How do dreams happen
- According to Science, dreams are images and visions that our mind creates when we are asleep. With all the research that has been done, there is no absolute conclusion to why we dream and what its purpose is. Many researchers have concluded that dreams have no meaning, while some say that dreams exist so we can process emotions and solve life problems.
- According to Science, there are 3 classifications of Dreams
- Vivid Dreams - The most vivid dreams come in the REM (Rapid Eye Movement - when brain is most active) phase of your sleep, although dreams can occur anytime during sleep.
- Lucid Dreams - When you are aware that you are dreaming. These occur in between REM sleep and being awake.
- Nightmares - According to Science, nightmares happen due to stress, fear, trauma, medication or illness. A Scientific solution to having recurring nightmares is to talk to a mental health doctor who is said to have some tips to let those nightmares go away.
- Science tells us that dreams are just visions and they are probably never going to occur in your real life - so if you see a nightmare, don’t take it too seriously.
Psychological perspective on Dreams
According to the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, dreams connect us with our subconscious mind and they expose the person's unconscious hopes, thoughts and desires.
Do dreams have any meaning?
While one set of researchers believe that dreams have nothing to do with a person’s real thoughts and emotions, other researchers believe that dreams are very much linked to our emotions and inner desires and fears. They believe that by interpreting the dreams, one can gain a better understanding of themselves.
However, the same researchers also suggest not to rely on dream interpretation books, articles on the web or a-z dream dictionaries to interpret your dreams, as the true meaning of dreams are unique to you only.
What do recurring dreams mean
Scientifically speaking, dreams are just images and visions created by your mind. So if you are having a recurring dream, the scientific understanding suggests that your subconscious mind is trying to convey something to you.
Biblical take on Dream and Interpretations
According to the Bible, dreams are a way God speaks with its servants.
“He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds.”
Source: Job 33:15
It is also clear that dream interpretations have existed during the biblical times by this following verse.
“But if you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. So tell me the dream and interpret it for me.”
Source: Daniel 2:6
Spiritual Meaning of Dreams
In the Islamic aspect related to the subject of Dreams, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) acknowledged the dreams and classified them as three types
- Good dreams that are from Allah the Almighty
- Bad dreams that are from the Satan aimed to trouble the sons of Adam
- Subconscious dreams that a man sees due to the concerns they have while they are awake
Source: Sahih al-Bukhari 6984, Book 91, Hadith 3
The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said, "A true good dream is from Allah, and a bad dream is from Satan."
A bad dream should never be shared with anyone.
A dreamer can share a good dream only to someone who they love or to someone who is wise.
What to do when you see a nightmare
In Islam, the bad dream or a nightmare is a work of Satan and whatever has been seen in a bad dream will not harm the dreamer.
Source: Sahih al-Bukhari 6986, Book 91, Hadith 5
The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said, "A good dream that comes true is from Allah, and a bad dream is from Satan, so if any of you sees a bad dream, he should seek refuge with Allah from Satan and should spit on the left (without saliva), for the bad dream will not harm him."
It is also ordered to never share your bad dream with anyone.
Source: Sunan Ibn Majah 3913, Book 35, Hadith 21
“If anyone of you has a bad dream, he should not tell people about how Satan played with him in his dream.”
Source : Sunan Ibn Majah 3912, In-book reference : Book 35, Hadith 20
It was narrated that Jabir said:
“A man came to the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) when he was delivering a sermon and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! Last night in my dream I saw my neck being struck and my head fell off, and I chased it, picked it up and put it back.’ The Messenger of Allah (?) said: ‘If Satan plays with any one of you in his dreams, he should not tell people about it.’”
Value of Dreams in Islam
In Islam, if one sees good dreams, it is considered as one of the 46 parts of prophethood.
Source : Sahih al-Bukhari 6987, In-book reference : Book 91, Hadith 6
The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said, "The (good) dreams of a faithful believer is a part of the forty-six parts of prophetism:'
It is also reported that if someone has seen Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in their dream, it is classified as a good dream and they have indeed seen him (SAW) in the dream.
Source : Sahih al-Bukhari 6994, In-book reference : Book 91, Hadith 13
The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Whoever has seen me in a dream, then no doubt, he has seen me, for Satan cannot imitate my shape.
Do not Lie about your dream
Source : Sahih al-Bukhari 7043, In-book reference : Book 91, Hadith 57
Allah's Messenger (Peace and blessings be upon him) said, "The worst lie is that a person claims to have seen a dream which he has not seen."
It is directed as per Islam that Muslims should take a bath (Ghusl) if they find moisture on his body or clothes when they wake up.
Source : Sunan Abi Dawud 236, In-book reference : Book 1, Hadith 236
The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) was asked about a person who found moisture (on his body or clothes) but did not remember the sexual dream. He replied: He should take a bath. He was asked about a person who remembered that he had a sexual dream but did not find moisture. He replied: Bath is not necessary for him. Umm Salamah then asked: Is washing necessary for a woman if she sees that (in her dream)? He replied: Yes. Woman are counterpart of men.
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