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Passion Islam I March 2010 SPECIAL FEATURE I 23
The Reality of Dreams
Qaadhi Thanaullah Panipati (RA) The above 2 types of dreams are false latter part of the night, during siesta,
mentions in Tafseer Mazhari, ‘The dreams. during the time and during the fruit
images seen in sleep are known as ripening season. This is probably,
dreams.’ Allaamah Aloosi (RA), the mufti of based on the Hadith, ‘When the
Dreams are messengers from the Baghdad, explaining the reality and time till draw near, the dreams of a
unknown, voices from our collective essence of dreams says, Allah Ta’ala Mu’min will not be false.’ Ulama has
subconscious, warners of deep inner creates in the heart of a sleeping interpreted this to also mean, ‘the
disturbance in the individual psyche, person certain thoughts or images as night and day being equal in duration
bearing glad tidings of good things he does to the heart of a conscious and the abovementioned normally
to come or echoes of happiness or person. Allah then makes these occurs when the day and night are
sadness and long hidden memories. thoughts or images signs to event equal in duration.
Some dreams belong to the domain which He will create in future. Ulama mention certain etiquettes
of personal experience and some Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) of dreams, derived from the Ahaadith.
are prophetic voices of the future. said, ‘Nothing remains of prophethood Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam)
They are a universal phenomenon. but glad tidings.’ The companions has stated, ‘He should not narrate it
Hence, the art of interpretations is a asked, ‘What are gladtidings?’ to anyone’. It should be narrated to a
science known to selected and gifted Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) beloved and intelligent person. Nabi
individuals. said, ‘Pleasant true dreams’. True (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said,
dreams constitute a portion of the ‘The dream is like a string suspended
Dreams are of 3 types: knowledge and fundamental make-up on the feet of a bird, as long as it is
a) Images of incidents which transpired of Nubuwwat (prophethood), hence, not related to anyone, the moment it
in real life generally the more resemblance a is narrated, it will transpire.’
b) Frightening images indoctrinated person has with prophethood by his If a person sees an evil dream, he
by Shaytaan. actions, speech, piety, knowledge and should; a) Spit lightly 3 times to the left
c) Dreams in which Allah Ta’ala opens character, accordingly, his dreams will side, b) Change the side on which he
the unseen to the heart. This is a true also generally be true. was sleeping, c) Perform 2 Rakaats of
dream. Dreams are most potent during the Salaat seeking protection.
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