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09 October, 2010

Differentiating Between Dreams from Allah, Shaitan and Nafs

 

 
 " Dreams are of three types: one good dream which is a sort of good tidings from Allah; the evil dream which causes pain is from the satan; and the third one is a suggestion of one's own mind "

"There is nothing in which people deal with from the different sciences that is more obscure, delicate, exalted, noble, difficult and problematic than dreams because they are a type of revelation and type of Prophethood."

When we say our prayers we talk to Allah سبحانه و تعالى and when we read the Qur'an Allah talks to us. There is another way in which Allah talks to us, that is through dreams. The only source of glad tidings, prophecy and revelation, that remains to the present day are dreams revealed upon the momineen by Allah. And as the time draws near the end the importance of dreams increases. Allah talks to us in dreams, sometimes giving us direct messages and sometimes encoded messages which only the wise can interpret. These few lines just for those, who think dreams are nothing more than imagination. Yes, for few of us, dream is nothing more than vain sporting of the shatain and confused plays of the Nafs. If we are yet to experience the sweetness of dreams that come from Allah and almost always experience vague, useless dreams, then we need to stop and question ourselves, why? I would be giving practical steps in the end to tune ourselves to the right frequency to get dreams from the right source.

Modern Science is yet to fully comprehend the phenomenon of dreams. Who programs different types of dreams? Who dictates the randomness? Psychologists have played their part in understanding different types of dreams and their relation with different types of sleeps, but with their limited tool of 'five-senses' they can only comprehend one type of dreams; dreams that are a result of what we think during the day or have something to do with a past experience. There are other types of dreams which have relation with a dimension which is beyond the scope of 'five-senses', and hence lies in the domain of metaphysics or parapsychology.

Ibn Al Qayyim says, " Those who says that these dreams are only thoughts and beliefs, are wrong and make an impossible claim. Because a body does not have the inbuilt capability to know things which are told in dreams. In some dreams they are not thoughts as the body has no hint or sign of them. However, sometimes they might be a result of thoughts, one cannot disagree with it . Dreams are of three types : From Allah, From Satan and From Nafs" ( Kitab ur Ruh, Ibn Al Qayyim)

 
 

The purpose of this write-up is to understand:

A- What are the different types of dreams and what are their names?

B- Mechanism of different types of dreams?

C- What are the subcategories within the main categories?

D- How to deal with different types of dreams?

E- How to differentiate between different types of dream?

F- Guideline for those who have dreams from Shaitan and Nafs only.

 
 

To understand the article better see the references mentioned here

 
 

(This is already a pretty long write-up, so I've not mentioned the references along the way. But those who really wish to get something from the article, should open the references in another tab and consult them where I've referred to them)

 
 

A- Different Types Of Dreams And Their Names

" Dreams are of three types: one good dream which is a sort of good tidings from Allah; the evil dream which causes pain is from the satan; and the third one is a suggestion of one's own mind " (Reference# 35)

So, as per the broadest categorization there are three types of dreams:

(1) Dreams from Allah :
They have various names

الرُّؤْيَا : Dreams. It comes from the root word (رءى), and it means seeing a something in a dream (الرُّؤْيَا), in contrast to الرؤية which means seeing a physical object. In all the references that we've mentioned below the word الرؤيا is used for good dreams or dreams from Allah and the word حلم is used for dreams from satan or those due to one's own thinking. ( See مفردات القران by Imam Raghib)

الرُّؤْيَا
الرحمانية :
Dreams from Ar-Rahman

الرُّؤْيَا
الصادقة :
True Dreams

الرُّؤْيَا
الصالحة :
Good Dreams

الرُّؤْيَا الْحَسَنَةُ : Good Dreams

رُؤْيَا الْمُؤْمِنِ : Dreams of a mo'min (believer)

(2) Dreams from Shaitan :

الحلم : As metnioned above the word حلم is always used for false dreams (dreams that are from the satan or from one's own thinking). Hence, within احلام we can form two different categories. الاحلام الشيطانية and الاحلام النفس . Also, when the word حلم is used alone in the texts it is used for the dreams from satan, and when dreams from Nafs (own thinking) are mentioned the word ألاحلام النفس or اضغاث الاحلام is used.

الاحلام الشيطانية : As mentioned above, used to specificy as dreams from shiatan whereas the word حلم alone also means so.

(3) Dreams from Nafs:

اضغاث الاحلام : The word has been used to refer to dreams that are a result of one's own thinking, that takes some strange shapes in dreams. The word has been used twice in the Holy Qur'an. See Reference # 4 and also Surah Al Anbiya 21:5. اضغاث comes from the root word ض غ ث which means dry grass or branches, which is used to point towards mixed up dreams that are of no significance when it comes to interpretation. ( See مفردات القران by Imam Raghib)

حديث النفس: A thought , a vision that comes from within one's own self.

الاحلام النفس : A false or bad or meaningless dreams that come from with one's own self.

 
 

B- Mechanism Of Different Types Of Dreams

(1)
Dreams from Allah :
They are of an extra dimensional nature (See Reference # 10). The scholars who wrote on the subject of 'ruh' have discussed these dreams of type 1 in great detail. Although it is not possible for us to comprehend fully the matters of the spirit, but one thing is certain that dreams of type one are initially received by the 'ruh' and then we are able to visualize them even in our dimension. How this happens? Ibn e Khuldun writes in his Muqadmah:

" The spirit of the heart is the vehicle of man's rational spirit. Through its essence, the rational spirit perceives everything that is in the divine world, since its reality and its essence are identical with perception. It is prevented from assimilating any supernatural perception by the veil of its preoccupation with the body and the corporeal powers and senses. If it were without that veil or stripped of it, it would return to its reality, which is identical with perception. It would thus be able to assimilate any object of perception. If it were stripped of part of it, its preoccupation would be less. It is thus able to catch a glimpse of its own world, since external sense perception, its greatest preoccupation, now occupies it less. Its (supernatural perception) corresponds (in intensity) to the degree to which the veil is withdrawn from it. Thus it becomes prepared to receive the available perceptions from its own world that are appropriate for it. When it has perceived these perceptions from its own worlds, it returns with them to its body, since, as long as it remains in its corporeal body, it cannot be active except through corporeal means of perception.

The faculties through which the body perceives knowledge are all connected with the brain. The active part among them is the imagination. It derives imaginary pictures from the pictures perceived by the senses and turns them over to the power of memory, which retains them until they are needed in connection with speculation and deduction. From the (imaginary pictures), the soul also abstracts other spiritual-intellectual pictures. In this way, abstraction ascends from the sensibilia to the intelligibilia. The imagination is the intermediary between them. Also, when the soul has received a certain number of perceptions from its own world, it passes them on to the imagination, which forms them into appropriate pictures and turns those perceptions over to the common sense. As a result, the sleeper sees them as if they were perceived by the senses. Thus, the perceptions come down from the rational spirit to the level of sensual perception, with the imagination again being the intermediary. This is what dream visions actually are. " (Muqamda ibn e Khuldun , Chapter: The Science of Dream Interpretation)

( These paragraphs are hard to grasp, but without having understood these it is hard to move forward, anyone having difficulty should try and find me on Googletalk, and I will try to elaborate by the will of Allah)

(2)Dreamsfrom Shaitan :
Shaitan is basically a Jinn. Jinns are extra-dimensional beings for us, and they have been given the power (or some of them acquire the power) to interact with those in other dimension. Those Jinn which disturb humans living in other dimension are known as Shayateen. Everyone of us have a Shaitan with us which runs through our body like the blood and disturbs us through various ways. One of the way adopted by Satan is to disturb is through sleep. Nightmares are a result of Satanic intervention into our 'physical' domain of sleep ( See Reference # 36). How Jinns enter into our dimension and interact with our perceptions is a matter beyond our comprehension and very little thinking has been done on the topic because dreams from satan have no real importance and we've been told to ignore them.

(3) Dreams from Nafs: Ibn e Khuldun writes in his muqadma:

" All of them are pictures in the imagination while an individual is asleep. However, if these pictures come down from the rational spirit that perceives (them), they are dream visions. But if they are derived from the pictures preserved in the power of memory, where the imagination deposits them when the individual is awake, they are "confused dreams." (Muqamda ibn e Khuldun , Chapter: The Science of Dream Interpretation)

These are the dreams which belong to this physical dimension of us alone. Psychologists can only comprehend these types of dreams. Any think which occupies our mind for a long time, any extreme wish, any captivating fear which might be preserved in some corner of our brain might turn up in strange shapes during the dream. These dreams deal with our near or distant past and have nothing do with future.

C- Subcategories Within Different Types Of Dreams:

(1)Dreams from Allah : It is not possible to give a finite number of types of dreams within the categories. Scholars who have written about dreams have mentioned different sub-categories. In type 1 dreams, the diversity of dreams makes it impossible to give a finite list of subcategories which encompass all the dreams seen by the Sahaba, Tabi'een and the pious predecessors which were surely dreams from Allah.

Nevertheless, Al Muhallab رحمه الله has given two broad sub-categories of dreams from Allah:

(a)Direct dream: something one would see in a dream and the exact scene repeats itself in day-time when you are awake and this dream does not need interpretation.

(b) A dream the comes in symbols and it needs to be interpreted.

(Fath ul Baari)

Different examples of dreams from Allah within type (a) are :

(i) True Dreams (رؤيا صادق): Dreams that become a reality. These are the dreams which are the 46th part of prophethood, for the prophet Muhammad had these dreams continously for six months and the total period of his prophethood was 23 years, which makes it 46th part of the total. Different prophets has different periods of Prophethood, but as prophet Muhammad's prophethood was the most complete, hence it is referred to as the 46th part of prophethood, and Allah Knows best.

(ii) Meeting the Arwaah of the Dead in dreams

(iii) Meeting the Arwaah of the living in dreams : Is it possible for two living person's ruh to meet in dreams? This is a subject of difference amongst scholars and Ibn al Qayyim has quoted the various opinions in his book Kitab ur Ruh.

