Dreaming Of The Holy Prophet
A Student Of Darul Uloom, Bury
see also: Dreams and their Interpretation
We glorify Allah and ask blessings and send salutation upon the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam. O Lord! Shower thy blessings and send eternal peace in continuation, upon thy beloved (Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam), who is the best of all the creation.
It is very fortunate to see the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in a dream but two points should well be considered in this connection. The first, as written by Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi rahmatullahi alaihe in his book Nish-rut-tib, is as follows: It is really a source of great consolation, and a great favour for a person who has not seen the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam live, to see him in a dream. However, it should be borne in mind that it can not be acquired, rather it is granted by Allah. A Persian poet says:
"This felicity cannot be earned through strength but only when Allah grants and bestows."
Many people have devoted their whole lives in the hope of this fortune. One might have succeeded if he sends Durood upon the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam abundantly and follows his ways with love and eagerness. Nevertheless, if a person is not successful, he should not be worried because it may be due to some unknown Wisdom and the Mercy of Allah. A lover only wants the pleasure of his beloved whether it is because of union or due to separation. As a poet rightfully says:
"I want a meeting with him (the beloved) but he wants separation, and I leave my pleasure for his pleasure."
Shirazi, a Persian poet and Mystic says, "Meeting or separation have no value in comparison to the pleasure of the beloved; and to seek any other thing than his pleasure is an offence (in love)."
Secondly, if a person saw the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in his dream, he really and certainly saw him. This is supported by authentic and strong Ahaadith. It has been verified that Satan has not been empowered to change himself in the guise of the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in a dream or that he may declare himself as the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in a dream. It is also impossible that the person dreaming may misunderstand Satan as the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam. May Allah protect us from this.
May Allah Taala make this article beneficial for the entire world. We invoke blessings on the greatest creation of the Almighty, the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam and ask that He be pleased with him and all his companions and followers till the day of judgement. And may He forgive the compilers of this publication, Aameen.
It is stated in a Hadith, Hazrat Abu Hurairah sallallahu alaihe wasallam reports that the Apostle of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "He who sees me in a dream has certainly seen me, because Satan can not take my form."
The Muhadditheen (commentators of hadith) have mentioned various opinions regarding its meanings. Mulla Ali Qari rahmatullahi alaihe whilst commentating on this hadith writes in Mirqat, "It is like he has seen the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in real life, but he will not be considered as to be a Sahabi, neither is it obligatory to carry out the orders given to him by the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam within the dream."
(Mirqat v.9, p.24)
Mulla Ali Qari rahmatullahi alaihe further writes in Mirqat (p.24) that some people are of the opinion that this hadith is concerning those people present at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam. This means that those who see me in a dream, Allah will enable them to see me in real life.
This opinion is also supported by another hadith in Mishkat, Hazrat Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu reports that the Apostle of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "He who saw me in a dream will soon see me when he is awake, for Satan can not take my form."
Another opinion is that the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam is informing that who ever saw me in a dream, let he be known that his dream is true and genuine, (for Satan cannot take my form).
Those people who claimed to have received special guidance from the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in a dream cannot be denied. It should be kept in mind that, if the orders and guidance received by them is in accordance with the laws of Shariah then it will be a source of evidence for themselves and not for others. However, if the guidance is contrary to the laws of Shariah then it will not be accepted nor will it be a source of evidence for anyone.
The reason for this is that not every person is privileged enough to understand dreams and their interpretations. Peoples dreams can differ by their own personality. Seeing the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in unclear and strange circumstances can be based on the weakness of the persons Imaan.
It is reported by Sheikh Ali Muttaqi rahmatullahi alaihe that a person saw the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in a dream ordering him to consume alcohol. He became very disturbed by this dream; thus, he referred to the Ulama (Scholars) of his time to find out the interpretation and explanation of his dream. The scholars gave various explanations about his dream. During this, the issue came to Sheikh Muhammad bin Uraat rahmatullahi alaihe who was a very pious scholar, he said that the fact is that the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "Do not consume alcohol." However, due to his misunderstanding and the disorder of his mind he understood the contrary and heard him saying, "Consume alcohol." Rather than do not consume alcohol."
(Mazhair-ul-Haq p.325 vol.4)
In Fazail-e-Durood Shareef, Hazrat Sheikh Zakaria rahmatullahi alaihe says that, "It is possible that due to the persons bad habits, the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam said the words with great anger. In the same way that a person who is angry over his son says to him, Go on do it. and the dreamer thought that it was a mere order from the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam.
