Islam and the Quran

Acting by Dreams

Question: Should we act according to our dreams?

Our Prophet said:
“Dreams are of three types: good dream which is a sort of glad tidings from Allah; the evil dream which causes pain is from the Satan; and the third one is a suggestion of one’s own mind; so if any one of you sees a dream which he does not like he should stand tip and offer prayer and he should not relate it to people.” (Muslim,Dreams,6 (2263).

Another hadith of our Prophet on this subject is as follows:
“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.”  (Bukhari, Dreams, 3)

If you wake up in a relaxed manner about your dream, it is glad tidings from Allah, but that does not mean it will come out immediately. It is rumored that the dream of Joseph (p.b.u.h.) came out after 40 or 80 years later. As stated in the hadith, if you feel trouble about your dream you will seek refuge in Allah and simply ignore it.

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