Monday, February 23, 2015

(Notes & Audio) Dreams: Their Significance And Meanings

Dreams: Their Significance And Meanings 
By Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
Saturday, 21st February 2015


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DEFINITION
A dream is a vision someone sees while they are sleeping
In the daytime or night time
The Ulamaa divide dreams into 3 categories

THE THREE TYPES OF DREAMS

IBN HAJAR'S FATWA ON DREAMS

Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said: All dreams are either of two types:
True dreams.
These are the dreams of the Prophets and of the righteous people who follow them. They may also happen to other people, but this is very rare, such as the dream of the kaafir king which was interpreted for him by Yoosuf (peace be upon him). True dreams are those which come true in real life as they were seen in the dream.

Mixed up false dreams, which warn of something. These are of different types:

Games of the Shaytaan to make a person distressed, such as when he sees his head cut off and he is following it, or he sees himself falling into a crisis and cannot find anyone to save him from it, and so on. When he sees some of the angels telling him to do something forbidden, or other things that cannot possibly make sense.

When he sees something that happens to him in real life, or he wishes it would happen, and he sees it very realistically in his dream; or he see what usually happens to him when he is awake or what reflects his mood. These dreams usually speak of the future or the present, rarely of the past. See: Fath al-Baari, 12/352-354

1. RAHMANI

This dream is from Allah (swt) and it is a pleasant dream

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah RA that the Prophet () said: “The dream of a believer is one of the forty-six parts of prophecy.” Sunan Ibn Majah Vol: 5, Book 35, Hadith 3894 & Book 35, Hadith 4027

Narrated Anas Bin Malik Allah's Apostle Said: "A good Dream (that comes true) of a righteous man is one of forty-six parts of Prophethood." Sahih Al Bukhari (9/87) Hdith:112 & Bukhari: (9/91) Hadith 6983 & Book 91 Hadith 2

2. NAFSANI

This dream is from you and it is called the rambling of the mind
You see these things at night because you were thinking about them during the daytime
There is no need to have this type of dream interpreted

3. SHAYTAANI

This dream is from the Shaytan and is used by the Shaytan to scare you
You may see yourself being consumed by a fire and wake up screaming for example
Or you may see yourself being beheaded
This is a bad dream, and the Prophet (saw) said the following about it:

Narrated By Abu Qatada: The Prophet said, "A good dream is from Allah, and a bad dream is from Satan. So whoever has seen (in a dream) something he dislike, then he should spit without saliva, thrice on his left and seek refuge with Allah from Satan, for it will not harm him, and Satan cannot appear in my shape." [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 9, Book 87, Hadith #124]

The dream of the Prophet (saw) is not like our dreams
They are revelations
Prophets do not get a false dream
Because human beings get fake dreams,

Only one type of dream should be interpreted and that is the rahmani dream
As for the nafsani and shaytani - do not interpret these dreams as they have no meaning
You are wasting the time of the interpreter because they have no meaning
The reason you have bad dreams is because you went to bed without wudhu
And you did not recite the four Quls

One of the famous dreams in Islamic history was that of Yusuf (as) found in 12:4-6

(Remember) when Yusuf (Joseph) said to his father: "O my father! Verily, I saw (in a dream) eleven stars and the sun and the moon, I saw them prostrating themselves to me." (Yusuf 12:4)
He (the father) said: "O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they arrange a plot against you. Verily! Shaitan (Satan) is to man an open enemy! (Yusuf 12:5)
"Thus will your Lord choose you and teach you the interpretation of dreams (and other things) and perfect His Favour on you and on the offspring of Ya'qub (Jacob), as He perfected it on your fathers, Ibrahim (Abraham) and Ishaque (Isaac) aforetime! Verily, your Lord is All-Knowing, All-Wise." (Yusuf 12:6)

The six lessons to be learned from the above Ayahs

1. Always choose a pious person to tell your dream who is also wise
Yaqub (as) told Yusuf (as) not to tell his dream to his brothers
Because they would cause him harm.

2. Do not tell your dream to people who are full of envy, jealousy, hate, malice and other evils of the heart.
They are called diseases of the heart

3. Dreams come as symbols at times
They are not always clear and straightforward
The 11 stars were the 11 brothers of Yusuf
The sun was his mother and the moon was his father
His mother’s name was Rachele and his father was Yaqub

So in this dars you will find out that dreams come in the form of symbols
So you will need a wise person to tell you the meaning of the symbol

4. The ability to interpret dreams is a gift from Allah (swt) given to whom He pleases
12:6 is the evidence that to interpret dreams is a gift from Allah

"Thus will your Lord choose you and teach you the interpretation of dreams (and other things) and perfect His Favour on you and on the offspring of Ya'qub (Jacob), as He perfected it on your fathers, Ibrahim (Abraham) and Ishaque (Isaac) aforetime! Verily, your Lord is All-Knowing, All-Wise." (Yusuf 12:6)

Yusuf was told by his father that Allah has chosen him to teach the interpretation of dreams.

