The Art of Dream Interpretation in Islam
Channel: Yahya Ibrahim
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Dream Interpretation in Islam by YahyaIbrahim
Learn about the 9 methods of dream interpretations used by classical scholars.
Recorded 18th April 2018 at
British Muslim Heritage Centre
The topic that's been assigned, chosen for me by my dear brother Shafiq does a lot
is about dreams, and dream interpretation and the artistry of it and how we as Muslims value our dreams. And I thought just to begin by speaking about something that I'm sure I have, and you have, at some point or another, felt that your dream meant something. And irrespective of your level of faith, whether you believe in God or not, whether you're a Muslim or not, whether you're a practicing Muslim or not, at some point, each and every one of us we looked into, we look into our dreams, we look into the restful sleep we had, and we say, there was something about that.
And I feel it means something.
And I wish I knew who I could ask or you sit with yourself, and you ponder over it. And I want to speak about the first kind of dream, which is a dream that you can make come true.
So just say you dream that you were eating honey.
And you wake up in the morning,
and you actually just have a lot of hair.
Thank you so much for that. I appreciate it. So just say you wake up and you were dreaming last night, you are going to have a cup of tea.
And it's within your means to actually walk over to the kitchen and make a cup of tea. The sooner the prophets lie Selim is to make your dream come true. And I want that to be the first point to make your dream come true to make the dream of others come true. That's the pseudonym. Where do we get this from in an authentic hadith? There was one Sahabi His name is Jose Marathi, Allahu Allahu Allah. He came to the prophet SAW Selim excited he goes, Yeah, rasulillah You won't believe what I saw last night. The Prophet I sent him said, What What did you see last night? He said, I saw myself making sujood on your forehead.
And the prophets eyes lm laid back on the ground and said, Okay, go ahead, definitely.
And his ima made sujood on the forehead of the prophets on the LA Hollywood senator. Now, that's not usually the first thought that comes when you hear that there's a class or a lecture about dream interpretation. Usually think in the abstract and the figurative in the symbolism, which we'll come to in short love, because there's no soul to it. There's principles that you were taught, in how you view dreams for yourself, and especially for others. But here you find the prophets I seldom was a dream maker. He was someone who brought someone's dream into a reality.
I had a dream subpanel after I got married, the first year after I got married, it's a long time ago. And I dreamt that I was making a lot and I could see my dream right now. Like as I'm talking to you, I can see it. I was making pull off.
And I had my right shoulder was exposed and holding onto my forearm. I looked over the cabinets here. I looked over, and there was my brother in law. And behind him holding on to him was my other brother in law. And I was leading them into life they've never been to had they've never been terminal and I was leading them until off. And when I woke up I said to my wife, I'm gonna take me heart and knew that the terminal
or to hij she said, What do you say that? I said I saw it. She goes, Oh, you saw it.
And so Pamela about eight years later, I took them to Hajj they took me to Hajj.
And that same dream of them holding on for dear life because it was the Hajj where
Subhan Allah the crane collapsed? I don't know if you Yeah, a few years ago, just as we were, you know, the crane collapse and we were holding on we were running and and
it's not that my dream came true is that I made my dream come true. I want you to understand what that means. That means that you and I have the first say in making your dream a reality. And therefore when you hear Hadith of the Prophet is lm where he says that your dreams are attached to the foot of a sparrow.
And when you interpret them or it's interpreted for you, it lands it lands as you interpreted
Be careful who interprets your dream. So you don't go to somebody who's got wickedness in their heart. And you say to them, you know, I saw this and this and this, they say, Oh my gosh, I feel so bad for you know what that means. And they give you this thing that comes to them. Because in their heart, they don't have love for you, they don't have care for you empathy for you, they give you something that comes to their mind that causes you to react or them or others to react, to make that dream a reality in that negative way.
And therefore, the first principle that I wish to share with you is that it is the Sunnah of the prophets, I seldom to make your dream come true, to make others dreams come true.
