Episode 35 Shownotes
Today we read the book ‘Ahmed and the Very Stuck Teapot’ by Sarah Musa
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said that from the 12 months 4 of them are sacred, the three consecutive months of Dhul Qaʿdah, Dhul Ḥijjah, Muḥarram, and Rajab. The specific mention of these four months does not mean that other months are not sacred, because the month of Ramaḍān is unanimously the most sacred month in the year. But these four months were specifically termed as sacred months because even the Pagans of Makkah observed their sacredness, following in the footsteps of Ibrāhīm (ʿalayhis-salām).
Despite constant battles between tribes, they deemed it unlawful to fight in these months. The sacredness of these four months was established right from the day Allah created the universe.
Along with being from among the sacred months, Muḥarram has other characteristics which are exclusive to it. They include:
1.The best month to fast after Ramaḍān
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “The best fasting after Ramaḍān is the sacred month of Allah (Muḥarram).” (Muslim 1163)
Ibn Rajab (raḥimahullāh) said, “The above ḥadīth makes it clear that the most virtuous optional fasts after Ramaḍān are the fasts of Muḥarram. And given that Allah attributed fasting, amongst all acts of worship, to Himself [saying, “It is Mine, and I Myself will give reward for it.”] it was suitable that this month, which is also ascribed to Allah, be selected for this particular form of worship.
2. It contains within it the Day of ʿĀshūrā’
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Fasting the day of ʿĀshūrā’, I hope Allah will expiate thereby for the year that came before it.” (Muslim 1162)
In the story the shepard uses honey on the calf’s hoof. Why do you think he did that? Let’s talk about some of the benefits of honey.
This is Aya 69 of Surah 16
There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.
The verse of the Quran states the drink (honey) comes in varying colours, which as we see today is true. And the bellies mentioned is of course the belly of the honey bee. Bees are marvels of nature and without bees and other insects doing the hard work of pollination, we would not have fruits and vegetables to enjoy!
Pollination is the act of transferring pollen grains from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma.
Pollen is that fine dust found in the middle of flowers.
Honey can be obtained in numerous colours including gold, amber, red and bronze. This range in colour is down to the varying flowers from which the bee extracts its pollen, which also contributes to the intensity and flavour of the honey.
Raw honey is honey that has not been pasteurised (heat treated) above 45C and has not had its pollen filtered out.It frequently crystallises quickly due to its high pollen content.
Organic honey is honey that is free of chemicals and antibiotics.
Organic honey has been independently certified to come from a bee hive that is 5 to 8 miles away from the nearest artificial chemical source, i.e. roads, factories, houses, etc.
So in short –
Raw means not pasteurised or filtered. Organic means certified free of chemicals.
So honey can be raw and organic, raw but not organic and organic but not raw. They are all different things.
Raw honey is better than supermarket honey.
And Raw organic honey is better than just raw honey.
If possible avoid supermarket honey as it has been pasteurised (heat-treated) in a process that kills its beneficial living nutrients. It might also contain antibiotics harmful to humans.
Honey is one of the foods mentioned in the Quran and there is shifa in it.
Through out history honey has been used for many things including medicine.
In the 4th century B.C a famous physician used it to cure patients with lung and heart issues or he would apply it to open wounds as honey has antiseptic qualities.
One of the four rivers of paradise is a river of honey Subhaanallah. Who can tell me what the other three rivers are? Send in your answers to my Instagram or this text number 07305838531 and I will pick one person at random as the winner of our prize this week.
The prize is a jar of organic and raw oak honey, beautifully gift wrapped and given by Rivers of Paradise. I have linked them on my Instagram so please go check them out for amazing gift hampers for all budgets.
How did the PSAW eat honey?
He loved to mix honey into water and have that as a sweet refreshing drink.
Aisha RA reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, talbina rests the heart of a sick person and takes away some grief.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5365
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Bukhari
Ibn Hajar said, “Al-Asma’i said talbina is a broth made from flour or bran, which contains honey. Others said it contains milk.”
Source: Fatḥ al-Bārī 5365
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ التَّلْبِينَةَ تُجِمُّ فُؤَادَ الْمَرِيضِ وَتَذْهَبُ بِبَعْضِ الْحُزْنِ
5365 صحيح البخاري كتاب الطب باب التلبينة للمريض
قال ابن حجر قَالَ الْأَصْمَعِيُّ هِيَ حَسَاءٌ يُعْمَلُ مِنْ دَقِيقٍ أَوْ نُخَالَةٍ وَيُجْعَلُ فِيهِ عَسَلٌ قَالَ غَيْرُهُ أَوْ لَبَنٌ
5365 فتح الباري شرح صحيح البخاري
What is pollen?
What is Pollination?
Story of honey
Documentaries about Bees:
Read about raw honey
Honey Craft Leicester
The Oldest Dessert in the World – Noah’s Dessert (also called Ashure)