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Meaning of Dreams
Tarikh:Jul 20, 2010
Abu Huraira r.a. reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “When the time draws near (end of the world), the dream of a believer is hardly false. The dreams that are true are dreams that speak the truth. And the dreams of a believer are part of 45 types of nubuwwah (revelation). A dream is of three kinds: (1) Glad tidings from Allah s.w.t., (2) bad or sad dreams that are inputs of Satan, (3) self-suggestions from one’s illusion, fantasy or imagination. Therefore, should you see something bad in a dream, rise and offer salah, and do not relate it to others”.
Each one of us has experienced dreams. The dreams may be pleasant or unpleasant. However, not all of the dreams may be interpreted with meanings. At times, dreams are like the passing of the wind that does not leave any impact to us, while there are also dreams that become reality.
Dreams of the pious are the truth about the events that will occur. For example, Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him) only dreamed the truth. So were the other prophets who had true dreams such as the one which originated the celebration of Idul Adha. The Prophet Ibrahim a.s. dreamed and he told his son Ismail about his dream: “’O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think” (as-Shaffat: 102).
The Prophet Ismail a.s. was sure that the dream came from Allah s.w.t., thus he sacrificed himself. Allah s.w.t. rewards such loyalty of His believers that Ismail was replaced by a sheep.
Such was the story of the Prophet Yusuf a.s. It was told that one day the Prophet Yusuf a.s. told his father the Prophet Ya’qub a.s.: “’O my father, indeed I have seen [in a dream] eleven stars and the sun and the moon; I saw them prostrating to me” (Yusuf: 4).
It was proven that the dream brought good omen that the Prophet Yusuf a.s. was elevated to become a powerful and wise leader.
However, the dreams of those who are far from being faithful come mostly from Satan. If such dreams become reality, then the dreams are reminders from Allah s.w.t. to those who are far from the truth (hidayah) to come back to Him.