What Are Dreams In The Light Of Islam
Dreams are the series of thoughts, images, and the memories which a person has in his sleep. Sometimes dreams are the stories that our mind creates involuntarily during certain stages of sleep. According to the psychology, dreams occur in the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep. During this stage, the brain's neurons are active and quite similar to that during waking hours. Most of the vividly recalled dreams occur during this stage of sleep. People usually feel alert and they awake in this phase. The stories, images, or events occurring in dreams are not in the control of dreamer except that of the lucid dreams where the dreamer is aware of their dreams. In Islam, Lucid dreams are not a sin if you are not dreaming the forbidden things or things which will become the trouble for other people. In regard to this Hazrat Aisha (R.A) narrates,
Prophet (P.B.U.H) said: “The Pen has been lifted from three: from the sleeping person until he wakes up, from the minor until he grows up, and from the insane person until he comes to his senses.”
(Narrated by Abu Dawood (4398), al-Nisaa’i (3432) and Ibn Maajah (2041); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood).
Dreams have the greatest significance in Islam, as for the believers, dreams are the tidings and some kind of clues by Allah. In Sahih Bukhari, book 87 it is mentioned that
Allah's Apostle said, "The (good) dream of a faithful believer is a part of the forty-six parts of prophetism."
[Narrated by Abu Huraira (Volume 9 , Number 117), Ubada bin As-Samit (Volume 9, Number 116), Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri (Volume 9, Number 118)].
There are three types of dreams:
• Ru’yaa – good visions
• Hulum – bad dreams
• Dreams from one’s self
Abu Huraira narrated in Sahih Muslim that Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H) said that,
There are three types of dreams:
• The first one is the good dreams which are the glad tidings from Almighty Allah.
• The second are the dream which creates distress and are from the Satan.
• The third are the dreams from one’s own thoughts and are neither from Allah nor Satan. These are the dreams as mentioned by the many psychologists.
It is also mentioned in Sahih Al-Bukhari that,
Prophet Mohammad said , "True dreams are from Allah, and bad dreams are from Satan.
Allah says in Surah Yusuf, verse 6:
“And thus will your Lord choose you and teach you the interpretations of dreams (and other things) of narratives and complete His favor upon you and upon the family of Jacob, as He completed it upon your fathers before, Abraham and Isaac. Indeed, your Lord is Knowing and Wise."
As Allah shows in Quran about the dreams, hence Dreams has its own importance in Islam and Dreams are something we cannot deny from. Allah’s apostles were had dreams which would have been somehow shown them the directions for the future. In the same Surah (Surah Yusuf), verse 4 we can see the dreams Hazrat Yusuf had:
[Of these stories mention] when Joseph said to his father, "O my father, indeed I have seen [in a dream] eleven stars and the sun and the moon; I saw them prostrating to me." [12:4].
Since Dreams are the signs from Allah except the worst dreams (from Satan), we should not mock or lie about the Dreams.
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." (Volume 9, Book 87, Number 114).
When a person dreams about anything, he/she must let some trustworthy person know about his/her dreams in order to have some good suggestions. It would be much better if the dreams are discussed with some religious person who must have read the kind of issues in the light of Quran, Hadith, and Sunnah.