Did you dream anything last night?

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Bismihi Ta`ala

*Did you dream anything last night?*

 *Some dreams are significant to our lives. Not all dreams. The beloved prophet Muhammad peace be upon him came to elucidate the objective of our life and also classify definition of our dreams also. Some dreams are has fruitful meanings while others are mere imagination. Some others are from satan and hence harmful and one is requested to ask protection from Allah against its harm.* 

Significance of good dreams: حدثني سعيد بن المسيب أن أبا هريرة قالسمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول لم يبق من النبوة إلا المبشرات قالوا وما المبشرات قال الرؤيا الصالحة بخاري

The beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam said: ‘‘Nothing will stay from prophecy(after me) except good dreams.’’(Bukhari)

 Other ahadiths talk of good dreams as 1/46th of prophecy(Muatta Malik/Tirmizi/Ibn Majah):عَنْ زَيْدِ بْنِ أَسْلَمَ عَنْ عَطَاءِ بْنِ يَسَارٍأَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ لَنْ يَبْقَى بَعْدِي مِنْ النُّبُوَّةِ إِلَّا الْمُبَشِّرَاتُ فَقَالُوا وَمَا الْمُبَشِّرَاتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَالَ الرُّؤْيَا الصَّالِحَةُ يَرَاهَا الرَّجُلُ الصَّالِحُ أَوْ تُرَى لَهُ جُزْءٌ مِنْ سِتَّةٍ وَأَرْبَعِينَ جُزْءًا مِنْ النُّبُوَّةِ مواطا امام مالك

Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam said:‘…Good dreams are 1/46th of prophecy.’’(Muatta Malik)

 It directly means that the beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to dream about the next day consecutively for six months prior to revelation. So 6 months is 1/46th of the 23 years of revelation. Although the indirect meaning imply that when one sees a good announcing dream, then take it seriously as it is a piece/fraction of revelation. 

When waking up from a good dream, say Alhamdulillah and later ask a learned person its interpretation. حَدَّثَنِي عُرْوَةُ بْنُ الزُّبَيْرِ أَنَّ عَائِشَةَ زَوْجَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَخْبَرَتْهُأَنَّهَا قَالَتْ كَانَ أَوَّلُ مَا بُدِئَ بِهِ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مِنْ الْوَحْيِ الرُّؤْيَا الصَّادِقَةَ فِي النَّوْمِ فَكَانَ لَا يَرَى رُؤْيَا إِلَّا جَاءَتْ مِثْلَ فَلَقِ الصُّبْحِ ثُمَّ حُبِّبَ إِلَيْهِ الْخَلَاءُ فَكَانَ يَخْلُو بِغَارِ حِرَاءٍ يَتَحَنَّثُ فِيهِ وَهُوَ التَّعَبُّدُ اللَّيَالِيَ أُوْلَاتِ الْعَدَدِ قَبْلَ أَنْ يَرْجِعَ إِلَى أَهْلِهِ وَيَتَزَوَّدُ لِذَلِكَ ثُمَّ يَرْجِعُ إِلَى خَدِيجَةَ فَيَتَزَوَّدُ لِمِثْلِهَا حَتَّى فَجِئَهُ الْحَقُّ وَهُوَ فِي غَارِ حِرَاءٍ فَجَاءَهُ الْمَلَكُ فَقَالَ اقْرَأْ قَالَ مَا أَنَا بِقَارِئٍ مسلم

Do not tell your dreams to anyone as the one who first define the dream will definitely unveil its application. So an amateur or a jealous person may harm you by defining it against you, even if the dream announced a good for you. أَخْبَرَنَا يَعْلَى بْنُ عَطَاءٍ عَنْ وَكِيعِ بْنِ عُدُسٍ عَنْ عَمِّهِ أَبِي رَزِينٍ قَالَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الرُّؤْيَا عَلَى رِجْلِ طَائِرٍ مَا لَمْ تُعَبَّرْ فَإِذَا عُبِّرَتْ وَقَعَتْ قَالَ وَأَحْسِبُهُ قَالَ وَلَا تَقُصَّهَا إِلَّا عَلَى وَادٍّ أَوْ ذِي رَأْيٍ ابن ماجة

