Dream interpretation is the method of endowing dreams with meaning. While there is no credible evidence associated with other types of psychotherapy that knowing or dream interpreter has a significant effect on one’s mental health. Subscribe to www.miskshops.com to find out more about the Islamic perspective of other topics.
Interpret synonym: explain, elucidate, expound, explicate, and clarify.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “The worst of lies is indeed that of a person who claims to have a dream falsely.”
Also ‘Whoever appears to have a dream that he has not had, will be told to tie together two barley grains that he would never be able to do; and if anyone eavesdrops on the conversation of any people that they did not want him to hear or they tried to hold away from him, then molten lead will be poured into his ears on the Day of Resurrection; and whoever makes an image (of a being with a soul) of his own.
It should be remembered that this should be accomplished while describing a dream. Without adding something to it or subtracting something from it. When an individual does this he spoils the vision and corrupts it. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) firmly forbade anyone to do so.
He’s also recorded as saying: “There are three people that Allah will seriously punish on Qiyaamah Day:
- a person who reports a false dream will be made to tie a knot between two barley grains that he will never be able to do.
- A guy who paints an image of animated objects; he’s going to be forced to bring life into them which he can never do.
- A man who leads a people when they hate him in Salah.
It is advisable for a person who sees an unpleasant or disturbing dream that he spits thrice on his left side as soon as he wakes up. And thereafter seeks Allah’s protection from the accursed devil. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his followers used to do likewise
THE THREE TYPES OF ISLAMIC DREAMS
Dreams are divided into three parts according to the Sunnah:
- Ru’yaa-positive visions (dreams)
- Hulum-bad dreams
- Dreams from Nafs
Abu Hurayrah narrated Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “There are three types of dreams: a holy dream that is a glad tiding from Allah, a dream that induces sorrow is from Shaitan and a dream from the ramblings of the mind.
True or Good Dreams
Real or good dreams As Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Real dreams are from Allah, and bad dreams are from Shaitan,” (Sahih Al-Bukhari) we can see true dreams are from Allah Ta’aala.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “If anyone of you has a vision he loves then it is from Allah. He will thank Allah for it and narrate it to others.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari) Good deeds consist of people performing Halaal (legitimate) deeds.
One should share their dreams with those they like as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said.
“If one sees a good dream, let him expect good, and not tell it except to those he likes.”
An example of this is Yaqoob (AS) telling his son, Yusuf (AS) 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): “He said, “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.” (Surah Yusuf 12:5) We know the half-brothers of Yusuf were jealous of him, to begin with so telling them the dream would probably only serve to increase the jealousy.
The bad dreams are from Shaitan as mentioned above. On seeing a bad dream, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) told us what to do. “And when one of you sees a dream that he does not like, he will spit on his left side three times, seek refuge with Allah from Shaitan thrice, and change the side that he was lying (Sahih Muslim) and in another story in Muslim, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) told us if we spit three times and seek refuge from Allah then it (the dream) will not hurt them” (Sahih Muslim).
One’s dreams – Nafs
These are the dreams which belong to this physical dimension of us alone. Psychologists can only comprehend these types of dreams. Anything 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 to do with the future.
A repetition of a dream is a sign of its truth.
It does not matter if the same person sees the dream more than once or more than one person. ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنهما reported that some people were shown the Night of Qadr as being in the last seven days (of the month of Ramadan). The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, “I see that your dreams strengthen each other that Night of Qadr is in the last seven nights of Ramadhan so whoever searches for it, would search for it in the last seven days (of Ramadan).” [Sahih al-Bukhari]
What does it mean when you dream about someone?
To see the dead in your dream forewarns that you are being influenced by negative people. And are hanging around the wrong crowd. You may suffer material loss. This dream may also be a way for you to resolve your feelings with those who have passed on.
“If you dream of a person who has died a long time ago, then it suggests that a current situation or relationship in your life resembles the quality of that deceased person. The dream may depict how you need to let this situation or relationship die and end it.
To see and talk with your dead parents in your dreams represents your fears of losing them or your way of coping with the loss. You may want that last opportunity to say your final good-byes to them.
To see your dead sibling, relative, or friend alive in your dream, indicates that you miss them and are trying to relive the old experiences you had with them. In trying to keep up with the pace of your daily waking life, your dreams may serve as your only outlet in coping and coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.
When is the time to see a noble vision better expected? At night, or during the day? Are all times equal?
Ibn Sirin said, “Dreams of day time are equal to the dreams of night.” [Sahih Muslim]
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