Some of the great Sahaba of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
used to see magnificent dreams. And I want to keep our discussion kind of a little bit more academic, than just spiritual, and so on. And I've actually brought some notes with me, if you want something a little bit further, there's a couple of articles that I've written there called the art of dream interpretation, part one and two, Part Three will probably come out next week, because the brother invited me so made me write part three, and then there'll be part four. So just like alafair, you've inspired me. So we'll continue this series in sha Allah, and it's on Muslim matters.org. So you can follow through with that in sha Allah. But I thought I'd just share some
notes. And I thought we'd keep it at something that was at a level that you can go and see the research behind it and make it of importance to you to carry on this great tradition of the prophets I send them. Now let me begin by saying the very first books of Hadith that were written, were collections of dream interpretation.
The very first books of Hadith way back in the time of the tab, here in tab at Varian, and those who came after them, they were initially structured around dreams that people had at the time of the prophets isolation, and what he said about them and what Abu Bakr said about them and what is mapped into Abu Bakr radi Allahu anhu said about them. And what Mohammed dibny serene who was her students said about it. It was collections of those narrations. They were one of the first things that people said we need to preserve these in writing. Those were some of the very first Hadith of the prophets. I sell them that were correlated in indexes and books.
There used to be a split. And Amanda Shafi he used to actually speak really harshly about the industry of dream interpreters. Like in today's age in the UK, you guys have the industry of Rokia.
Everyone's are asking Mashallah. Everyone's getting paid. Mashallah, right? It's an industry, Mr. Mousavi, he may he said no. This industry about dream interpretation and you go to this person because he knows more than others. It's false. And his words were actually quite cutting. I demand Michelle, very Abu No, I am and I'll quote this for you. He said, I left behind in Iraq because it used to be in Baghdad and Iraq. And then he transitioned to Egypt, where he was buried out of metal lyerly. I left behind in in Iraq. zenab. People who don't truly believe in a lot heretics
who can caulk things, calling it dream interpretation to fool the masses with illicit knowledge and claim from them wealth. Right? It was a problem even way back then with a man like me, mammoth Shafi, could you imagine you have any mammoth chef sitting here and some other guy telling you come Let me tell you what your dream means and pay me a little bit of Delhomme. And people will go to that person, because he will make up these fantastical statements that would uplift them would show them something that they wanted to believe in, and they were charlatans. But of course, we know that dreams and their interpretation is very much a part of our theological belief. Allah subhanho wa
Taala says that one of the greatest blessings giving to use of Allah Salaam waka Delica, mechana usofa fill out. And as such we gave Providence and success and dominion to use of in the earth after all the trouble that he faced and one of the greatest things while m Nahum into wheeland ahaadeeth the greatest of things as a blessing that we gave unto him is that we taught him I lemna who it is from us that this learning
arrived to him. The interpretation and the understanding of dreams and use of Allah is Salaam, only and simply inherited that wisdom from his father from his grandfather and from his great grandfather, Ibrahim Ali.
Ibrahim alayhis. Salam was a person who used to receive much of his weapon matches of His revelation in the form of dreams. When he comes to his son and he says my son in the aura filmen, me and my son, I see in my dream that I must slaughter you. I must kill you from the Ramada Torah, tell me what you think of my dream. And that's almost as if it's the first attempt for someone to interpret your dream. What should I do? What do you think that dream means? Is it actionable or not?
man. He said my father do as you are commended, because the dreams of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam are imaginary are separate to the rest of humanity. They are a reality they are from,
from the aspects of reality as if in their wakeful state.
get a bit technical. All right. And I hope you follow through in sha Allah.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said lamea permanent Nobunaga after me nothing from Prophethood will remain in lol MOBA, shirat, except the things that give you good news of what is to come, something that will prophesize for you Good things that will happen in your life. And they said, O Messenger of Allah, what are these good things that what does that mean? And he says a lot he was seldom, it is that a righteous man, a righteous person, a righteous woman sees a good dream,
for a good purpose sallallahu wasallam.
He then said
that there is 46 parts of prophethood and only one of them will remain which is dream interpretation. Now this Hadeeth was a little bit problematic,
because the same Hadith is narrated by others with different variants. In one other instance, the prophet said, one thing that remains from Prophethood his dreams and their interpretation, and it's out of 25 other prophetic characteristics. In another Hadith, he says 45 in another Hadith, he says 70 and an Imam Abdullah burrow, he reconciles this, it's not that the narrator's have quoted the same Hadith with different numbers. What it means is that the higher your piety and ascension and relationship with a law, the more likely your dreams are true and carry good messages. And the best of us who can never be profits, the greatest ratio you will get is one to 25.