5. Yaqub (Jacob) had firasa and hikma because he knew the meaning of the dream
And he also knew his brothers would plot against him
Firasa means intuition - the deep insight and foresight of a believer

6. Sibling rivalry is a reality

Your brothers and sisters hate you because you are doing better than them
That was the problem with Yusuf (as)
His own siblings dumped him into a well
Siblings means your brothers and sisters

The dream of a prophet is not like our dreams
Example:
The Prophet (saw) said he saw himself getting married to Ayesha (ra)
A man brought him Ayesha in silk in a dream

Narrated By 'Aisha: Allah's Apostle said (to me), "You were shown to me twice in (my) dream. Behold, a man was carrying you in a silken piece of cloth and said to me, "She is your wife, so uncover her,' and behold, it was you. I would then say (to myself), 'If this is from Allah, then it must happen.'"[Sahih Bukhari, Vol 9, Book 87, Hadith #139]

So Ayesha was given to the Prophet (saw) in a dream from Allah (swt)
If a Prophet saw himself in a country, he would have to go there
The Prophet (saw) saw himself and his sahabah entering into Makkah to perform Umra
Eventually they did just that
Allah spoke about the dream of the Prophet (saw) in 48:27

Indeed Allah shall fulfil the true vision which He showed to His Messenger (SAW) [i.e. the Prophet SAW saw a dream that he has entered Makkah along with his companions, having their (head) hair shaved and cut short] in very truth. Certainly, you shall enter Al­Masjid­al­Haram; if Allah wills, secure, (some) having your heads shaved, and (some) having your head hair cut short, having no fear. He knew what you knew not, and He granted besides that a near victory. (Al-Fath 48:27)

When Yusuf was in prison, some inmates had dreams
And they approached him to interpret their dreams
They saw him as pious
So even kuffaar know that a pious man is more accurate with his interpretation of a dream
The more pious you are, the more accurate the interpretation of the dream will be
He said one of you will be found not guilty and will get a job to make wine for the king
The other will be found guilty and be crucified and vultures will eat from his head

Prophet Yusuf (as) said the matter has been decided

"O two companions of the prison! As for one of you, he (as a servant) will pour out wine for his lord (king or master) to drink; and as for the other, he will be crucified and birds will eat from his head. Thus is the case judged concerning which you both did inquire." (Yusuf 12:41)

Even though it's pious people who normally get true dreams,
As well as the ulamaa, prophets, mujahideen
It is possible for a tyrant to get a true dream as a warning
Allah (swt) is speaking to you when you get a true dream
Because there is no Prophet left in the world

So the tyrant (Pharaoh) saw a dream that a fire will start in Jerusalem
And burn up his kingdom in Egypt
So he gathered the wise men of Egypt to interpret the dream
It was said a Hebrew boy will be born in his kingdom
And will be the cause of its destruction
He ordered that the boys should be killed and the girls should live to change qadr

And (remember) when We delivered you from Fir'aun's (Pharaoh) people, who were afflicting you with a horrible torment, killing your sons and sparing your women, and therein was a mighty trial from your Lord. (Al-Baqarah 2:49)

He thought the mass murder of children will change qadr
Just like what the Jews are doing today
They are killing Palestinian children thinking that will change qadr

The expert with the interpretation of dreams should be able to discern if it is rahmani, nafsani or shaytani
Because only the rahmani dreams deserves an interpretation.
Not nafsani or shaytani

Whoever wants to have true dreams should keep up their prayers,
Speak the truth and eat halal food and drink halal drink
The lifestyle you lead determines if you have good or bad dreams

MADAADIJ AS-SAALIKEEN ON DREAMS

Whoever wants to have true dreams should strive to speak honestly, eat halaal food, adhere to the commandments of sharee’ah, avoid that which Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) have forbidden, sleep in a state of complete purity facing the Qiblah, and remember Allaah until he feels his eyelids drooping. If he does all this, then his dreams can hardly be untrue. The most truthful of dreams are those that are seen at the time of suhoor [just before dawn], for this is the time when Allaah descends and when mercy and forgiveness are close. It is also the time when the devils are quiet, unlike the time of darkness just after sunset, when the devils and devilish souls spread out. (See Madaarij al-Saalikeen, 1/50-52)

THE THREE SIGNS OF A GOOD DREAM

1. The dreamer went to bed with wudhu and recites his dua
2. The dreamer is a true Muslim (upright), not a faasiq or munafiq
3. The dreamer had the dream in the last third of the night
This is when Allah (swt) descends

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (RA), who said that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "Our Lord (glorified and exalted be He) descends each night to the earth's sky when there remains the final third of the night, and He says: 'Who is saying a prayer to Me that I may answer it? Who is asking something of Me that I may give it him? Who is asking forgiveness of Me that I may forgive him?'" [al-Bukhari (7494) (also by Muslim (758), Malik (619), at-Tirmidhi (3498) and Abu Dawud (1315)].

LYING ABOUT A DREAM

Ibn 'Abbas reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Anyone who relates a dream which he has not really had will have to tie a knot between two grains of barley and will not be able to do it. Anyone who listens to people talking when they do not want him to, will have molten lead poured into his ears on the Day of Rising. Anyone who makes an image will be punished and have to breath a spirit into it but will not be able to do it." [Imam Nawawi Chap 20 pp 1544] [al-Bukhari]

Lying in a dream is not permissible (haram)
You will be punished on Judgement day for it
The sufi master always lie about seeing the prophet (saw) in a dream
Because he thinks if he doesn’t see him in a dream he will lose his followers
They will think his is not a good sufi
Lying in a dream is not a simple matter

ETIQUETTES OF SEEING GOOD & BAD DREAMS

IBN HAJAR'S FATWA ON DREAMS

Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said: All dreams are either of two types:
True dreams.
These are the dreams of the Prophets and of the righteous people who follow them. They may also happen to other people, but this is very rare, such as the dream of the kaafir king which was interpreted for him by Yoosuf (peace be upon him). True dreams are those which come true in real life as they were seen in the dream.

Mixed up false dreams, which warn of something. These are of different types:

Games of the Shaytaan to make a person distressed, such as when he sees his head cut off and he is following it, or he sees himself falling into a crisis and cannot find anyone to save him from it, and so on. When he sees some of the angels telling him to do something forbidden, or other things that cannot possibly make sense.

