Dream interpretation in Islam: A Contemporary Study


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In Islam, dreams constitute an essential part of the doctrine. There is a rich collection of precious and instructive Islamic Holy texts on dreams nature and meanings.

Muslims do believe that dreams are symbolic messages from God that would carry important meanings and future predictions for the human being.

The features of a complete scientific method for dreams interpretation are very obvious in the Islamic Holy texts. A huge and respected heritage of Muslim scholars’ writings about dreams interpretation is considered an important part of the Islamic library.

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Symbols and symbolism in dreams … What does it mean? (2)

The idea of symbolic dream interpretation, or the belief that dreams incidents are just symbols that represent other hidden meanings Imagehas originated from two sources: Religion and the special nature of dreams.

Many dreams come with unusual, abnormal, and, sometimes, unrealistic incidents. When you dream of flying with two wings, or when you dream of your dead relative alive and talking to you, or when you dream you are in fire but not burning. All these unrealistic types of dreams and their likes have strengthened the common belief that dreams incidents do not represent their direct appearance, but they are just symbols of other hidden meanings.

The Islamic Holy Book (The Noble Koran) and religious sayings of The Prophet Mohammed (May Peace be upon him) tell many symbolic dreams and their interpretations.

Dreams symbols and their interpretation method in Psychology differ from the Islamic method.

In Psychology, the dream interpreter attempts to connect the symbol to suit and represent mental ideas, feelings and desires of the dreamer. The rules of dream interpretation in Psychology are very limited, unclear and mostly unwritten. Islam has a wide range and a huge number of written logic and universal rules of dream interpretation. In Islam, dreams symbols do not only represent the human ideas or feelings, but also could tell about the future incidents, give advice, or warn from a danger.

Another question, why dreams are symbolic? Why don’t they come in a direct and straight forward manner without any symbolism? Islam has the answer to this question. The Wisdom of God has willed to create symbolic dreams to distinguish dreams from God that hold important messages from the trivial dreams that are just a direct reflection to what a person may experience in daily life. In addition, as dreams from God may tell about the future, God’s wisdom willed to create them symbolic to make their interpretation probable but not certain, in order to prevent any one from knowing the certain and undoubted future. Dream Interpretation could tell you about the probable future, while God only knows the certain future.

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Symbols and symbolism in dreams … What does it mean? (1)

ImageIt is not unusual to dream interpretation fans to hear or read about “dreams symbols”, but a big number of them might not exactly understand what does this expression mean? Or why do dream interpreters use it? And does it have a common definition? Or does it have a different meaning from one dream interpreter to another? And are all dreams symbolic? And why dreams are symbolic?

Before we discuss a “dream symbol”, let’s understand, first, what a symbol is. Simply, a symbol is something representative of another thing. In other words, a symbol is something we say, write, draw or use in any way to indicate something else. For example: a pigeon is a symbol of peace, a national flag is a symbol of a country, and the heart is a symbol of love, and so on.

Similarly, a “dream symbol” is something, or someone, or an incident appearing in a dream (an obvious dream item) that represents and indicates something else, or someone else, or some other meaning (a hidden interpretation). For example: you might have a dream of a black color (a dream item or symbol), and it could be just a symbol of sadness (hidden meaning – interpretation).

A dream interpreter’s task is to discover the hidden true meaning beyond the clear dream symbols, and to explain it to the dreamer.

During my years of dream interpretation experience, It was normal to me, to other dream interpreters, and to many dreamers to call “dream parts” symbols, or to use expressions like “interpretation of symbols” of a specific dream.

To be continued …

Nightmares … Satanic or Psychic trauma?

A nightmare is a type of dreams that impacts and inflicts the dreamer with a hyper-emotional andImage shocking sleeping experience. Simply, they are a kind of annoying dreams with a temporarily or permanently lasting effect on the dreamer’s mind and feelings.

Nightmares could become worse if ended with a dream paralysis. It is a state when you feel suffering to wake up from a horrible dream, but you are unable to do. In some cases, a nightmare might be followed by a wake-up screaming, crying or words.

In Psychology, a nightmare does, mainly, represent a suffering person. A strong oppressed desire, a hidden and growing sadness, a strong and old complex coming out in the form of dreams. The Psychologist dream interpreter’s task here is to discover such a hidden disorder, and try to help the dreamer to restore his/her balanced life and personality.