From the above mentioned passage we can gather for ourselves that the people who introduce religious innovations based upon dreams and attribute them to the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam are totally contradicting the spirit of the Shariah and are certainly astray from the Seerat-ul-Mustaqeem (Straight path). Such people should immediately resort to repentance.
The Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam has condemned those who introduce innovations in religion in various Ahaadith. It is reported in one of them that, Hazrat Aisha radiallahu anha narrates that the Apostle of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "He who innovates something in this religion of ours, which does not belong to it, is repulsed."
It is also stated in another Hadith, Hazrat Ibrahim bin Maysara radiyallahu anhu narrates that the Apostle of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "He who showed respect for an innovator, has in fact assisted in undermining Islam."
It should also be kept in mind that even if somebody saw the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in his dream and yet continued to disobey Allah and did not earn His pleasure, then that will not be sufficient for salvation. Even during the days of the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam there were numerous people who were seeing the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam every day, yet remained dwellers of hell, because Imaan had not reached their hearts and they did not earn the pleasure of Allah Taala. While others (like Hazrat Uwais Qarni rahmatullahi alaihe) did not see the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam but are considered among the very pious, and true Muslims.
Hazrat Uwais Qarni rahmatullahi alaihe is amongst the great Tabieen. It is stated by Hazrat Umar bin Khattab radiyallahu anhu in a Hadith that I heard the Apostle of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam saying, "The best of the Tabieen will be a man called Uwais who has a mother and has been afflicted by leprosy. Tell him to ask forgiveness for you."
On the other hand Abu Jahal used to see the Holy Prophet
sallallahu alaihe wasallam regularly but did not accept
Islam. A poet says in Urdu:
From the above mentioned we deduce that just to see the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in a dream and not carrying out the orders of Shariah is not sufficient for salvation.
According to Mazahir-e-Haq, Imam Naawawi rahmatullahi alaihe says, "If a person sees the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in his dream, it is true disregarding the fact that he sees his recognised features and qualities or otherwise. The differences in appearance are due to the good or bad habits and qualities of the person who sees him in his dream. The person who sees him with his good qualities would be related to piety and it will be assign on the strength of his Imaan. However if someone sees him in unrecognised conditions then this will need interpretations from a person who is qualified in this field. According to peoples own personalities their dreams could differ. Some dream him old while others young. Some see him pleased while others find him annoyed."
(Mazahir-e-Haq p.24 vol.4)
From the above we can conclude that to see the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in a dream will need to be interpreted and to dream him is a test for ones own personality.
Every Muslim has the desire to see the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in a dream. The desire increases more and more due to the love and affection. Many great saints have written various exercises and deeds out of their own experience, which may help, in seeing the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in a dream. I would like to mention one way which will assist in seeing the blessed Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in a dream. According to the book Virtues of Durood Shareef" (written by Hazrat Sheikh Zakaria sahib rahmatullahi alaihe). Sheikh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dahalwi rahmatullahi alaihe writes that if a person offers two rak`aahs nafl salaah and recites twenty five times Surah Ikhlas after Surah Al-Fatiha in each rakaah thereafter recites one thousands times the following Durood, he will (Allah willing) see the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in his dream.
However, it should be kept in mind that the main cause of seeing the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam is the desire of the heart, abundant Durood Shareef and refraining from sins. May Allah enable us to see the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in a dream and give us the true understanding of Deen, Aameen.
One of the students of Darul Uloom asked our Patron, Hazrat Moulana Yusuf sahib, "Why do I not see the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam in my dreams even though I pray Durood Shareef regularly." Hazrat replied, "It is our duty to keep reciting and it is not right for us to call him to our dream. If he wishes he will come. It is not right to try and force a king to visit your home. Similarly we should just keep up our rituals and hope that one day the rituals will prove faithful and we will achieve our goal."
O Lord! Shower thy Blessings and send eternal peace in continuation, upon Thy Beloved (Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam) who is the best of all creation.
The interpretation of a dream means trying to explain and make sense of a dream. The following article will, I hope, give us a greater understanding of dreams and what they imply.
Comments by Hadhrat Danyaal alaihis salaam
Hadhrat Danyaal alaihis salaam reports that dreams are in reality based on two things:
1. There are those dreams that make us aware of the reality of circumstances.
Then these two types of dreams branch into another four:
1. Dreams in which orders are given to perform certain tasks
Hadhrat Danyaal alaihis salaam reports that there are four reasons why a person forgets dreams. They are:
1. Excessive sins
Without doubt, under these circumstances a person will forget his dream.