(iv) Glad tidings (مبشرات): A glad tiding for some victory or fulfillment of wish in near or distant future. (See Reference # 9)

etc.

Dream from type (b) are actually: Tamseelat (تمثيلات); Dreams which don't convey a clear cut meaning. They are messages in a code superior to that which the brain can cope with. These have to be interpreted through the knowledge of Ta'beer. Within Tamseelat we can have dream which inform us of some near future happening. One can also have dreams that are for distant future (like the dream of Yusuf AS, See reference # 2). Also, these dreams might serve as an encouragement or some warning sometimes.

Note: The sleep of Prophets is unique. As we know the Prophet Muhammad informed us that his 'heart' remained awake even when he slept, so he didn't need to redo ablution on waking up from sleep. Also, he informed us that Allah fed him during the night, for that reason he kept 'Sawm Al Wisal', which is forbidden for others. So, though prophets are human beings like us but in some regards 'none of us is like them'. Also, Prophet Muhammad informed us that there is a shaitan (jinn) with everyone, but he made the jinn with him a Muslim, by the grace of Allah. So, the dreams the Prophet had always used to be from Allah. Also, the dreams of Prophets used to be an order from Allah, and were of a legal importance unlike the dream of anyone of us (See Reference # 5).

(2) Dreams from Shaitan: These can be further categorized as:

(a) Dreams which try to make one worried by evoking some fear

(b) Dreams which try to make one worried by evoking hopelessness

(c) Dreams which contain indecency

etc.

(3) Dreams from Nafs: Dreams from Nafs also can be categorized as either those who are clear-cut or those who appear in the form of symbols and signs.

(a) As a result of some fear

(b) As a result of constant thinking on some subject

(c) As a result of some extreme pending wish

(d) As a result of some experience you had in near or distant past

(e) Some embedded thought or feeling in corner of mind taking some random shape during dream

(g) As a result of some extreme love or hatred towards someone

etc.

D- How To Deal With Different Types Of Dreams:

(1)Dreams from Allah : There are only two types of instructions. One are those for dreams that are meaningful (type 1) and those which are for dreams that are meaningless (type 2 and type 3).

All the references are there in the bouquet of Ahadith quoted below. As a summary one is supposed to do the following on experiencing a dream of Type 1 :

(a) Praise Allah for the good dream

(b) Feel Happy about it

(c) Don't talk about it those whom you dislike

(d) Narrate it to someone whom you love or a wise person

(e) Try and Narrate it to your loved one on the morning following the night you saw the dream. or as soon as you see the dream

(2) Dreams from Shaitan OR (3) Dreams from Nafs:

These are useless dreams and on having these we are advised to :

(a) Seek refuge with Allah from the evil of the dream

(b) Seek refuge with Allah from the evil of Shaitan

(c) Spit to his left three times (without saliva) on waking up

(d) Say two voluntary rakah on waking up

(e) Ask Allah for a good dream

(f) Turn over the side on which you were lying previously

(g) Not mention it to anyone

(h) Have a firm belief that it was a meaningless dream and it will not harm you

(i) Don't let it occupy your mind at all

 
 

E- Differentiating between the three types of dreams

Ibn Qutaybah ad-Dinawari رحمه الله says in his book about dream interpretations, "There is nothing in which people deal with from the different sciences that is more obscure, delicate, exalted, noble, difficult and problematic than dreams because they are a type of revelation and type of Prophethood."

We are living in an age where the knowledge of the material world is increasing exponentially, rendering it impossible for a person to grasp even a tiny portion of it in totality. And as for the knowledge of metaphysical dimensions, we are far behind the people of the past. We see Yaqub عليه السلام forbidding Yusuf عليه السلام to narrate his dream to his brothers, because even those deviant kids had knowledge to take out some meaning from the dream (See Reference # 2). And in the age of ours, we tend to wobble at even the first step of interpretation, that is to know whether the dream needs and interpretation or not, which used to be a child play in the times that have passed.

As elaborated above one needs to know whether the dream is meaningful or a meaningless one because one's reaction to the dream depends on this. Realizing, the importance of the topic we will try to list down mandatory and probable characteristics of the three types of dreams. Before we go on with the list few points are to be clarified :

1- We are not discussing the topic of interpretation of dreams, rather, we are dealing with a topic, a satisfactory grasp of which is a must have for interpretation. Hence, we are dealing with a prerequisite of science of interpretation of dreams.

2- We will try to list down mandatory and probable characteristics of the three types of dreams. For a dream to belong to a particular type it should possess all the mandatory characteristics but it may or may not possess all the probable characteristics. Hence, instead of getting confused on comparing one's dream to few of the listed characteristics. One should go through the whole list to have conviction on his filtration.

3- Books written on the topics of interpretation of dreams do mention the characteristics of the three types of dreams, but all the characteristics are mentioned as mandatory ones, which might not be the case always. Hence, the set of rules given fails some times, and makes the dreamer confused. The idea of mandatory and probable characteristics is unique in this regard.

4- The purpose of this list is not to be able to identify any dream as type 1, 2 or 3. Rather, the main idea is to be able to filter out dreams of type 1 from the remaining two.

5- Many ahadith mention only two types of dreams that is الرؤيا and الحلم , and do not draw any line between type 2 and type 3. The reason being, the thin differentiating line between these two types. Many a times dreams are so jumbled out that one can't figure out different between type 2 and type 3. Also, it is needless to differentiate between type 2 and type 3 as both are meaningless.

6- Nevertheless, we will mention all the characteristics for the three under different headings. For our ease in future, we should take them just as characteristics of true (type 1) and false (type 2 and 3) dreams in future. One should develop his own two column table of these characteristics. This exercise is left to the individuals because dreams have a lot to do with one's own orientation and thinking and sleeping patterns.

7- As a rule, one should ponder over, care for and relate only those dreams which pass through the complete filter (the list you tabulated yourself), and the dreamer has conviction that this surely was a true dream (type 1).

 
 

Mandatory Characteristics

 
 

Characteristic # 1

From Allah

THAT GIVES YOU A GLAD TIDING

Dreams that give a glad tiding are from Allah. So, if we see a dream that makes us happy in any way then probably it is a dream from Allah.

Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri: The Prophet said, "If anyone of you sees a dream that he likes, then it is from Allah, and he should thank Allah for it and narrate it to others; but if he sees something else, i.e., a dream that he dislikes, then it is from Satan, and he should seek refuge with Allah from its evil, and he should not mention it to anybody, for it will not harm him." (Sahih Al Bukhari)

 
 

From Shaitan

TRIES TO MAKE YOU WORRIED

If you have a dream that makes you worried, or that tries to inculcate some vain fear in your main then that dream is from shaitan.

Jabir reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: There came to him (the Holy Prophet) a desert Arab and said: I saw in a dream that I had been beheaded and I had been following it (the severed head). Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) reprimanded him saying: Do not inform about the vain sporting of devil with you during the night. (Sahih Al Muslim)

From Nafs

MIXED

Dreams that are a result of our thoughts might make us worried or might make us happy. It depends on the content that we embed in our mind that takes some haphazard shape in the dream. All sorts of emotions might come out as a result of a mixed dream.

Filter # 1 : Hence, it is easy to filter out false dreams. Any dream which is displeasing to you on the face of it, is either from shaitan or because of some fear that you have in the back of your mind (type 3). But, any displeasing dream will not be from Allah. Now, if one has a pleasing dream can one be sure that this is from Allah, it could also be some intense unaccomplished wish. To confirm whether it is a type 1 dream or not we should look at the other characteristics. And Allah Knows Best.

Characteristic # 2

From Allah

HAVE MEANING AND INTERPRETATION

Allah gives us some glad tiding, or shows us some path, or gives us some future information. Also, the dream can be an encouragement etc. In short, the dream has some meaning, and if it is a 'coded' dream then it needs an interpretation.

From Shaitan

MEANINGLESS

Dreams from Shaitan are meaningless and is a try of Shaitan to make us worried.

From Nafs

MEANINGLESS

Dreams from Nafs do tell us about the nature and thoughts of the dreamer but they have no real information for the dreamer himself, and he ought not disclose such dreams to others. Hence, for the dreamer these dreams are meaningless.

Filter # 2 : Hence, one can make out from the content and guess whether it is a type 1 dream or not. It is not that difficult to guess which content is meaningful and which one is meaningless. And Allah Knows Best.

Characteristic # 3 

From Allah

RECURRING

It is the sunnah of Allah to repeat the important message, as we see in the Holy Qur'an the Ayaat of great value are repeated again and again. Similarly, important dreams from Allah are repeated again and again.

From Shaitan and Nafs

SINGLE TIME

It rarely happens that a dream from Shaitan or Nafs is repeated as it is.

Filter # 3 : Filtering out satanic dreams, which either have an immodest content or try to make us worried, is easy. A dream from Nafs repeating itself as it is, is something whose probability is near to impossibility, considering the randomness of dreams of Nafs. Hence, a dream which is recurring is of some value and is a dream of type 1. And Allah Knows Best.

Characteristic # 4

From Allah

LOOKS AS IF EVENTS ARE REALITY IN THEIR PORTRAYAL

Dreams from Allah are a 'reality' of some higher order, hence one feels them a reality during the dream. This leaves a long-lasting effect on one's mind he remembers the dream in a better with the minute details. He remains fully immersed in the dream and it seems like a reality to him.

From Shaitan

LOOKS LIKES THOUGHTS, NOT CONSISTENT WITH FACTS

Dreams from Shaitan, look like a movie-scene more than a reality. They have so many loop-holes, so many happenings that are not consistent with the facts. Many a times, one makes it out during the dream that this is not a reality, I must be dreaming and at the very same instant the dream ends.

