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Haady Mohammed holds a degree and masters in Law, with specialism in public international law and arbitration. He has worked for five years

The leader and the bee

As a child, I was regularly force-fed healthy foods (cod liver oil, royal jelly…etc)! Years later, reminiscing about the old days, I remembered this ‘cure-all’ royal jelly. Being more pragmatic  about just how beneficial these supplements were, I did some research to try and distil reality from market hype . First check on the internet and I found that its benefits were exaggerated. So next time on a family trip we stopped by a honey seller on the mountains in Turkey and I advised against buying it. I was told that I was wrong, that it is useful. So I checked up again, this time reading in more detail what exactly royal jelly is, why bees produce it, and what its effects are.

This time I came across the most fascinating fact: that bees produce royal jelly and feed it in copious amounts to several small larvae in order to create queen bees (which keep the colony going). They do this when they have lost their queen bee (due to death, or because she flew away… probably because she just got tired of giving birth 2000 times a day!)

How interesting! Bees know that their society cannot survive without a leader. So on losing their existing leader, society works together to create a new leader. Their definition of a leader? Someone who creates more of those who ‘contribute to society’ (worker bees). Is there not something we can learn from this?

6 Comments on “The leader and the bee”

  1. zainab April 30, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    That’s very interesting. It reminds me of Wilayat Al-Faqih.

  2. Mohammed Abdullah April 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    Is there not something we can learn from this?>

    Bees are the original dirty commies?

  3. Ali D April 30, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    Is there not something we can learn from this?

    Parents are always right.

  4. Munir May 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    Mr. Haady Mohammed, I cannot believe you use this article to show support for wilayat al faqih. If anything it shows that we will always have new leaders. Hence Allawi shouldn’t be Prime Minister again!

  5. Haider May 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    I believe the analogy with wilayat al faqeeh is extremely accurate munir. The royal jelly is the knowledge the ulama are fed in the hope of creating the faqeeh to lead us. Most insightful. I am not sure this is the same haady I know, if it is I am impressed with the transformation of your political views. Keep it up.

  6. Ameer May 11, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    I agree with Haider, and there is a further analogy:
    Bees incubate their larvae, and depending on the heat they emit from their…posteriors…the offspring is born with a different function. In the same way, the marjai’ya incubate our future great leaders, nurturing them so that in time, they too will lead the ummah and inshaAllah the government.

    Great post Haady, I am happy that in this time when popular sentiment stands against wilayat al faqeeh, you have stood for the truth.

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