Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices / Saturday, November 15th, 2008

Imaam al-Baghawi said:

Know that the interpretation of dreams falls into various categories. Dreams may be interpreted in the light of the Qur’aan or in the light of the Sunnah, or by means of the proverbs that are current among people, or by names and metaphors, or in terms of opposites. (Sharh al-Sunnah, 12/220)

 He gave examples of this, such as:

Interpretation in the light of the Qur’aan: such as a rope meaning a covenant, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allaah…” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:103]

 Interpretation in the light of the Sunnah: such as the crow representing an immoral man (faasiq), because the Prophet Sall Allahu alaihi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) called it such.

Interpretation by means of proverbs: such a digging a hole meaning a plot, because people say “Whoever digs a hole will fall in it.”

Interpretation by means of names: such as seeing a man called Raashid meaning wisdom.

Interpretation by means of opposites: such as fear meaning safety, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear” [al-Noor 24:55]

Hadhrat Hakimul Ummat said:

“Piety is not among the necessary attributes of a person who interprets dreams. Abu Jahl was an expert interpreter of dreams. Just as it is not a requisite for a Buzrug (Saint) to be a medical practitioner, so too is it not incumbent for him to be a muabbir (interpreter of dreams).

Interpretation of dreams is a special science which is unrelated to piety. When Hadhrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddique (radhiyallahu anhu) interpreted a dream, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) commented that part of the interpretation was correct and part erroneous. If piety was a necessary corollary of interpretation, then there is none superior to Hadhrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu) in piety. Inspite of this, he erred in the interpretation while Abu Jahl, the arch-enemy of Islam would offer correct interpretations).”

Question: It has been said that Satan cannot assume the form of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in one’s dream. This is the authoritative and accepted view of the Ulama. If one sees in a dream Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) giving an instruction, and such instruction appears to be contrary to the teaching of the Shariah, what course should one adopt?

Answer: There exists total unanimity (Ijmaa) of the Ummah that dreams as well as “kashf” (inspiration or forms of revelation to the Auliyaa) even if thousands of persons witness such dreams or kashf, shall not be accorded preference in the event of it conflicting with the Proofs of the Shariah, viz., Qur`aan. Sunnah, ljmaa and Qiyaas. Any kashf or dream which conflicts with the Shariah shall necessarily be rejected. If the one who claims such a dream (instruction from Rasulullah – sallallahu alayhi wasallam) or kashf (which conflicts with the Shariah) is not a reliable person then he shall he branded as a liar and a fraud. And, if he happens to be a pious person, then it shall be said that he has been the victim of some confusion and misunderstanding. For example, a certain pious man in Egypt saw in his dream that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “I drink liquor.” All the Ulama of Egypt unanimously proclaimed that this pious person erred as a result of confusion in the dream. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) must have said something else which this man misunderstood. A further explanation regarding such dreams in which one sees Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) issuing an instruction in contradiction to the Shariah, is the view presented by the Ulamu-e-Baatin, viz. Ulama who have attained perfection in Tasawwuf. They state that the “Zaat-e-Mubaarak” (the holy nature or being of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in the realm of Barzakh (the state which follows death) is like a mirror. On certain occasions the one who sees Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in a dream will view his (the dreamer’s) own actions mirrored in the glorious “zaat” of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). In view of these interpretations as well as the existence of other possibilities it is not permissible to rescind any teaching of the Shariah on the basis of such dreams and revelations.


  1. I dreamt that my bottom jaw was pulling in my top teeth and when I thought that it will break I then tried to stop but my jaw locked. Please tell me what does this mean?

  2. Assalaamalaike…
    i have seen a dream before morning that is maybe 4’o’ clock. i seen that i got married and got 3(three) wives.
    they altogether respect me.and i am worried for expenses how to meet the expenses. could you please let me know the dream’s Tabeer. infact i am married and have 2 kids.
    Allah Hafiz

  3. Assalaamalaike…
    I don’t remember the dream all i remember was i saw the fajer time i was reading darood sharif but it was so really that i felt like i was reading wail i was awake what does this mean?

