The dreams of the Prophets are Divine
Hadith - Bukhari 2:468, Narrated Samura
Whenever the Prophet finished the (morning)
prayer, he would face us and ask, "Who amongst you
had a dream last night?" So if anyone had seen a dream he would narrate
it. The Prophet would say: "Ma
Hadith - Bukhari 9:119, Narrated
I heard Allah's
saying, "Nothing is left of the prophetism except
Al-Mubashshirat." They asked, "What are
replied, "The true good
dreams (that conveys glad tidings)."
Hadith - Bukhari 9:168, Narrated Abu
I used to see a dream which would make me sick
till I heard Abu Qatada saying, "I too, used to see a dream which would make
me sick till I heard the Prophet
saying, "A good dream is from Allah, so if anyone of
you saw a dream which he liked, he should not tell it to anybody except to
the one whom he loves, and if he saw a dream which he disliked, then he should
seek refuge with Allah from its evil and from the evil of Satan, and spit
three times (on his left) and should not tell it to anybody, for it will
not harm him."
Hadith -Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book
87, Number 115: Narrated Abu Qatada
said, "A good dream that comes true is from Allah,
and a bad dream is from Satan, so if anyone of you sees a bad dream, he should
seek refuge with Allah from Satan and should spit on the left, for the bad
dream will not harm him."
Hadith - Muslim 5640, Narrated Jabir
ibn Abdullah, r.a.
said: There came to him (the Prophet) a desert Arab and said: I saw in a
dream that I had been beheaded and I had been following it (the severed head).
reprimanded him saying:
Do not inform
about the vain sporting of devil with you during the night.
Hadith - Sahih Bukhari 9:144, Narrated
said, "When the Day of Resurrection approaches, the
dreams of a believer will hardly fail to come true, and a dream of a believer
is one of forty-six parts of prophetism, and whatever belongs to prothetism
can never be false." Muhammad bin Sirin said, "But I say this." He
said, "It used to be said, 'There are three types of dreams: The reflection
of one's thoughts and experiences one has during wakefulness, what is suggested
by Satan to frighten the dreamer, or glad tidings from Allah. So, if someone
has a dream which he dislikes, he should not tell it to others, but get up
and offer a prayer." He added, "He (Abu Huraira) hated to see a Ghul (i.e.,
iron collar around his neck in a dream) and people liked to see fetters (on
their feet in a dream). The fetters on the feet symbolizes one's constant
and firm adherence to religion." And Abu 'Abdullah said, "Ghuls (iron collars)
are used only for necks."
Hadith - Al-Muwatta 52.5
Yahya related to me from Malik from Hisham
ibn Urwa that his father said about this ayat, "For them are glad tidings,
in the life of the present world, and in the Hereafter," (Sura 10 ayat 64),
that it was the good dream which the man who was salih saw or which was shown
The Noble Qur'an - Yunus
For them are glad tidings,
in the life of the present world. (i.e. righteous dream seen by the person
himself or shown to others), and in the Hereafter. No change can there be
in the Words of Allâh, this is indeed the supreme
Some examples of symbolism in the Prophet's
or companion's dreams:
||Symbolized the believers (who were martyred) on the Day of Uhud in
a dream of the Prophet
||Bukhari 4:818, 5:407
||good in religion
||Abu Dawud, Narrated Anas ibn Malik
|Garden with a pillar in the middle
||the garden of Islam
||Bukhari 9:142, Narrated 'Abdullah bin Salam
|Milk protruding out of nails or limbs after drinking it
||Bukhari 9:134, 135, Narrated Ibn 'Umar
||Whoever sees me in a dream then surely he has seen
me for Satan cannot impersonate me
||Bukhari 1:110, Narrated Abu Huraira
|Shirts, covering various lengths on body on different people
||Bukhari 9:137, Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri
said, "That flowing spring symbolizes his good
||Bukhair 9:132, Narrated Az-Zuhri
|Sword whose blade was broken
||the defeat which the Muslims suffered from, the casualities, on the Day
||Bukhari 4:818, 5:407
|Sword becoming unbroken
||victory (conquest of Mecca) and gathering together of Muslims
||Bukhari 4:818, 5:407
A dream from Allah,
Bukhari 9:139, Narrated 'Aisha
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.'