Some are one to 70. And the word 70 is considered Nikita. It's considered an open ended number, meaning it's a large number. You might dream night after night after night after night, week after week and not see a righteous dream, one out of 70 it's a one in 70 shot.
But the best of them is one out of 25. And the most likely the average Muslim, the one who's connected to Allah is one out of 45, one out of 46 and that's how the Sahaba and the tambourine kind of understood it. Now there was always this attempt of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to emphasize to people that how they live by day affects how they sleep and what they see by night. And therefore you and I are always taught by our imams de la fere that before you sleep there are certain student actions to do.
You should sleep upon will do. You should sleep after reading your evening, Vic, you should include in that evening, Vic ayatul kursi the last few verses of Surah Al Baqarah. You should read the last three, three times each. You should cup your hands and read sorbitol Fatiha seven times and breathe on them and wipe all parts of your body that are exposed and aren't covered by your clothing or your bedspread. All of these are Sunnah of the prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and all of them have one aim.
That is that it gives you a restful sleep and patience.
protect you from the meddling of the show fun.
What does that mean? Well, it comes in the authentic hadith narrated by the mom and Bahati with a prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that there are three types of dreams that a person experiences. One is heavy food next is that your soul talks to you had deep meaning and narration or a story that your neffs shares with you. Second, Halima shavon. It is that the Shea Thawne shows you an image and a dream. And third, is a Rukia a vision. And therefore when we talk about dreams, we're actually really talking about visions as they relate to those who are practicing and faithful to Allah who see that vision one out of every 25 one out of every 45 one out of every 70
it's something that you see that inspires you because it's sent to you by Allah. Let's speak about the first one. Howdy through neffs. Now,
the ramblings of the soul of the law firm, Lam
Yusuf Ali is
one of the greatest ways that a lot of freedom from his false imprisonment was that he caused a king, a pharaoh who was a king, a righteous King, not a believer, an atheist, one who didn't believe in God, to see a dream.
And that dream was something that was inspiring and strange.
And a law retells the dream so you and I can wonder about it. And the law says that Yusuf was the one who interpreted it. And the dream was that the king saw seven cows. Sub Agatha rotten, a jalin yaku Luna Samara nyjah, seven well fed healthy cows, being pursued, consumed, eaten by seven sickly cows, was separately said Nabila and seven years of corn that were healthy, being overcome and consumed by seven that were sickly
He says to his ministers f2 neofeudal ei, give me a fatwah in what I've seen in contumely. ruya Tiburon if you know what dreams mean. And in these verses is so much benefit, we don't have time for all of its statements. But here, the king says I need a fatwa of toony meaning it's something that you're going to give but I don't have to follow the classical definition of federa is that someone gives you an opinion, but you're not bound to follow it, which is the same as a Mufti. You can come to the Mufti and Manchester, one of your Maltese, and you ask him, Hey, what should I do in this situation? He goes, Well, I think you should do this.
And you're not bound to follow what he said, because it's a fatwah.
What should I do? What's your federal I'm the dream plan to add huafu alarm, they said it's a mixed up rambling of your soul, meaning we don't know. But we don't want to tell you we don't know.
We know some of its meaning, but not others. We can't interpret we did where we want to be careful because we don't want to say something to you. That isn't true. And SubhanAllah. This is an evidence that our ultimate show that even people who lacked faith understood that if you direct a person about a dream that they saw, without being sure, and it just something you're saying that it can cause greater damage than good. And therefore it is better to be quiet than to give any opinion at all.
Number three, you learn that when somebody doesn't know it doesn't mean that everybody doesn't know. And that someone who seen as a lofty position. You know, the priest in his society didn't know the king wasn't too ashamed to say if anyone else knows bring them forward, even if they're a prisoner Subhanallah sometimes our dreams mean so much to us, that it's worth the effort to find their meaning even in unlikely places with unlikely people. And use of Allah Salaam, of course provides the answer, but makes it conditional to other things. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to give us an insight into the inner meanings of our dreams and to help us use them in bringing us closer to a
loss of Hana to honor what we learn from
This is that a person who is immoral, in pious isn't connected to a law to God in a very meaningful way, can and will see dreams that are meaningful to them, that can have a prophetic reality.