The Islamic creed neither denies the existence of such psychic disorders nor the existence of some nightmares of a suffering mind. The teachings of Islam adds another source of nightmares which are the devil.

According to the Islamic creed, the devil is an invisible creature of a specific race created from fire. He/She is an enemy of human beings, and can create such horrible dreams experiences. It is a form of devilish molestation.

In Islam, there are purposes for “the dreams of evil” or “nightmares” caused by the devil such as:

  1. Misleading: The devil tries to give you wrong information to keep you away from the right path to God or the proper thing you should do to keep your life safe and sound.
  2. Harm: The devil tries to harm your mind and feelings to disturb your life.
  3. Enmity: The devil tries to break and spoil a useful connection or relation between you and someone or more.

While a Psychologist attempts to treat nightmares with psychotherapy, Islam treats the devilish dreams with special prayers before sleeping to prevent their existence.

What are the types of dreams? (2)

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A brief comparison between dreams classifications in the Islamic creed and Psychology will provide a clear understanding of how various individuals and societies want or need or wish to gain out of Dream Interpretation.

As for the sources of dreams, Islam presents three types of them: Dreams from God, dreams from the devil or Satan, and dreams from the dreamer’s mind. According to Psychology, all dreams come only from the dreamer’s mind.

Dreams world of psychology is just limited by the boundaries of self; what you think, what you experience, what you want or need, ideas and feelings saved inside your human brain, and nothing more.

Psychology denies the existence of any dream which is claimed to originate from a source outside the human being.  On the contrary, Islamic creed acknowledges dreams that come from inside the human mind and feelings. However, Islamic creed adds two more sources to the self-reflecting dreams of Psychology.

Dream Interpretation in Psychology is a process to discover hidden desires, ideas and feelings of the human being in order to help him/her to get rid of mental disorders or imbalance in personality. Rules of dream interpretation are fairly simple to the extent that almost anyone can learn and use them.

Although, Dream Interpretation in the Islamic creed acknowledges the psychological aspect of some dreams, Islamic teachings does not give it much importance. In Islam, many dreams are messages of wisdom from God. They could tell you about your past, present or future. They could advise, teach a lesson or warn from a danger.

“Dreams of evil” are mostly deemed molestation by the devil.

Dream Interpretation in Islam is only for the dreams from God. It has several complicated rules that depend on various and variable conditions of individuals and societies. Dream Interpretation in Islam should be done with great care and skill in order to bring positive and helpful results. Few people in the world have the necessary knowledge and the special talent to extract such a type of messages from inside the incidents of the dream.

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What are the types of dreams? (1)

Many and much more dreams, but could they be categorized, grouped, or typed? And if it was possible to do so, could this division help us to have a better understanding of our dreams meanings?560911_68683433

Before I speak about any scientific classifications of dreams, I noticed that many people who ask for an interpretation to a specific dream (in forums, blogs, webpages …etc.) tend to classify it whether with or without intention. Try to browse through one of dream interpretation counselling websites, and you would find many of dream posts entitled like: “religious dream”, “nightmare”, “vivid dream”, “a dream about sex” …etc. These are classifications of dreams, which are done usually and spontaneously by “dream amateurs”. Most probably, they add these classifying titles to their dream posts in order to catch eyesight of the dream interpreter without having any further purpose or awareness if these classifications could be helpful to the interpreter or not in understanding the meaning of their dreams.

Islamic creed and Psychology are the biggest and the most well-known references for dreams classifications.

Islamic creed classifies dreams into three main groups, basically, according to their various sources, forms and influence on human mind and mood, as well as their harm or benefit to someone’s (groups’) life (lives). Psychological classification of dreams just focuses on how they would represent the inner thoughts and feelings of a human, and how they could be used for discovering mental disorders. Other classifications of dreams do exist too such as lucid dreams, which relate more to Parapsychology, and has no connection to dream interpretation.

To be continued …

Why are people interested in dreams?

Dreaming is a human phenomenon. Everyone should have dreamt at least once during life.Image Dreams are not optional, as you have no choice either to have or to avoid them. Dreams often come in a surprising and unusual way, which is enough to alert the mind.

To many people, dreaming is a mysterious and strange world that tempts them to ask, search and gain more knowledge about it. Others believe that a dream can tell them more about themselves, their inner mind, and the hidden corners inside their personalities, or even their future.

Think …

If you are interested in dreams and dream interpretation, what are the personal reasons behind your interest?