Types of Dreams

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.

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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 …