How to Interpret Dreams of Prophets in Islamic Tradition

Dreams are an important part of Islam. They can provide spiritual guidance and help us understand the world around us.

In a dream when something repeats itself that is a sign of truth like the one in which a man saw caskets coming out from his house whose number was equal to the members of his family during the plague.

The Holy Prophet

According to Islamic tradition dreams have a special importance for the prophets and their followers. They are said to be a form of divine revelation and provide a preview of events that will take place.

The Holy Prophet himself was a master of dream interpretation. His dreams always came true and were an important source of guidance for him and his followers.

He often referred to his own dreams and their interpretations in his sermons and other writings. He also taught his followers how to interpret their own dreams.

It is important to note that a dream is not a guarantee of good or bad news. It is important not to make major decisions based solely on the outcome of a dream. It is also a sin to add to or subtract from a dream when reporting it for interpretation. Adding to or subtracting from a dream can spoil it and lead to falsehood.

Abu Bakr

Abu Bakr was a close friend and companion of the Prophet Muhammad (saws). He was known for his kindness, generosity, intelligence and business acumen. He was also a strong leader and fighter.

During the battles of Uhud and Hunayn, some Muslims showed weakness, but not Abu Bakr, who had faith like a rock. He was able to rescue the Prophet from the encirclement of enemies and then he drove the sword of Islam into the heart of idolatry.

During his short caliphate, Abu Bakr established Muslim rule on the Arabian Peninsula and elsewhere, ordered successful campaigns to Iraq and Syria, committed the Quran to writing, and ensured a smooth succession. He was also the first to establish a cemetery for believers. He did not die until six months after becoming Khalifah. His claim to the caliphate was contested by some, particularly those who were his blood relatives and children. It was these people who eventually became Shia Muslims.

Ibn Sirin

Ibn Sirin is regarded as the father of Islamic dream interpretation. He was an expert in this field and authored books on it. However, many scholars believe that some of these books are apocryphal or even misattributed to him.

He was a tabi’ who lived in the eighth century CE. He was a disciple of Anas ibn Malik. His knowledge of the Arab world and the sciences was extraordinary. He would often interpret dreams for people at the markets and councils.

He also interpreted dreams for people who consulted him privately. Nabil would sit and listen to them and he would categorize their dreams into hadith nafsi, hulm, and ru’ya. He was skinny and balding but very knowledgeable in this area. He would recite the symbols from his book and then tell them what their dream meant. He did this for a living. He stayed at his small shrine and received all sorts of visitors, young and old, male and female.

Ibn Al-Qayyim

Ibn Al-Qayyim was one of the greatest scholars of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah. He was a close companion of Ibn Taymiyyah and his student for many years. He studied a wide range of Islamic subjects and wrote numerous books.

He was also known for his expertise in dream interpretation. He said that there are two kinds of dreams: direct and symbolic. A direct dream is something that occurs in day time and does not require any interpretation. A symbolic dream requires interpretation and is usually a warning or a glad tiding from Allah swT.

He would receive a wide range of people from young and old, male and female, wealthy and poor to tell him their dreams. He would categorize them into Hadith nafsi, Hulm, and ru’ya and then give them an explanation of what the dream meant. Two books have been written collating his exegetical comments: Tafseer al-Qayyim and Tafseer al-Munir.