When he sees something that happens to him in real life, or he wishes it would happen, and he sees it very realistically in his dream; or he see what usually happens to him when he is awake or what reflects his mood. These dreams usually speak of the future or the present, rarely of the past. See: Fath al-Baari, 12/352-354

Ibn Hajar said: to sum up what has been said about good dreams, we may say three things:

A person should praise Allaah for the good dream
He should feel happy about it
He should talk about it to those whom he loves but not to those whom he dislikes.

To sum up what has been said about bad dreams, we may say four things:
He should seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of the dream
He should seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of the Shaytaan
He should spit to his left three times when he wakes up
He should not mention it to anyone at all.

In al-Bukhaari, Baab al-Qayd fi’l-Manaam, a fifth thing was narrated from Abu Hurayrah, which is to pray. The wording of the report is: whoever sees something he dislikes (in a dream) should not tell anyone about it; rather he should get up and pray. This was reported as a Mawsool report by Imaam Muslim in his Saheeh.

Muslim added a sixth thing, which is to turn over from the side on which one was lying.

In conclusion, there are six things to do, the four mentioned above, plus praying two rak’ahs, for example, and turning over from the side on which one was lying to lie on one’s back, for example. See Fath al-Baari, 12/370.

WHO SHOULD YOU TELL YOUR DREAMS TO?

This question was also answered by Ibn Hajar

According to a hadeeth narrated from Abu Razeen by al-Tirmidhi, he should not tell anybody about it except a very close friend who loves him very much, or who is very wise. According to another report, he should not talk about it except to one who is wise or one who is dear to him. According to another report, he should not tell of his dream except to a scholar or one who will give sincere advice. Al-Qaadi Abu Bakr ibn al-‘Arabi said: as for the scholar, he will interpret it in a good way for him as much as he can, and the one who will give him sincere advice will teach him something that will be of benefit to him and will help him to do that. The one who is wise is the one who knows how to interpret it and will tell him only that which will help him, otherwise he will keep quiet. The one who is dear, if he knows something good he will say it, and if he does not know or he is in doubt, he will keep quiet.
See Fath al-Baari, 12/369

The Ibn Al-‘Arabi mentioned above is the Maliki one not the sufi

HOW TO INTERPRET A DREAM

The more pious you are, the more accurate the interpretation of the dream will be
The more knowledgeable you are of Quran and Sunnah,
The more accurate the interpretation of the dream will be
Whenever you are interpreting a dream, you should relate it back to Quran and Sunnah
Or relate it back to the proverbs of the people
For example, Allah said to hold fast to the rope of Allah and don’t be divided
What do you understand from the word "the rope"?
The Rope is the Quran
If you see a rope in your dream, it means hold onto the Quran
It means unity, covenant

Another example:

Abu Hurairah said about our beloved Prophet: “On the night Allah’s apostle was taken to the journey (Al-Isra Wal-Miraaj), two cups, one containing wine and the other milk, were presented to him at Jerusalem. He looked at it and took the cup of milk. Gabriel said “Praise be to Allah who guided you to Al-Fitrah (the right path) if you had taken the cup of wine, your nation would have gone astray.” (Sahih Bukhari (Arabic/English) Vol.7 pg.338)

MILK IN A DREAM
If you see yourself drinking milk in a dream, or you see milk
You have to relay it back to Quran and Sunnah.
The Milk means knowledge
It means you are on the natural/straight path

Narrated Ibn `Umar: Allah’s Messenger (SAWS) said, “While I was sleeping, I saw that a cup full of milk was brought to me and I drank my fill till I noticed (the milk) its wetness coming out of my nails. Then I gave the remaining milk to `Umar Ibn Al-Khattab" The companions of the Prophet () asked, "What have you interpreted (about this dream)? "O Allah's Messenger () ,!" he replied, “(It is religious) knowledge." Sahih al-Bukhari : Vol. 1, Book 3, Hadith 82

Always relay dreams back to Quran and Sunnah
For example, if you see a black dog in a dream
The first question you should ask is ‘what did the Prophet (saw) say about the black dog?’
The black dog is the shaytan

It was reported from ‘Abdullah ibn al-Samit that Abu Dharr said: “The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘If any one of you stands up to pray, then he has a sutrah [an item placed in front of a praying person as a “screen”] if he has something the height of the back of a saddle in front of him. If he does not have something the height of the back of a saddle in front of him, then his prayer is invalidated if a donkey or a woman or a black dog passes in front of him.’” I [‘Abdullah] asked, “O Abu Dharr, what is the difference between a black dog and a red or yellow dog?” He said, “O son of my brother, I asked the Messenger of Allah (SAW) the same question, and he said, ‘The black dog is a shaytan (devil).’” [Sahih Muslim (1/365) No. 510, Sunan Abu Dawud (1/187) No. 702, Sunan al-Nasa'i (2/63) No. 750, Sunan Tirmidhi (2/161) No. 338, Sunan Ibn Majah (2/102) No. 952, Musnad Ahmad (5/155) No. 21415]

If you see this, someone is scheming against you

If you are weak in knowledge of Quran and Sunnah, your interpretation will be weak
If you are strong, your interpretation will be strong
Same for proverbs

Ex. There is a proverb that says:
When you dig a hole for your enemy, dig one for yourself
The interpretation of that dreams means you are going to encounter a disaster

Quran, Hadith and Proverbs are the three ways to interpret a dream

CAN WE SEE ALLAH SWT IN A DREAM?

Somebody came to the study circle of Shaikh Bin Baaz
I quote Bin Baaz because he doesn’t write kufr

What is the ruling on one who claims to have seen the Lord of Glory in a dream? Is it true, as some say, that Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal saw the Lord of Glory in a dream more that one hundred times?.

