Is a vision of Allah permissible in a dream?

Many Islamic scholars have said that it is impossible to receive a vision of God in this world while awake is not possible, based on the story of the prophet Moses. “And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, ‘My Lord, show me [Yourself] that I may look at You.’ [Allah] said, ‘You will not see Me, but look at the mountain; if it should remain in place, then you will see Me.’ But when his Lord appeared to the mountain, He rendered it level, and Moses fell unconscious. And when he awoke, he said, ‘Exalted are You! I have repented to You, and I am the first of the believers’” (Al-Aaraf 7:143).

The Hadith confirms that, “He said: I wanted to ask him whether he had seen his Lord. Abu Dharr said: I, in fact, inquired of him, and he replied: I saw Light” (Sahih Muslim). In another Hadith it says, “It is narrated on the authority of Abu Dharr: I asked the Messenger of Allah: Did you see thy Lord? He said: (He is) Light; how could I see Him?” (Sahih Muslim). The Hadith explained the meaning by saying, “Allah does not sleep, and it is not befitting that He should sleep. He lowers the Scales and raises them. The deed done during the day is taken up to Him before the deed done during the night, and the deed done during the night before the deed done during the day. His Veil is Light, and if He were to remove it, the glory of his Face would burn everything of His creation, as far as His gaze reaches” (Sahih Muslim).

If the glory of Allah Almighty had been revealed, and that light which He had between Him and us had not been veiled, creation would be burned with His great light. For this reason it was said that God cannot be seen while a person is a wake. But God’s vision is permissible in a dream, and this is what Imam Ahmad approved.

That is why God withheld himself from the Prophet Moses and us, too. God can appear to human beings from behind a veil. If God had revealed His light, glory and greatness, the earth and all its creatures would be burnt.

If God wanted to show himself how will He show himself, it is imperative that the light shows through a vase or an object, The Qur’an says, “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things” (Al-Noor 24:35). This verse clearly indicates that Allah has hidden His light in a glass lamp to illuminate this universe with his knowledge, and God has set this example for us to show us how He can show Himself to all of humanity.

Also, the Qur’an refers to seeing Allah on the Day of Resurrection: “And leave the Hereafter. [Some] faces, that Day, will be radiant, looking at their Lord” (Al-Qiyama 75:21-23), in the sense of looking with your own eye. Also, the hadith says, “Jarir bin ‘Abdullah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: We were sitting with the Messenger of Allah when he looked at the full moon and observed, ‘You shall see your Rabb (Lord) in the Hereafter as you are seeing this moon; and you will not feel the slightest inconvenience in seeing Him’” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim).

Allah is speaking today through dreams and visions. When we understand the true interpretations of these dreams, we can live according to His purpose. He may be speaking to you right now. What is your response? Seeking to understand the nature and purpose of your dream is very important. We are committed to helping you understanding your God-given dream(s).

    1. Mohammed, thank you for writing and sharing your dream with us.
      You saw Isa Al-Masih (His peace be upon us), and then you saw a dove “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.” (The Injil, Matthew 3:16). The dove is a symbol of Allah’s Spirit, I encourage you to read more, Allah has revealed to you a great truth.
      We are happy to continue studying with you and help you to know more.

  1. I prayed before I slept, then I saw a dream. I was standing in a room and I turned to the right and there was a man in white standing before me. He smiled and light all around him got brighter and brighter and brighter, he told me I am here, how can I help you, I said who are you, He said I am the Alef and Ya. then I woke up.

    1. Thank you Hamad for writing and sharing your dream with us.
      The men in white that you have seen standing before you is Isa Al-Masih his peace be upon us, you can be that in the Bible, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Injil, Revelation 1:8). Alpha and the Omega is Alef and Ya in Arabic, this is what you have heard Him calling Himself. If you want to know more, please don’t hesitate to write to us.

  2. I have been asking if there God lately. Yesterday I had a dream that a man wearing white and his face was shining like the sun came to my window and said “why are you doubting, come follow me, I am the way, truth and life.” Then I wake up. I didn’t understand the dream, but I know that God spoke to me through this dream. Can you help me interpreting the dream.

    1. Thank you Salim for writing and sharing your dream with us.
      The Man wearing white in your dream who asked you to follow Him and presented Himself as the Way, Truth and Life is Isa Al-Masih (His peace be upon us), “Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (Injil, John 14:6). I advise you if you want to know more about the Way, Truth and Life started reading the Bible.
      If you want to know more don’t hesitate to write us, we are here to help you.

  3. I dreamed that a man wearing white standing at the top of the mountain outside our house, he is far and I couldn’t see his face it was full of light, he was sitting on a throne and angels were around him. He stretched his arm and told me be ready, the judgment day is coming, slowly disappear I don’t know the meaning of this but when I wake up there’s a smile in my face, but I had the feeling that maybe it’s true, that he will return soon. It’s my first time to dream such a dream. What does it mean?

    1. Thank you for writing and sharing your dream with us.
      What you have seen is a description of the Day of judgment. The Man wearing white you have seen is Isa Al-Masih (His peace be upon us), “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen” (Injil, Revelation 1:7). I want you to know that the Qur’an is also speaks about that, “Are they waiting for Allah ˹Himself˺ to come to them in the shade of clouds, along with the angels? ˹If He did˺, then the matter would be settled ˹at once˺. And to Allah ˹all˺ matters will be returned ˹for judgment˺” (Al-Baqara 2:210), and calling Isa Al-Masih the Sign of the Hour (Al-Zukhtuf 43:61).
      He is sharing with you and others that He is coming back soon and calling you to be ready.

  4. I had a dream… that a lot of people was standing behind me. I really couldn’t see all of the people who was standing behind me and I didn’t know them. I looked up to the sky and it was clear, I was praying and as I was praying I looked up to the sky again and there was a man in white coming from the sky surrounded with bright light with His arm stretched out looking into my eyes, I felt that he cares about me and I was full of peace. People around me form a circle and they were speaking something, but I couldn’t understand what they were saying, then I woke up. What does that dream means?

  5. I had a dream of being in an open field and I looked up to see a bright light in the sky. At first I thought it was large white birds flying but suddenly the appearance grew closer and I saw a man in white with 2 Angels each flying by His side. The light around Him was so bright. He descended close to me and I could see Him so clearly, He had a calm look. He told me I am coming soon be ready and disappeared back into the sky. I was in shock. Then I woke up. I remembered the dream quite well, I will never forgot it.

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