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Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Prophet (PBUH) saying,
one of you sees a dream that he likes, then it is from Allah. He should praise Allah for it and relate it to (others).''
Another narration adds: Messenger of Allah(PBUH) said,
"He should not report it except to those whom he loves.
And if he sees one which he dislikes, then it is from the Satan. He should seek refuge in Allah against its evil and
should not mention it to anyone. Then it will not harm him.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
There are clear instructions from Messenger of Allah (PBUH) about both good and bad dreams. A
good dream means a good news sent by Allah to a person who has seen it. It should be related only to those who are
close to his heart and not to such people who may start nourishing malice against him like the brothers of Prophet
Yusuf (Joseph). A bad dream should be attributed to Satan and not be described to others because it often causes one
to be pessimistic and it may be taken as a bad omen, which is not allowed in Islam. Rather, a man should seek
Allah's Refuge against its evil. And if he puts faith in Allah, no harm will come to him.
لﺎﻗ ﻪﻨﻋ ﷲا ﻲﺿر ةدﺎﺘﻗ ﻲﺑأ ﻦﻋو
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻲﺒﻨﻟا لﺎﻗ
ﺔﻳاور ﻲﻓو ُﺔِﺤَﻟﺎﱠﺼﻟا ﺎﻳؤّﺮﻟا
ْﻨَﻴْﻠَﻓ ُﻪُهَﺮﻜَﻳ ًﺎﺌْﻴَﺷ ىأَر ﻦَﻤَﻓ ، نﺎَﻄْﻴﱠﺸﻟا َﻦِﻣ ﻢُﻠُﺤﻟاو ، ﷲا َﻦﻣ ُﺔَﻨَﺴَﺤﻟا ﺎَﻳؤﱡﺮﻟا
َﻦِﻣ ْذﱠﻮَﻌَﺘَﻴْﻟو ، ًﺎﺛَﻼَﺛ ﻪﻟﺎَﻤِﺷ ﻦَﻋ ْﺚُﻔ
ُﻩﱡﺮُﻀَﺗ ﻻ ﺎﻬﱠﻧﺈَﻓ نﺎﻄْﻴَْﺸﻟا
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ﻖﻔﺘﻣ
» ُﺚﻔﱠﻨﻟا
ُﻪَﻌَﻣ َﻖِﻳرﻻ ٌﻒﻴﻄﻟ ٌﺦﻔَﻧ
Abu Qatadah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said,
"A good vision (dream) is
from Allah and a bad dream is from the Satan. He who sees something in a dream that he dislikes, should blow
thrice on his left, must seek Allah's Refuge from the evil of the Satan (i.e., by saying: A`udhu billahi minash-
Shaitanir-Rajim). Then it will not harm him.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
As mentioned in the preceding Hadith, there are good dreams and bad dreams. This Hadith shows us
what to do in order to avoid the evil of Satan who cannot harm anyone except by Allah's leave.
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﷲا لﻮﺳر ﻦﻋ ﻪﻨﻋ ﷲا ﻲﺿر ﺮﺑﺎﺟ ﻦﻋو
ﺎﻬُهَﺮْﻜَﻳ ﺎﻳؤﱡﺮﻟا ﻢُآُﺪَﺣأ ىأَر اَذإ
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ نﺎآ يﺬﻟا ِﻪِﺒْﻨَﺟ ْﻦَﻋ لﱠﻮﺤَﺘَﻴﻟو ، َﺎﺛﻼَﺛ ِنﺎﻄَﻴﱠﺸﻟا َﻦِﻣ ﷲﺎﺑ ْﺬِﻌَﺘْﺴَﻴﻟْو ، ًﺎﺛَﻼَﺛ ِﻩِرﺎَﺴَﻳ ﻦَﻋ ْﻖُﺼﺒﻴْﻠﻓ
ﻢﻠﺴﻣ .
Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"When one of you sees a
bad dream let him blow three times on his left, seek refuge in Allah from the Satan three times (i.e., by saying:
A`udhu billahi minash-Shaitanir-Rajim) and change the side on which he was lying.''
This Hadith makes an addition to the preceding ones, that is, on seeing a bad dream, one should
change his side. If he is lying on his right side, he should turn to the left, and vice versa. By this precaution Allah
will turn a bad dream into a good one by His leave.
لﺎﻗ ﻪﻨﻋ ﷲا ﻲﺿر ﻊﻘﺳﻷا ﻦﺑ ﺔﻠﺛاو ﻊﻘﺳﻷا ﻲﺑأ ﻦﻋو
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﷲا لﻮﺳر لﺎﻗ
» ﱠنإ
يﺮُﻳ ْوأ ، ﻪﻴِﺑأ ِﺮْﻴَﻏ ﻰﻟإ ُﻞُﺟﱠﺮﻟا ﻲِﻋﱠﺪَﻳ نأ ىﺮَﻔﻟا ﻢَﻈﻋأ ﻦﻣ
ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﷲا لﻮﺳر ﻰﻠﻋ َلﻮﻘﻳ ْوأ ، َﺮَﺗ ﻢﻟﺎَﻣ ُﻪﻨْﻴَﻋ
ْﻞُﻘَﻳ ْﻢَﻟ ﺎَﻣ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ
يرﺎﺨﺒﻟا ﻩاور
Wathilah bin Al-Asqa` (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"Of the
worst lies are: to claim a false father, or to pretend to have seen what one has not seen (tell a false dream), or to
attribute to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) what he has not said.''
To disown one's father and attribute fatherhood to somebody else is a major sin, because apart from
causing doubts and confusion in people's minds about one's blood, descent and character, this will give rise to social,
moral and psychological problems as well. And of the same serious nature is the case where fabricated sayings and
acts are attributed to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH). Unfortunately, some unwary `Ulama', particularly the story-
telling preachers, frequently indulge in uttering fabricated Ahadith. The warning equally holds good in case a man
narrates a Hadith of a weak chain of transmission without pointing to its category. One should, therefore, refrain
from recounting all Ahadith of such a category.
There are always some so-called `Ulama', ambitious of social distinction and fame, who have made tall claims on
the basis of their dreams. They are audacious enough to claim that they unceremoniously see the Prophet (PBUH)
and receive instructions from him. There also exist certain misguided people who justify their fantastic views on the
basis of their dreams and repudiate the rightly-established beliefs and precepts. All this is baseless and nonsensical.