Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Production of Honey

Quran Chapter 16  68 & 69a (Pt-14, Stg-3) (L-1735) درس قرآن

Production of Honey

Suratun-Nahl – (The Bee) – 16

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim.
(I seek refuge in God from Satan the outcast)

(In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

وَأَوْحَىٰ رَبُّكَ إِلَى ٱلنَّحْلِ أَنِ ٱتَّخِذِى مِنَ ٱلْجِبَالِ بُيُوتًا وَمِنَ ٱلشَّجَرِ وَمِمَّا يَعْرِشُونَ 68

  ثُمَّكُلِى مِن كُلِّ ٱلثَّمَرَٰتِ فَٱسْلُكِى سُبُلَ رَبِّكِ ذُلُلًا يَخْرُجُ مِنۢ بُطُونِهَا شَرَابٌ مُّخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَٰنُهُۥ فِيهِ شِفَآءٌ لِّلنَّاسِ إِنَّ فِى ذَٰلِكَ لَءَايَةً لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ 69


68.  And thy Lord inspired the BEE, saying: Choose thou habitations in the hills and in the trees and in that which they thatch-


69a.  Then eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of thy Lord, made smooth (for thee).

68.  Wa  ‘awhaa  Rabbuka  ‘ilan-NAHLI  ‘anit-takhizii  minal-jibaali  buyuutanw-wa  minash-shajari  wa  mimmaa  ya’-rishuun.


69a.  Summa  kulii  min-  kullis-samaraati  faslukii  subula  Rabbiki  zululaa.   




ya’-rishuuna – (they thatch), origin of this word is ‘arsh, which means “the thing elevated (a roof) or to raise up”.


Zululan– (made easy and smooth), this word is plural of zaluulun, which is an adjective. Zullun means “softness, easy, simple”. Zaluulun means “so soft that there is no hardness or difficulty in it”. It is also an adjective which can be used equally for masculine and feminine (both).


It is commanded that your Lord has included in the nature of Nahl (the Bee) that it should make dwelling place for itself always in the hills, higher trees or abodes at height and thatches. And it should suck sweetness and juice from palatable fruits, flavor from flowers, and then return to its self-fabricated house. And there, all members of the Bee family should prepare honey according to the strange system.


Allah Almighty has appointed the Bee to prepare a very delicious and pure thing for mankind’s drinking. There is itself a lesson for human beings in this verse that the members of the Bee family strive collectively in their work in accordance with a regular law and build a very guarded house with skill.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).

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