From Nafs

COMBINE REALITY AND FANTASY TOGETHER

Dreams from Nafs are a combination of reality and fantasy. It depends on the intensity of the dreams from 'Nafs' because sometimes the dream is very clear, and sometimes it is vague. Nevertheless, a careful insight into the dreams shows that the events don't seem like a reality in portrayal like the dreams from Allah are.

Filter # 4: Once again, one can easily ignore the dreams from shaitan. It's not difficult to make out a movie-scene from a reality. It can become difficult some times to differentiate between dreams from Nafs and dreams from Allah, on based of this characteristic alone. But if one combines other characteristics with it then it becomes easy. Filter # 4 and Filter # 5 should always be used together for a better analysis.

Characteristic # 5

From Allah

REMEMBERS DETAILS OF DREAM

Dreams from Allah seem just like a reality. As compared to other types of dreams, in the computational language, dreams from Allah have a very high 'quality'. One can remember the minutest details of the dreams from Allah.

Ibn e Khuldun writes in his Muqadma : "Another sign is that the dream vision stays and remains impressed with all its details in the memory of (the person who perceived it). Neither neglect nor forgetfulness affects it. No thinking or remembering is required, in order to have it present (to one's mind). The (dream vision) remains pictured in the mind of (the dreamer) when he awakes. Nothing of it is lost to him. This is because perception by the soul does not take place in time and requires no consecutive order, but takes place all at once and within a single time element." (Muqamda ibn e Khuldun , Chapter: The Science of Dream Interpretation)

When Allah sends us a message directly, then it is not on us to remind ourselves of it continually so that we remember it, instead Allah's message has the in-built capacity that one remembers its minute details, until Allah wishes to wipe it off from one's mind for one reason or the other. As Allah said to Prophet Muhammad in Surah Al Qiyamah : " Do not set your tongue in motion to make haste with (the revelation of the Qur'an). It is up to us to put it together and to recite it. And when we recite it, follow its recitation. Then, it is up to us to explain it."

From Shaitan

FORGET DETAILS AND MIXES IT

One tends to forget dreams from Shaitan as soon as he wakes, not if he 'forcefully' reminds himself of it.

From Nafs

MAY FORGET DETAILS AND MIXES DETAILS

Dreams of type 3 have a better retention than type 2, but one cannot remember the minute details of the dream.

"Confused dreams, on the other hand, take place in time, because they rest in the powers of the brain and are brought from the power of memory to the common sense by the imagination, as we have stated. (The process is an action of the body,) and all actions of the body take place in time. Thus, they (require) a consecutive order, in order to perceive anything, with something coming first and something else coming later. Forgetfulness, which always affects the powers of the brain, affects (them). That is not the case with the perceptions of the rational soul. They do not take place in time and have no consecutive order. Perceptions that are impressed in (the rational soul) are impressed all at once in the briefest moment. Thus, after (the sleeper) is awake, (his) dream vision remains present in his memory for quite some time. In no way does it slip his mind as the result of neglect, if it originally made a strong impression. However, if it requires thinking and application to remember a dream vision after a sleeper is awake, and if he has forgotten many of its details before he can remember them again, the dream vision is not a true one but a confused dream." (Muqamda ibn e Khuldun , Chapter: The Science of Dream Interpretation)

Filter # 5 : Dreams that are useless do not have good retention, they do not have a good 'quality'. One tends to forget the details of such dreams as soon as he wakes up. Dreams from Allah on the other hand are those which are just like reality. So, if you have to 'struggle' to remember the details of the dreams, or you 'fill-up' the missing-links of a dream by yourself then it is surely not a dream from Allah.

Characteristic # 6

From Allah

CHASTE NOT INDECENT

Allah never commands what is shameful. (Surah Al A'araf 7:28)

From Shaitan

INDECENT

For he (Shaitan) commands you what is evil and shameful, and that ye should say of Allah that of which ye have no knowledge. (Surah Al Baqarah 2:169)

From Nafs

BY NATURE OF DREAMER AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION

"Nor do I absolve my own self (of blame): the (human) soul is certainly prone to evil, unless my Lord do bestow His Mercy: but surely my Lord is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful." (Surah Yusuf 12:53)

Those who desire indecent acts and involve themselves in them during are expected to see the same in dreams.

Filter # 6 : Any indecent dream can easily be disregarded as a false dream (type 2 and type 3). Of course decency in dreams is not exactly what decency means in this world. For example : if someone dreams of the end times, and everyone is running naked, that might not be counted as a indecent dream. Also, those who involve themselves in indecency throughout the day, might find modesty in the most impure of dreams. He who abides by the Islamic ruling of modesty, will not see an immodest dream, and if he does so will immediately realize it to be a game of shaitan or the nafs.

Characteristic # 7

From Allah

DOES NOT OCCUR BECAUSE OF WET DREAMS

See characteristic # 6

From Shaitan

MAY OCCUR BECAUSE OF WET DREAMS

See characteristic # 6

From Nafs

MAY OCCUR BECAUSE OF WET DREAMS

Wet dreams after a certain time period. At that time, shaitan or the nafs takes up the opportunity to show indecent images to a person in dream. Ofcourse, that does not hold true for everyone. There are those who have wet dreams without even the slightest of indecency. Hence, it depends on the piety of the person, his age, his marital status as to what sort of wet dream he normally experiences.

Filter # 7 : Any wet dream is to be disregarded as a meaningless dream. 


 

Characteristic # 8

From Allah

DEAL WITH PRESENT OR NEAR OR DISTANT FUTURE

Dreams from Allah are either a live experience or they give some direct or indirect message or glad tiding for near and distant future. Example of live experience, can be meeting with dead. For examples of dreams that deal with future see Reference # 2, 3 and 4.

From Shaitan

NO RELATION WITH PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE

Dreams from Shaitan are meaningless and have no relation whatsoever with past, present or future.

From Nafs

AS A RESULT OF SOME HAPPENING IN NEAR OR DISTANT PAST

Dreams from Nafs are a result of some feeling deposited in the brain as a result of some happening in near or distant past. For example : A child wishes to eat an ice-cream, but his parents don't fulfill his wish during the day, then the child's wish might be fulfilled in the dream. Also, dreams from Nafs might express the general behavior, mentality or actions of the dreamer. Hence, one is advised to tell dreams only to the one who loves, because telling a dream of Nafs by mistake to someone not appropriate, might reveal some of your secret to him.

Filter # 8 : It is pretty tough to differentiate between dreams on this characteristic, as this is a hidden characteristic not evident to the dreamer. Any extreme pending wish taking some shape in the dream can be mistakenly take as a glad tiding for future. Dreams that come from Allah are of vital importance, hence, fulfillment of an ice cream wish can easily be identified as type 3 dream, and fulfillment of one's wish for umrah can be taken as a glad tiding from Allah (See Reference # 9).

 
 

Probabilistic Characteristics


 

Characteristic # 9


From Allah

SYMBOLIC EVENTS

Dreams from Allah are mostly symbolic but they can also be direct. See Reference # 2,3 and 4. All the dreams mentioned in Surah Yusuf are symbolic in nature. Dreams from Allah can also contain plain events, but those are so simple in their interpretation that they don't create any confusion. When one gets dreams that contain symbols, then he gets confused between type 1 and type 3.

From Shaitan

DIRECT EVENTS

Dreams whose source is Shaitan contain events rather than symbols and indications.

From Nafs

MIXED SYMBOLIC AND DIRECT

Dreams from the Nafs are mostly direct and it's very rare that they are of a symbolic nature. Symbolism in dreams from Nafs seems vague and irrelevant.

Filter # 9 : I don't have any other proof for it other than my own experience, that in the present world most of the dreams from the Nafs are of direct nature, and hence, a dream containing symbols is most probably from Allah. Also, symbols of type 1 dream are very clear, whereas symbols of type 3 dreams seem meaningless and vague.

Characteristic # 10

From Allah

LOGICAL AND SEQUENTIAL

Dreams from Allah are logical and contain a valid sequence of events.

From Shaitan

RANDOM AND CONTRADICTORY

Dreams from Shaitan seem pretty random even when experiencing them. They contain many events that do not conform to our logical mind. One cannot imagine the ways how shaitan confuses us by inventing events that do not make any sense. So, any 'crazy' dream, as people call them, is definitely a work of Shaitan.

From Nafs

LOGICAL, BUT MIXED EVENTS

As dreams from Nafs are based upon our daily experiences, hence they tend to be logical in nature, but they are jumbled up (See the meaning of اضغاث احلام, explained above) .

 
 

Characteristic # 11

From Allah

SPECIFIC TOPIC AND BRIEF EVENTS

This characteristic is found in almost all the dreams of Sahaba and the dreams mentioned in the Holy Qur'an but Prophet Muhammad narrated long dreams to Sahaba as well.

From Shaitan

NO TOPIC AND A LONG STORY

Dreams from Shaitan have no topic and they contain long stories, just like horror movies.

From Nafs

MIXED SUBJECT AND MANY EVENTS

Dreams from Nafs contain jumbled up events and no main theme.

Filter # 10 : Hence dreams from Allah are almost always 'short' and they have a specific topic and brief events, whereas in other dreams it is hard to make out what the central theme or what the dream is trying to convey. They either contain long stories that do not make up any sense, or numerous jumbled up short events that do not match with each other.

Characteristic # 12

From Allah

URGENCY TO RETURN TO THE PHYSICAL WORLD

Ibn e Khuldun likes in his muqadma : " the person who has the dream vision wakes up quickly, as soon as he has perceived it. It seems as if he is in a hurry to get back to being awake and having sensual perception. Were he (to continue) to sleep soundly, the perception given him would weigh heavily on him. Therefore, he tries to escape from the state (in which he has supernatural perception) to the state of sensual perception in which the soul is always fully immersed in the body and the corporeal accidents. " (Muqamda ibn e Khuldun , Chapter: The Science of Dream Interpretation)

From Shaitan and Nafs

NO SUCH URGENCY

Urgency to return to the physical world is not found in dreams of type 2 and type 3.