  4. رات امي في منامها اني تزوجت الرسول وجلست معه في الغرفه لوحدنا واصبحت تتكلم مع اخواتها وتصف فرحتها بذالك ثم اتتني وسألتني ماذا فعلت معه قلت لها اني فقط تحدثنا مع بعضنا

  5. Asslaalakum I had a dream that me and my husband are gettin in the car with our kids and I hard my anti saying qviqly hurry ap u gona get ur niche done again and u mouth are not going to have any problems from nw .and she sad it’s beginning of the 1st and behind of a new life nw

  6. AssalaamuAlaikum
    My dream was that I was confronted by a Gigantic snake that was starring at me from behind a large cage that was in a delapidated or disrepaired state as if it was wearing away, The snake was staring at me with its left eye only-which was silver or clear in appearance. I had three forms of defence.1: I was standing near a fountain of water 2:I had a flaming Blue sword and 3:a flaming red sword. All three items I used to attack the serpent which remained raised up and simply staring at me through its left eye.Using the water from the fountain I blinded its eye and with the both the swords I managed to infiltrate its delappidated cage and skin the snake from the head down. Once it was skinned I only then realised that it was only skin and bones with nothing but air that filled its body. and as for the eye-it shattered as if it were glass after I had blinded it.
    Any comments and insights would be welcomed

  7. Asslam alai kum,
    I dreamt that I was reciting the Dua which is recited after eating food in my dream-Alhamdulillahilazhi attaomana washakhana wajaalanaminal muslimeen.

    please let me know the interpretation of this dream
    Thanks very much

  8. Asalaam Alykum,

    I have been having some weird dreams so many times… I first had a dream of a very big snake like python in my house and was trying to follow me then i saw it on my bed, so i tried to rap the whole snake into a big white bed-sheet wanted to go and throw it away but it was too heavy to carry that was the end of this dream. I wonder what it means…

    Few days late had a dream that our house was on fire so i was running away out of the house and was looking behind to see if i could see my dad and tried to call him but i could not see him… so was running so fast far away from the fire… i dont know what that dream means too…

    If someone can help me with the interpretation of these two dreams.

    Asalaam Aleykum

  9. I dreamt that so many ants are on the floor. i really woke up. when i went to bed, i again saw ants roaming here and there. i again woke up. again when i went to sleep, i saw ants roaming around here.

    that means i saw ants 3 times at the same night in my sleep.

    can you interpret what it means?

  10. Aslamalikum

    i have seen this dream at the night of Shab-e-Mairaj. i saw that President of Pakistan and its family eating meal with me in my room. my family members are watching this from out side of my room through the window of my room.while eating food President said that we should also save the food for other family members because they also deserve the right to eat food from this.

    Irfan Bhatti

  11. 1)last nit i have seen a snake in my dream,the sitution is water is dre and a small snake in d water.but it didnt harm me.
    2)i often see that i can fly in my dreams wat does it mean.

  12. when i was in my engineering 1st year i have seen tat i m in masjid nabwi and i m moving towards makbra of S.A.W as i was going to see the makbara from the circular hole suddenly my ammi drag my leg and here completes my dream.and this year again i have seen one more dream in which i had seen a place and a makbara,which i was feeling that this is masjid nabwi but in actual i have seen the photos and video that is not resembling with wat i had seen in my dreams.but still i blive it was masjid nabwi. asalam walikum

  13. as i saw dream that i have been died and taken to jahannam and i was burnt in one electronic machine and then i felt my sole is free and i am prasing Allah(s.w.t) and i felt all my gunah have been forgiven by Him and sent to paradise. When i was burnt i just felt rearly my body is so hot and i am burnt in real and i wakeup then too i felt that heat in my body.plz reply

  14. Bismi-Allah, Ar-Rahman, Ar-Rahim.
    Dear brother,

    I am a Muslim,and my name is yumna and I have had a dream from about several months that i saw my grandfather (nana) in my dream saying that i am alive and in my dream no one else could see him only i am seeing him, mostly i take something to him to eat,, in reality my grandfather had died almost 10 years ago and i am seeing such dreams from about a year, i mam so much worried please please give me an answer to my dream.


