(a.), a comprehensive designation for intoxicating drinks, several kinds of which were produced in early Arabia, such as
mizr (from barley),
bitʿ (from honey: al-Buk̲h̲ārī,
bāb 80) or from spelt (Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal, iv, 402),
faḍīk̲h̲ (from different kinds of dates (al-Buk̲h̲ārī,
bāb 3, 21). These ingredients were steeped in water until they were fermented, and the result of this procedure was a slightly intoxicating drink. There were also combinations of raisins, dates and honey to be found.
Nabīd̲h̲ was so…