Almost each of us sees dreams every night. Though there are some people who claim not to have seen any dream, as such, but still the majority of us might have seen numerous dreams in our life. Sometimes people wake up quite pleased as they feel that they have seen a ‘good dream’ and in other instances they wake up horrified after seeing a bad dream or a nightmare. Wet dreams, which are also known as nocturnal ejaculation, are a common occurrence too in the lives of people. These are basically sexual dreams which accompany ejaculation. Prophetic dreams, on the other hand, are those which foretell some future event. So through this general information we can surmise that the dreams can be grouped into quite a few categories.
Not only dreams, but the viewpoints and attitude of the people regarding dreams can also be grouped into different categories. The first group comprises of people who claim that they do not see dreams. Then there are some others who see dreams for sure, but they tend to forget about them once they wake up. Such people believe that dreams are mere reflections of what we see, hear or think about, during the daytime. Hence, they should not be overrated. So according to such people there is no point in remembering something which is insignificant. We know that usually our brain registers only those things which seem to be important to us and whatever seems to be trivia is often forgotten easily. The second group, which undervalues dreams, does not consider them to be important. Therefore, there mind also does not seem to register dreams and they quickly forget about them.
The third group not just believes in the importance of dreams but also does so with much aplomb. They have distorted the real concept of dreams beyond recognition. Some of them believe that we can control our dreams in order to solve our problems through techniques such as dream incubation. Now most of us might have heard about the idiom ‘to sleep on it’ which means permitting our subconscious mind to process a problem while we sleep. As a matter of fact, dreams can definitely solve our problems if we manage to decode them but controlling our own dreams in something too unrealistic.
The numerous scientific theories about dreams which are making the rounds these days can be either true or untrue. The diverse opinions which we find about dreams can also be accurate. We, being Muslims, can refute them only if we find that they are not in conformity with the Holy Quran and the ahadith. Dreams have been given much importance in Islam and we find their mention in quite a few instances in the Holy Quran and several times in the ahadith. In order to benefit from the dreams which we see and in order to understand and interpret them accurately, we should first of all, be aware about the concept of dreams in Islam.
In my subsequent posts, I shall Inshallah decode the dreams in the light of Islam and I shall throw light upon their significance in our day to day lives.