Hadhrat Danyaal Alaihas Salaam relates that if a person asks for an interpretation of a dream in the time between morning and noon, he will be given a good and prosperous interpretation. If he was to ask after noon, he will be given an evil and troubling interpretation. He has also said that it is not permissible to ask for interpretation of dreams during dawn, sunset, cloudy and rainy days.
Hadhrat Danyaal alaihis salaam relates that if a Mumin was to see Allah Taala in his dream unequalled and incomparable, as is related in the verses of the Quraan and in the Ahaadith of Our Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam, he will be blessed with the magnificent sight of Allah Taala and his needs will also be fulfilled.
If a person was to see a dream in the manner that he was standing before Allah Taala, and that Allah Taala was watching him, the dream will give proof of his capability, reformation (to improve oneself) and spiritual well being. He will be chosen for forgiveness, and if he is sinful he will repent.
A Sieve Sifting Flour
Hadhrat Imam Jaafar Sadiq radhiallahu anhu relates, that an interpretation of a sieve sifting flour can be made in the following four ways:
According to Hadhrat Imam Jaafar Sadiq radhiallahu anhu, to see a hearth (part of room where fire is made) or grate (framework of metal bars for holding fuel in a fireplace) means either a female servant or slave-girl.
Seeing the Sun in your dreams could signify one of eight things:
He has also stated that if a person was to see himself bowing before the sun, in his dream, the explanation is that the ruler will reward him with some honour and make him his close friend. His business will also increase.
To see a mirror in a dream signifies six things:
He has also related that if a poor person was to see a mirror in his dreams, then this is a sign that he will marry a woman and gain nobility. But if a girl were to see a mirror in her dream then the interpretation would be that she is about to acquire a good husband with whom she will spend her life in honour and dignity.
To see a Saw in a dream signifies one of three things:
To see a tin in a dream could signify one of three things:
To see yourself eating Guava fruit in your dreams could signify one of five things:
To See Oneself Climbing Stairs
To climb stairs made of stone or limestone signifies that the person having the dream will gain esteem and dignity.
If a person having a dream were to see that he had gone to the skies and not returned then this is a sign that his death is close. On the other hand if he were to return, it would mean that the person who had the dream would suffer from a severe illness, but one from which he will recover.
Hadhrat Imaam Karmaani rahmatullahi alaihe has narrated that a garden in ones dream, signifies a rich and a handsome person.
If he was to dream that during the days of spring or summer he was strolling happily in a garden lavish with exotic fruits and within which are many different types of flowers and vegetables blooming, whilst water is flowing and he were seated in the midst of this garden then the interpretation is that the person will die a martyrs death because these are all signs of heaven.
If a person were to see the Prophet of Allah, Muhammad Mustafa sallallahu alaihe wasallam in a city or at any other place, the interpretation is that blessings will shower down on that city or place. The hearts of those people will also be comforted.
If somebody were to see Hadhrat Israfeel alaihis salaam in his dream, blowing his horn in a sorrowful state, this is a sign that there will be death in that country and that the oppressors will be destroyed.
If a person were to see in his dream that he was spending another persons wealth in the path of Allah with that persons consent, the interpretation of that dream, whether it be good or bad, will be for the person whose money was spent.
Hadhrat Imaam Karmaani rahmatullahi alaihe states that if a person within his dream were to feel pain in his heart, the interpretation is that his wealth will increase. But if he were to see that the eyes of his heart were open, this is a sign that the person is insatiable (greedy) in matters of the world and faith. If he were to see his heart bleeding the interpretation will mean that he will seek forgiveness for his sins and will turn towards Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala.
If a person were to see bile coming out from his heart, the interpretation is that the person will become ill. Or if he was to see a wound on his heart, it means that the person will become happy.
If the person were to see pearls pouring from his heart and he was spitting these pearls out from his mouth, the interpretation is that such a person will become - may Allah forbid - a Kaafir (non-believer). But if he were to see himself lifting the pearls from the ground and swallowing them the interpretation is that the person will become a Muslim (a believer).
If a person were to see a pot or a large jug, the interpretation should be made regarding a servant or slave-girl. But if he were to see himself buying or making a pot or a large jug, the interpretation is that he will buy a slave or slave-girl or he will be given a servant.
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