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What to with Dreams ?

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As slamu Alykum, What should one do when saw a bad dream? What should be done when one sees a good dream? Sometime one dream has some bad portion and good portion as well. What should be done in this case? In all three case, I am looking for answers like changing sides, spitting, reciting of dua etc, telling the dream to some one and best timing to tell the dreams etc. Jazakallahu Khairun


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.

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