Is this authentic?
“One should have a lick of honey on an empty stomach for the first three days of every month” It is a means of safety from all illnesses.
You are probably referring to the following Hadith recorded in Sunan Ibn Majah on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu):
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever [eats/has a spoonful of] honey three mornings every month, will not suffer any serious calamity.”
(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3450)
Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) and ‘Allamah Busiri (rahimahullah) have declared the chain weak.
(Fathul Bari, before Hadith: 5682, vol. 10 pg. 140, Zawaid Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1140)
Note: ‘Allamah Tibi (rahimahullah) has mentioned that this refers to any three days of the month [not specifically the first three days]. ‘Allamah Munawi and ‘Azizi (rahimahumallah) have also quoted this explanation of ‘Allamah Tibi (rahimahullah).
(Sharhut Tibi; Al Kashif ‘An Haqaiqis Sunan, Hadith: 4570, Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 9010, As Sirajul Munir, vol. 3 pg. 387)
Mulla ‘Ali al Qari (rahimahullah) has stated that this refers to the first three days of the month.
(Mirqatul Mafatih, Hadith: 4570)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,
Despite it’s weakness, the Hadith is suitable for practice.
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar