Islamic, Muslim Dream Interpretation: Hadiths, Good and Bad Dreams

Islamic Dream Interpretation

Over the last 1500 years, Muslim thinkers and philosophers have proposed many Islamic dream interpretation  theories and observations. Oneiromancy or dream interpretation can be described using the Arabic terms like  ‘Tafsir’ or ‘Tabir’.The Holy Quran refers to dreams as Ru’yaa (vision), Manam (sleep), Hulum (dream) and Bushra (tidings).

How to interpret dreams in Islam?

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “There are three types of dreams: a righteous dream which is glad tidings from Allah, the dream which causes sadness is from Shaitan and a dream from the ramblings of the mind.”

One of the popular Islamic dream interpreters of history, Ibn Sirin, developed a system to interpret the dream based on the fact that Hadith and Quran has taught to respect the psychological and spiritual importance of the dream experience. According to him, an individual's life circumstances and personal character defines the dream interpretation.

Islamic Dream Interpratation

What is Ru’yaa and Hulum?

1. Good visions (Ru’yaa) – The dreams from Allah are referred to as Ru'yaa. The person with a truthful life is having true dreams. According to the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH), it is advised to share these dreams only with your trustworthy or loved ones.

2. Bad dreams (Hulum) – Hulum is the dreams that came from the Shaitan. According to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), it is advised to pray after wake up and not to share with anyone. To seek protection of Allah once should spit thrice on the left  immediately after waking up.


Rules to Interpret Islamic Dreams

While Islamic Dream interpretation one should kept following rules in mind:


  • Never share any interpretation of a dream to anyone except your truthful or a c scholar.

  • Seeing the Prophet in the dream is undoubtedly a true dream. As Satan cannot take the shape of the Prophet.

  • Seeing the same dream by a person again and again or a group of persons, then it is said to be a good dream.

  • The length of true dreams are short and concise.

  • Interpretations are only presumptive and one should make his own decision in life.

  • The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has prohibited anyone from adding something to or subtracting anything from a dream while relating it for interpretation. Doing this can spoil or corrupt a dream and is considered a great sin.

  • The same symbol occurring in a dream can have different meanings for different people.

Islamic Dream interpretation

Hadiths: Islamic Dream Interpretation 

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Indeed the worst of lies is that of a person who falsely claims to have dream.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

The Prophet also said, “Whoever claims to have dream which he did not have, will be ordered to tie two barley grains together, which he will never be able to do; and if somebody eavesdrop on some people’s conversation which they didn’t want him to hear or they tried to keep away from him, then molten lead will be poured into his ears on the Day of Resurrection; and whosoever makes a picture (of a being with a soul) will be punished on the Day of Resurrection and (will) be ordered to put a soul in it, which he will not be able to do.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Narrated Anas bin Malik, Allah’s Messenger said, “A good dream (that comes true) of a righteous man is one of forty-six parts of prophet hood.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)

Narrated Anas, the Prophet said, “Whoever has seen me in a dream, then no doubt, he has seen me, for Satan cannot imitate my shape.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)

Narrated Abu Sa‘id Al-Khudri, The Prophet said, “If anyone of you sees a dream that he likes, then it is from Allah, and he should thank Allah for it and narrate it to others; but if he sees something else, i.e., a dream that he dislikes, then it is from Satan, and he should seek refuge with Allah from its evil, and he should not mention it to anybody, for it will not harm him.” (Sahih Muslim)

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Those of you with the truest dreams will be those who are most truthful in speech.” (Sahih Muslim).

Also, the Quran mentions the following incident about dreams and their interpretations:

When Yûsuf said to his father: “O my father! Verily, I saw eleven stars and the sun and the moon, I saw them prostrating themselves to me.” He said: “O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they arrange a plot against you. Verily! Shaitân is to man an open enemy!” (Surat al-Yusuf, ayatyn 4-5)





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