Monthly Archives: August 2011

Updates on Website and Sources Needed

I am a bit busy at University these days and is the reason for no updates for a while. I have a lot of ideas floating in my head and have written outlines for at least three articles.

Insha’Allah I will be posting these – possibly in the latter half of this month. In the meantime if you have any ideas, book recommendations, or comments please fire them away in the comments section below.

What I really need help is to find all Islamic and Jama’at articles that mention honey or honey bees. Any Ahadith of the Holy Prophet(saw) of Islam regarding honey and honey bees would be great. Similarly any mention of honey by the Promised Messiah(as). I know that the blessed Khulafa of Jama’at Ahmadiyya also loved honey and I would like to know all the sources where they mentioned honey and honey bees. I know of some sources and quotations that I will publish soon (and later as index). However if you know of any sources please email me at tauseef.khan@gmail.com or give the link in the comments section below.

The insight of the divines on this matter could prove to be helpful for honey and honey bee research, Insha’Allah.

Jazak’Allah.

My Passion

I am an Epidemiologist by profession finishing my PhD in Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease. I will be pursuing research in non-communicable disease Epidemiology .

I plan to understand honey and honey bees as it is my passion. I Insha’Allah plan to research this most fascinating tale of God’s revelation to the honeybee and how it has resulted in one of the wonders of science. In my research I will focus on honey rather than honey bees, but I will give insights into honey bees as without understanding it one cannot understand its product.

Most people just know of honey as a product of honey bees. It is worth noting that the Holy Qur’an does not mention honey per se but mentions the ‘from their bellies a drink of varying hues/properties.’ This includes the following products of the honey bee: Continue reading

The Honey Bee: Motivations for Research

I will be expanding on the contents discussed in this abstract in future posts Insha’Allah.

The Honeybee: Motivations for Research

By Tauseef Ahmad Khan

Abstract of a Presentation Delivered at the Second MKA Research Association Symposium 2010. Warwick, United Kingdom

Honeybee is one of the most fascinating living creatures on Earth. It is just an insect but unlike others it is completely unique in many ways. This presentation was given to explore the motivations behind doing research on the honeybee. Continue reading

Colony Collapse Disorder – Mystery Solved?

An article I wrote in July 2010

Colony Collapse Disorder – Mystery Solved?

Tauseef Ahmad Khan (PhD Student at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with an interest in honey and honeybees)

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the name given to the mysterious disappearance of honey bee colonies first reported in 2006.(1) It has caused 30-60 percent loss of honey bee colonies in United States, Europe and Asia. CCD induced bee death follows a very particular pattern – hives that had been active and productive one week were suddenly all-but empty the next – except for an abandoned queen and few loyal workers. The rest of the bee community is nowhere to be seen – presumed they fly off in different directions to point of exhaustion and death (perhaps to avoid infecting other bees and colonies). It was recently estimated that if such losses continued then the Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) would disappear from the planet by year 2020. In the western world honey bee is considered extremely important as it is the major pollinator for the modern agricultural industry. Continue reading

Al-Nahl

[16:69] And thy Lord has inspired the bee, saying, ‘Make thou houses in the hills and in the trees and in the trellises which they build.

[16:70] ‘Then eat of every kind of fruit, and follow the ways of thy Lord that have been made easy for thee.’ There comes forth from their bellies a drink of varying hues. Therein is cure for men. Surely, in that is a Sign for a people who reflect.