your Lord revealed to the bee saying: Make hives in the
mountains and in the trees and in what they build: Then eat
of all the fruits and walk in the ways of your Lord
submissively. There comes forth from within it a beverage of
many colours, in which there is healing for mankind; most
surely there is a sign in this for a people who reflect.”
The Quran mentions that the female bee leaves its home to
gather food. Now, a person might guess on that, saying, "The
bee that you see flying around - it could be male, or it
could be female.
But it also happens that it was not what most people
believed at the time when the Quran was revealed. Can you
tell the difference between a male and a female bee? Well,
it takes a specialist to do that, but it has been discovered
that the male bee never leaves his home to gather food.
However, in Shakespeare's play, Henry the Fourth, some of
the characters discusses bees and mentions that the bees are
soldiers and have a king. However, that is not true at all.
The fact is that they are females, and they answer to a
queen. Yet it took modern scientific investigations in the
last 300 years to discover that this is the case.
Fon Frisch, who is a scientist, he got the Noble Prize in
1973, when he described the behavior of the animals,
specially the communication method of the bee. And today we
have come to know that when ever a worker bee finds a new
flower or a new garden from where it can take nectar, it
goes and tells its fellow bees, the exact direction and map
of that new flower or garden by a way called as the ‘bee
dance’. Only today by using high photographic method we have
come to know about this communication. The gender used in
the Holy Qur'an in these Verses is a female gender ‘Quli’,
or ‘Fasluki’ which means for a ‘Female bee’. Imagine! Qur'an
speaks about the gender of the worker bee 1400 years ago,
which we have discovered today.
In the field of Medicine, it is recently we have come to
know that the honey we have is derived from the bee. It is
the bee which is responsible for the honey - We did not know
about this before. And today we know honey has got high
nutritive values. It is rich in vitamin K and Fructose, and
it has got mild antiseptic properties. Any person suffering
from an allergy of a particular plant - if honey produced
from that plant is given, that person starts developing
resistance to that allergy.
The bactericide (bacteria-killing) property of honey is
named "the inhibition effect". Experiments conducted on
honey show that its bactericide properties increase twofold
when diluted with water. It is very interesting to note that
newly born bees in the colony are nourished with diluted
honey by the bees responsible for their supervision - as if
they know this feature of the honey.
When a flower has already been visited, the honeybee can
understand that another bee has earlier consumed the nectar
of that flower, and leave the flower immediately. This way,
it saves both time and energy. Well, how does the bee
understand, without checking the flower, that the nectar has
earlier been consumed? This is made possible because the
bees which visited the flower earlier marked it by leaving a
drop on it with a special scent. Whenever a new bee looks in
on the same flower, it smells the scent and understands that
the flower is of no use and so goes on towards another
flower. Thus, bees do not waste time on the same flower.
We should not forget that it is impossible for this fact
to have been known about the honey bees in the time of the
Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam). Yet, Allah
has pointed at this fact and shown us yet another miracle of