Praise be to Allaah.
We ask Allaah to protect us
and you from all bad and evil things and to divert from us and from you the
plots of the devils among mankind and the jinn, for He is the best of
protectors and the Most merciful of those who show mercy.
With regard to what the sleeper sees in his sleep, it falls into three
categories: good dreams which come from Allaah; bad dreams which come from
the shaytaan; and what a person is thinking about.
Good dreams are those in
which the sleeper sees good things; they come from Allaah. They may be meant
as good news, or warning against evil, or helping and guiding. It is Sunnah
to praise Allaah for them and to tell one’s loved ones, but not others,
Bad dreams are those in
which the sleeper sees bad things; they come from the shaytaan. It is Sunnah
to seek refuge with Allaah from them and to spit to the left three times,
and not to talk about them, but if a person does that it will not harm him.
It is also mustahabb to turn onto one’s other side, and to pray two
It may be that what one
sees is not a dream of either of these two types, rather it stems from what
one is thinking about. This is called confused dreams and it stems from
events and fears stored in the memory and subconscious, which are replayed
during sleep. For example, a man who works in a certain profession and
spends all day working in that field, and before he goes to sleep he thinks
about it, so he may see things having to do with it in his dream; or one who
thinks about someone whom he loves and sees things that have to do with that
person. There is no interpretation for these things.
It was narrated from Abu
Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: “Towards the end of time, hardly any dream of a Muslim will be false.
The ones who have the truest dreams will be those who are truest in speech.
The dream of a Muslim is one of the forty-five parts of Prophethood. Dreams
are of three types: a good dream which is glad tidings from Allaah, a dream
from the Shaytaan which causes distress, and a dream that comes from what a
man is thinking of to himself…”
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may
Allaah have mercy on him) said:
The meaning of the words of
the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “The dreams of
the believer are one of the forty-six parts of Prophethood” is that the
dreams of the believer come true, because they are like parables that the
angel gives to the one who sees them. They may tell of something that is
happening or that is going to happen, so it happens in accordance with the
dream, so these dreams are like the wahy of Prophethood in that they come
true, yet they are different from it. Hence they are one of the forty-six
parts of Prophethood.
al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (1/327).
The dreams of the believer
are described in the ahaadeeth as “true” and “good” and “from Allaah”. What
is meant by “true” is explained in the words of Ibn ‘Uthaymeen quoted above
as meaning that they come true. What is meant by “good” is that they bring
good news or draw attention to some mistakes that one is not aware of. What
is meant by their being “from Allaah” is that they happen by His grace and
mercy, or as a warning or glad tidings from Him, or as guidance from Him.
Bad dreams are described as
“causing grief” or being “from the shaytaan.” What is meant by “causing
grief” is that they make one sad and cause distress. What is meant by them
being “from the Shaytaan” is that they are instilled by him in an effort to
cause fear or because of his toying with the sleeper.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may
Allaah have mercy on him) said:
Alarm comes from the
shaytaan. The shaytaan depicts to a person in his sleep things that alarm
him with regard to himself, his wealth or his family, or in his community,
because the shaytaan loves to make the believers sad, as Allaah says:
(conspiracies) are only from Shaytaan (Satan), in order that he may cause
grief to the believers. But he cannot harm them in the least, except as
Everything that causes
distress to people and upsets them, the shaytaan is eager for it, whether it
is when they are awake or asleep, because the shaytaan is an enemy as Allaah
says (interpretation of the meaning):
(Satan) is an enemy to you, so take (treat) him as an enemy”
al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (1/329).
The Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught us what we should do if a person
sees something in his dream that he dislikes and wakes up as a result. It
is: spitting dryly to the left, seeking refuge with Allaah from the
shaytaan, turning over, praying if one wants, and not telling people about
We should point out an
important matter, which is that if a person is righteous and strives to obey
Allaah always, he will not be harmed if he sees or is seen (in a dream) in a
situation that causes distress, but if he is an evildoer and sinner in his
real life, then he will not benefit from seeing himself or being seen in the
Ibn Muflih said:
Hishaam ibn Hassaan said:
Ibn Sireen was asked about one hundred dreams and he did not give any answer
except to say: Fear Allaah and do good whilst you are awake, and whatever
you see in your sleep will not harm you.
And he said:
Al-Marwadhi said: I brought
Ibraaheem al-Humaydi with me to meet Abu ‘Abd-Allaah, and he was a righteous
man. He said: My mother saw [in a dream] that such and such happened to you,
and she mentioned Paradise. He said: O my brother, the people used to say
such things to Sahl ibn Salaamah, and Sahl rebelled and shed blood, and he
said: Dreams may bring joy to the believer but they cannot deceive him.
There may be warnings in a
dream to the person or to others, of some mistake that they are negligent
about, or some sin that they are committing, or of a bad end if they
continue as they are, following deviation or misguidance. This cannot be the
bad dreams which come from the shaytaan’s plots and efforts to cause grief,
rather they come from Allaah by His grace and mercy. So if a person sees
something in his dream which indicates that he should alert and warn others,
he should do so. The same applies if he sees something that warns and alerts
him (i.e., he should pay heed).
You can warn your relative
about a possible plot or evil that is expected, without mentioning who may
be behind this plot. If you are worried that something bad may happen, then
you should take precautions, and nothing will harm you in sha Allaah, even
if what you fear happens. But if what you feared did not happen, and the
dream did not come true, no harm will befall you because you did not speak
badly of anyone and did not transgress against anyone.
For more information see
the answer to question no. 6537
And Allaah knows best.