Has it ever happened to you that after facing an incident, you felt that this is exactly what you had dreamed of? This happens to many people. We live in a very mysterious world.
We all experience dreaming; different types of dreams. Some dreams seem very suggestive and meaningful. Some we can understand, and some we can’t. Many dreams we forget, wake up, and don’t remember. But some dreams stick in our minds like vivid pictures or actual events.
In Islam, one of the world’s major religions, dreams are given great importance. True dreams have been compared to prophethood. Muslims believe that some dreams may be messages from God, good news, or warnings of danger.
Here, we are going to talk about the Islamic book of dream interpretation, which includes methods of interpreting dreams, the meanings of various symbols, the Interpretation of some dreams seen by people in the past, etc.
What is Dream? Definition and Categories
Common definitions describe a dream as a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep. These may be imaginations, the words of the subconscious mind. Many have opined that dreams are the expression of people’s secret desires and emotions.
According to Islam, dreams can be of three types:
- True dream; which is shown to people by Allah. It can be good news or a warning sign of danger. This type of dream sticks in mind and can be remembered clearly later.
- Dreams from Satan. This type of dream is shown to make people afraid, sad, or anxious.
- Dreams from people’s secret desires and emotions. People dream what they consciously or subconsciously imagine and want.
The Prophet of Islam categorized dreams like this in a hadith. Awf bin Malik narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,
Dreams are of three types: Some are terrifying things from Satan, aimed at causing grief to the son of Adam; some are things that a person is concerned with when he is awake, so he sees them in his dreams, and some are a part of the forty-six parts of prophecy.Sunan Ibne Maza, Hadith: 3893
Dream Interpretation In Islam
Dream Interpretation is recognized in Islam as a special knowledge that Allah gives to certain people. It is narrated in the Qur’an that Allah gave this knowledge to His Prophet Yusuf. Allah says,
And thus will your Lord choose you and teach you dream interpretation and complete His favor upon you and upon the family of Jacob, as He completed it upon your fathers before, Abraham and Isaac. Indeed, your Lord is Knowing and Wise.Quran 12/6
The Prophet of Islam used to interpret the dreams of his companions. He taught many of his companions to interpret dreams. His companions also interpreted the dream after him. In the later era, the Tabeis also interpreted dreams. A famous interpreter of dreams among the Taba’is was Muhammad Ibn Sirin.
The practice of dream interpretation continued among Muslims in the later ages as well and still exists. They interpret dreams in the light of certain principles like interpretation by Quran, Hadith, opposite meaning, name-meaning of people seen in dreams, relationship with them, friendship and enmity, metaphorical interpretations of objects seen in dreams, personality and status of the dreamer, etc
7 Islamic Books of Dream Interpretation
Muslim scholars have written many books on dream interpretation; in which they describe the methods of dream interpretation, its principles, the metaphorical meaning of various symbols seen in dreams, the interpretation of various dreams seen by predecessors, etc.
Here, we will talk about 8 Islamic Books of Dream Interpretation
1. Mu’zamu Tafsiril-Ahlam
Authored by Muhammad Ibn Sirin in Arabic. Muhammad bin Sirin is one of the senior Tabei- followers of companions of the prophet Muhammad -who is famous for being a scholar in Islamic jurisprudence, hadith, and dream interpretation. He was born during the reign of Caliph Uthman Ibn Affan and died in the year 110 AH.
The Book Mu’zamu Tafsiril-ahlam is one of the most important and famous books authored in the field of dream interpretation. It is a large book divided alphabetically into chapters. In the preface of the book, Ibn Sirin divides dreams into two types; one type comes from God Almighty and another part from Satan. This is what the Prophet of Islam said in some hadith:
A good dream is from Allah, and a bad or evil dream is from Satan; so if anyone of you has a bad dream of which he gets afraid, he should spit on his left side and should seek Refuge with Allah from its evil, for then it will not harm him.Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 3292
This book has been translated into many languages including English as ‘Ibn Seerïn’s Dictionary of Dreams According to Islamic Inner Traditions.’ It was published in 1992 and is still available in the market. It will help you to learn the ways of straight thinking about dreams.
2. Muntakhabul-kalam Fi Tafsiril-Ahlam
This book is also authored by Muhammad bin Sirin, but the arrangement of the chapters in this book is not the same as his previously mentioned book Mujamu Tafseer Al Ahlam.
He started this book by interpreting hopeful holy dreams; such as seeing the Prophet of God in a dream, seeing themselves in front of God, seeing angels, etc.
3. Tafsiru Ahlamit-Tafaul
This is also one of the books of Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Sirin, in which he presents the interpretation of a group of dreams, and gives some guidelines for dream interpreters. He describes the conditions and signs of true dreams.
