Why don’t Muslims talk about their bad dreams and nightmares? – Inside Saudi

In Saudi Arabia, nobody will talk to you about their bad dreams. In Islam we are silent about it.

When my children have nightmares, I tell them not to talk about it. You’ve learned not to do it.

Today they just mention that they had a bad dream, then try to forget it and talk about their day.

However, it has always seemed insensitive NOT listening to them when they wake up in a desperate state.

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So why don’t Muslims talk about their bad dreams or nightmares?

Muslims refuse to talk about bad dreams based on the advice of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) that good dreams are from Allah (SWT) so we praise Allah and share them. Conversely, bad dreams are from Satan, so let’s not talk about that. We should seek refuge in Allah from their evil so that they do no harm.

Several of the Prophets of Muhammad (SEEN) companions (sahaba) heard him make similar statements about bad dreams and later reported them.

All Muslims accept these narrations (Hadith) instructing us to remain silent after nightmares.

However, the narratives do not provide sufficient reasons why we should refrain from sharing details of bad dreams with others.

In Islam dreams are subconscious visions, fantasies or mental disturbances.

There are three types of dreams:

  1. Positive communication from Allah (SWT)
  2. Affairs in the dreamer’s mind
  3. Terrible visions of Satan

Abu Huraira Reports The Prophet Mohammed (SAW) interpreted the three types of dreams that appear in Sunan Ibn Majdah 3906 Chapter of Interpretation of Dreams 35, Hadith 14.

In this particular Hadith, Prophet Muhammad (SEEN) allows Muslims to tell others about the dreams they like and to refrain from talking about those they don’t like.

“There are three types of dreams: glad tidings from Allah, what is going on in a person’s mind, and frightening dreams about Satan. If one of you sees a dream that he likes, he should tell others about it if he likes, but if he sees something he doesn’t like, he should not tell anyone and he should stand up and pray.

Sunan Ibn Majdah 3906, 35/14

Positive Communication from Allah (SWT)

These are the happy dreams, visions, inspirations, joys, fulfilment, deja vu and occasional predictions.

Affairs in the dreamer’s mind

These come from the dreamer’s subconscious and represent feelings and personal observations. They can be positive, neutral, or even uncomfortable.

Terrible visions of Satan

These are willful evil attempts to frighten and distress the dreamer. They are confusing, disturbing visions and leave the dreamer frightened and upset.

The Sunnah does not give any specific reasons why we should discuss the first and second types of dreams in detail with others; positive message from Allah (SWT) and affairs of the dreamer’s mind.

However, below are five possible reasons why we really should be doing this.

1. Prophet Mohammed encouraged us to share visions/good dreams

In many hadiths, Prophet Mohammed (SAW) specifically asks us to praise Allah (SWT) and share happy dream experiences with others.

2. Good dreams are 1 part of 46 parts of the prophecy

Abu Huraira (RA) reported the Prophet Mohammed (SEEN) to say that a believer’s dreams are seldom wrong when the end of time approaches.

Your dream is part of the 46 parts of the prophecy. And what is prophecy can never be wrong.

Sahih Al Bukhari 6614 Sahih Muslim 2263

3. Visions from Allah are special

For most Muslims, visions or the glad tidings of Allah (SWT) rarely occur. These positive visions feel meaningful and should be shared with others.

4. Positive dreams arise

Positive dreams and visions unite Muslim hearts and minds. They bring us closer together in a spirit of love and sharing.

5. Positive thoughts turn into positive realities

The world around us once existed only as a thought in the minds of others.

Eventually, these thoughts took shape and manifested in the physical objects and environments that surround us.

Likewise, the contemplation of visions and dreams causes them to fly, take specific forms, and manifest in the real world.

Imagine a world where every positive vision and dream manifests itself.

Likewise the Sunnah does not provide details on why we should do this NOT talk to others about the third type of dreams; the terrible visions of Satan.

In this matter, upon waking up, Muslims only refrain from telling anyone the details of their terrible nightmares.

They put their trust in the Prophet Muhammad (SEEN) wisdom and obey his instructions.

They mention having a bad dream and seek comfort and reassurance from parents and family members, but DO NOT repeat details of the nightmare that occurred while they were sleeping.

However, below are three possible reasons why we really should NOT share details about bad dreams.

1. Visions in dreams of Satan are designed to provoke others

Evil visions, images, influences and whisperings appear in bad dreams and nightmares. Satan and demons appear in our sleep and plant them there on purpose to frighten and disturb us.

Such visions correspond to his evil intentions.

By ignoring those horrible dreams and NOT by discussing them at length with others, Muslims deny Satan.

We may think about it, but we don’t share it and deny Satan’s power to negatively affect others through our thoughts and words.

2. Discourage negative dreams

Telling details of nightmares or bad dreams and visions scares other Muslims and causes them pain and distress.

They have the negative effect of inducing fear, despair, and sad hearts.

3. Negative thoughts turn into negative realities

The world around us once existed only as a thought in people’s minds.

Eventually, these thoughts took shape and manifested in the physical objects and environments that surround us.

Likewise, the contemplation of visions and dreams causes them to fly, take specific forms, and manifest in the real world.

Imagine a world where nightmares and bad dreams have become a living reality.

That Sunnah provides Muslims with clear guidance on what to do immediately after experiencing nightmares or bad dreams.

How Muslims Should Deal With Bad Dreams – The 10 Ways

  1. Acknowledge the bad dream/nightmare
  2. Understand that the terrifying visions are from Satan
  3. Deny Satan any influence by ignoring and trying to forget the dream
  4. get out of bed
  5. Spit dry on the left side three times
  6. Drape the linens over the bed/sleeping area
  7. Refrain from talking to anyone about the bad dream
  8. Seek refuge in Allah (SWT) Of Satan and his evil
  9. Pray two rakahs and do dua.
  10. Return to bed and roll over to sleep on the opposite side of the bed

Finally we ask Allah (SWT) to protect every Muslim from the evil influences of Satan.

Should nightmares occur, we wholeheartedly encourage you to follow these steps provided by the Sunnah.

They are the proven remedies of our beloved Prophet Mohammed (SEEN)

How do I tell the difference between dreams of Satan and dreams from the unconscious?

You can tell by the level of disruption you experience. Dreams inspired by Satan cause pain and severe disruption and are grotesque in nature. Dreams that originate in the subconscious can seem bizarre, but they can be explained by events, feelings, and circumstances in your life.

Can I get closer to Allah (SWT) in my dreams?

Yes! But start by making resolutions, fasting, meditating, praying, spending time in nature, doing something duaReading the Koran, asking for forgiveness, helping others, remembering Allah (SWT) and keep your thoughts and discussions positive.

Your visions will plot a conspiracy against you.-Quran Yusuf 12:5

What dreams are and what to do after having bad dreams – Islam Questions and Answers

Hadith about dreams: Good dreams of believers are part of prophecy – Daily Hadith Online

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