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How exactly is dream interpretation practiced in Islam? Where does it come from? What is the reasoning behind it? In Christianity (Orthodox) we stay away from this because it can be used by demons and we see it as tarot card reading, astrology, etc. things you should stay away from. How do you know your dreams are actually from god and not just demonic deception?

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When a person goes to sleep, their soul leaves their body, as it says in the Quran:

"God takes the souls at the time of their death, and those that die not during their sleep; then He withholds those on whom He has passed the decree of death and sends the others back till an appointed term; most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect." (39:42)

So a person's soul goes to the spiritual realm and thus they dream - where for the majority of people these dreams are just concoctions of their memories, vastly enlarged, due to the immense creative power of the soul being freed up from having to deal with many functions of the body.

However, as a person goes higher up the ladder in their level of belief and practice, from time to time they experience true dreams, where they might meet a deceased person, or a living spiritual teacher, or an angel, or see the future etc. These kind of dreams have a completely different kind of vibe than the normal mixed up dreams, and are clear, coherent and spiritually powerful - that is how they can be recognized. 

There are also Satanic dreams where a person is visited by demons - not in demonic form of course, because they can shape shift, who try to misguide the person and lead them astray. That is why dreams of other than the prophets do not have authoritative value in Islam.

But believers who have reached a higher level of faith personally benefit greatly from dreams, as it is related from the prophet Muhammad:

In the last age, the dreams of a believer will be 1/70th of prophethood.  

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On 1/2/2017 at 12:16 PM, Abdullah1400 said:

"There are also Satanic dreams where a person is visited by demons - not in demonic form of course, because they can shape shift, who try to misguide the person and lead them astray. That is why dreams of other than the prophets do not have authoritative value in Islam."

Salam-un-alaikum!

I would like to request for both, knowledge and clarification (mabbe since I am going through a smiliar scenario randomly). The points/questions are below:

1.What if one sees a relative (in a dream) giving him advise or help to come out of a crunchy situation?

-- This ''advise-in-the-dream" serves helpful at times, given that there are no spontatneous downsides in the crunchy situation

2. The knowledge and explanations (of negative outcomes in a past situation) that are given by these spiritual relatives sound very 'logical' and in series with "karma" and good for humanity/mankind in general (regarless of person being muslim/non-muslim/atheist). So, i guess the question in a nut shell is how to differentiate between satanic &non-satanic dreams given the condition that the person in the dream sounds and is helpful??

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On 1/3/2017 at 6:20 AM, Abbas88 said:

Salam-un-alaikum!

I would like to request for both, knowledge and clarification (mabbe since I am going through a smiliar scenario randomly). The points/questions are below:

1.What if one sees a relative (in a dream) giving him advise or help to come out of a crunchy situation?

-- This ''advise-in-the-dream" serves helpful at times, given that there are no spontatneous downsides in the crunchy situation

2. The knowledge and explanations (of negative outcomes in a past situation) that are given by these spiritual relatives sound very 'logical' and in series with "karma" and good for humanity/mankind in general (regarless of person being muslim/non-muslim/atheist). So, i guess the question in a nut shell is how to differentiate between satanic &non-satanic dreams given the condition that the person in the dream sounds and is helpful??

Salaamun Alaykum,

Given that Shayateen can come in the form of deceased relatives it may be a little tricky do determine the nature of the dream. However as long as nothing they say or advise goes against the Quran and Sunnah then one should be able to benefit from such encounters. Make a point of doing wudhu before going to sleep and of reciting the Maudhatayn and Ayat al-Kursi.

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On 04/01/2017 at 0:35 PM, Abdullah1400 said:

Salaamun Alaykum,

Given that Shayateen can come in the form of deceased relatives it may be a little tricky do determine the nature of the dream. However as long as nothing they say or advise goes against the Quran and Sunnah then one should be able to benefit from such encounters. Make a point of doing wudhu before going to sleep and of reciting the Maudhatayn and Ayat al-Kursi.

WKS !

Thanks for the clarification and the advice. May GOD keep on showering HIS divine blessings on you, your family and all HIS worthy creations

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Eventhough shaytan can form himself to a dead relative in a dream, most of the times it's not the case, especially if the dream is very clear and lucid and they seem to only have eyes for you and something to say for the person dreaming. If you dream of a dead relative and they're in white clothing, trying to tell you something or doing something for you, this is mostly always a real dream and vision.

https://www.scribd.com/doc/101773509/Imam-Jafar-al-Sadiq-Book-on-Dream-Interpretation-English-Complete

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