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What does this nightmare mean?

nightmare, bad dream

Hello everyone, Assalamualaikum,

So I had a dream today at 4:30 A.M. I saw that my sister is telling me she can't wait until she moves out because every night she hears Satan swims in our back yard and that there's a graveyard (she hears the dead lady is crying and going crazy at night), then I replied to her saying " I don't believe any of those, I strongly believe in Allah and the Quran". Then she said "you want to see?"  and she pushed me so hard I woke up then and my body started shaking. [ In reality there's no water in the backyard for the Satan to swim and there's no graveyard either].

What does this mean?

Please help me with this question thank you.

- R-ahmed

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  1. Ahmed, wa-alaykum as-salam,

    Wow, that's a strange image that one of our editors put on there, lol.

    I do not know what your dream means, but I would advise you not to install a swimming pool in the backyard.

    Okay, no more jokes. I have no training in dream interpretation and I cannot explain your dream. I can only give you general advice, which is to seek refuge with Allah from Shaytan the accursed. Recite Surat-An-Naas and Surat-Al-Falaq.

    Abu Dawud related that Abu Sa'id al-Khudri said that when the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, rose at night, he would say the takbir and then say, "Glory be to You, O Allah, and by your praise. Blessed is Your Name and exalted are You. There is no god but You." Then he said, "There is no god but Allah" three times, "Allah is very great" three times, and "I seek refuge with Allah, the All-Hearing, all-Knowing from the Accursed Shaytan from his spurring, blowing and spitting." Then he would recite.

    Regarding the excellence of seeking refuge, Muslim related that Sulayman ibn Surad said, "Two men were quarrelling in the presence of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. One of them became angry and his face turned red and his veins stood out. The Prophet looked at him and said, 'I know a statement which, if you say it, will remove what you feel: I seek refuge with Allah from the accursed Shaytan." A man who had heard the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, went to the man and said, 'Do you know what the Messenger of Allah said? He said, "I know a statement which, if you say it, will remove what you feel: I seek refuge with Allah from the accursed Shaytan."' The man said to him, 'Do you think I am mad?'" (al-Bukhari)

    Muslim reported that 'Uthman ibn Abi'l-'As said, "I went to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said, 'Messenger of Allah, Shaytan comes between me and my prayer and recitation and confuses me.' He said, "That is a Shaytan called Khinzab. When you feel that, seek refuge in Allah from him and spit to your left three times.' I did that and Allah removed it from me."

    Abu Dawud reported that Ibn 'Umar said, "When the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, travelled, and night was coming he said, 'O earth, my Lord and your Lord is Allah. I seek refuge with Allah from your evil and the evil of what He creates in you, from the evil of what crawls on you, from the lion and the black scorpion, from snakes and scorpions and the dwellers of the land, and the parent and what he begets."

    Khawla bint Hakim reported that she heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, "If anyone makes camp and then says, 'I seek refuge with the complete words of Allah from the evil of what He created,' he will not be harmed by anything until he sets out again." (Muwatta', Muslim and at-Tirmidhi)

    Wael Editor

  2. Salaam alaikum, I am afraid I cannot tell you what this dream means from what I know and whatever sources are available to me at this time. If I find anymore I will InshaAllah post them on here.

    I realise that this dream probably freaked you out, and don't blame you, I too would be the same.

    Hadith - Bukhari 9:168, Narrated Abu Salama
    I used to see a dream which would make me sick till I heard Abu Qatada saying, "I too, used to see a dream which would make me sick till I heard the Prophet (SAW) saying, "A good dream is from Allah, so if anyone of you saw a dream which he liked, he should not tell it to anybody except to the one whom he loves, and if he saw a dream which he disliked, then he should seek refuge with Allah from its evil and from the evil of Satan, and spit three times (on his left) and should not tell it to anybody, for it will not harm him."

    Hadith - Muslim 5640, Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah, r.a.
    Allah's Messenger said: There came to him (the Prophet) a desert Arab and said: I saw in a dream that I had been beheaded and I had been following it (the severed head). Allah's Apostle reprimanded him saying: Do not inform about the vain sporting of devil with you during the night.

    I have also heard (but cannot find the source I am afraid that dreams originate from three sources or are of three types:
    - Dreams from your subconscious
    - Shaytaan 'winding you up/distressing you'
    - Dreams directly from Allah swt that have meaning.

    Dreams from subconscious are related to whats in your mind. Everyday activities/thoughts/feelings stick with us, some more than others. Some we are aware of (like what we did today) Others we are not consciously aware of. (e.g. its a bit like walking somewhere and overhearing a few words of a convo without taking notice and dreaming something sort of related to it) Dreams kind of sort out this information, so sometimes we have very strange dreams all mixed up with different bits of our day but they dont 'mean' anything as such. A lot of dreams fall into this category

    Most likely explanation I feel is that shaytaan is playing with you, and making you stressed, so seek refuge with Allah swt from Shaytaan and his tricks, and maintain/ strenghten your relationship with Allah. Seek His protection for you and your fam from Shaytaan.