Filter # 11: One experiences a certain jolt as he returns to the physical world, sometimes with a a little pain in the heart, on seeing a dream of type 1.

Characteristic # 13

From Allah

CAN SEE ANY TIME

Scholars have mentioned different times during which a true vision is seen. Ibn e Sireen has mentioned that they are seen during Spring or Fall. Few scholars mention that true dreams are seen during the fruit ripening season. There is no proof of these characteristics from the texts. As a general rule true dreams can be seen at any time of the day or night and during any portion of the year. But, one can expect to have visions from Allah during the last third of the night as during it Allah comes down to the Sky of the earth. Also, there is a weak narration regarding it (See Reference # 24) . So, one expect dreams from Allah at holy times and in holy places (sleeping in Masjid e Haram etc). Also, one should not expect a dream from Allah when sleeping through the fajr salah etc.

From Shaitan

CAN SEE ANY TIME

Dreams from Shaitan can also be seen at any time during any portion of the year.

From Nafs

CAN SEE ANY TIME

Dreams from Nafs can also be seen at any time during any portion of the year.


 

Differences mentioned in books which don't seem logical


 SIDE OF SLEEP

Few books mention that if one is able to sleep on the right side only then he gets good dreams. But, that does not seem to have any proof. Rather the prophetic narrations suggest that on which side you sleep has no relation with the type of dream that you get. That is why we are ordered to change our side when we have a bad dream, regardless of the fact on which side we were before (See Reference # 33).

COLORS

Few scholars have mentioned that dreams from Allah are dominated by brightness and colors, and those from shaitaan are predominantly dark and black. Although dreams from shaitaan seem to be of a dark nature, but one cannot differentiate on this basis between dreams that are of type 1 and type 3.

INTERACTION

Few scholars have mentioned that when we cannot interact with dreams from Allah and we cannot change the course of events and one can interact with dreams from Shaitan and Nafs. But that doesn't seem to be a valid characteristic because there are numerous instances in which Prophet Muhammad or Sahaba interacted with the dream they had.

 
 

F- Guidelines For Those Who Have Dreams From Satan And Nafs Only

Behold! verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve; Those who believe and (constantly) guard against evil;- For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and in the Hereafter; no change can there be in the words of Allah. This is indeed the supreme felicity. (Surah Younus 10:64)

The glad tidings mentioned in the Ayat are the 'mubashiraat' that one has from Allah in dreams. This is a great blessing promised for those who are 'friends of Allah'. The type of dream that a person has depends so many variables that its not possible for us to control the types of dreams that we have. But, yes, the much we try to get close to Allah, and follow his commandment, and the more we supress our Nafs, and seek Allah's refuge from the Shaitan, there are more chances of getting meaningful dreams. A m'omin wishes to see dreams from Allah, because this way he can get messages from Allah, which are directed to him.

Narrated Ibn 'Umar: Men from the companions of Allah's Apostle used to see dreams during the lifetime of Allah's Apostle and they used to narrate those dreams to Allah's Apostle. Allah's Apostle would interpret them as Allah wished. I was a young man and used to stay in the masjid before my wedlock. I said to myself: "If there were any good in myself, I too would see what these people see." So when I went to bed one night, I said: "O Allah! If you see any good in me, show me a good dream." (Sahih Al Bukhari)

Yet, one ought not make this a 'sign' of one's piety or disbelief, because it is dependent on other varibales as well. It does indicate some lapse on his part, but that doesn't necessarily indicate his 'sins'. There have been non-muslims who have seen Prophet Muhammad dream and who turned to Islam on seeing such a dream. All praise be to Allah.

I mentioned in the beginning that I'll be giving practical steps in the end for those who don't have any dreams of type 1.

1- Try and Sleep as Early as possible after Isha

2- Try not to sleep after Fajr

3- Sleep for half an hour or an hour in the afternoon

4- Read Surah Al Falaq and Surah An Nas and blow it over your body before sleeping and have a firm belief that now I'm in Allah's protection from the Shaitan

5- Perform Ablution before sleeping

6- Try and keep yourself busy in Islamic activities during the day

7- Try and contemplate as much as possible on Surah Yusuf

8- If you remain in 'self-denial', then improve your 'self-image'.

9- If you remain confused and sad always, try to remain in a happy mood as the Prophet Muhammad used to be the one who smiled the most.

10- When in front of people try to smile, and your tears, sadness etc should be before Allah only or some chosen loved ones.

11- Make the du'a of Ibn e Umar before sleeping : O Allah! If you see any good in me, show me a good dream.

12- Try not to eat just before sleeping

13- Lie down on bed only when you are really tired and ready to sleep

In short : You have to keep yourself involved in matters that make you 'remember' Allah during the day, and remember that your Nafs and Shatain are with you and you've to try your best to supress them. Have a wish that Allah shows you signs in dreams. Don't make your life 'dependent' on dreams. Do wait for dreams from Allah, but never go into the slightest of discontent. Try and realize your 'self', your 'ruh' and your direct connection with Allah.

 
 

Before ending with du'aa, I would like to mention a blessing of Allah. He who has made this far, and read the article, would have done it for the love of Allah, and in order to try to be able to get and understand better messages from the loved one, Allah. And he who loves Allah, I love him too.

About six years ago, I saw a dream that I am ending Masjid e Nabwi of old times. I am moving towards the minbar (though I cannot see it), and I am sure once I reach the minbar I would find Prophet Muhammad sitting there. After a while my vision started diminishing, and and I couldn't see anything. For few seconds, I couldn't see anything. Then I heard an azaan in beautiful voice, I was sure that it's the azaan of Bilal رضى الله عنه. Then I could see again, I started moving towards the minbar again. After a while again, my vision started diminishing, and everything was blank again. Again I heard the azaan and the vision came back and I started moving forward. This happened four or five times. The last time when my vision was gone, I didn't hear the azaan, and I woke up. As soon as I woke up, I jumped from my bed, there was great pain in my heart, and I wept. I was very sad that I didn't see the Prophet Muhammad even after reaching that close.

Oh Allah! Forgive me if I said anything wrong in this article, and remove it from the minds of people and accept from me whatever I said right, and inculcate it in the hearts of the people.

I request everyone who has benefitted from any portion of my article to say Aamin at this du'aa:

" Oh Allah! After six long years, I still await the sight of Prophet Muhammad SAW. Oh Allah! I am not worthy of meeting the most blessed being of all times, but I ask you for your mercy. Oh Allah! If you see any good in me, show me good dreams, and show me your beloved Prophet. Oh Allah! Give me the knowledge of dream interpretation and open my mind to realize the marvels of the ruh. Oh Allah! Bless with you love and love of your loved ones. Oh Allah! These eyes weep and desire to see You and Your Prophet on the Day of Judgment. Oh Allah! Don't take away from me the greatest of all blessings, that is the sweetness of Your sight on the day of judgment, and don't take away from me the blessing of the sight of Your Beloved Prophet in dream "

(Aameen)

 
 

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82 comments:

Adeel said...

Masha'Allah, JazakAllah. Really helped me a lot.

I have an observation. If Ahadith didnt differentiate between dream from nafs and dream from shaytaan, then why should we? Nafs also teaches us bad things (5:30) and shaytaan lives inside us as well so couldn't it be that every useless dream whether related from nafs or not is from shaytaan?

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Dear Brother Adeel!


JazakAllah for your input. I mentioned in my article that most of the Ahadith do not differentiate between dreams from Shaitan and Nafs, and there is no 'real' need to do so as both of them are meaningless. Also, I mentioned the close connection between dreams from Shaitan and Nafs.

Nevertheless, there are ahadith which differentiate between type 2 and type 3 dreams. Like the Hadith of Jami'Tirmidhi : "And dreams are of three kinds: good dreams are glad tidings from Allah, sad dreams are from the devil and there are dreams about what man experiences with himself. So, when one of you sees a dream that he does not like then he must stand up and spit (out to a side) and he must not mention it to the people". He also said, "I love to see a chain in my dream because the noblest fetters are to be steadfast in religion and I hate the fetters in the neck".

What I feel is perhaps that most of the time Prophet Muhammad didn't mention the dreams from Nafs, as there is a very thing differentiating line between dreams from Nafs and Shaitan, but to be accurate as to how many sources of dreams are there , there are '3' sources, because where prophet Muhammad has 'categorized' the dreams into types he has 'categorized' them as '3' and where he was just mentioning the difference between the useful and the useless, he mentioned just those from Allah and those from Shaitan, and those from Nafs were to be counted in as a 'Hilm' also.

I hope I am clear in the explanation.

JazakAllah brother

Ahsen said...

Great work done, MashAllah! A complex topic explained in a wonderful way. I would love to have a discussion with you. May Allah bless you :)

Bela said...

Mashallah...It was just B.R.E.A.T.H.T.A.K.I.N.G..
No exaggeration at all..trust me !!! Heart-stirring at few places and hair-raising at the other. After going through(and re-reading few stuff ) this big piece of writing, I had no intention (no himmat rather) to comment at this point of time (1:01 AM PST). But after reading the very last paragraph of dua and the practical tips at the end, I felt it would be unfair if I don't type few words of encouragement. (Who lives to see tomorrow !!)

Both thumbs up for this article..

But I have way too many questions and being a human I may not agree with EVERYTHING that has been said (the hadith and verses aside)so if I live to see tomorrow's dawn..the queries and further opinion will b posted In'shallah..

For rest of it, Mashallah. May Allah reward u for putting in so much effort and bringing this comprehensive stuff for us.And may ur 6 years long wish materialize soon. Ameen.
BarakAllahu Fee Ilm wa Amal..

Bela said...

I pressed myself too hard to understand the Muqamda ibn e Khuldun. Haven't got it completely..:(

Do the shayateen only disturb us in dream ?? Do such dream have no effect in life ( case in point: a person doesn't observe prescribed sunnah on experiencing a bad dream). If so, then we DO experience that bad dreams turn into reality as well. This makes the point " dreams by Satan has no effect in life/ are meaningless" weak.