Praise be to Allaah. 
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah and others said that it is possible for a person to see his Lord in a dream, but what they see is not how He really is, because there is nothing like unto Allaah. Allaah says:
 “There is nothing like Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer” [al-Shoora 42:11]

So nothing in His creation resembles Him, but a person may see in his dream that his Lord is speaking to him, but whatever images he sees is not Allaah because there is nothing like unto Allaah, so there is nothing that resembles Him.

Shaykh Taqiy al-Deen said concerning this that it may vary according to the situation of the person who sees it. The more righteous and good the person is, the closer his dream will be to what is true and correct, but Allaah is different from whatever he sees, because the basic principle is that there is nothing like unto Allaah. He may hear a voice that says such and such or do such and such, without seeing any image that resembles any created being, because there is nothing like unto Allaah. It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw his Lord in a dream. It was narrated from Mu’aadh (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw his Lord, and it was narrated via a number of isnaads that he saw his Lord, and that Allaah put His hand between the Prophet’s shoulders so that he felt its coolness on his chest. Al-Haafiz ibn Rajab wrote an essay on that which he entitled Ikhtiyaar al-Awla fi Sharh Hadeeth Ikhtisaam al-Mala’ al-A’laa. This indicates that the Prophets saw their Lord in their dreams. But as for seeing the Lord in this world with their eyes, that did not happen.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said that no one will see his Lord until he dies. This was narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh. When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked whether he had seen his Lord, he said: “I saw Light.” This was narrated by Muslim from Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him). 

‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) was asked about that and she said that no one will see Him in this world, because seeing Allaah in Paradise is the greatest blessing for the Muslims, so that will happen only to the people of Paradise and the believers in the Hereafter, and to the believers in the place of standing on the Day of Resurrection. This world is the abode of trial and testing, the place shared by both good and evil people, so it is not the place for seeing Allaah, for seeing Him is the greatest blessing, so Allaah has saved it for His believing slaves in the abode of honour on the Day of Resurrection. 

With regard to seeing Allaah in a dream as  many people claim to have done, that varies according to the situation of the one who saw that – as Shaykh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah – may Allaah have mercy on him) said – how righteous and pious the person is. Some people may imagine that they have seen Allaah when that is not the case, for the Shaytaan may appear to them and make them think that he is their Lord, as it was narrated that he appeared to ‘Abd al-Qaadir al-Jeelaani on a throne above the water, and said, “I am your lord and I have relieved you of obligations.” Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qaadir said: “Shut up, O enemy of Allaah, you are not my Lord, because the commands of my Lord can never be lifted from those who are accountable.” Or words to that effect.  The point is that seeing Allaah when awake cannot happen to anyone in this world, not even the Prophets (peace be upon them), as stated above in the hadeeth of Abu Dharr. This is also indicated by the words of Allaah to Moosa (peace be upon him) when he asked his Lord to let him see Him. He said to him:

“You cannot see Me” [al-A’raaf 7:143]

But the Prophets and some of the righteous may see Him in a dream in a manner that does not resemble any of His creation, as stated above in the hadeeth of Mu’aadh (may Allaah be pleased with him). But if there is a command to do something that goes against sharee’ah, this is a sign that he has not seen his Lord, rather he has seen a devil. If he sees that he is telling him, Do not pray for you have been relieved of obligations, or you do not have to pay zakaah, or you do not have to fast Ramadaan, or you do not have to honour parents, or he says it does not matter if you consume riba (usury, interest) – all such things are signs that he has seen a devil and has not seen his Lord. With regard to the reports of Imam Ahmad seeing his Lord, I do not know if they are sound or not. It was said that he saw his Lord but I do not know if that is true.
 [Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah li’l-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 6/367.]

If someone claims to see Allah (swt) in the form of a shape, he is a liar
Because of the following verse

No vision can grasp Him, but His Grasp is over all vision. He is the Most Subtle and Courteous, Well Acquainted with all things. (Al-An'am 6:103)

The man who claims to see Allah in a dream is a liar and he has a deficiency in his dream.
A lot of sufis who say they saw an Angel, Allah or something (the surely saw something)
They saw the Shaytan and this is how the Shaytan has led many astray

The shaytan came to Abdul Qadir Gilani claiming to be Allah (swt)
And relieving him from some obligations
He shunned the shaitan

If Allah (swt) calls you by your name is a good dream
It means that your status has risen in the community

If Allah is angry with you in a dream, it means your parents are angry with you
Because of 17:23

And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. (Al-Isra 17:23)

If you see yourself in a dream standing in front of Allah and Allah is please with you
It means your reckoning will be easy on judgement day

If Allah speaks to you in a dream, it means Allah is giving you instruction, admonishment or glad-tiding

You can only see Allah’s presence in a dream NOT His Person

SEEING MUHAMMAD (SAW) IN A DREAM

It is possible for us to see Muhammad (saw) in a dream
Because the Shaytan cannot take on the shape of the Prophet (saw)
As stated in the hadith:

Narrated By Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Name yourselves with my name (use my name) but do not name yourselves with my Kunya name (i.e. Abu-l Qasim). And whoever sees me in a dream then surely he has seen me for Satan cannot impersonate me. And whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally), then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire." [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 1, Book 3, Hadith #110]

WHAT THE SCHOLARS SAY ABOUT THIS HADITH

Is it possible to see the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in dreams in several forms, i.e., for one person to see him in one form and for another to see him in another form?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It should be noted that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever sees me in a dream has indeed seen me, for the Shaytaan cannot imitate me.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6994; Muslim, 2266 – this version narrated by Muslim.