And it's not just believers and righteous people who see good dreams.
And that's something that standard as a text throughout the Koran, because after you serve, there's going to come another king, but it's not a king. He's going to be a pharaoh. And he's going to see a dream of a young child who's going to destroy his kingdom. And that was Farah who was seeing the dream of moon says arrival alayhis salaam.
Chateau de Allahu Allah. wa. She spoke about the first signs of the prophets revelation coming to him. She asked the prophets I send them you know, before gibreel came to you, did you feel strange? Now? It's such a wifey question, isn't it?
Like, she wants to know everything. So I know you're a messenger of Allah now, but before you weren't a messenger of Allah, so kind of like what we like, what did you used to do? What did you used to like what happened? He said, you know what I shot before jabril came six months before it. Every time I went to sleep, I would see a dream. And the next day it would break in its reality like the break of dawn sallallahu
every night, and it was as if Allah was saying to him, listen, there's going to be so many things that are going to come to you so many things you're going to see so much experiences you're going to have, and I want your heart to be steadfast that there's something special about you in an authentic hadith narrated by Nehemiah and it's deemed authentic by the amount of Hadith. The prophet SAW Selim his mother,
before giving birth to him, saw light emanating from her womb from her stomach that radiated light all the way to Damascus. It's as if she could see Damascus that's how much light filled the world. She saw that in a dream. Moses his mother, alayhis salam saw a dream before Moses was born, as she was carrying him that Pharaoh is going to give an instruction to keep kill every male child born in that year, and that she should begin to design an air tight basket. And she followed the instructions that they saw it in the dream and I lost some kind of attalla describes this moment. What a hyena 11 Mimosa, we gave ya revelation to the mother of Moses. And out of there he feed him,
clothe him, keep him happy for either 50 or a
half he will attack Danny, when the time comes and you feel they're going to come you've seen it in your dream. I've shown you exactly what's going to happen when that day comes for lt helium. Don't be scared put them in the basket and throw them in the water you already know what's gonna happen. He's gonna survive. In not all do, who like you know, he's gonna come back to you, which I do. believe we've shown you in your dream that That boy is going to be a messenger of Allah who will save His people. Allahu Akbar.
Dreams are found in almost every story of every prophet in the Quran.
Maria alayhis Salam hiner Miriam's Mother alayhis salam, Zakaria, alayhis salam, all of them would see dreams of things that were coming as warnings. And therefore we know that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has said to us that a loss of Hannah who went to Allah gives us these premonitions as a MOBA shirat good tidings, even when they warn us of hardship.
Mu says mother seeing she has to cast her son away in denial. It's a Bushra, don't worry, eventually, years later, even after your life, he's going to be a messenger of Allah, you won't see it, but you've seen it now. Allahu Akbar. Now the final dream because I want to get to this other author of lamb, this ramblings of the soul. The final dream that I want to share with you is the dream of the prophets. I seldom of him making tawaf around the Kaaba. The prophet SAW Selim after the Battle of conduct, they were, you know, under siege for more than a month. And the enemy finally went back to Mecca and the Confederates went to their different tribes, and the trench that was dug,
they were trying to refill it. And the Prophet went to sleep and saw a dream that he was making pull off. And he said to Abu Bakr and Omar call out to the people
When financiar marpha in NACA, jehoram, South LA Rama, you have the loudest voice amongst my companions, call out to the people to get ready, we're going to Emre Salalah when he was in the Prophet interpreted it. Now, we're going to do tell off now, everybody get ready Now, everybody gets your head view. Now, let's go we're going to make our own right now and we're going to make to walk around the Kaaba. And when they got there, they were barred, and they were stopped. And Omar mentioned this in the chapter of conquest of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, that the prophets I send him saw a dream of him while holofcener, Osaka, Osaka serene that some shaved and
some cut their hair.
And then they got there. And the Prophet signed a peace treaty that said he had to return to Medina without tawaf without entering Mecca.