  15. assalamualaikom,
    i had a dream about a black baby crow flew then sat on my chest. as i dozed off, i heard my name being called. it seemed so real. i tried to shake off the crow from my chest, but i couldn’t. i couldn’t even scream or make a sound.
    it was a terrifying dream. please explain if you can
    Jazakom Allah kheir

  16. Assalam-o-Alaikum
    I saw a dream in which Hazrat Muhammad(S.A.W.W) was standing beside me on my right side but he has covered himself with black blanket or shawwl whatever you can say,and we were standing on height and some people were calling His name Muhammad(S.A.W.W)and they were standing at lower level and i get astonished when i hear that Muhammad (S.A.W.W) is stading beside me.
    kindly,let me know what does it show
    Allah Hafiz

  17. Asalam-o-alikum

    i have seen a dream in which i saw a child about 2-4 months old. but i am single. and in the dream i know that it was my child. and than i saw someone who is a friend of a friend but i never met him in real life. i just know him by the way. i am holding the child and i was in a new place not even the country i live but a strange place totally. i can feel in the dreams that i am in a trouble and i am worried about the child. and then that friend came and he offered me help. i saw that dream somewhere around 6-7 am. Kindly let me know what does this dream means.
    Humaira Khan

  18. Principles of interpretation are largely discussed and explained by Ibn Sireen. He says: “dreams are one part of Nubuwat out of its 46 components, it is necessary that a person who explained and interpret the dreams should posses the following qualities:

    1) Interpreter should be the scholar of the Quraan

    2) Interpreter should be a learned of Ahdith literature

    3) Interpreter should be well versed with Arabi in depth

    4) Interpreter should be well versed with the science of astrology

    5) Interpreter should be well versed with the science of interpretation of dreams

    6) Interpreter should be pure by nature

    7) Interpreter should have well mannered

    8) Interpreter should be straightforward.

    So that Allah guides him towards the correct version of the vision and directs him to the goodness of brilliant possessors.

  19. Aslamwalekum..i saw a dream that i am standing infrnt of mirror i startd combing hair,first i hav vry les hair on my head i luk vry ugly bt whn i combd my hair my face lukd vry beautiful n my hairs were also beautiful n thick n then i smiled..what does ths mean plz help me.. Khudahafiz

  20. i saw a dream that my friend has a monkey with him and it is trying to jump on me then i was scared and trying to escape from there

  21. I saw a dream that i found 4 beautiful small parrots sitting on one of my home’s plant then i captured them in a cage plz interpret my dream

  22. I had a dream that I did not know where my eldest son was (he is only 7). I rang a friend to see if she had him then my husband came home wearing a black suit and brief case and told me that he had bowel cancer, I started to cry and woke up crying what does this mean?

  23. I dreamed of Allah and heard his voice speaking to me he said I give you the name Aaliyah ( Aaliyah is not my birth name

  24. aoa. in my i saw that my father told me that i gave birth to a baby boy n then i saw a baby wrapped in a cloth & i was worried how i will take care of this baby. it was about fajar timings when i saw this dream. plz tell me interpretation of this dream

  25. Asalaam Alaiykum,

    If it is no trouble, I have a humble request for your assistance…
    I have had a dream in which I am reciting Durood Shareef (Ibrahimi to be precise) I have looked everywhere but cannot find the interpretation to this. It would be most grateful if you could offer me some insight to what it may mean etc. JazakhAllah Khayr.

  26. A.S ,i had a dream in which my quran teacher told me that some one has done black magic on me. I am really confuse what does it actually mean?

  27. Aslaam o alaikum

    i am unmarried, but engaged.. i saw a dream that my own baby girl is born and i am very happy…in the dream i could feel the motherly love and happiness for her..

    i would be grateful if you interpret this dream of mine.

  28. AA
    I saw the dream that one girl was seating in my house but i can not see the same house i have now in the dream and my husband came from the shower i think and he was telling her secratly that i will meet you out but i saw that and i got mad at him that i had affair and then we begin to seprate our things because he wants to leave with her and i dont want to leave with him either because he cheated on me.
    its confuse please tell me the meaning.

