Salawat and the honey bee

Discussion in 'Hadith' started by Aqdas, Aug 27, 2017.

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  1. Aqdas

    Aqdas Staff Member

    Is this actually a hadith or Mawlana rumi just mentioning it as something in his imagination? I'm sure it's imagination.

    So if it isn't a hadith, should people be more careful narrating it as such?

    One day, Sayyidinā RasoolAllah ﷺ saw a bee and asked it how honey is made. The bee replied that they fly out to gardens and collect pollen and nectar from the flowers in their mouths, and then fly back to the hive and release it, and that makes honey.

    Sayyidinā RasoolAllahﷺ then said to the bee, “But the nectars have different tastes… some are bitter and others can be sour. But how do these become sweet?”

    The bee replied, “Allāh ﷻ has taught us to recite ṣalawāt upon you after we collect the nectar, until we reach our hive. The sweetness of the honey is the blessing of the ṣalawāt we recite upon you that turns something so bitter into such sweetness.”

    —al-Mathnāwī | Shaykh Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī (rahimahullah)

    اللهم صل على سيدنا محمد وعلى آل سيدنا محمد وبارك وسلم

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