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Honey bees and Honey combs always stay as a wonder, in the eyes of man. Honey combs are the magical architecture of honeybees. Honey bees are most active insects among all. They go on collecting honey approaching various flowers in various places, more than they need. Honey-bees are a wonder that, they have got a special Surah in the Holy Qura’an i.e.., Surah An-Nahl ( The Bee). Following is a wonderful verse from it.
ALLAH the All-Knowing says: “And your Lord inspired to 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 colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.” [ Surah An-Nahl (The Bee), Ayath 68-69 ]
Lets analyze this Precious Verse, which would provide a clear insight. Here the first sentence of verse, [Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct], this indicates the places where ALLAH the Most-merciful has ordained the honey-bees to construct their homes (i.e.., in mountains, trees and in some houses). Have you ever seen the architecture of honey-comb. It’s a cluster of hexagonal cells. Have you wondered, why they construct hexagonal cells? And Why they didn’t try any other geometrical shapes like octagon, pentagon, triangle, square or circle? There is reason for it, honey-bees would take less time to create a hexagonal cell using less amount of wax, which can store enough amount of honey. And the scientists wonder at the shape of this hexagon cells of the honey-comb because each hexagon is made out of 6 triangles each measuring exactly 600.
[ Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you]], this verse states that the hone-bees would collect the honey from the all fruits and they would follow the way ALLAH has laid for them. Do you know? The honey-bees would start to construct the honey-comb from different directions. And all the hone-bees would finish up the honey-comb with perfect and similar measuring hexagonal cells. That’s how they are inspired by our Lord.
[There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people.], this verse talks about honey, which emerges from the bellies of the honey-bees. And they come-up in various colors and has a great power to cure diseases. The honey-combs must have appropriate ventilation and humidity ( 320 degrees) for about 9-10 months. If this ventilation or humidity goes high or low, the honey would eventually loose it’s nutrient values and will get spoiled. Every honey-comb is designed in such a manner that it has a place left for entrance of air and another place left for the air to leave.
And the last sentence, [ Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.], clearly states that these are the great sin of the Almighty for his slaves. And could only be understood by people, who give a thought over it. ALHAMDHULILLAH (all praise is to ALLAH), SUBHANALLAH (glory is to ALLAH). And really wonder at this magnificent architecture of Honey-comb and the amazing work of Honey-bees.
JAZAKALLAH KHAIRUN [ Courtesy Abdullah Alfazeena(Aleena Razee)]