God inspires the Bee
Dr. Gasser Hathout, July 17, 2005

And thy Lord taught the Bee to build its cells in hills, on trees, and in (men's) habitations; Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colors, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought. (Quran 16:68-69)

Allah says, this is the sign for those who think. The sign is, “God inspires the bee”. Here you can take your homes and you can go to different flowers and eat from all of the different fruits and you will make honey and so on and follow the way your Lord has made easy for you.

How does God inspire the bee?

The verse actually says “Waawha”, the same word in arabic that we would use for revelation that Allah revealed. We know that and only Allah knows the best that bee does not receive revelation from Angel Gabriel and instead they are inspired by Allah. The “waa”, this inspiration is at different level and my belief is that the physical construction or makeup of the honeybee that equips it in a natural way to be able to fulfill this function.

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By equipping a camera with a sensitive filter, we can see the world reflected in an ultraviolet light. The invisible wavelengths of energy beyond the color violet.

In the 1930s, Scientists discovered that honeybees have a visual sensitivity that extends beyond our own. On its daily search for nectar, the bee can sense its surrounding in ultraviolet light.

Some flowers we see as solidly colored have a different appearance to the bee i.e. violet. When viewed in ultraviolet light, new shadings and patterns appear. Helping to guide the bee to nectar and pollen, ultraviolet markings hidden from our eyes, have been discovered on numerous flowers.

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Bees see their world differently, and then we read this verse, Subuhanallah.


Excerpts from the "Quran & Science" sunday lecture addressed by Dr. Gasser Hathout at the Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles on July 17, 2005.