So tell your dreams to peak ulamas that are experienced in the field of Islamic knowledge, are pious and sure that they would describe your dream in your favour. After Fajr, my beloved prophet Muhammad Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to turn to his sahabahs to ask them if they had any good dreams at night.(Muslim)  عَنْ سَمُرَةَ بْنِ جُنْدَبٍ قَالَكَانَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِذَا صَلَّى الصُّبْحَ أَقْبَلَ عَلَيْهِمْ بِوَجْهِهِ فَقَالَ هَلْ رَأَى أَحَدٌ مِنْكُمْ الْبَارِحَةَ رُؤْيَا مسلم

This was to teach the Sahabahs the knowhow of defining dreams.My teacher, Mufti Radha ul Haq damat barakatuhu is a master in this science. Alhamdulillah, his brilliant students learned and benefitted from him.

 *Bad dreams.*

Bad dreams come from influence of Shaitaan. He wish to harm the person and frighten him. Very easy to recognize such dreams because you wake up abruptly frightened. Sleeping over it will harm the person. The beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam requested us to blow with very light spit on the left hand side 3 times, read Arouzoubillahi minashaitaanir rajim, change sleeping side and don`t tell anyone about the dream. قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا سَلَمَةَ بْنَ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ يَقُولُ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا قَتَادَةَ يَقُولُاسَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ الرُّؤْيَا مِنْ اللَّهِ وَالْحُلْمُ مِنْ الشَّيْطَانِ فَإِذَا رَأَى أَحَدُكُمْ شَيْئًا يَكْرَهُهُ فَلْيَنْفُثْ عَنْ يَسَارِهِ ثَلَاثَ مَرَّاتٍ وَلْيَتَعَوَّذْ بِاللَّهِ مِنْ شَرِّهَا فَإِنَّهَا لَنْ تَضُرَّهُ  مسلم

One may read the following dua also that time and sunnah to read these words after fajr, after maghrib and before sleeping(Abu Dawood): عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ عَاصِمٍ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَأَنَّ أَبَا بَكْرٍ الصِّدِّيقَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مُرْنِي بِكَلِمَاتٍ أَقُولُهُنَّ إِذَا أَصْبَحْتُ وَإِذَا أَمْسَيْتُ قَالَ قُلْ اللَّهُمَّ فَاطِرَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ عَالِمَ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ رَبَّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَمَلِيكَهُ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِي وَشَرِّ الشَّيْطَانِ وَشِرْكِهِ قَالَ قُلْهَا إِذَا أَصْبَحْتَ وَإِذَا أَمْسَيْتَ وَإِذَا أَخَذْتَ مَضْجَعَكَ ابو داوداللَّهُمَّ فَاطِرَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ عَالِمَ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ رَبَّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَمَلِيكَهُ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِي وَشَرِّ الشَّيْطَانِ وَشِرْكِهِ 

‘’Allahoumma Fatiras samawati wal ardi `Alimal Gheibi washa haadah. Rabba kulli Shai-in wa malikahou. Ash ahadou allaa ilaaha illaa anta. Arouzoubika min sharri nafsi wa sharri shaitaani wa shirkihi.(Abu Dawood)   

O Allah, the One who created the skies and the earth, the One who knows the invisible and the visible. Nourisher of everything and mighty over everything. I bear witness that there is no deity except You. I seek protection in You against harm of myself, harm of Shaitaan and harm of Shaitaan`s paganism/sorcery.’’ 

Upon a bad dream, Better to wake up for wouzu and salaah and duas. Sunnah to tell wife to also duas and salaah. Give sadaqahs to amortize or annihilate the harms. Finally if your dream is not classified between the above, then they may be simply imaginative meaningless dreams.

Do good dreams! Duas. 

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