As we delve deeper into the enigmatic world of dreams the journey gets more and more exciting. In order to unravel the mysteries of dreams we first need to tighten our seat belts because the world of dreams is truly a roller-coaster ride with its own shares of thrills and spills.
In order to interpret our dreams successfully first of all we need to get rid of the preconceived notion that dreams merely reflect our inner most thoughts, fears and insecurities. I have already proved with the help of reference from the Holy Quran and the ahadith that dreams are an important and integral part of our lives and a blessing from Allah (swt). Would any of us close the door on someone who is trying to help us? Certainly not! In fact, we will welcome the person and hear him out. Likewise our dreams also offer practical solutions to our day-to day problems in a coded form and they guide us in a symbolic way. So it would not be prudent on our part to ignore them or consider them to be meaningless. Just because we have not worked out on ways of interpreting them that does not mean that the dreams do not carry any weight. A puzzle may apparently seem to be very tough and confusing at first glance but if we work out ways of solving it then we can certainly solve it, no matter what. It is the same case with our dreams.
According to a hadith, ‘Those who have the most truthful dreams are the ones who are the most truthful in speech’. (Muslim 4200).
There is another hadith which throws light not only on the truthfulness of dreams but it also enlightens us about the logic behind their occurrence.
‘Towards the end of time, hardly any dream will be untrue. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘This will be because Prophethood and its effects will be so far away in time so the believers will be given some compensation in the form of dreams which will bring them good news or will help them to be patient and steadfast in their faith’. (Sahih Bukhari: 6499 & Muslim: 4200)
This hadith gives us a crystal clear explanation about the concept of dreams in Islam.
So the third step in dream interpretation will be to understand the true meaning and importance of dreams in the light of Islam so that we do not have any misconceptions about dreams. Once we get our basics right then we can easily surge ahead in the right direction.