A bad dream may also consist of symbol. How would u then differentiate b/w the symbols from Satan and Allah ??

Are all good dreams bound to turn into reality ?? Bad dreams also come true ( case in point : Dream of Prophet Yusuf's companion in sijin). How would they be categorized then ??

If u r " Meeting the Arwaah of the Dead in dreams " and something bad/confusing is happening, is it still from ALLAH ? If not, then this point can't b generalized or mentioned under the heading "Dreams from Allah".

If something is making us worried in dream and recurring again and again i.e. how would u categorize it ??

How would u differentiate b/w a dream consisting of glad tiding from the one from NAFS depicting some long lasting wish of ours to come true ??

.....continued.

P.S. By posing the question, I do not at all mean that there is any problem with the article..It indeed was breath taking cause it threw me into few moments of quiet introspection.. Excellent Job. BarakALLAhu Feeka..

Bela said...

u've no option of editing/deleting ??

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Assalam u Alaikum Ukhte Bela!

I had been waiting for your questions. Jazakillah for the encouragement. It pushes me to write on similar topics in future too In sha Allah, like ‘how to differentiate between call from Nafs e Lawwama and Nafs e Ammarah’ , ‘how to differentiate between waswaas of shaitan and indications from ruh’ ? There are many such topics on which one’s forced to think when he faces confusions in life. Ibn al Qayyim has very briefly discussed many similar topics in his book ‘kitab ur ruh’.

Answer # 1 –

Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri: The Prophet said, "... but if he sees something else, i.e., a dream that he dislikes, then it is from Satan, and he should seek refuge with Allah from its evil, and he should not mention it to anybody, FOR IT WILL NOT HARM HIM." (Sahih Al Bukhari)

Narrated Abu Qatada: The Prophet said, "… and a bad dream is from Satan, so if anyone of you sees a bad dream, he should seek refuge with Allah from Satan and should spit on the left,
FOR THE BAD DREAM WILL NOT HARM HIM." (Sahih Al Bukhari)

Jabir reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: “… When any one of you sees a hulm (bad dream) he should not inform anyone, for it is a sort of VAIN SPORT OF DEVIL IN THE STATE OF SLEEP.”(Sahih Al Muslim)

Abu Qatada reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: “ … so if one of you sees anything (in a dream which he dislikes, he should spit on his left side thrice and seek refuge with Allah from its evil, and then it will never harm him”. Abu Salama said: I used to see dreams weighing more heavily upon me than a mountain; but since I heard this hadith I don't care for it (its burden). (Sahih Al Muslim)

So, to my understanding from the Prophet’s sayings, dreams that come from Shaitan are just to make us worry, burn some fear into us, and they are of no significance, until and unless we fill up our minds with such dreams, and keep on thinking regarding them. Then we have fulfilled the cause of the Shaitan.

Now, one can discuss why the narration mention spitting on the left and seeking refuge from Shaitan. Is it to ‘cancel’ the effect the dream ‘might’ have or is it just to seek refuge from Shaitan’s intervention in dreams. If its case one, then your point is correct, but if its case two, then what I mentioned seems appropriate. To me, the ahadith seem to convey that in ‘actual’ the dreams from shaitan have no importance, they don’t harm us, they have no relation with our lives, but if we uselessly burden ourselves with such dreams, then not only are we giving shaitan a victory, we are inviting him to trouble us more with such dreams in life and yes, we are opening doors for him in the normal life as well, for shaitan can easily attacked feared and worried people. But, that does not have to do with the ‘content’ of the dream. The content of the dream in itself was ‘useless’.

And, to me the idea of dreams from Shaitaan (which are termed as false dreams in many books) coming ‘true’ doesn’t make any sense. True dreams can be shown by the one who is able to see the future. No intervention of Nafs or Shaitan, can show you any frames of the future.
JazakiLLAH for bringing up the important point. Yes, this topic can be made more interesting if we discuss dreams of trustworthy people and try to filter them out. Had someone carried out this exercise on hundreds of dreams in the past, it would have been a great asset for us. It’s like, when you read a complete topic in the class, you still remain confused, and when in the end the teacher solves an example for you, then things are clearer.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Answer # 2

Dreams from Shaitan are not symbolic in nature, that’s what my experience tells me, and the books written on the topic too. But, yes if someone experiences a useless dream containing symbols, then it would be from the ‘nafs’ and not from the shaitan. As mentioned in the article, that matters embedded in some corner of the brain take some random symbol in dream. Now, the question remains ‘how to differentiate between a useful and useless symbol’, and I stressed a lot on it, that this is how we should deal with ‘filter-issue’, is the dream useful (type 1) or useless (type 2 & 3), and not deal with it as whether it is (type 1, 2 or 3), this is like making things difficult for your own self, for no real good. See again the ‘filter # 9’ that I’ve mentioned, ukhte. It is very difficult to differentiate between a meaningful and meaningless symbol, that’s why I put this in the probabilistic characteristic. Because a person, who doesn’t have ‘filter’ experience, might deem a meaningful symbol as meaningless etc. So, do a little exercise. Note down the symbolic dreams that are mentioned in Qur’an and your own Type 1 dreams that were symbolic in nature, and your own useless dreams that were symbolic in nature, and try and not down the difference in the symbolic nature. One cannot give an easy to apply rule to filter out dreams on the basis of symbolism that will be true for everyone, but for your own self, yes you can after careful thinking. As an advice, it’s better to filter out dreams on the basis of ‘mandatory characteristics’ only in the start. I developed this rule for myself first, because I was getting confused on ‘characteristics’ that weren’t sure shot and ignoring the mandatory characteristics that are explicitly mentioned. So, once I made this rule for myself, it made life easier (as it depends a lot on dreams : ) ).

Answer # 3

It’s unclear what you wanted to ask. First I’m answering : “are all good dreams bound to turn into reality”. The straight forward answer is : NO. Because, I’ve mentioned above that there are many types within Type 1 dreams (good dreams). Good dream can also be a ‘live dream’, meeting ruh of someone dead. It can also be a true dream : some future incident revealed (bound to turn true), and many other types. See above, I’ve mentioned them. Just came to my mind : An interesting debate amongst scholars who discuss the topic of ruh is whether ruh of two living person can meet in dreams or not. : )

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Answer # 4

The one who saw the dream didn’t dream something ‘unpleasing’. Those were symbols which he couldn’t understand. My research on dreams that tell me, that if person is wise enough then the dream of his/her death is shown to someone else, and if he is not wise then its shown to him, but he doesn’t understand. Wallahu A’alam.

Answer # 5

I’m sorry, I don’t have the answer to this question yet. In fact, the very night I posted the article, same confusion came into my mind. I am searching ahadith and incidents on the subject. When I’m able to draw some conclusion, I’ll let you know. In particular, our question is : ‘ if one sees something unpleasing in a ‘live’ dream, then how would he know that it’s from Allah or not’. In fact, my mother posed me the same question: May Allah open our hearts to know the truth. May Allah forgive me if I said anything wrong in the article.

What I wanted to say is that If Allah wants to show some displeasing event of future in a ‘true’ dream (like dream in prison at Yusuf’s time), then it’s done in symbols. But, how does the same go for ‘live dreams’ ? Allah Knows Best !

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Answer # 6

May be you are thinking a lot about it. But my point is that dreams from Shaitan and Nafs don’t reoccur ‘exactly the same’ again. Dreams which are exactly similar, or the main ‘part’ is exactly similar then it’s from Allah. Seeing that you are falling off a cliff one day, and drowning in the ocean the other day, won’t be counted as a ‘reoccurring’ dream of death. Examples of repetition of similar dreams that are from Allah include the dream of king that his teeth have fallen, you know the incident. I have had a dream about thirty times that I’m getting late for the flight. Now, every time there’s some different reason for getting late, and sometime’s its saudiairlines and sometime’s its PIA : ), but the main part is same ‘getting late for flight’. Now, please don’t pose the question that isn’t getting late for a flight ‘displeasing’. Displeasing depends on how you took it in dream. If your dream is full of cries, increased panic and heart beat, fear etc, that is what is meant by ‘displeasing’. This is an important point, that I don’t have words to elaborate.

Answer # 7

The very question that you asked has already been addressed during the article. In fact, this is the very thought that initiated my ‘quest’. And now, I’m sure that dream was from Allah, because it has come true : ), AlhamduliLLAH. Now, a strange question comes to my mind. Would it be ok to narrate your ‘satanic’ dream to someone just for the sake of ‘understanding’ ? Khair, the question you asked was answered this way : Now, if one has a pleasing dream can one be sure that this is from Allah, it could also be some intense unaccomplished wish. To confirm whether it is a type 1 dream or not we should look at the other characteristics. And Allah Knows Best.

JazakiLLAH for your thought provoking questions. I’m so glad, someone can discuss things on this topic the way I wished to discuss them. Would wait eagerly for your feedback and ‘continued’ questions.

JazakiLLAH Ukhte!

“Oh Allah show us the truth of things as they are! Oh Teacher of Yusuf AS, teach us the interpretation of dream.” (Aameen)

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

There's no way for you to delete comments that you added without any 'account'. Ofcourse, the moderator of the blog can delete them.

Bela said...

Wa antum Fa Jazakumullahu Kheran..!

I typed the questions in haste from uni and copied-pasted them as I got back home without rechecking so there were few typing errors. Wanted to edit them but there was no option so I let them go.

My very first question ( ok call it statement) went un-answered.

I'll try to keep things short n precise since I have to pose more questions.

No. 1

I mentioned the case in point "If one doesn't perform the sunnah i.e spitting etc." then it does generate the probability that the bad dream might effect him. (u urself mentioned it too ). Somehow I feel that the remedy given in sunnah is something more than just to "nullify the effect of Satanic intervention in dreams". However if one argues that Satan r not capable of turning a dream into reality than this would make sense. Similarly ur argument "True dreams can be shown by the one who is able to see the future" is also reassuring. So I come down to a simple question. ( rephrasing the original question )

Why bad dreams come out to be true ??