Was it that his dream was untrue? No, his dream was true sallallahu it was setting them, but he interpreted it
in its reality, but its timeline had not yet arrived. And therefore I want you to see the dream of use of Allah Salaam where he sees 11 stars and the sun and the moon prostrating to him that that dream took more than 14 years to come to reality. While the dream of the king this year, immediately next year had its negative consequence. And that becomes a really important discussion that we will have in sha Allah. The first kind of dream that a person sees is your soul being exhausted, your soul being apprehensive, your souls troubled? This financial worries, I'm excited about my upcoming marriage. I'm whatever it is. It could be excitement, happiness, fear, sorrow, difficulty,
financial, psychological, whatever it is something in your day to day life is kind of preoccupying you. And one of the ways for you to solve and work through that problem is in your sleep. And the law says what Jana lady basa, I've made night at time, of Lee bass, of comforting protection, where a law protects us from our own troubles and our own difficulties in our sleep. And so panela as a person is asleep at night, you begin to solve mathematical problems. You begin to count how many tiles you need to purchase for the renovation.
Well, I counted tiles that I woke up in the morning said, I need to buy 620 she goes What? As soon as I woke up, I said, Who am I? I need to buy 620 she was
one What do you tell her? I said all tiles, she goes, you're dreaming about tiles. I was like, Yeah, 620 that's how much it is. I couldn't work it out while I was awake, I worked it out was sleep. Psychologists will tell you and especially for young people, we're still in academia and university, that the best kind of study is sleep study, sleep study. It's actually a scientific term study, sleep study, that you study and sleep, and then study and sleep, and then study that that is much better for you than to study and then sleep and not study again, cramming for an exam doesn't work. It's better for you to study, sleep, wake up and study again. And that will be much better breaking
it up in days, because your soul solves those problems.
But part of our soul is not just the happy moments.
Some of it is our anxiety and difficulty. And some of the signs that your soul is in combat is that you see dreams that are not entirely pleasing, not just counting tiles, but you're having financial trouble. And you just don't know where you're going to make ends meet. And you go to sleep that night, you see yourself free falling, and you wake up and you're kind of scared. I had a dream that I was falling and falling and falling. And it's because the power that you have in your life isn't really yours.
You have a dream and there's dogs chasing you. And your first thought is I owe the real administrators regime. It has nothing really to do with the shape on
it's that you're being pursued for something that you feel unjust people are accusing me or saying something about me or someone said something about me that I know that isn't true. And I don't know how to defend myself. And they're being vicious, and you'll use those words in your wakeful day. And when you go to sleep, it manifests itself a block. Your soul releases that tension that has made you in your sleep cleanse.
and grind your teeth
and wake up after 789 10 hours of restful sleep tired,
where your body feels like it just run a marathon but you know you've been in bed the whole time where you are in bed, and it's a cool night, but you wake up in sweat.
And you wonder why. And those dreams are not the shape on. It's not the shape on that is put your body in that stress, it is your day to day life and it is you experiencing those traumas, those elations those difficulties, those happy moments and sorrowful moments that are expressed in that sleep. And there were times where the profits on the lahardee would send them would say to a person that that isn't out yet. Salalah
The second kind of sleep is the one we've all experienced at some point or another, which is the shape on and therefore we spoke about those soon the things that we do to make sure that we're protected from the touch of the shape on when we sleep. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said that the one for example, who recites ayatul kursi io to kursi kubla. And Iam one lolly half of that are Lawson's, for them a guardian angel standing at their head, your heart also hoomin Cooley either protecting that person from any harm. So how does the shaitan harm you? LEAH has una Lavina Amman, Allah says in the Quran, to put a depressive state in you to make you feel sorrowful.
And the dreams that come from the Shaitan are the ones where you wake up, and you don't feel good. It's not you don't feel good. And know that there's something else on your mind, from your day to day life. But you don't feel good and you feel scared or you feel sorrowful or you saw something that made you unhappy.
The second kind of dream of the shavon is where he plays with you. And this happened with one of the Sahaba he came to the prophets I send them and said I'm so scared a messenger of Allah. Last night while I was while I was asleep, I saw that my head popped off my shoulders, and it was rolling and I was running after it. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said to him, those type of dreams are from the shavon. Don't narrate them to others. He's playing with you. Rather The moment you wake up. Is that a villa Humana? shaytani? r rajim. Say Billahi min ash shaytani r rajim. What Phil? Allah. Allah Sheena, and breathe out three quick births on your left people. And I want to show you
the sooner way this is actually through. It's not through chain of narration. My teacher showed me his teacher showed him all the way back to the prophets. I send them doing it. How do you spit on your shoulder? You see people doing it completely wrong, right? They're like,
all right, that's not it. It's not even a movement of your head. You don't even turn your head. It's simply the direction to the left. And it's just a small turn. And it's three quick exhale.