In their commentary on this hadeeth, the scholars said that this is to be understood as referring to seeing the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in the physical form that is described in the saheeh ahaadeeth, for the Shaytaan cannot imitate the form of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

If you see Muhammad (saw) giving you milk to drink in a dream,
It means knowledge and it also means guidance

Whenever you see Muhammad (saw) in a dream, it is to give you admonition, instruction or glad tidings
It means you are on the straight path

Drought came to Madinah and a man went to the grave of the Prophet (saw)
To complain about the drought
The Prophet (saw) came to him in a dream and told him to go to Umar (ra)
To take his problem to Umar because Umar was the Caliph
The man went to Umar and Umar took the problem on
Umar went to Abbas (ra) (the uncle of the Prophet) and asked him to pray.

Narrated By Anas: Whenever drought threatened them, 'Umar bin Al-Khattab, used to ask Al-Abbas bin 'Abdul Muttalib to invoke Allah for rain. He used to say, "O Allah! We used to ask our Prophet to invoke You for rain, and You would bless us with rain, and now we ask his uncle to invoke You for rain. O Allah ! Bless us with rain." And so it would rain. [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 2, Book 17, Hadith #123]

Asking Muhammad (saw) or others in their grave is haram (Shirk)

SEEING A KAAFIR ARMY IN A DREAM

If you see a kaafir army in a dream, that is Allah telling the Muslims
To do Jihad against the kuffaar
The evidence is in 8:43

(And remember) when Allah showed them to you as few in your (i.e. Muhammad's SAW) dream, if He had shown them to you as many, you would surely have been discouraged, and you would surely have disputed in making a decision. But Allah saved (you). Certainly, He is the All-Knower of what is in the breasts. (Al-Anfal 8:43)

The people suffered a drought in `Umar's khilafa, whereupon a man came to the grave of the Prophet MHMD sallAllahu `alayhi wa- Alihi wa-Sallam and said: "Messenger of Allah! Ask for rain for your Community, for verily they have but perished." After this the Prophet MHMD appeared to him in a dream and told him: "Go to `Umar and give him my greeting, then tell him that they will be watered. Tell him: Be clever!" The man went and told `Umar. The latter wept and said: "My Lord! I spare no effort except in what escapes my power." [Ibn Kathir cites it thus from al-Bayhaqi's Dala'il al-Nubuwwa (7:47) in al-Bidaya wal-Nihaya]

When you see Muhammad (saw) in a beautiful garment,
It means the ummah will progress financially

To see Muhammad (saw) in a dream giving a khutbah means the ummah is in need of admonition about their deen

We cannot see Allah (swt) in wakefulness
We can only see Allah in a dream
Anyone who says "I saw Allah in wakefulness", such a person is a liar
Because when Musa (as) asked Allah to see Him, Allah said you will never see me

“You cannot see Me” [al-A’raaf 7:143]

We cannot see angels and jinn in their natural form.
We can only see angels and jinn when they take on the form of a man.

Those who say they saw an angel in their natural form, it's a lie
Like when the angel Gibril (as) came and asked the Prophet about his religion
He appeared as a man


HADITH 2
الحديث الثاني
«عن عمر رضي الله تعالى عنه أيضا قال: بينما نحن جلوس عند رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم ذات يوم إذ طلع علينا رجل شديد بياض الثياب شديد سواد الشعر لا يرى عليه أثر السفر ولا يعرفه منا أحد، حتى جلس إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم فأسند ركبتيه إلى ركبتيه ووضع كفيه على فخذيه وقال: يا محمد أخبرني عن الإسلام،
 فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم: الإسلام أن تشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وأن محمدا رسول الله، وتقيم الصلاة، وتؤتي الزكاة، وتصوم رمضان، وتحج البيت إن استطعت إليه سبيلا قال: صدقت، فعجبنا له يسأله ويصدقه. قال: فأخبرني عن الإيمان، قال أن تؤمن بالله وملائكته وكتبه ورسله واليوم الآخر، وتؤمن بالقدر خيره وشره، قال: صدقت، قال: فأخبرني عن الإحسان، قال أن تعبد الله كأنك تراه، فإن لم تكن تراه فإنه يراك، قال: فأخبرني عن الساعة، قال ما المسئول عنها بأعلم من السائل، قال: فأخبرني عن أماراتها، قال أن تلد الأمة ربتها، وأن ترى الحفاة العراة العالة رعاء الشاء يتطاولون في البنيان ثم انطلق فلبثت مليا ثم قال يا عمر أتدري من السائل؟ قلت: الله ورسوله أعلم، قال فإنه جبريل أتاكم يعلمكم دينكم» .
رواه مسلم.
Also on the authority of Umar ibn al-Khattab (RA), who said: One day while we were sitting with the Messenger of Allah (SAW) there appeared before us a man whose clothes were exceedingly white and whose hair was exceedingly black; no signs of journey were to be seen on him and none of us knew him. He walked up and sat down in front of the Prophet (SAW), with his knees touching against the Prophet’s (SAW) and placing the palms of his hands on his thighs he said, "O Muhammad, tell me about Islam." The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "Islam is to testify that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, to perform prayers, to give zakat, to fast in Ramadhan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you are able to do so." He said, "You have spoken rightly"; and we were amazed at him asking him and saying that he had spoken rightly. He [the man] then said, "Tell me about iman." The Prophet (SAW) said, "It is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Last Day, and to believe in divine destiny (qadr), both the good and the evil of it." He said, "You have spoken rightly." He [the man] said, "Then tell me about ihsan." The Prophet (SAW) said, "It is to worship Allah as though you see Him, and if you do not see Him, then (knowing that) truly He sees you." He said, "Then tell me about the Hour." The Prophet (SAW) said, "The one questioned about it knows no better than the questioner." He said, "Then tell me about its signs." The Prophet (SAW) said, "That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress, and that you will see barefooted, naked destitute shepherds competing in constructing lofty buildings." Then he [the man] left, and I stayed for a time. Then he [the Prophet (SAW)] said, "O Umar, do you know who the questioner was?" I said, "Allah and His Messenger know best." He said, "It was Jibreel, who came to teach you your religion." It was related by Muslim.