    Other dreams may mean something or be a sign. I personally beleive that these dreams are quite rare, but a minority of people have a lot of 'meaningful' dreams (i know a lady like this) - which turn out to be true. I dont know whether you are one of this.

    What I believe is important tho is to have a positive outlook/interpretation of the dream. If you have a bad dream spit 3x on left, seek refuge with Allah from Shaytan and dont tell anyone about it. Also even if its terrible never say it means such and such..(a bad thing). Always assume that if dreams have a meaning its a positive meaning.

    Dont be one of those people that always tries to interpret dreams, you just have to trust in Allah that if something will be, it will be, but at the same time dont close your eyes cuz sometimes Allah sends us messages. I cannot interpret this dream, all I can say is say Ayatul Kursi before you go sleep, Surah Ikhlas, Falaq and Naas once after each salat and 3 x each after magrib and fajr and before you sleep. Do a good tafsir, try not to dwell on dream too much unless its recurring. Seek Allahs help and protection - only He can help you.

    May Allah protect you and your family (& us all) and give us peace of mind.
    Sorry for the long post - i had difficulty explaining - its not a strong point of mine. 🙁

  3. #some points from a site. Allah forgive me if any are wrong

    Recognize that a dream from Allah swt must happen.

    Realize that because you have never seen nor met the Prophet saaws, you cannot verify whether it is him in your dream or not. This means it is very easy for the shaytaan to tell you that he is the Prophet saaws in your dream, and you cannot prove otherwise, so put no faith in it.

    Do not be fooled by the jinn into thinking that just because you have dreams that come true, that you are the khalifah, a Prophet, or a friend to the jinn. Insha'Allah, never trust the jinn, do not talk to the jinn, do not seek their assistance, and do not listen to the jinn.

    Recognize that every time you dream about a cow, for instance, it does not mean that the cow necessarily symbolizes the believers as it did once in a dream of the Prophet saaws.

    • These are interesting points but not very relevant to this person's question, since this dream was not a true dream, did not feature the Prophet (pbuh), and had no cows.

      Also, the second point is not correct. Shaytan cannot assume the forms of the Prophets in a dream. So if you have a dream of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) you must verify that the image you saw matches the physical description of the Prophet as given in the books of hadith; and his behavior and words should be consistent with the teachings of Quran and Sunnah. If these two points are met then you can be confident that you have seen the Prophet himself (pbuh). Seeing him is a great blessing and a form of guidance, as it is a type of true dream.

      Abu Huraira (ra) narrates: The Prophet (pbuh) said: "Whoever has seen me in a dream, has in fact seen me, for Satan does not appear in my form" (Sahih Muslim, vol. 4 p 1225 no 5635)

      One of the Quranic transcribers, Yazeed al Faarisee, related that he saw the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) in a dream during the era of Ibn Abbas and informed him. Ibn Abbas said, "Allahs Messenger (pbuh) used to say, 'Satan is unable to imitate my form, so whoever dreamt that they saw me, actually saw me'. Can you describe the person that you saw?" Yazeed replied, "Yes. I saw a man of medium height, of light brown hair, with a nice laugh, black eyes, a nicely rounded face. His beard filled from here to here (from one cheek to another) and almost filled his neck" [at this point the haidth narrator, Awf, interjected that he could not remember the other characteristics Yazeed mentioned]. Ibn Abbas said, "If you saw him while you were awake you wouldn't have been able to describe him better!" [al-Fath ar-Rabbaanee bol 17, p 225, nt1]

      Wael Editor

      • I read your comment over again and I take back my remark about the cows, since I see now that you were only using that as an example, and you are exactly right. The symbolism of any object is tied to your own cultural and personal background. What it meant to someone else in a different age is not necessarily relevant.

        Wael Editor

        • W.salaam. Yes I see your point. and when I later reviewed it I did see the Ayah about how satan cant assume the form of the Prophet (SAW) on the SAME website! They were just summary points, but apologies for the errors in choice of website, but jzk for amending.

  4. Salaams,

    Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, under the authority of Shaykh Nazim Effendi of Cyprus, who is a high Shaykh under the Naqshbandi-Haqqani tariqah, has recently started a website under which dreams can be submitted for authentic interpretation.

    If you are interested in submitting your dream to this site, you may do so. This site is also available to answer questions of practice, personal matters, and spirituality (similar to this site), as well as a venue to submit requests for Dua.

    So far as I know, that website is the only means available to get any dream intrepretated by a shaykh who is known and respected around the world.

