As salam alaikum, may the peace of the all peace be with you.
Praying for bees is not a new tradition but it is a forgotten tradition among the Muslims of the modern world, who now ,in this new conscious of trendy food are loving honey but need to be more connected in where it comes from.
Honey is one of the most essential medicines. it is vital for our existence and we need to cherish respect and pray for the bees.
Bees produce honey; there is wild honey which is very expensive because the methods of acquiring it, basically stealing it from the bees, are dangerous.
Honey from Bengali jungles, the honey hunters have are threatened by snakes and tigers to get hold of the gorgeous deep tasting jungle honey.
Mountains are climbed in Yemen to obtain the prize cedar honey.
Bees play a vital like ital part in our eco system and through various forms of farming using chemicals, their lives are threatened and in that case our honey.
It is within our power to call on the Most High to protect the bees and guide blesses and protects the honey and bee keepers.
Whenever I eat honey I say this prayer, £”thank you Allah for this honey, guide. Bless and protect the bees and the bee keepers now and forever ameen”
This tradition of praying for the bees is not new, even River Cottage farm from TV presenter Hugh Fearnely Whittingstall gets the local priest in to pray over the bees.
This morning while researching I found that orthodox Christ monks also have specific prayer for the bees and ayats/verse in their holy books dedicated to the bees like we do in the Quran. It is from the tradition of Jews and Christian Holy Books the Torah and Injeel (bible)
The bee is small among flying creatures,
but what it produces is the best of sweet things.
(Sirach / Ecclesiasticus 11:3)
This is an adaption of one of their prayers
“O God, who knows how to work benefits through human labour and irrational living things, You instructed us in your loving-kindness to employ the fruits and works of the bees for our needs, Now humbly we beseech Your majesty: Be pleased to bless the bees and increase them for the profit of the human race, preserving them and making them abundant. Let everyone hoping in Your majesty and Your boundless compassions, and labouring in the care of these living things, be counted worthy to receive abundant fruits of their labours and to be filled with heavenly blessings , to You, glory, honour and worship is due eternally, Amen.”
Let’s take a deeper look at why bees are so important…
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF REASONS WHY BEES ARE VITAL TO OUR ECO SYSTEM AND THAT INCLUDES US.
COPIED FROM http://www.lifebasicsorganics.com
BEES PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN NATURE
1. Bees pollinate 80% of flowering plants on Earth. tweet this (Source: One Green Planet)
2. One single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)
3. Bee pollination helps to provide nourishing habits for animals like birds and other insects. tweet this (Source: One Green Planet)
4. Bees are major contributors the floral landscapes that we know and love in nature. tweet this (Source: One Green Planet)
BEES ARE VITAL TO THE HUMAN FOOD SUPPLY
1. Bees pollinate 70 of the top 100 human food crops. tweet this (Source: Greenpeace)
2. 1 in 3 bites of food we eat is derived from plants pollinated by bees. tweet this(Source: USDA)
3. Bees pollinate about 75% of fruits, nuts, and vegetables grown in the US. tweet this(Source: USDA)
4. Almonds are totally dependent on bee pollination. No bees, no almonds. tweet this(Source: American Beekeeping Foundation)
5. Avocados, apples, and cherries are over 90% dependent on bee pollination. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)
6. Cucumbers, kiwis, and melon are majorly dependent on bee pollination. tweet this(Source: National Honey Board)
BEES MAKE HONEY
1. One of the biggest reasons to care about saving the bees? HONEY! No honey bees, no honey. tweet this
MODERN AGRICULTURE IS KNOWN TO BE KILLING THE BEES
1. Scientists believe honey bees are dying from pesticides. tweet this (Source: Greenpeace)
2. 1/3 of the 77 million acres of soybean crop use seeds coated in pesticides linked to killing bees. tweet this (Source: TakePart)
3. The chemical industry has spent millions on PR to deny a link between pesticide use and bee deaths. tweet this (Source: Greenpeace)
4. In 1947 there were 6 million honey bee hives in the US. Today there are under 3 million. tweet this (Source: USDA)
BEES HAVE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE
1. Bees have been producing honey from flowering plants for 10-20 million years. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)
2. Honey is mentioned in the Vedic texts and Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform writings. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)
3. Honey was used in ancient Egyptian kitchens as a sweetening agent and as a tribute or form of payment. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)
4. Honey was used for medicinal purposes in American Colonies in the 17th Century. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)
BEES ARE GOOD FOR BUSINESS
1. Honey bees provided for over $19 billion dollars in added value to the agriculture business in 2010. tweet this (Source: USDA)
2. Commercial beekeeping businesses are commonly family businesses passed down for generations. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)
3. $150 million of honey is produced every year in the United States. tweet this (Source: TakePart)
BEES LIKE TO DANCE
1. Honey bees communicate with “dancing” and pheromones. tweet this
It’s amazing to see how important bees are to life as we know it. We are not the only ones who think so. Let’s look at some of the people fighting to save our pollinating friends.
MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AGREE THAT WE NEED TO SAVE THE BEES
1. The US is phasing out GMOs and bee-killing pesticides in all wildlife refuges by 2016. tweet this (Source: TakePart)
2. Greenpeace has collected over 500,000 signatures in their petition to save the bees. tweet this (Source: Greenpeace)
3. Avaaz has collected over 3 million signatures in their petition to save the bees. tweet this (Source: Avaaz)
4. Beyond Pesticides works to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides. (
5. New York City Beekeeping Organization educates and promotes the benefits of beekeeping to the world, tweet this (Source: NYC Beekeeping Organization) @nycbeekeepers
6. Bee Weaver has been providing chemical-free bees and queens across the country and worldwide for 125 years.
7. The ABF works in the interest of all beekeepers and those associated with the industry to ensure the future of the honey bee.
8. Big Dipper Wax makes hand-crafted beeswax candles and donates 10% of net profits to organizations devoted to promoting sustainable beekeeping.
9. TakePart.com has dedicated a campaign to the health, well-being and restoration of the bee population.
10. The good folks at @beeraw work to help save endangered bees and promote crucial-to-the-planet sustainability.
11. The @vanishingbees documentary was created to reveal the shocking truth behind the declining bee population. @vanishingbees