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|As-salamu `alaykum. I've recently converted from Christianity to Islam. The person that introduced me to this wonderful faith I have corresponded with via the internet. I've only seen him on webcam recently and noticed that I have seen him before! In a dream I had a year and a half ago. This dream had a huge impression on me as it was filled with happiness, tranquility & love. In this dream I dreamt he was my husband. What does Islam believe...does Allah communicate to us through dreams? Should I read anything into this dream? Or is it my subconscious playing tricks on me? You could imagine my surprise when I saw him the first time and realize he was the man of my dream! Any advice/guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for providing this service!|
|Dr. ‘Abd. Lateef Krauss Abdullah|
As-salamu `alaikum sister,
Alhamdulillah on your reversion. That is a really interesting situation you've got there! Yes, of course in Islam we believe that dreams can be meaningful but the scholars have warned us that not all dreams should be considered as such. There are many hadiths (Prophet’s sayings) about dreams as well as the well-known story of the Prophet Yusuf (peace be upon him) in the Qur'an. One well-known sahih hadith (authentic hadith) is the Prophet's saying: "A good dream (that comes true) of a righteous man is one of forty-six parts of prophethood." [Sahih al-Bukhari]
According to Ibn Sirin, if one wishes to have a prophetic dream then, "The sleeper, lying on the right side, will have abstained from all excess of food or of drink. He will have gone to sleep with a light heart, an easy conscience."
Now, I don't know if any of the above principles apply in your very unique case, but there are a lot of resources on dream interpretation from the Islamic perspective online. I would encourage you to do some exploration, but make sure you stick to authentic sources such as Ibn Sirin and other classical scholars. Here are some more for you to read up on:
I think you should also do istikharah prayer (prayer seeking Allah’s guidance) to get more guidance on whether to pursue this relationship further, if of course that is what you have in mind. The dream may be a sign for you, but istikharah will help confirm it, insha-Allah.