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    The Reality of Dreams

    Qaadhi Thanaullah Panipati (RA) mentions in Tafseer Mazhari, 'The images
    seen in sleep are known as dreams.'

    Dreams are messengers from the unknown, voices from our collective
    subconscious, warners of deep inner disturbance in the individual psyche,
    bearing glad tidings of good things to come or echoes of happiness or
    sadness and long hidden memories. Some dreams belong to the domain of
    personal experience and some are prophetic voices of the future. They are a
    universal phenomenon. Hence, the art of interpretations is a science known
    to selected and gifted individuals.

    Dreams are of 3 types:
    a) Images of incidents which transpired in real life
    b) Frightening images indoctrinated by Shaytaan.
    c) Dreams in which Allah Ta'ala opens the unseen to the heart. This is a
    true dream.

    The above 2 types of dreams are false dreams.

    Allaamah Aloosi (RA), the mufti of Baghdad, explaining the reality and
    essence of dreams says, Allah Ta'ala creates in the heart of a sleeping
    person certain thoughts or images as he does to the heart of a conscious
    person. Allah then makes these thoughts or images signs to event which He
    will create in future.

    Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'Nothing remains of prophethood but
    glad tidings.' The companions asked, 'What are gladtidings?' Nabi
    (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'Pleasant true dreams'. True dreams
    constitute a portion of the knowledge and fundamental make-up of Nubuwwat
    (prophethood), hence, generally the more resemblance a person has with
    prophethood by his actions, speech, piety, knowledge and character,
    accordingly, his dreams will also generally be true.

    Dreams are most potent during the latter part of the night, during siesta,
    during the time and during the fruit ripening season. This is probably,
    based on the Hadith, 'When the time till draw near, the dreams of a Mu'min
    will not be false.' Ulama has interpreted this to also mean, 'the night and
    day being equal in duration and the abovementioned normally occurs when the
    day and night are equal in duration.

    Ulama mention certain etiquettes of dreams, derived from the Ahaadith. Nabi
    (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) has stated, 'He should not narrate it to
    anyone'. It should be narrated to a beloved and intelligent person. Nabi
    (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'The dream is like a string suspended on
    the feet of a bird, as long as it is not related to anyone, the moment it is
    narrated, it will transpire.'

    If a person sees an evil dream, he should; a) Spit lightly 3 times to the
    left side, b) Change the side on which he was sleeping, c) Perform 2 Rakaats
    of Salaat seeking protection.

    (taken from )

    [This message has been edited by Paxtani Mentality (edited July 27, 2002).]