  29. I dreamt that there was a black coloured python like snake in my home and i tell my kids that they should have shut the door and since it was open it came in and went towards our store room. I woke up scared and thought it still was there and didnt want to come out of the blanket when i thought it would be around in the home.

  30. Assalamualaikum ,

    My name is mohammed Irfan, yesterday it was around 13:00hrs i was sleeping and i had a dream. I saw a big huge snake biting my hand and i saw a person standing next to it. It was not paining, i asked the person standing next to me ” is it poisonous or does it have teeth”, the person replied tat it is a normal snake with no venom in tat. then i tried to free myself from the snake and after few minutes i was successful in getting my hand freed and moved away from that scene. The place looked like some circus or some animal shelter. What does this mean…please help me out….. Allah hafiz… Irfan

  31. Salam,
    I had dream back in 2009. I saw a guy who was black . So black that his white eyeballs were being very prominent he was staring at me and giving a smile. He was not so old not so young. I saw him and got so scared that i ran to the door wanting to open it but wasnt getting my hands on the lock this was how much i was scared but during it i was reciting ayat ul qursi. And i woke up in the middle of the dream and when i did i was actually reciting ayt ul qursi.
    I gave thia reference because day before yesterday i saw that man again. But he was a bit short in hieght. And he was this time smiling again. Staring at me. This time he has a snake in his hand. That snake adored me and wanted to bite me only. Both the times they were in my house. And the snake did bite me although i was very scared. To be mentioned before i saw him i had already seen evil tryin to fight against it as i was scared and i did recite surah nas and ayat ul qursi in dream.
    I dont get it. I have never seen such a man in wakefulness.

  32. Assalamualaikum. I had a dream last night in which Isaw that a few guests came to see our house on the dining table, there was a black crow who just swallowed a live small bird in its mouth, and was stomping over the table, all over the food. It had its claws in the bowl of yogurt first and then upon all the food items. It was stoping to and fro, like walking over the table. The guests were really digusted to see all this. Please tell me what does this mean. And I woke up around 3 after seeing this.

  33. Salam walekum
    I had a weird dream yesterday…i saw a crow attacking me on my face and i am holding it in order to prevent it from attacking it. It happened in some other instance which i do not remember well but somehow i avoided the attack.But the last attack was very tough. It almost got my face but then i woke up.Please advise.

  34. i saw my lover got married with her cousin to whom he hates to marry and i always wants that he will never marry after me but in dream i was so shocked to see this that he marrys to his cousn then i ask to him that either he has any marital thing done with her cousn i was so shocked because it was just just for me and for no one else tell me what this dreams mean i am sooooo worried

  35. AOA,

    I saw crow in my dream,and next morning i saw real crow outside my house sitting on road and wasn’t feeling well.


  36. ASW,
    I had a dream , where I heard a voice reciting the durood “Allah humma sale alla Muhammad” , which I daily recite after fajr salah , I was asked to recite it slowly with the emphasis on Muhammed (saw).Then I was told all your work will get done.Kindly interpret the dream for me for I als0 recite astagfurullah 100 time after reciting the above dorood 100 times daily.

  37. assalamunalikum,

    on friday night i saw a dream with my family (wife, son, daughter) one unknown lady was say to my wife leave him and work here with your son, my wife say to me i am not going home with you and she remove hijab in front of me.
    my daughter is in my arm and son is sitting in front of me
    what is mean kindly tell me. i am worried

  38. ‘I had dream, i m feeling fear of something that’s why i m reciting sureh Aatul Qursi but still i am feeling fear so i try to drink water (Aabe jam jam ) but there are many ants in water, when i drink water ants comes in my mouth with Aabe jam jam water….
    plz tell me the meaning of it

  39. I had a dream, the dream stated a very bright light, and when I looked up the was a writting in GOLD in Arabic saying Laila Haila LLah Muhammaad Rassullullah. Infact the light was so bright that woke me up.

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