اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أسألُكَ صِحَّةً في إيمانٍ، وإيماناً في حُسْنِ خُلُقٍ، ونَجَاةً يَتْبَعُهَا فَلاحٌ، ورَحْمَةً مِنكَ وعَافيةً ومَغْفِرةً مِنكَ ورَضْوَاناً
Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) Guidance on Beverages / Drinks
Habits / choices of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) regarding beverages were the most beneficial for preserving the health. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) used to drink honey with cold water, and this is an especially effective method to preserve the health that only the best doctors could have knowledge of. Drinking honey on an empty stomach will dissolve phlegm, purify the stomach’s protective layers and dissipate its viscosity and excrement while heating it mildly. Honey helps against the clogs in stomach, kidney, liver and prostate. Honey is much more profitable to the stomach than any other sweet.
We should state that honey might harm those suffering from bile, because it aggravates it. In this case, the harmful side effect of honey is neutralized when taking it with vinegar, as this method makes the honey very beneficial. In addition, honey is much more preferable than any other sugar based drink, especially for those who are not used to these types of sweet drinks. When one takes sweet drinks that he is not used to, he will not benefit as much as he will from honey, as this is the role that one’s customs play. Customs remove foundations & establish foundations.
When the drink is both sweet & cold, it will be most beneficial for the body and one of the best methods to preserve its health and well-being of the soul, strength, liver & the heart. When a drink is both cold & sweet, the body will be eager for it (nutrition wise), will quickly digest and transfer it to other organs.
Allah Said in Quran:
وَجَعَلْنَا مِنَ الْمَاءِ كُلَّ شَىْءٍ حَىٍّ
And We Have Made from water every living thing.
(Surah Ambiaa ~ verse # 30)
Cold water is wet, quenches the thirst, preserves the moisture in the body, and regenerates the moisture that the body has lost, softens the food and helps transfer it through the veins quickly.
In short, when water is cold and mixed with a sweet substance, such as honey, raisins or dates, it will be one of the most beneficial substances that enter the body and will indeed preserve health. This is why the best drink to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was cold and sweet. Warm water begets flatulence and is not favorable for the body or the health.