Dreams in Islam

Shaad Ahmed, USA

Education Graduate Student

(Submitted by the author)

Dreams are broken into three parts according to the Sunnah (Sayings of Muhammad): Ru'yaa - good visions; Hulum - bad dreams and dreams from one's self. Muhammad said, "There are three types of dreams: a righteous dream which is glad tidings from Allah, a dream which causes sadness, which is from Shaitan, and a dream from the ramblings of the mind. If one sees a good dream, let him expect good, and not tell it to anyone, except to those he likes."

An example of this is Yaqoob advising his son, Yusuf, concerning his dream about eleven stars and the sun and the moon prostrating to him (scholars have said the eleven stars were his brothers, and the sun and the moon represented his mother and father): "O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers lest they arrange a plot against you. Verily! Satan is to man an open enemy." We know the half-brothers of Yusuf were jealous of him to begin with, so telling them about the dream probably only served to increase their jealousy.

Nightmares are from Shaitan and should not be disclosed. About these, Muhammad said, "If he has a dream that he dislikes, then it is from Shaitan. He should seek refuge with Allah from its evil, and he SHOULD NOT MENTION IT TO ANYBODY, then it will not harm him." If he does tell somebody about the nightmare, then he's running the risk of some harm arising from it.

Dreams from one's self come from one's thoughts and are from neither Allah or Shaitan.

I hope this is beneficial to all who read it, and that it will erase some misconceptions which people have about dreams.

Anything correct is from Allah Ta'aala and anything incorrect is from myself.

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