Are We Allowed to Consume Honeycomb?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


Is honeycomb permissible to consume? I read that honeycombs ready for commercial use contain only honey and larvae are not there by a beekeeper on Quora.

As far as I know, there’s nothing to suggest that honeycomb is haram. I already know honey is permissible to consume. But honeycomb is what I am curious about.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health.

Similar to honey, a honeycomb is an edible substance made of hexagonal shapes created by honeybees. Thus it is permissible to eat. Both honey and honeycomb begin in the form of flower nectar. Upon the honeybees’ digestion and regurgitation, the nectar is turned into honey which can then be transformed into wax combs.

Eating honeycomb is one way you can enjoy the fruit of bees’ labor. Doing so may offer health benefits, ranging from a lower risk of infection to a healthier heart and liver. [Nahlawi, al-Durar al-Mubaha]

Check these links:
Can You Eat Honeycomb? Benefits, Uses, and Dangers (
What is Honeycomb? | Pass The Honey – Pass the Honey

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I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani 

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey.

He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.