    • Kabbani is not respected around the world, and I personally would not recommend anything by or from him. His beliefs are deeply deviant and flawed, and far removed from the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). For example, check out this interview he gave:

      Interview with Hisham Kabbani

      He also insulted the majority of Muslims in the USA when he testified in front of the U.S. Congress that 80% of mosques in the USA are run by extremists. He made some crazy statements, even implying that U.S. Muslims had hidden nuclear bombs to use in terrorist attacks. I remember watching a tape recording of the entire event several years ago. It was disgraceful. Afterwards, 100 Islamic organizations signed a statement condemning him for placing Muslims in danger through his irresponsible and reckless statements.

      Still, he went on the next year to claim that American Muslim leaders (except for him, of course) want to impose Shari'ah law on Americans. Kabbani gets himself media attention and the praise of non-Muslims by feeding into Islamophobia.

      It hardly surprises me that he would claim to be able to interpret dreams.

      Wael Editor

    • :O

      save yourself my dear amy! just read the stuff that he's too obvious that he's a deviant saint!

      by the way...keep yourself away from all started in a good way but now most of the sufi groups have such crazy ideas and practises!

      Plz listen to this lecture by Sheikh Abu Mussab Wajdi Akkary

      • Salaams,

        I respect that everyone on this site is coming for general Islamic advice based on Shariah. However I would like to say that this venue should not be a site where others are advised which path of Islam to follow, such as being advised against sufism, against Shia'ism, against the following of madhab, or any other specific Islamic practice or idealogy that others may feel inclined to seek out. Obviously visitors to this site are coming from many different Islamic backgrounds, and should not be judged on those backgrounds unless that was the specific advice being sought.

        I understand that there may be opinions for or against certain shaykhs, such as Wael mentioned. However, making an observation that a certain individual is not following what others know to be accurate does not mean that the entire ideology they represent should be spoken against (for instance the statement above: "keep yourself away from sufism"). There may be radical Shia clerics, it does not mean we should advise others against Shia'ism. There may be extreme Wahhabi leaders, but that does not mean we should tell people not to incline themselves toward wahhabism. There may be things about sufism that others do not accept, but that does not mean we should tell Muslims who want to take a sufi Shaykh not to do so.

        Certainly Hisham Kabbani is one of many sufi shaykhs, representing one of many tariqahs. Unfortunately, while the importance and significance of dreams is known throughout all of Islam, sufi tariqahs are generally the only venue these days where one might find a shaykh who is able to interpret them. As I said before, the website was the only one I have found that allows for dreams to be interpreted. It may be there are other Islamic websites that also offer this, but I have not found them yet. It may also be that other shaykhs who can interpret dreams, and who may be seen by some as more "genuine", are working on becoming more available to seekers. Until that time, it is up to every individual person to determine where they find their guidance. Whether someone chooses to use an option offered by others, that is up to them.

        I am going to say this as a general statement, not about any particular recognized figure. There are some people in Islam who others may find to be speaking in a way others do not support, yet there are many followers of those people who are finding fulfillment and are progressing in overcoming their nafs and being more submissive to Allah. Ultimately, if someone is reaching the goals of Islam under someone we would not normally espouse, we should still be able to praise Allah that He is using what some might call a "harm" for His greater purposes. It may be that one day any person who is "incorrect" may find the error of their way and submit to "truth". As far as I know, we should find the good in every person who calls themselves Muslim, over any flaws they may matter how hard to ignore they may seem.

        • Amy I agree with you. That's why I spoke against Kabbani in particular, without criticizing sufism in general. I also do not accept general condemnations of Shiism or Salafism on this website, or of any madhhab, or any such divisiveness.

          I understand your general logic on Kabbani, but I don't fully agree. Many African-American Muslims came to Islam by first following Elijah Muhammad, then from there they found the truth and learned about Islam proper. But that does not excuse Elijah for being a deviant and a false prophet.

          The truth is that Allah can use anyone or anything to guide people, even a person or thing who may be an enemy of Islam.


  5. The place where you live; does anyone lived there before that relates to that old lady. In my opinion the "Thought Forms" of the lady died in grief, sorrow, pain or unfinished business might be affecting you guys. When a person dies his spirit goes to Allah and he/she has no connection to the world however the "Thought Form" of the deceased remain in the world. It is also known as "Ham Zad" in urdu, Tulpa, Golum or Servitor in other cultures. Its a vibration energy and it can effect lives of the living to some extend. I suggest you may recite Sura-e-Ikhlas, Sura-e-Falk and Ayatul Kursi and seek protection from Allah. Hopefully all of this will dissolve in itself. Also stop fearing the Ghosts are devils as it only elevates their energy levels. The other way to completely eliminate is to know about the life of the deceased woman, her tragedy etc. As soon as you know the truth .. the darkness will dissipate immediately.

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