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Introduction of Dreams

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) (The Holy Prophet Muhammed) as saying: "When the time draws near (when the Resurrection is near) a believer’s dream can hardly be false. And the truest vision will be of one who is himself the most truthful in speech, for the vision of a Muslim is the forty-fifth part of Prophecy, and dreams are of three types: One, a good dream which is a sort of good tidings from Allah; the evil dream which causes pain and is from Satan; and the third one is a suggestion of one’s own mind; so if any one of you sees a dream which he does not like he should stand up and offer prayer and he should not relate it to people…."

According to this hadees the dreams can be divided into three types. Dreams are broken into three parts according to the Sunnah:

  • Ru’yaa – good visions (dreams)
  • Hulum – bad dreams
  • Dreams from one’s self

 1. True/Good Dreams (Ru’yaa)

We can see true dreams are from Allah Ta’aala as Muhammad (S) said,

“True dreams are from Allah and bad dreams are from Satan”

[Bukhari]

True believers are more likely to happen to those who are truthful in their lives as Muhammad (SAW) said,

“Those of you with the truest dreams will be those who are most truthful in speech”

[Bukhari]

Good dreams are also from Allah Ta’aala. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said,

“If anyone of you has a dream that he likes then it is from Allah. He should thank Allah for it and narrate it to others.”

[Bukhari]

Good deeds consist of people doing Halaal (lawful) acts. One should share their dreams with those they like as Muhammad (SAW) said,

If one sees a good dream, let him expect good, and not tell it except to those he likes.”

[Muslim]

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.”

[Quran 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. Muhammad (s.a.w) also told us,

“Nothing is left of prophet hood except glad tidings.” Those with him asked, “What are glad tidings?” He (S) replied, “Good dreams.”

[Bukhari]


 2. Bad Dreams (Hulum)

As stated above bad dreams are from Satan Muhammad (s.a.w) told us what to do upon seeing a bad dream.

"So when one of you sees a dream which he does not like,he should spit on his left side three times, seek refuge with Allah from Satan thrice, and change the side which he was lying"

[Muslim]

and in another narration in Muslim, Muhammad (S) told us if we spit three times and seek refuge from Allah then it (the dream) will not harm them. Muhammad (s.a.w) also told us that if we saw a bad dream to “stand up and offer prayer.”

Muhammad (s.a.w) said, …

"If he has a dream that he dislikes, then it is from Satan He should seek refuge with Allah from its evil, and he SHOULD NOT MENTION IT TO ANYBODY, then it will not harm him."

[Bukhari]

If one does tell somebody about the bad dream then there could be the chance that some harm will come out of it.


 3. Dreams from One’s Self

These dreams come from one’s thoughts and are neither from Allah or Satan

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