If you see the angels in a dream cursing you, it means you are a bad Muslim
You hide knowledge or you, the woman, refused to go to bed with your husband
When he calls you to bed

Abu Huraira (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "If a man calls his wife to his bed and she refuses, and thus he spends the night angry with her, the angels continue cursing her till the morning." [al-Bukhari (3237) and Muslim (1436)]

Verily, those who disbelieve, and die while they are disbelievers, it is they on whom is the Curse of Allah and of the angels and of mankind, combined (Al-Baqarah 2:161)

If you see yourself flying with the angels, it means you will die as a shaheed
If a sick person sees himself fighting with an angel, it means he is going to die soon
Because Musa (as) punched the Angel of death in his eye

Narrated By Abu Huraira: The angel of death was sent to Moses and when he went to him, Moses slapped him severely, spoiling one of his eyes. The angel went back to his Lord, and said, "You sent me to a slave who does not want to die." Allah restored his eye and said, "Go back and tell him (i.e. Moses) to place his hand over the back of an ox, for he will be allowed to live for a number of years equal to the number of hairs coming under his hand." (So the angel came to him and told him the same). Then Moses asked, "O my Lord! What will be then?" He said, "Death will be then." He said, "(Let it be) now." He asked Allah that He bring him near the Sacred Land at a distance of a stone's throw. Allah's Apostle (SAW) said, "Were I there I would show you the grave of Moses by the way near the red sand hill." [al-Bukhari (1339) and Muslim (2372)]

If you see yourself doing dhikr with the Angels, it means Allah is pleased with your deen
Because the Angels sit in the gatherings of dhikr

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "Allah, the Exalted, has teams of angels who go about on the roads seeking those who remember Allah. When they find some people remembering Allah they call to one another and say, 'Come to what you are looking for;' and they surround them with their wings till the space between them and the lowest sky is fully covered. Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, asks them (although He is best informed about everything): 'What are my slave saying?' They say: 'They are glorifying Your Tasbih, Tahmid, Takbir, Tamjid, (i.e., they were declaring Your Perfectness, praising, remembering the Greatness and Majesty of Allah).' He asks: 'Have they seen Me?' They reply, 'No, indeed, they have not seen You.' He asks: 'How would they act if they were to see Me?' Thereupon they reply: 'If they were to see You, they would engage more earnestly in worshipping and glorifying You and would extol You more.' He would say: 'What do they beg of Me?' They say, 'They beg You for Your Jannah.' Allah says, 'Have they seen My Jannah?' They say, 'No, our Rubb.' He says: 'How would they act if they were to see My Jannah?' They reply, 'Were they to see it, they would more intensely eager for it.'They (the angels) say, 'They seek Your Protection.' He asks, 'Against what do they seek My Protection?' They (the angels) say, 'Our Rubb, from the fire of Hell.' (He, the Rubb) says, 'Have they seen the fire of Hell?' They say, 'No. By Your Honour, they have not seen it.' He says: 'How would they act if they were to see My Fire?' They say: 'If they were to see it, they would more earnest in being away from it and fearing it. They beg of Your forgiveness.' He says: 'I call you to witness that I hereby grant pardon to them and confer upon them what they ask for; and grant them protection against what they seek protection from.' One of the angels says: 'Our Rubb, there is amongst them such and such slave who does not belong to the assembly of those who are participating in Your remembrance. He passed by them and sat down with them.' He says: 'I also grant him pardon because they are the people by virtue of whom their associates will not be unfortunate'." [al-Bukhari (6408) and Muslim (2689)]

If you see an Angel in a dream talking to your wife, it means your wife is expecting a baby
Evidence is 19:19-20

(The angel) said: "I am only a Messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son." (Maryam 19:19)
She said: "How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?" (Maryam 19:20)

Because the Angel came to Mariam (as) and gave her the glad tidings of a righteous son

Fighting with an Angel in a dream means you have lost your status,
You are a failure and a disgrace
Because you cannot beat the angel

Seeing an Angel in a dream in a pleasant way is a blessed dream.
It means the dreamer will attain status, honor
And will receive assistance from his Lord in this life because of 8:9

(Remember) when you sought help of your Lord and He answered you (saying) : "I will help you with a thousand of the angels each behind the other (following one another) in succession." (Al-Anfal 8:9)

Narrated Rifaa: (who was one of the Badr warriors) Gabriel came to the Prophet () and said, “How do you look upon the warriors of Badr among yourselves?" The Prophet () said, "As the best of the Muslims." or said a similar statement. On that, Gabriel said, “And so are the Angels who participated in the Badr (battle). Sahih al-Bukhar : Vol. 5, Book 59, Hadith 327

To see yourself reciting surah Baqarah in a dream means you are going to live long
Because this surah is the longest surah
Likewise, it means your reckoning in the hereafter will be easy because
You are protected from the shaytan since it is used to drive the shaytan away from your house

To see yourself reciting surah "The Cave" in a dream
Means you will be protected from the fitna of the dajjal

If you see yourself reciting surah Fatiha
It means all of your duas will be answered because of:

You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything). (Al-Fatihah 1:5)

To see a bird in a dream means you will travel far
Because the nature of birds is to travel far

If a bird should come and pitch on your window or hand,
It means news will be brought to you
This is because of 27:22

But the hoopoe stayed not long, he (came up and) said: "I have grasped (the knowledge of a thing) which you have not grasped and I have come to you from Saba' (Sheba) with true news. (An-Naml 27:22)