No. 1 - b

Very true. If u can bring one example for abv all the characteristics discussed, it will make the understanding a lot easier. Since my knowledge of dream is just confined to a few that are mentioned in Quran.

No. 2

Indeed, I should focus on mandatory characteristics in start. I'll conclude this point saying (correct me if I m wrong) All good symbols and symbols that are "not bad" yet one can't interpret it easily to figure out what it is about ( like Sahibisijin saw a symbolical dream and it wasn't a bad one, only he couldn't interpret it. l) - are from Allah while useless symbols ( signs, indications) are from Satan and should be dealt in the same way.

No. 3

No worries. U answered what I asked for. As for the debates amongst scholars, isn't the simple answer. YES ?? The ruh of living people do meet. Its the ruh which is set free to wander while we r asleep, hence it can go anywhere, meet anyone - whether dead or alive. At least that's what I read.

Bela said...

No. 4

Sounds interesting. Any reference for that ??

No. 5

It feels cool to let others find out the answers of the questions that disturb u. All the best. :)

No. 6

Had I been seeing this "missing the flight" in dreams, I would have concluded at once that its "displeasing". If u don't describe it as displeasing then for sure there is hardly any other word to elaborate it. I hv experienced this dream a lot of times that I have exam of one subject but have prepared for something else. Now if its not displeasing, what else is that ??

No. 7

Ummm ambiguous. Means one has got to do a bit of homework on such kind of dreams.

Let's settle this first and then I'll post rest of the queries In'sha'Allah.

May Allah take best service of His deen from u. Ameen

Bela said...

No, I didn't want to delete the post. Just wanted to edit it. There were some problem with structure of sentence and few typing errors. Nevertheless, u got them and the purpose is fulfilled.

Jazakumullahu kheran kaseera for ur time and patience.

Bela said...

On a very quick note, the last part of the article forced me to respond immediately. Awesome that was. At the end of the day its ur relationship with ur Lord that decides the kind of dreams u experience. The stronger the bond, better would the dream be. If there the worries are just confined to achievements/failure of this present world, how do we expect glad tidings in dreams.

Few things that I would like to add..

point 4 . Add Surah Akhlas as well. And this act is repeated thrice ( Bukhari).

Surah Sajda (32) And Mulk can also be recited (Tirmizi). And last two ayah of Surah Baqarah (Bukhari).

Right hand is kept under right cheek ( Abu da'wood)

Allah knows the best

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Assalam u Alaikum Ukhte !

Answer for (#1)

As far I understand it, I elaborated earlier ‘why’ (for the prescribed acts on seeing a bad dream) : it’s to release your mind from thoughts and games of shaitan, and it’s not because what shaitan showed to you had something to do with your ‘real’ life. And to me it seems clear cut from the statement ‘for it cannot harm you’.

As per my understanding type 2 and type 3 dreams are false and they will never come true. If something displeasing happens to you or around to you, that you feel you were already given a hint to in dream, then it would be in a symbolic nature and not something direct. For example: The coming of seven year long drought isn’t a pleasing event and it was shown in a symbolic manner to the king. Exclude the dreams of Prophet’s from the equation for they are an order; don’t try to fulfill the characteristic on the dream of Prophet Ibrahim.

For some reason either I am failing to understand what you meant ukhte, or I am failing to elaborate the point in my mind.

Answer for (#1b)

The best thing is to start from the dreams mentioned in Qur’an and Hadith. I’ve mentioned the dreams in Qur’an in the list of references and you can see the Dreams of Ahadith in the book on dreams in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Answer for (#2)

Agreed ! Though its not easy for everyone to decide what was 'useful' and what was 'useless'.

Answer for (#3)

It isn’t that simple. You can see Kitab bur Ruh by Ibn al Qayyim for details. If you want I can post a summary of the debate. That would raise many another interesting questions too. Like sleeping at the same time. And how would you precisely whether you met your imagination, or some picture created by Allah, or by Shaitan or was it Live : )

Answer for (#4)

There is no other reference for it other then my brain cell : )

Answer for (#5)

May Allah Help me in it.

Answer for (#6)

I told you it depends on how you took it during the dream. It’s quite to wake up fresh even after wishing a flight, trust me : ) . Missing exam or preparing the dream is very common, and it’s a hidden fear embedded in the brain.

Answer for (#last)

Actually there are many other prescribed sunnah. I tried to mention the ‘easy to follow’ steps which according to my knowledge had direct impact with dreams.

JazakiLLAH, waiting for next questions :)

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Also, I would like you to ponder over some other things.

a- Few things or people or path or places keep on repeating themselves in the dream world and we never see them in real life, but in the dream world we are pretty sure that I've been here before. Dose it happen with anyone out there?

b- What about the things that happen in real life about which we are sure that exactly the same has happened before, but we fail to find out when ? Deja Vu as they call it !

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

A little (rather big) correction.

There are 4 type's of soul meetings:

1- Souls of Dead meeting with each other
2- Souls of Dead meeting with souls of sleeping (alive)
3- Souls of Sleeping conversing with each other
4- Souls of Dead meeting with people who are awake

Of these types, according to the scholars, type 4 cannot happen, and there are proofs from Qur'an and Hadith that it cannot happen, but few people do assert that they've experienced them. Allah Knows Best. So, the confusion is in part 4 (which can be debated over), for others they can happen and they do happen.

Wallahu A'alam

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

I suggest you the book 'Mysteries of the Soul Expounded' by Abu Bilal Mustafa Al-Kanadi. Though the book is in actual sort of 'summary' of ibn e Qayyam's kitab ur ruh,but it is a fell formulated book. Take it as a hand book, and its great for revisiting the basics of ruh.

Bela said...

Walaikum us salam WR WB

# 1

Alright, that would suffice.

# 3

If u can post the summary (do it in a new blog pls), it would b excellent. Else I'll surely get the book.

# 4

No problem.

# 5

Its hard to digest that one wakes up afresh after getting to see a flight being missed. As for the hidden fear embedded deep down somewhere, u may b right. Wallahu Alam.

Bela said...

a - I don't remember whether it keeps repeating itself or not but yes u do get to meet people and visit places in dreams that u haven't experienced in reality. What does that indicate ??

b- Deja Vu is really common. Has it got to do something with dreams ??

Bela said...

Is this book available in commonly in book shops ??

Bela said...

available commonly in*****

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Ukhte !

For a & b - Those were thoughts to ponder over. I don't have any real conclusion for those phenomeneon.

Haven't I posted the summary already?

For those who live in Rawalpindi a place to buy Islamic books is Ahmed Book Corporation near 'kamaiti chok', there are other islamic book shops there too. You can find 'Kitab ur ruh' by ibn al qayyim there. The second book, you won't find it in Pakistan! I don't have a scanner at home otherwise I could have made a PDF version. That's a must have book though.

Ok, you will also find book 'Ma Wara' by Sultan Basheer Mehmood from any book shop. Try and give it a read too. And you would find 'Haqeeqat e Insaan' by imam Ghazali there too. I don't really like the book, but you can have it as well.

Bela said...

Summary of what ?? U mentioned u wanted to post the summary of the debate in kitab ur ruh..

I'll grab the books as soon as I possibly could.

JazakAllah kher for being patient with my questions.

Handle few more..

Bela said...

Pardon my ignorance pls. Wanted to clarify few things famous among the masses but I never trusted/spread them since no reference was ever provided.

1 - "Also, one should not expect a dream from Allah when sleeping through the fajr salah etc."

So that means dreams at the time of fajr salah/azaan need not b necessarily coming from Allah..?? No reference to that ??

2 - Heard that if any dead gives u something in dream, its a glad tiding. And if he wants/is taking anything from you, trouble is knocking at ur door. Any reference to that ? ( Experienced the former case myself)

3 - If u see any ayah of Quran in dream which is wayyy beyond carrying the glad tidings. Will u take it as a good dream or a bad one ??

4 - What characteristics tell u that such n such person is worth being the interpreter of dream..??

5 - If u observe all the masnoon act before sleeping yet u experience nightmare, what r u lacking at ??

I know I have stepped out of the domain of ur article. Answer if u have read abt them, no worries if u can't. :)

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Note: This summary is not from Kitab ur ruh.


1- Souls of Dead meeting with each other
Yes, its possible and proven.

2- Souls of Dead meeting with souls of sleeping (alive)
Yes, its possible and proven.

3- Souls of Sleeping conversing with each other
Well, though its mentioned by the very name in books on the topic of ruh, but as per my understanding what they discuss under this heading is either is something else. I've seen no example in any book that two people dreamt the same thing at the same time. Because if two sleeping souls meet, then they ought to have the same (or some part same) dream. Otherwise, it would be a make up of the thoughts of Nafs (not the person's ruh). Also, shaitan can take up some shape. So, its very tough to give a clear cut answer to the question whether two sleeping souls can physically meet each other or not. Wallahu A'alam. (This 'confusion' has not been mentioned in the book of ibn al qayyim, as I thought. The detailed discussion there is on type 4)

4- Souls of Dead meeting with people who are awake
Though many people claim this, and yes its a matter of debate, but what seems more likely and close to the texts is that these sort of happenings are not possible. Wallahu A'alam.

I hope this is the summary that you wanted.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Answer (for # 1)

Clarification: "Sleeping through the Fajr salah" , means that you slept through it, and woke up when the time had ended, and you remember some dream when you woke up, so it is least likely to be a meaningful one.

