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    Dreams and Dream Interpretations
    حفظه الله

    بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم
    الحمد الله
    السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

    Insha'Allah this thread is going to be used to post stuff from the lecture series.

    Seventeen Rules of Dream Interpretations:

    Ibn Qutaybah ad-Dinawari رحمه الله

    Narrated Anas bin Malik رضي الله عنهAllah's Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلمsaid, "A good dream (that comes true) of a righteous man is one of forty-six parts of prophet hood." [Sahih al-Bukhari]

    Some scholars tried to give explanation to this ratio of 1:46. We have no way to find out that if their explanation is correct or not. Prophet hood of Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم extended from 40 to 63 years meaning for 23 years. We know from Seerah that six months before becoming a Prophet, Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلمwas seeing dreams that would come out to be true on a very frequent basis so much so that he would see a dream one night and it would come to be true the next morning. So the ratio of 6 months to 23 years is 1:46.

    1) There are 3 types of dreams: Imam at-Tirmidhi رحمه الله narrates from Muhammad Ibn Sirin رحمه الله who narrates from Abu Hurairah رضي الله تعالى عنه

    In one hadith it is mentioned that one should stand up and pray and in another the he should not mention it to anyone.

    [Sahih Muslim]

    Q1) A question arises, is every dream that a believer sees good?
    A1) Al Muhallab رحمه الله
    a) Direct dream: something one would see in a dream and the exact scene repeats itself in day-time when you are awake and this dream does not need interpretation.
    b) A dream the comes in symbols and it needs to be interpreted.

    2) The righteous: most of the time their dreams are truthful (most of them need to interpreted) and sometimes their dream are direct.

    3) Rest of the people: most of their dreams are not true but some of them could be true.
    [Fath al-Bari bi Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari]

    2) Do not mention the dream for interpretation except to a scholar or a person who would advise you sincerely.

    There is also evidence for this in the Qur`an:
    {Surat al-Yusuf, ayatyn 4-5}

    3) Seeing Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم:

    Narrated Anas رضي الله عنه the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, "Whoever has seen me in a dream, then no doubt, he has seen me, for Satan cannot imitate my shape. [Sahih al-Bukhari]

    Q2) There is an issue here, what if a person sees Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم and he feels that it is him but his description in the dream if different than the one we know of from ahadith. So is the person in the dream Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم?
    A2) Az-Zuhri رحمه الله

    4) A repetition of a dream is a sign of its truth. It does not matter if the same person sees the dream more than once or more than one person.

    [Sahih al-Bukhari]

    Also the dream about Adhan when 2 Sahabah ضي الله عنهما saw the same dream.

    5) Q3) When is the most expected time to see a righteous dream? At night or day time? Are all the times equal (whether seen at the beginning of the night or end of the day)?
    [Sahih Muslim]

    7) Dreams can be about the past or the present or the future.

    8) True dreams increase towards the end of times.

    [Sahih al-Bukhari]



    For example the brothers who are doing Jihad feesabiliLlah see a lot of dreams that come out to be true because they are being tested by Allah سبحانه و تعالى thus He assists them.

    9) Most of the times, if the dream is a glad tiding from Allah سبحانه و تعالى it would take a long for it to occur while if it is a warning it would occur swiftly.

    10) Dreams are glad tidings and warnings but can not be used as a source of

    12) The dream of a believer pleases him but it does not make him proud or over confident.

    Ibn Muflih رضي الله عنه mentions in his book

    13) Dream interpretation is not certain but presumptive and Allah سبحانه و تعالى says in Surah Yusuf: {ayah # 42}

    Ibn Kathir رحمه الله mentions in his An-Nihayah wal Bidayah

    One man saw in a dream, during the plague, that caskets were coming out of his house and the number of them was equal to the number of his family. So, he interpreted the dream that his entire family would be killed in the plague. And the dream started to manifest itself. His family were dying one after the other and all the bodies were coming out of his house exactly how he saw in his dream until he was the last member of his family left so he was pretty sure that he would be killed by the plague because his dream was, until now, true. But a thief came into his house and was struck by the plague, he fell ill in his house, he died and he was the last body to leave the house and not the person who saw the dream.

    14) It is haram and a great sin to claim that one has a seen a dream whilst he has not seen it or to lie in it.

    15) A dream could be seen by a person but it could be for someone else.

    16) Same symbol in a dream could mean different things for different people


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