Birds in a dream also means beautiful women
A flock of birds means prosperity and barakah
Eating birds means your earnings will increase
An unknown bird out of nowhere means the angel of death

To see a boy in a dream means glad tidings and victory over your enemy
This is because of 15:53-56

They (the angels) said: "Do not be afraid! We give you glad tidings of a boy (son) possessing much knowledge and wisdom." (Al-Hijr 15:53)
 [Ibrahim (Abraham)] said: "Do you give me glad tidings (of a son) when old age has overtaken me? Of what then is your news?" (Al-Hijr 15:54)
They (the angels) said: "We give you glad tidings in truth. So be not of the despairing ones." (Al-Hijr 15:55)
 [Ibrahim (Abraham)] said: "And who despairs of the Mercy of his Lord except those who are astray?" (Al-Hijr 15:56)

When you see a cow in a dream:
If it is fat it means prosperity; If it is lean or skinny it means poor or poverty

(He said): "O Yûsuf (Joseph), the man of truth! Explain to us (the dream) of seven fat cows whom seven lean ones were devouring, and of seven green ears of corn, and (seven) others dry, that I may return to the people, and that they may know." (Yusuf 12:46)
[(Yûsuf (Joseph)] said: "For seven consecutive years, you shall sow as usual and that (the harvest) which you reap you shall leave in ears, (all) - except a little of it which you may eat. (Yusuf 12:47)

A lot of cows in a dream means wealth because of the hadith about the bald headed man:

…The angel then went to the bald-headed man and said, 'What thing do you like most?' He said, 'I like good hair and wish to be cured of this disease, for the people feel repulsion for me.' The angel touched him and his illness was cured, and he was given good hair. The angel asked (him), 'What kind of property do you like bests' He replied, 'Cows,' The angel gave him a pregnant cow and said, 'May Allah bless you in it.' [Sahih Bukhari, Vol.4, Book 56, Hadith #670] & Bukhari: (4/60) Hadith: 3464, & Bukhari: (4/60) 131]

Seeing a lot of cows running towards you with horns means an army is invading

To see yourself as a cow in a dream is a bad dream
It means you are astray because of 25:44

Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle; nay, they are even farther astray from the Path. (i.e. even worse than cattle). (Al-Furqan 25:44)

SEEING CAMELS IN A DREAM:
If you are driving the herd of camels (the owner),
It means you will be the leader of your people
Camels in a dream also means you will embark on a journey
Because the camel are the ship of the desert

SEEING A DOG IN A DREAM
If it is a hunting dog it means wealth and status
If it is a stray dog in a dream it means a beggar
A dog barking at you means an enemy is plotting against you
A black dog is a bad dream because the black dog is the shaytan
This means the shaytan is setting a temptation for you
A friendly dog is a good dream - It means you will be safeguarded and protected
A guard dog is loyal to you
It means you will have friends who are loyal to you

Imaam Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) says in his famous Tafseer: Ibn Jurayj said “He was guarding the door for them.” It was his nature and habit to lie down at their door as if guarding them. He was sitting outside the entrance of the cave, because the angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog, as was reported in As-Saheeh, nor do they enter a house in which there is an image, a person in state of ritual impurity or a disbeliever, as was narrated in the Hasan Hadith. The blessing they enjoyed extended to their dog, so the sleep that overtook them overtook him too. This is the benefit of accompanying good people, and so this dog attained fame and stature. [Source: Tafseer Ibn Katheer Soorah Al-Kahf.]

Qitmeer was the dog mentioned by Allah guarding the cave for the people
When they were going into the cave, the dog was coming behind them
They threw stones to chase him away
The dog stood up on his hind legs and said he was a believer too
They let him stay
The dog belonged to one of the men in the cave who was a chef of the king

A female dog in a dream means a woman who sleeps around
If you are bitten by a dog it means your enemy got the better of you
And your enemy is backbiting you

SEEING A DONKEY
If you see yourself mixing with donkeys in a dream it means you are mixing with fools
The donkey is not seen as a wise animal
Other scholars say if you see a donkey in a dream, it means you will earn your wealth with honesty, humility but with hardship

The likeness of those who were entrusted with the (obligation of the) Taurat (Torah) (i.e. to obey its commandments and to practise its legal laws), but who subsequently failed in those (obligations), is as the likeness of a donkey who carries huge burdens of books (but understands nothing from them). How bad is the example (or the likeness) of people who deny the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah. And Allah guides not the people who are Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers, disbelievers, etc.). (Al-Jumu'ah 62:5)

A donkey braying means the heretic will come to the village to spread his creed

Narrated By Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "When you hear the crowing of cocks, ask for Allah's Blessings for (their crowing indicates that) they have seen an angel. And when you hear the braying of donkeys, seek Refuge with Allah from Satan for (their braying indicates) that they have seen a Satan." [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 4, Book 54, Hadith #522]

A shaytan will arrive in the village to spread his corruption

SEEING AN EGG
Whenever you see eggs in a dream, you will marry into wealth
If you see broken eggs in a dream, a young girl or woman will die
Raw eggs means your wealth will increase
Stealing eggs means you are a thief (the dreamer is a thief)

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “Allah curses the thief who steals an egg (or a helmet) for which his hand is to be cut off, or steals a rope, for which his hand is to be cut off." Sahih al-Bukhari : Vol. 8, Book 81, Hadith 791

Your wife laying eggs means she will give birth

SEEING AN ELEPHANT IN A DREAM
Riding an elephant means you will marry or go to jihad
Seeing an elephant also means a tyrant will arrive in a city because of surah 105

Have you (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)) not seen how your Lord dealt with the Owners of the Elephant? [The elephant army which came from Yemen under the command of Abrahah Al-Ashram intending to destroy the Ka'bah at Makkah]. (Al-Fil 105:1)
Did He not make their plot go astray? (Al-Fil 105:2)