Examples of Revelationary
Dreams amongst the companions
Some men amongst the companions of the Prophet
were shown in their dreams that the night of Qadr was in the last seven nights
of Ramadan. Allah's Apostle said, "It seems that all your dreams agree that
(the Night of Qadr) is in the last seven nights, and whoever wants to search
for it (i.e. the Night of Qadr) should search in the last seven (nights of
Ramadan)." --Bukhari 3:232, Narrated Ibn 'Umar
Even the Companions could
misinterpret a dream
Bukhari 9:170, Narrated Ibn
A man came to Allah's Apostle
and said, "I saw in a dream, a cloud having shade. Butter and honey were
dropping from it and I saw the people gathering it in their hands, some gathering
much and some a little. And behold, there was a rope extending from the earth
to the sky, and I saw that you (the Prophet) held it and went up, and then
another man held it and went up and (after that) another (third) held it
and went up, and then after another (fourth) man held it, but it broke and
then got connected again." Abu Bakr said, "O Allah's Apostle! Let my father
be sacrificed for you! Allow me to interpret this dream." The Prophet
to him, "Interpret it." Abu Bakr said, "The
cloud with shade symbolizes Islam, and the butter and honey dropping from
it, symbolizes the Qur'an, its sweetness dropping and some people learning
much of the Qur'an and some a little. The rope which is extended from the
sky to the earth is the Truth which you (the Prophet) are following. You
follow it and Allah will raise you high with it, and then another man will
follow it and will rise up with it and another person will follow it and
then another man will follow it but it will break and then it will be connected
for him and he will rise up with it. O Allah's Apostle! Let my father be
sacrificed for you! Am I right or wrong?" The Prophet
"You are right in some of it and wrong in some."
Abu Bakr said, "O Allah's Prophet! By Allah, you must tell me in what I was
wrong." The Prophet
"Do not swear."
An Example of the Methodology
of Correct Interpretation
Hadith - Sahih Al-Bukhari 5.659, Narrated Ibn Abbas, r.a.
Musailima Al-Kadhdhab came during the lifetime of the Prophet and started
saying, "If Muhammad gives me the rule after him, I will follow him." And
he came to Medina with a great number of the people of his tribe. Allah's
Apostle went to him in the company of Thabit bin Qais bin Shammas, and at
that time, Allah's Apostle had a stick of a date-palm tree in his hand. When
he (i.e. the Prophet ) stopped near Musailima while the latter was amidst
his companions, he said to him, "If you ask me for this piece (of stick),
I will not give it to you, and Allah's Order you cannot avoid, (but you will
be destroyed), and if you turn your back from this religion, then Allah will
destroy you. And I think you are the same person who was shown to me in my
dream, and this is Thabit bin Qais who will answer your questions on my behalf."
Then the Prophet went away from him. I asked about the Statement of Allah's
Apostle: "You seem to be the same person who was shown to me in my dream,"
and Abu Huraira informed me that Allah's Apostle said, "When I was sleeping,
I saw (in a dream) two bangles of gold on my hands and that worried me. And
then I was inspired Divinely in the dream that I should blow on them, so
I blew on them and both the bangles flew away. And I interpreted it that
two liars (who would claim to be prophets) would appear after me. One of
them has proved to be Al Ansi and the other, Musailima."
Action Items for
If you have a bad dream (i.e. something you dislike),
seek refuge in Allah, spit to the left, and tell nobody about the dream.
You may even choose to get up and do two rakat.
Recognize that a dream from Allah swt must
Realize that because you have never seen nor met
the Prophet saaws, you cannot verify whether it is him in your dream or not.
This means it is very easy for the shaytaan to tell you that he is
the Prophet saaws in your dream, and you cannot prove otherwise, so put no
faith in it.
Do not be fooled by the
jinn into thinking that just because you have dreams
that come true, that you are the khalifah, a Prophet, or a friend to the
jinn. Insha'Allah, never trust the jinn, do not talk to the jinn, do
not seek their assistance, and do not listen to the jinn.
Recognize that every time you dream about a cow,
for instance, it does not mean that the cow necessarily symbolizes the believers
as it did once in a dream of the Prophet saaws.
Remember... Allah, subhana watala,
sees everything we do!