The vision (dream) while sleeping in Islam are considered as something sacred. In the al-Quran, dreams are called Rukyaa (visions), and dreams are also sometimes referred to as “sleeping flowers”, but in Islam there are various dreams or Rukyaa, there are good vision and bad dreams. That is, good vision are dreams that come from Allah, while bad dreams are dreams from Satan.
About Islamic Dream Interpretation, it has been discussed and studied by experts and philosophers. Some dream interpretations are sometimes in accordance with modern science (modern psychologists) who observe dreams.
How to Interpret Dreams in Islam?
In Islam is a very famous interpreter of dreams, he is Ibn Sirin, he designed a system for interpreting dreams based on the Koran and Hadith. Where in these two sources of Islamic law there is a discussion about dreams.
Interpreting dreams according to Ibn sirin, must be in accordance with the personality of the person who dreams. In this case the Prophet Muhammad PBUH. said in a hadith, which means: “There are three types of dreams: a righteous dream which is glad tidings from Allah, the dream which causes sadness is from Shaitan and a dream from the ramblings of the mind.”
Based on the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad SAW. Dreams are divided into three types:
1. Good visions (Ru’yaa)
Good vision is a dream that is considered as a true dream and comes from Allah. Dreams like this are usually experienced by pious people or those who are obedient throughout their lives to Allah’s rules.
For those who dream with beautiful dreams and something amazing in their dreams, they should not talk to just anyone but to those who love them.
This is like in the history of Prophet Yusuf (AS), when he dreamed that there was a star prostrating to him, he told it to his father (Prophet Ya’kub AS), but he advised his son (Prophet Yusuf) not to tell the dream. to anyone.
2. Bad dreams (Ihtilam)
Bad dream is something that comes from the devil. In Islam, anyone who dreams with something that is not good, then he should spit three times to his left side and wake up while seeking Allah’s protection from the accursed devil.
If you have a bad dream, Prophet SAW. also commands us to pray to Allah and not to tell the dream to anyone. Just make this dream as your personal secret.
3. Dreams from one’s self
The third type of dream or Rukyaa is a dream of oneself. A person’s thoughts are sometimes also the source of the occurrence of dreams and this is not from the devil or from God, but from the mind of the person who is dreaming.
Things You Should Pay Attention To
If someone (a Muslim) tries to interpret a dream, there are things that a Muslim should pay attention to and remember. Among these are:
Never mention your dreams to be interpreted by just anyone except people who understand religion, a scholar or people who master religion in depth.
A person who sees the prophet in his dream, then the dream is true because the devil will not be able to resemble him like the Prophet SAW.
If a person sees the same dream for several times, or several people have the same dream, then know that it is a true dream. This dream is considered the true vision.
In Islam, dreams that come from Allah can be a good news and can also be a warning from Allah SWT.
True dreams, usually short and light, if a person’s dream is long and seems endless, or it could be that in a dream (Rukyaa) someone is being chased endlessly, then such a dream habit is meaningless.
The Islamic dream interpretation is something that is predictive and not certain, unless someone sees the Messenger of Allah in his sleep, this is definitely a true dream because the jinn cannot physically resemble the Prophet Muhammad. In same cases, Sometimes there are also dreams like A, but what happens is just the opposite (B), so hopefully you don’t need to draw firm conclusions about the interpretation of a dream.
Also see: Miracles of Prophet Muhammad PBUH
Prophet Muhammad SAW forbade a person to add or subtract events in his dream, when he interpreted it. because adding or subtracting the contents of the dream can damage the meaning of the dream itself.
The same symbol in a dream can have different meanings for different people.
The Hadiths for Islamic Dream Interpretation
The Prophet also said, “Whoever claims to have dream which he did not have, will be ordered to tie two barley grains together, which he will never be able to do; and if somebody eavesdrop on some people’s conversation which they didn’t want him to hear or they tried to keep away from him, then molten lead will be poured into his ears on the Day of Resurrection; and whosoever makes a picture (of a being with a soul) will be punished on the Day of Resurrection and (will) be ordered to put a soul in it, which he will not be able to do.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari).
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Indeed the worst of lies is that of a person who falsely claims to have dream.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
Narrated Anas, the Prophet said, “Whoever has seen me in a dream, then no doubt, he has seen me, for Satan cannot imitate my shape.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
Narrated Anas bin Malik, Allah’s Messenger said, “A good dream (that comes true) of a righteous man is one of forty-six parts of prophet hood.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Those of you with the truest dreams will be those who are most truthful in speech.” (Sahih Muslim).
Narrated Abu Sa‘id Al-Khudri, The Prophet said, “If anyone of you sees a dream that he likes, then it is from Allah, and he should thank Allah for it and narrate it to others; but if he sees something else, i.e., a dream that he dislikes, then it is from Satan, and he should seek refuge with Allah from its evil, and he should not mention it to anybody, for it will not harm him.” (Sahih Muslim)
Also, the Quran mentions the following incident about dreams and their interpretations:
When Yûsuf said to his father: “O my father! Verily, I saw eleven stars and the sun and the moon, I saw them prostrating themselves to me.” He said: “O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they arrange a plot against you. Verily! Shaitân is to man an open enemy!” (Surat al-Yusuf, ayatyn 4-5)
From some of the hadiths above, it is clear that dreams are not something that has no meaning, but dreams are something that is sacred and has its own meaning. Even the dream itself is divided into three kinds. Some come from Allah SWT, some come from Satan and from his own series.
Even in the Koran it is also mentioned about dreams as in the story of Nabis Yusuf (AS). Dreams are something that has meaning, but interpreting dreams is not something that is certain, sometimes it can be right and sometimes it can be wrong. So, we don’t need to take a firm decision on the results of dream interpretation.
Only one dream is clear and cannot be wrong, this is when a person sees the Messenger of Allah in his dream. If a person sees Rasulullah SAW in his dream, then it is true because Satan cannot resemble Rasulullah SAW.