Among the conditions he mentioned, if the dreamer is honest and truthful in his life, then his dream can come true. Honest and truthful people see more true dreams. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “the truest vision will be of one who is himself the most truthful in speech.”
Another condition for seeing a true dream he mentioned is that a person should maintain his natural hygiene like removing the pubes, trimming the mustache, clipping the nails, and plucking the armpit hairs. etc. It was also narrated from the Prophet That he used to ask his companions every day, ‘Did any of you dream yesterday?’ they would describe their dreams to him and he would interpret them. Once no one dreamed for some days. The Prophet did not hear about any dreams by asking. Then he said, You are not paying attention to hygiene, that is why you are not having true dreams.’
4. Ta’tirul-kalam Fi Tafsiril-Ahlam
This is an Islamic book of dream interpretation authored in Arabic by Sheikh Abdul Ghani bin Ismail An-Nabulsi Ad-Dimashqi. He was a jurist and writer.
Sheikh Abdul Ghani arranged this book alphabetically. Each chapter is concerned with a letter of the alphabet, for example, the first chapter in the book, the Alif Chapter
5. Qawaidu Tafsiril-Ahlam
This book is also called Al-Badrul-Munir in the field of dream interpretation. It was authored by Imam Shehabul-A’ber Al-Maqdisi Al-Hanbali. In this book he describes the method of dream interpretation.
He has detailed in this book the statements of the Qur’an and Hadith, the statements of the Sahaba, Tabee’is, and scholars about dream interpretation. The main topic of this book is the rule of dream interpretation; he has described its rules in detail.
In this book, Imam Shehabul-A’ber classified the dream into four types :
- A dream that is outwardly and inwardly good, such as someone saw Allah or angels in a dream.
- A dream that is good outwardly but bad inwardly, such as someone saw smelling flowers, It is outwardly good but indicates suffering and misery.
- A dream that is bad outwardly and inwardly, such as someone saw in his dream that a snake is biting him or his house has been destroyed. It is outwardly bad and indicates enmity and danger.
- A dream that is bad outwardly but good inwardly, such as someone saw slaughtering his son in a dream. It’s horrible outwardly but it indicates that he will soon perform Hajj or get her son married.
6. Alamul-Ahlam; Tafsirur-Rumuj wal-Isharat
This book is authored in Arabic by Dr. Suleiman Al-Dulaimi. He presents ancient and modern views and theoretical trends on dream interpretation. He traces the history of dream interpretation from the time of Aristotle.
He also mentioned some historical dream stories of famous people, such as the dream that awakened Hitler during the First World War. This dream made him rush out of the shelter in which he was sheltering and as soon as he left, a shell fell on the shelter and killed everyone in it. Hitler thanked God for this dream.
7. Azaibu Tafsiril-Ahlam Bil-Quran
This Islamic book of dream interpretation was written by Abul-Fida Muhammad Izzat Muhammad Arif. He arranged the book also in alphabetical order to make it easier for the reader to access what he is looking for. He interprets dreams by Quranic verses.
FAQs on Islamic Book of Dream Interpretation
How do we interpret dreams in Islam?
Muslim interpreters interpret dreams in the light of certain principles like interpretation by Quran, Hadith, opposite meaning, name-meaning of people seen in dreams, relationship with them, friendship and enmity, metaphorical interpretations of objects seen in dreams, personality and status of the dreamer, etc
What happens if books comes in dream?
Books in dreams indicate many different meanings in Islamic dream-interpretation. The new book in the dream indicates a close marriage, and in the dream of a married woman, the book indicates a close pregnancy. Leaving books or throwing them in a dream indicates the death of a dear person. Books in the dream of a student or researcher indicate great success.
What are the 3 types of dreams in Islam?
Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Dreams are of three types: Some are terrifying things from Satan, aimed at causing grief to the son of Adam; some are things that a person is concerned with when he is awake, so he sees them in his dreams, and some are a part of the forty-six parts of prophecy.” -Sunan Ibne Maza
What is the difference between dreams and visions in Islam?
A dream usually means a meaningless or bad dream. Vision means a good dream, a meaningful dream, or a dream from God. In Arabic, these two words are ‘Ar-Ruya’ and ‘Al-Hulm.’ The prophet of Islam said, “Ar-Ruya comes from Allah, and Al-Hulm comes from Satan.” -Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 6995
According to modern science, dreams are simply imaginations and conversations of the subconscious mind. But human faith and the mystery of the world are different things. Mankind has many strange and mysterious experiences that have no scientific explanation.
In the Islamic faith, it is also believed that many dreams of people are just imaginations of their minds, but not all dreams. Islamic book of dream interpretation will help you to decode your own dreams.