Dream after Istikharah
I did Istekhara at night around 1am and due to ramzan could not get sufficient night sleep so i even slept after sehr/fajr. While sleeping after fajr i saw a dream in which a tortise/frog(dont remember exactly) was sicking towards the bottom of water body(sea/river,etc). On the base of the water a container was placed and as the tortise fell into that container the water just in the container was freezing and remaining water was normal. Due to the freezing of water the tortise/frog was not able to breath and it lifted up from freezing container to breath and it wins in breathing from outside the container and i woke up.
So i want to know that whether this dream is answer to istekhara or a normal drea or a drea without meaning. Please do respond as soon as possible
Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
First of all we would like to apologize for the delay in responding to your queries, nevertheless our reply follows herewith:
Firstly, it should be noted that Istikhaarah is a form of Du’a. The prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) taught us this unique method to draw from the treasures of Allah.
Secondly, since one does not actually categorically ask from Allah to see a dream or have a clear feeling, neither of the two is necessary. The essence of Istikhaarah is that the person making Istikhaarah beseeches Allah to guide him towards the best route and to protect him from harm. Hence, the real outcome of Istikhaarah is seeing beneficial results from what eventually happens. The status of dreams and feelings after Istikhaarah are the same as that of any other time. The prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) categorized dreams into different types:
True dreams: those dreams which are divinely inspired by Allah, either to warn a person or to give him gladtidings.
Shaytaani dreams: those impressions which the devil places in the mind of a sleeping person either to make him happy or to scare him.
Thoughts of the mind: those events or thoughts a person experiences in everyday life which eventually appears to him in the form of a dream.
The dream seen after Istikhaarah can fall under any one of these categories. Also, it should be borne in mind that the most authentic dreams are those observed in the latter part of the night or during QayluLlah (sleeping during the day, at about midday, preferably after lunch).
From what it seems, your dream falls under the third category. Thus, you should not pay any attention to that dream.
Ismail Moosa (Mufti)
Euro-Sunni & Islamic Research and Welfare Academy