Does Allah Speak Through Dreams?

There are many hadiths about dreams as well as the well-known story of the Prophet Yusuf in the Qur’an.

“A good dream (that comes true) of a righteous man is one of forty-six parts of prophethood.” (Sahih al-Bukhari), another Hadith says, “A true good dream is from Allah, and a bad dream is from Satan.” (Bukhari).

There are 3 kinds of dreams in Islam:

“Dreams are of three types: a dream from Allah, a dream which causes distress and which comes from the Satan, and a dream which comes from what a person thinks about when he is awake, and he sees it when he is asleep.” (al-Bukhaari, 6499; Muslim, 4200)

  • Rahmany: the truthful dream from Allah the most Merciful
  • Nafsany: the dream coming from personal desire
  • Shaytany: the dream coming from the devil (Satan)

Al Muhallab says, “Most of the dreams of the righteous people are good dreams because sometimes a righteous person could see a dream that is meaningless, but that is not very frequent because Satan’s control on them is very weak. And the opposite is true with other people because Satan has a stronger grasp over them.”

So, yes Allah does speak through dreams and visions. “For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings. He makes them turn from doing wrong; he keeps them from pride. He protects them from the grave, from crossing over the river of death” (The Tawrat, Job 33:14-18).

So, according to the verses above, Allah communicates through dreams to:

1. Help people turn from doing wrong

2. Keep people from pride

3. Point people in the right direction

4. Keep people from death

Even though, Allah speaks to us through dreams, the Bible shares these important principles:

  • Examine your dream: “Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God” (Ecclesiastes 5:7). This verse seems to warn against placing too much hope in dreams, we should not dwell too much on dreams, and instead, turn to Scripture to hear Allah’s messages to us.
  • Examine the source of the dream: “Yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them, declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:8-9). This verse warns us against placing our faith in the dreams of others. Sometimes false prophets will speak about dreams that did not take place to sway God’s people. We must be careful whenever anyone speaks about a dream and should test everything said in the light of Scripture.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Noah. See how interesting it is! Allah communicates through dreams to reveal important messages, bring hope, comfort and warnings. I invite you to read the other articles on our website and please write to us if you have any questions. May Allah bless you always.

    1. Sami, I’m glad this article was helpful to you. Keep exploring our articles and don’t hesitate to send us your questions and suggestions. May Allah bless you.

  1. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته رأيت في منامي أنني في منزلنا وقد شاهدت شيئا دخل الى منزلنا وبدأ يحفر حفرة داخل منزلنا فاستغربت أنا واحترت فقمت أنا بغلق تلك الحفرة التي حفرها ولكن ظهرت الحفرة فارغة وبعدها هجم علي واحسست بشيء قد لبسني وبدأت بالصراخ ثم رأيت رجل بلباس أبيض يلمسني على رأسي فخرج الجن مني وانسدت الحفرة ما تفسير الحلم جزاكم الله خير

    1. وعليك السلام يا فاطمة. من رأيته في حلمك هو عيسى المسيح (سلامه علينا) وجوده في أي مكان يعطي السلام والفرح فالأرواح الشريرة قد هربت بمجرد ظهوره فهو يرغب بإخبارك أنه معك دائماً فلا يجب أن تخافِ. يمكنك البحث عن إنجيل والقراءة به لكي تتعرفي عليه أكثر. بارك الله بك.

  2. I am a Syrian now living in Europe, I have been seeing a lot of dreams lately, I was looking to understand the meaning of them. I found this website and it help me to understand my dreams and gave me hope and peace. I know know the different types of dreams and I see how you cover the topic from all the Books. I just want to thank you.

    1. Raja, we are happy to know that we helped you. Allah wants to guide you to know Him better and He will never leave you without answers. Keep looking and He will bless you.

  3. I had a dream last night when I saw a man in white garment coming on the clouds and people where mourning and saying we are not ready, I was afraid, but the man told me be ready, I am coming soon. Then I woke up. Please, is this dream rahmany? thank you.

    1. Shojoun, thank you for sharing your dream with us. You had a dream of Allah and the scene presented in your dream is the return of Isa Al-Masih (His peace be upon us). In the Injil we find a text that confirms what you saw: “Look, he (Isa) is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all peoples on earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! “- Injil, Revelation 1: 7. In addition, Isa Al-Masih (peace be upon us) declares in another text:” Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. ” – Injil, Revelation 22: 12-13. Your dream is an alert about this event and so you can also alert others about the Day of Judgment. I invite you to read the Injil and find out more about Isa Al-Masih (peace be upon us). May Allah bless you always.

  4. I had many dreams of a man in white coming to save me from danger to save my life and taking wrong decisions that would destroy my life, he is so peaceful and gentle, you feel like he really cares about you and want the best for you.

    1. Thank you for telling us about your dreams, Ateef! This man in white is Isa Al-Masih (His peace be upon us) and he cares for you and is always available to help in situations of danger and adversity. I encourage you to research more about him. We have a lot of information on our website. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask us. Allah bless you!

  5. I want to thank you for this website, there is a great information in it. I am a Muslim from Africa, and had many dreams, I have been looking for answers, and I found them here. I had many dreams of a man in white helping me and saving me from danger, he is so peaceful and loving, once I asked him who are you, he said I am the princess of peace. Thank you.

  6. It was night-time in a dream when I saw a white building, and while I was focusing on it, a big white bright cross came out of it, I was shocked and puzzled, why should I see a cross, I am a Muslim, but to tell you the truth I felt so happy and my heart was filled with peace and joy. Then I woke up. What does this dream mean?

    1. Dear Nada, thank you for writing and sharing your dream with us.
      Yes, seeing the cross is a good thing. Through the cross God showed humanity His love and justice. On the cross God was victorious over sin and death.
      I advice you to read more about it. If you have any more questions, write us we will be happy to help you.
      May God bless you always.

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