SEEING FISH IN A DREAM
Fish in a dream means wealth and prosperity
Allah spoke about that in 35:12

And the two seas (kinds of water) are not alike, this fresh sweet, and pleasant to drink, and that saltish and bitter. And from them both you eat fresh tender meat (fish), and derive the ornaments that you wear. And you see the ships cleaving (the sea­water as they sail through it), that you may seek of His Bounty, and that you may give thanks. (Fatir 35:12)

To see yourself eating rotten fish means you will pursue adultery
To get swallowed by a big fish means you will suffer distress
Like Yunus (as) was by the whale

SEEING A GIRL
To see a girl means wealth and prosperity
A girl in a dream has only good meanings because of the following hadith
Girl in a dream means barakah

Abu Hurayrah reported that Rasulallah (saws) said: "Whoever has three daughters, and shelters them, bearing their joys and sorrows with patience, Allah swt will admit him to Paradise by virtue of his compassion towards them." A man asked, "What if he has only two, O Messenfer of Allah?" He said, "Even if they are only two." Another asked, "What if he has only one, O Messenger of Allah?" He said, "Even if he has only one." Reported by Ahmed, 2/335 and al-Hakim, 4/176

SEEING HORSES IN A DREAM
Horses in a dream means prosperity and wealth because of the following hadith

Abu Huraira (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “Faith came from Yaman while disbelief came from the direction of east. The shepherds possess tranquillity and humility while the keepers of camels and horses are arrogant and ostentatious. When the dajjal will reach the Uhud mountain, on its other side, the angels will turn him about towards the direction of Syria. And, there he will perish.’ [Tirmidhi 2250, Bukhari 3499, Muslim 52]

Camels and horses are for the rich - they are proud animals
To see yourself riding a horse in a dream means you will go to jihad because of the hadith:

Salamah bin Nufail Al-Kindi (RA) said that one day I was sitting with Prophet (SAW) then a person said ”O Prophet of Allah! The value of horse has decreased in the eyes of people and they have left the weapons and they say that Jihad has ended, because battle has ended." On hearing this the Prophet (SAW) faced him and said: "They are lying, fighting has stopped for now and a section (group) of my Ummah will always fight (do Jihad) for the truth. Allah will turn them away from Kufr to Imaan and will give them rizq from amongst them until Qiyamah and until the promise of Allah comes. And Allah has written good in the forehead of horses until Qiyamah. And He has revealed on me that my ruh (soul) will be taken away and you will follow me after dividing into several groups, and you will kill each other. And the center (‘Uqr) of Mumineen (believers) is Ash-Shaam." [Sunan al-Nasa'i (6/214) No. 3561, Musnad Ahmad (4/104) No. 17006, Sahih Ibn Hibban (16/296) No. 7307]

SEEING THE KABA
To see the kabah in a dream is a good dream
It means you will enjoy protection from harm and danger
Because of the dua of Abraham (as)
He begged Allah (swt) to make the city safe

And (remember) when Ibrahim (Abraham) said, "My Lord, make this city (Makkah) a place of security and provide its people with fruits, such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day." He (Allah) answered: "As for him who disbelieves, I shall leave him in contentment for a while, then I shall compel him to the torment of the Fire, and worst indeed is that destination!" (Al-Baqarah 2:126)

Allah said in 29:67 Makkah is safe and secure unlike other cities

Have they not seen that We have made (Makkah) a sanctuary secure, and that men are being snatched away from all around them? Then do they believe in Batil (falsehood - polytheism, idols and all deities other than Allah), and deny (become ingrate for) the Graces of Allah? (Al-'Ankabut 29:67)

If you see yourself walking towards the kabah it means you are upon guidance
If you see yourself praying on top of the kabah, it is a bad dream
It means you are going to apostate from Islam
Because that is one of the 7 haram places to pray

Ibn Umar narrated: “The Prophet prohibited Salat from being performed in seven places: the dung heap, the slaughtering area, the graveyard, the commonly used road, the wash area, in the area that camels rest at, and above the House of Allah (the Ka’bah).” at-Tirmidhi : Vol. 1, Book 2, Hadith 346

To see yourself turn your back from the kabah is also a bad dream
It means you are going to leave off the sunnah of the Prophet (saw)

If you see only you and your wife on Judgement Day, it means you are oppressing your wife

SEEING SNAKES IN A DREAM
If you see snakes in a dream and killed it, it means you have over powered your enemy
Snakes in a dream is a very bad dream
It means you have enemies with envy, jealousy and deceit
They pretend to be your friend, but they are your enemy
To be bitten by a snake in a dream means your enemy has overcome you

SEEING A SPIDER
A spider in a dream means a bad woman
It means a woman refuses to go to bed with her husband, but goes to bed with other men
If you do istikhaara to marry a girl and see a spider,
It means you are not to go ahead with that marriage



Question 1: How would we know if the person we're seeing is an Angel or the Prophet (SAWS).

Answer 1: The prophet (saw) will identify himself to us
Or someone else in the dream will tell you


Question 2: I dreamed of my friend giving me niqabs and Quran with big colorful words and I can see the words of the Quran clearly and then she gave me a lot of long black abaya and she said that her sister gave them to her and she decided to give to me.

Answer 2: This is a good dream
It means they are giving you dawa to come closer to your dream
They are giving you encouragement to come closer to your deen


Question 3: What does it mean to have a dream to walk up a flight of stairs and see a light at the top?

Answer 3: This dream is not a bad dream
It is a good dream
It means you will be elevated in life
The light at the top is knowledge
The light was mentioned on many occasions in Quran and Hadith

To interpret dreams is a gift from Allah
If you have this ability, you should be humble