Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that dreams constitute one fortieth part of ‘Nubuwwat’ (Prophethood). True dreams are therefore signs of goodness and are indicative of the person’s truth and honesty. It should be remembered that the dreams of a person who is constant in truth and honesty are generally true. Truth in daily life is of much importance for dreams to be true. One who lies or practices dishonesty and falsehood will be prone to false and deceiving dreams. And, why should it not be so? Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Shareef:
“And, join the company of the truthful ones.”
And, He also says:
“The la’nat (curse) of Allah upon the liars.”
SEEING RASULULLAH (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) IN A DREAM
A dream in which Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) appears is a true dream, undoubtedly. The shaytaan mardud has no power to assume the form of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and appear in one’s dreams. It is indeed a great fortune to be blessed with the vision of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), for he said:
“Whoever sees me in a dream should not doubt, for verily he has seen me.”
A dream in which Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) appears is a glad tiding for that person and an announcement that he will most assuredly see Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) on the Day of Qiyaamah.
When a good dream – a dream which causes one to feel happy and pleased – is seen, one should not narrate it to all and sundry. If one has to relate it to someone the n do so to either an intelligent, a wise and true friend or to an authoritative Aalim who is versed in the science of dream interpretation.
When seeing a bad dream which causes fear or sadness, then immediately upon awakening recite ‘Auzubillaa himinash shaytaanir rajeem’ thrice and spit thrice on the left side. Thereafter turn over and sleep on the other side. If you are able to muster courage, make wudhu and perform two or four raka’ts nafl Salaat and ask Allah Ta’ala for protection from any evil effect of the bad dream. Do not narrate a bad dream to anyone. In sha’Allah, no harm will befall you if you observe the practice outlined here, for this prescription is the instruction of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
DREAMS AS FAJR TIME NEARS
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that dreams near to Fajr time are true. Also during the age which will be close to Qiyaamah, the dreams of Believers will generally be true.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) warned of great punishment on the day of Qiyaamah for those who invent dreams. Some people appease their nafs by narrating dreams which they never saw. This is sinful.
A true dream is a medium by means of which Allah Ta’ala informs a servant of some secret. The interpretation of such dreams is no easy task. It is highly involved and intricate. Everyone is not qualified for interpreting dreams. It is therefore most unwise to narrate dreams to anyone. A wrong interpretation at times could result in a calamity or great misfortune, for the materialization of certain dreams is dependent upon the ta’beer (interpretation). In other words, the dream will attain reality and materialize in accordance with the interpretation given. It has been authentically and authoritatively narrated that a certain man came to a dream-interpreter and said:
“I saw in a dream that my one leg was in the east and the other in the west”
The interpreter replied in surprise:
“How come your legs remained intact? Did your body not split?”
It is said that immediately upon this statement of the interpreter, the man’s (the one who saw the dream) body split in two and he died. A great Aalim and qualified interpreter of dreams when he heard of this incident, exclaimed:
“Alas! He has murdered the man by an evil interpretation. The correct interpretation of the dream should have been: ‘You will become the king of a great kingdom.’ ”
Beware therefore, of narrating your dreams to ignorant ‘learned’ men – men who masquerade as ‘sufis’ but are drowned in bid’ah and are engaged in the destruction of the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). These ignorant so-called sufis can only bring calamity upon one by their total ignorance of the science of interpreting dreams.
SOME AUTHENTIC INTERPRETATIONS OF DREAMS
A man came to a Wali (saint) and said: `I have seen in my dream that the king entered my home. The saint replied: `Make haste and remove your family and belongings from your house” The man hastened home and removed his family and belongings. As he completed this task, the house suddenly caved in and lay in ruins. He went to the saint and enquired about the interpretation. The wali replied: Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan:
‘Verily, kings, when they enter a town, pillage it”
“Your dream, therefore indicated that the destruction of your house was imminent”
Entry of a rat in the house (i.e. in a dream) indicates that a faasiq – an evil and morally depraved person – will enter into your home, for Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has described a rat as ‘faasiq’.
A man came to a highly qualified Aalim of dream-interpretation and said: “I saw in my dream that my rib broke.”
The Aalim interpreted that your wife will either die or you will give her talaaq because Allah Ta’ala has created woman out of the rib of man.
A man came to Hadhrat Sa’eed Ibn Musayyib (rahmatullah alayh) and said: “I saw that I was performing Salaat on top of the roof of the Ka’bah.”
Hadhrat Musayyib (rahmatullah alayhi) replied: “Make , taubah, for you have left the fold of Islam.”
The man then cried and made taubah. He confessed that he had two months ago joined the baatil (false and astray) Qadariyyah sect
A man came to Hadhrat Muhammad Bin Seereen (rahmatullah alayhi) who was the Imaam in the science of dream-interpretation, and said:
“I saw the rays of the sun shining on my whole body.” Imaam Muhammad Bin Seereen (rahmatullah alayhi) replied: “You will obtain wealth in abundance.”
On the same occasion another said: “I saw the sun shining only on my feet” The great Imaam replied: “You will become rich in agricultural products.”
The dreams of both men materialized accordingly.
A man came to Hadhrat Imaam Ja’far Saadiq (rahimahullah) and said:
“I have seen a great number of clouds encircling me and I was eating these clouds.”
Imaam Ja’far (rahimahullah) replied: “Your dream is good. You will acquire much knowledge and mankind will benefit from your knowledge. You will become respected and famed”.
A man named Rabee’ah came to Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddique (radhiyallaahu anhu) and said:
“I have seen in a dream that your hands are tied above your neck, and I saw that I emerged from a green plantation towards a desert”
Your dream is true. My hands have been tied from the desire and love of the world. (Love of the world has been eliminated from the heart). You will renege from Islam and go towards kufr because greenery is Islam and dryness is evil and kufr.”
During the reign of Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu), Rabee’ah left Madinah and migrated to Asia Minor. There he became a Christian.