There is no proof for the claim (that people make), that dream during Fajr Azaan etc are from Allah. Though, dreams during the last third of the night (time just before fajr) 'might' be of special importance because that time is of special importance according to many Ahadith ; Allah comes to the sky of the earth at that time.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Answer (for # 2)

This is beyond the domain of my article and knowledge. But, I don't agree to any such 'rules' of interpretation. Because, 'interpretation' has lot to do with the one seeing the dream, and for the case you mentioned it would also depend on the 'dead' that you saw in dream. A pious giving something to a pious, and a sinful giving something to the pious cannot be same. Someone from sijeen giving something to you, and someone from illiyeen giving something to you, can never be same interpretation. So, I don't find this 'rule' any likely. You better go through 'hows' of interpretation. There are just handful 'hows' and rest all is their elaboration.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Answer (for # 3)

It'll be a type 1 dream and it will be a 'good' dream because either it is a glad tiding or it is a reminder.

Rest, after Isha, In sha Allah.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Also, see the interpretation of various Surah as mentioned in Ibn e Sireen's T'abeer ur R'uya (though it is doubtful whether he wrote the book or not) or you can see it in Allama Nabulsi's book on interpretation (both books are available in Pakistan). That'll provide you a better answer for Question # 3.

A very important left out point is the coming of a 'good' jinn (inter dimensional being) into your dream for 'real'. Is it possible? I've personally experienced such a thing. Anyone else out there who has seen some 'good' jinn (not the usual scary dream) come in his dream? For instance: A female jinn fell in love with me :P.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Answer (for # 4)

Ibn e Sireen has given few 'must-have' qualities for an interpreter in his book (doubtful).
Note: I don't agree with all the qualities mentioned.

i- Adequate knowledge of tafseer and Qur'an (don't agree fully, were Yusuf AS well versed in 'Quran' ?, though he must be familiar with the 'way of Allah'. So, for the present he must be well versed in Qur'an, agreed ! )
ii- Must be well versed in Arabic language (don't agree, were previous interpreters supposed to be Hebrew experts? )
iii- Must be Haafiz in Ahadith of RasuluLLAH (again some point , don't agree)
iv- Must be familiar with root words and from where they are derived. ( don't agree)
v- He must be familiar with nature and status of people (agree)
vi- Must be familiar with basic principles of t'abeer and interpretation (agree : See 17 rules of dreams interpretation by Anwar Awlaki, available online)
vii- Must possess a pure and clear soul (agree)
viii- Must be a man with sound morality (agree)
ix- Must be honest in speech and conduct (agree)

My replacement for first four points:

Should have love for Qur'an and Hadith's knowledge, and should consider himself a student of them, should have special interest in metaphysical subjects.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Guideline's for 'identifying' a mu'abir are in the way of the 'Ashaab us Sijn' (companions of jail) in the story of Yusuf AS.

Answer (for # 5)

I think I mentioned the 'reasons' in an indirect manner in Topic 'F'. Kindly go through the topic again, specially the 'tips'.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

I won't loose patience or get bored even if the discussion goes to 1000 comments, in sha Allah :)... This discussion is on the subject for which we have been given 'less knowledge', think how much one can go to depths of other topics of Qur'an , subhanALLAH.

Bela said...

As for the rest of answers, I have got the gist jazakALLAH kheran.They were more or less I have been expecting them to be. As for the characteristics of mua'bir, I may have slight disagreements with ur disagreements.

For the jins falling for human (b it dream or reality), I certainly believe that. When jinss can converse, irritate, live, eat with us. They might fall for us as well. This love need not to be the kind of "love" we usually think of. ( or it can be, wallahu alam) but we do come to know from Quran that the jins developed liking for our Prophet S.A.W and that's why they accepted Islam and moved ahead to preach it. U can't accept the message/invitation of a person u don't like. Makes sense to me and Allah knows the best.

I have gone thru section "F" again. Yeh, I got the theme. Strengthen ur relationship with Allah Subhanuhu Wa Ta'ala and this question will not bother again.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

They do fall in love , doubtless. Its proven from texts and incidents ! I have lots of proof for them ! And even extra-dimensional marriages are 'possible' and there is a lot of dispute amongst scholars in 'permissibility'. !

Amatul Wadood said...

Salamualaikum wr wbr!

JazakAllah Khair Akhi! may AllahSWT bring benefit thru your work to the ummah and accept your deeds and increase you in sincerity and guidance!

what about dreams that one have in hajj? and what about dreams in which one sees oneself praying and also dreams in which one is making dua?

Dreaming star said...

Salams. Great Article. I am struggle to understand dreams. I often speak to God and seek answers from Him, especially since I am going through a very difficult and emotional chapter in my life. I have immersed myself in ibadat, and often pray salat ul haja and istikhara - only to seek guidance and help from Allah. But the reality is I often speak to God at various times during the day, outside of the other daily Islamic ritualistic prayers. For the first time in over 10 years, I have started dreaming. Often these are "mixed up" dreams that don't make sense, but sometimes I have a clear, concise dream that almost appears as an answer to the questions I have asked God. Sometimes, upon reading articles like the one you have written, I feel that God is showing mercy on me during this difficult time and is giving me comfort in my dreams. These "comforting dreams" are more like true dreams, but I am worried that they are actually dreams from my nafs, i.e. wish fulfillment, and I am too enthusiastic about the whole thing! A part of my heart is telling me that God can feel my emotional suffering right now, and from time to time he sends me a comforting dream to reassure me.
Do you think these are dreams from my nafs?

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Assalam u 'Alaikum Sister!

I have explained in the article that its best if you make your own chart of filters and that'll help you to identify dreams in sha Allah. It is very tough for someone else to filter our dreams for you with the incomplete information.

Reading your email I realize that you need to re-read the article and in sha Allah you'll understand things in a better way.

If you still feel some problem, then we can solve it out on some chat in sha Allah.

Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum,
I agree with sister Dreaming Star. I have the same issue with my life. Like her, i prayed solat Hajat etc, and more than one instances i received dreams that when i told to an Alim, his answer was "A good sign".

Because the Alim did not narrate further, I could not really understand whether my intepretation of the dreams are correct.
My questions are:
1. In my dreams, i think i've been shown glimpse of the future. However, I am not too certain. If you dream about something, will it "definitely happen" or are they dependant on other factors as well?
2. As the dreams that I got were positive dreams, should I wait for them to happen?

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Assalam u 'Alaikum Sister!

I have explained in the article that its best if you make your own chart of filters and that'll help you to identify dreams in sha Allah. It is very tough for someone else to filter our dreams for you with the incomplete information.

Reading your email I realize that you need to re-read the article and in sha Allah you'll understand things in a better way.

If you still feel some problem, then we can solve it out on some chat in sha Allah.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Answer (for # 3)

It'll be a type 1 dream and it will be a 'good' dream because either it is a glad tiding or it is a reminder.

Rest, after Isha, In sha Allah.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Guideline's for 'identifying' a mu'abir are in the way of the 'Ashaab us Sijn' (companions of jail) in the story of Yusuf AS.

Answer (for # 5)

I think I mentioned the 'reasons' in an indirect manner in Topic 'F'. Kindly go through the topic again, specially the 'tips'.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Ukhte !

For a & b - Those were thoughts to ponder over. I don't have any real conclusion for those phenomeneon.

Haven't I posted the summary already?

For those who live in Rawalpindi a place to buy Islamic books is Ahmed Book Corporation near 'kamaiti chok', there are other islamic book shops there too. You can find 'Kitab ur ruh' by ibn al qayyim there. The second book, you won't find it in Pakistan! I don't have a scanner at home otherwise I could have made a PDF version. That's a must have book though.

Ok, you will also find book 'Ma Wara' by Sultan Basheer Mehmood from any book shop. Try and give it a read too. And you would find 'Haqeeqat e Insaan' by imam Ghazali there too. I don't really like the book, but you can have it as well.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

I suggest you the book 'Mysteries of the Soul Expounded' by Abu Bilal Mustafa Al-Kanadi. Though the book is in actual sort of 'summary' of ibn e Qayyam's kitab ur ruh,but it is a fell formulated book. Take it as a hand book, and its great for revisiting the basics of ruh.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Also, I would like you to ponder over some other things.

a- Few things or people or path or places keep on repeating themselves in the dream world and we never see them in real life, but in the dream world we are pretty sure that I've been here before. Dose it happen with anyone out there?

b- What about the things that happen in real life about which we are sure that exactly the same has happened before, but we fail to find out when ? Deja Vu as they call it !

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Assalam u Alaikum Ukhte !

Answer for (#1)

As far I understand it, I elaborated earlier ‘why’ (for the prescribed acts on seeing a bad dream) : it’s to release your mind from thoughts and games of shaitan, and it’s not because what shaitan showed to you had something to do with your ‘real’ life. And to me it seems clear cut from the statement ‘for it cannot harm you’.

As per my understanding type 2 and type 3 dreams are false and they will never come true. If something displeasing happens to you or around to you, that you feel you were already given a hint to in dream, then it would be in a symbolic nature and not something direct. For example: The coming of seven year long drought isn’t a pleasing event and it was shown in a symbolic manner to the king. Exclude the dreams of Prophet’s from the equation for they are an order; don’t try to fulfill the characteristic on the dream of Prophet Ibrahim.

For some reason either I am failing to understand what you meant ukhte, or I am failing to elaborate the point in my mind.

Answer for (#1b)

The best thing is to start from the dreams mentioned in Qur’an and Hadith. I’ve mentioned the dreams in Qur’an in the list of references and you can see the Dreams of Ahadith in the book on dreams in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

There's no way for you to delete comments that you added without any 'account'. Ofcourse, the moderator of the blog can delete them.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Answer # 4

The one who saw the dream didn’t dream something ‘unpleasing’. Those were symbols which he couldn’t understand. My research on dreams that tell me, that if person is wise enough then the dream of his/her death is shown to someone else, and if he is not wise then its shown to him, but he doesn’t understand. Wallahu A’alam.

Answer # 5

I’m sorry, I don’t have the answer to this question yet. In fact, the very night I posted the article, same confusion came into my mind. I am searching ahadith and incidents on the subject. When I’m able to draw some conclusion, I’ll let you know. In particular, our question is : ‘ if one sees something unpleasing in a ‘live’ dream, then how would he know that it’s from Allah or not’. In fact, my mother posed me the same question: May Allah open our hearts to know the truth. May Allah forgive me if I said anything wrong in the article.

