving a drop with a special scent. Whenever a new
    bee looks in on the same flower, it realizes the scent, understands that the
    flower if of no use and goes on flying directly towards another flower.
    Thus, bees are not allowed to waste time on the same flower.

    “Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the
    spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of
    varying colours, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for
    those who give thought.” (Surat an-Nahl (The Bee) 69)
    “And He has subjected to you, as from Him, all that is in the heavens and on
    earth: Behold, in that are Signs indeed for those who reflect.” (Surat
    al-Jathiya (Crouching), 13)

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