What I wanted to say is that If Allah wants to show some displeasing event of future in a ‘true’ dream (like dream in prison at Yusuf’s time), then it’s done in symbols. But, how does the same go for ‘live dreams’ ? Allah Knows Best !

Bela said...

u've no option of editing/deleting ??

Ahsen said...

Great work done, MashAllah! A complex topic explained in a wonderful way. I would love to have a discussion with you. May Allah bless you :)

Adeel said...

Masha'Allah, JazakAllah. Really helped me a lot.

I have an observation. If Ahadith didnt differentiate between dream from nafs and dream from shaytaan, then why should we? Nafs also teaches us bad things (5:30) and shaytaan lives inside us as well so couldn't it be that every useless dream whether related from nafs or not is from shaytaan?

amir said...

please clarify one doubt...my freind is telling that allah has two things are not in allah's hand ,,one is shaitan and second one is nafs..he is telling that man is responsible for his sins not allah...is this true ???p

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Dear Brother,

Of-course, man is responsible for his sins and all actions in general. God created this universe with its physical laws, and the harmony in nature, and created humans with a degree of freedom. That's what the test is: how humans use those freedom. So, yes you have certain degree of freedom over your actions. We feel that freedom in our everyday life. To get into lengthy details of pre-destination or 'free-will' doesn't really earn us anything. That's why Qur'an abstains from going into depths and when it talks about retribution or day of accounting, it talks clearly that humans are responsible for what they do. Shaitaan is a Jinn in origin, which also enjoys certain degree of freedom, but of-course it has limitations just like humans.

Although, God has laid down laws of retribution for day of accounting in the divine book, everyone will have a personal accounting and result, as everyone has had a different life. Hence, if everyone has a different social outlook and framework to exercise his freedom in, he/she will be dealt accordingly. It won't be like a worldly exam which doesn't take into consideration whether you had an accident in the last days, or whether a great tragedy fell upon just before the exams. The system of retribution and accounting in the next world would be comprehensive beyond our imagination.

I hope that helps

seema nazrin said...

assalamu alaikum
this is really amazing mashaallah . i feel this article has increased my faith in Allah almighty and alhamdulillah iam more comfortable and relaxed now . may Allah bless you to go forward in life . now iam outta of my crazy dream! :-)

nina said...

I had a dream, which was full of fear, symbolic, clear, a tragedy of my close one....but after 3 to 4 month later the dream came true in reality in another form ( similar tragedy happened to another person)...
So my question is....though i was afraid on the dream, it came true...so in which type of dream you include it?

Soma Khan said...

Great job:)

Soma Khan said...

Plx can u tell me that whether is it possible for a dream to turn into a reality if it is not interpreted or shared with a wise person

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Dear Soma,
Yes It is possible. Whether or not a dream is narrated, does not affect its outcome. However, one should narrate as per the way of Prophet Yusuf mentioned in Qur'an, and as per the Prophetic Teachings in Hadith, and because it comes with various psychological benefits as well.
And God Knows Best.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Dear Nina,
Thanks for your comment. You said 'symoblic' and 'clear' , I do not understand how you put them both together. And you said 'similar' tragedy happened to 'another person'. So, I feel it is not actually the same dream which came true. You are connecting the dots between that dream and the happenings in real life, but I feel you are not doing them right.
And God Knows Best

Linda Lee said...

Mashallah, and thank-you May
Allah grant you the greatest blessing 'The favorable testimony of Mohammad on Judgement Day'. Inshallah! (feedburner is not regconizing my subscription).

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Thanks for your appreciation and d'ua.
Have you clicked on the verification link that you got by email ?

anum said...

Salaam, I'm not sure if you are going to get this because this is 2 years later, but I might have an answer for you InshAllah because I'm going through a similar state, and I've learned a few things. InshAllah you're not in the same emotional turmoil, and Allah has given you your legitimate desires, but if not please try to read ayat 86 from Surah Yusuf, if anything it just appeases the heart.

hz said...

I often have horrible dreams which in many cases come true as they are in my dream. So should I consider these horrible dreams as true dreams and by god?

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Dear Hz,

I would need a specific example before I can say anything about that. At times, people relate reality with dreams that are not actually related, but are works of probability.

shah said...

I saw someone I know in my dream with a face full of blemishes and horrible ulcers. But that person was trying to be friendly with me in dream. The dream was very brief and despite the horrible scene, it gave me some peace and felt relaxed on awakening. I have a strong feeling it was something devine. Could you interpret or give a slight idea (even if you think it could be otherwise) ?

hz said...

Thanks for replying brother. At some points we can say its just matter of coincidence but whn its repeating in numbers, its less likely to be just an accident. For a specified example as uve been asking for I would like to share a recent dreams of me . E.g I dreamed my sister crying n screaming, seeing her tears I start weeping too. Next day I encountered d same situation or I dreamed a man wearing red shirt appears in our house outta no where n d next day we witnessed a man in red attire jumping d fences into backyard entering house. Well these r jus few examples but im so frightened in my dreams so probably cant say these true dreans are from god.

CrimsonLoftwing said...

Assalamu'Alaikum,


Excellent article! I learned a lot about dreams! It was very interesting!



I have been having recurring dreams that seem to be telling me a story, however, I would like your input on my dreams. I would prefer to send you an email so I won't be exposing me dreams on the internet. Would you be willing to respond through email?


JazakAllah Khair!

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Wsalam .

Thanks for the appreciation. Feel free to contact me via email @ muhammad.awais.tahir@gmail.com

Hoping to listen from you,

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Dear Shah,

I'm afraid I would need to ask you more details before I can give my comments.


Feel free to contact me via email @ muhammad.awais.tahir@gmail.com with more details like who is that someone. What is your current relation with him/her.

Hoping to listen from you,

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Dear Hz,

In the dreams that you mentioned, I do not find the horrifying, darkness that is present in dreams tfrom the evil self/ devil / shaitaan. Being sad in a dream is different from what I meant in the article. That dark feeling , typical of satanic dreams. is synonymous of being part of a horror movie in virtual reality. I hope you get what I mean.

Your dreams might be a view from the future extracted by the free soul (ruh) by the will of God.

I hope that helps.

hz said...

Reviewing ur article n information above u've rementioned to me, I think i've gotten the points. Out of all I suppose I should rather thank God than being terrified. Isnt it?
Thanks brother.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Yes, value your dreams. They seem important and meaningful. And you are welcome. Take Care

RR said...

Thank you for this amazing article! I had a dream last night that's really bothering me. In my dream I saw that I won a million dollars. It wasn't thru the traditional lottery or jackpot. I saw that there was a stage which was surrounded by hundreds of people. Someone from stage was throwing a tennis ball and who ever catches it wins a million dollar. The first time I was standing in the crowd and missed it. Then I just walked away and went inside the building right next to the stage and I was standing there on the stairs. There was a huge open gate right by the stairs so I could see the stage clearly from there. Then when they were about to throw the ball the second time, I raised my hand for some reasons and oddly the ball flew and landed right in my hand. I won a million dollars. I was ecstatic as I ran to the stage. Everyone was clapping for me. Then after that I saw me, my mom and my brother waiting in the vip section waiting for the money. After that I woke up. It was around 4 in the morning. I never bought any lottery and don't intend on buying it either. I'm definitely not rich but having more money is not really a concern or desire in my life. So I doubt that was my mind that created the dream. I've never had such a dream before that made me happy. Any interpretations? I would really appreciate it.

Aasra rahman said...

Assalam-o-alaikum brother.
I have a question, i keep seeing the same person in my dream every night. Could this possibly mean that our souls meet in the skies while we're sleeping ? Could this mean he has similar dreams too ?

Aisha said...

absolutely wonderful article! well explained and the only article on dreams that I am satisfied woth. Jzk.

sai mounika jagiri said...

i have dreamt about almighty allah...basically am a hindu bt one night i hav xperncd this ...i was on my knees smeone is tellng that the enormous lgt infrnt of me is allah..i cannot open ma eyes cmpletly..no physicl presence except that enormous lgt..

kimberly said...

Wet dreams is no sin but a spiritual attack, though many youths are ignorant about this thereby remaining in bondage. If u understand how the spiritual works u will know that wet dreams is caused by marine spirit to control your destiny. Many at times it causes infertility and set backs but until u break that yoke life will be difficult for u.
Let me share my experience with u, when I was younger I had this love for porn and masturbation that unknowingly to me was an addiction. After I broke out of it, I started having constant wet dreams which I don't have before. This continued for over a decade, u can imagine the torment.
So no one should joke with this but seek spiritual help on time 'cos if care is not taken u can be rendered useless in life. But I was lucky enough to meet this spell caster who helped me overcome it. His email address is odogwumalaika@gmail.com

salwa said...

Asak
Dream which comes after fajr time is it from allah or it is from shaitan?? Plz ansrr thiss

Amber said...

Hello, I really enjoyed your reading on dreams. I am commenting because I don't quite understand dreams presented by Allah. I have been having dreams that keep on telling me that I need to focus on a particular person I had met and known in the past and perhaps reach out to him. I also experience signs from the universe and Allah of this same situation in my waking life. Almost every single day. However, I second doubt myself that the dreams could just be Nafs instead, because I do think about this a lot it boggles my mind. They come coded, and I have to interpret them using a dream dictionary and the last three so far have been all telling me to focus on this one particular person. This person also has showed up in my dream and done a good deed for me. I usually have nightmares.But they stopped for a while, and now I'm having these dreams. Would you be able to offer your advice and guidance on what kind of dreams I'm having and the steps I should take? Thank you very much! Jazakh'Allah.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

To all those who have left questions in comments. Please contact me via muhammad.awais.tahir@gmail.com and I'll try and answer via skype. I'm unable to reply to comments here. Thanks.

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