And there's no liquid that comes out. Your wife should not feel any bombardment. And you're like, She's like, What? What happened? Why am I drenched? Right? The person praying next you insula when you feel you've lost concentration should not need to wipe their beard.
That shouldn't happen. It's a simple movement. My chef chef now I'm a sophomore at Notre Dame when I asked him, he said Hakka Alemany Chafee, this is what my chef told me, his chef said, Hello Raka hollyland he just moved it as such.
And you remain facing the Qibla because one of the conditions of solder is to remain facing the Qibla. Except for need, right. So that was taught by the prophets, I send them. He also taught us and we'll just complete how to change the condition of a bad dream. He said, as soon as you wake up, turn slightly to the left, breathe out three times and change your position. So if you were sleeping on your right sleep on your left, even though it's not the sooner it is what is best at that moment.
If you were sleeping sitting up, you fell asleep like this. Lay down. If you were laying down and you you want to change the other side of the bed change to the other side of the bed, right? And the rationale for that is the shape arm settles and the profits I sell them says in a Friday. When the shaitan arrives, he envelops he settles on you. So change your position and that's why we move that's why the prophets I send them said someone gets angry the Hadith of the man Muslim and he's standing
not sit because the shaitan is settled in that position with you sit down, lay down, go for a walk, change that environment
as is the statement Sol Allahu Allah usnm so those are all ways of correcting that say Allah will let him initiate on regime recite a written courtesy and in one Hadith the prophets I seldom said the greatest protection is if you can wake up and make will do and therefore if you've had a terror and a nightmare and something has bothered you and upset you wake up make will do before you go back to sleep. And if you still feel fearful these are the three escalation so at first say oh the dilemma shaitana Jean, spit on your left and turn your position. If you can't get to sleep You're so scared get up and make will do. You still can't get up make will do and pray to or aka asking a lot
for his protection subconto to honor, those are the three levels of escalation of cleansing yourself from that environment of the shape on the third and final dream is called aronia vision. Raw means with clear sight. aura means I see you with my eyes roll yeah comes from that same word. It's as if what I see with my heart with my soul in my sleep is like with my own eyes that are in my head in my wakeful state. And that's why the prophets I said Lim said men raw Annie filmin I'm the one who sees me weaning with their eyes in their sleep
and has sought a truth. For English a foreigner later method will be for the shaitan does not have the power to take on my form. Salalah howdy Watson. So when you see the profits on the lotto, it was seldom in a dream, it's actually praiseworthy, it is the student had to mention it to others. It's not something you should say, Oh, I am going to protect this I don't want people to know. And hamdulillah I have seen the prophets of Allah who it was send them in a dream. When you see the prophets on the law, how do you send them in a dream, you know, it's the profit of a loss of allottee was him. But your must test what you've seen to what you know of his ceiling. So if you see
in your dream, an old man with a large white beard, who's dressed in white clothing, who smells amazing. And in it, you wake up and you say I think I saw the prophets. I send them you haven't. Because the prophets I send them did not have a large white beard. He had a large black beard that had less than 23 white hairs in it. And in some rewire 21 hairs.
The prophets I send them was in an old broken down man. He was a person who was 63 years old, but in full fit health. And when you see him, you will know that so you say but all shift he just said the shaitan doesn't take his form, meaning allomantic Mahajan, all the Imams say the shaitan doesn't take his real form.
But the shaitan can take a form to say to you other than what is actually his real form, but he can't take what is his real form sallallahu wasallam and therefore, Abdullah hibiya bass, or the Allahu wa who says so happy the prophets lie Selim and nephew of the prophets I seldom heard.
And then say I saw the prophet and one of the tambourine who never met the prophet in real life. I saw the prophets I saw them last night. He said to him, sit with me. What did you see him look like?
And he said, he was this height, and he looked around, he was dressed like this, and his hand was like this. And his forehead was like that. He said, Tell me again about his nose. Tell me again about his eyes. Tell me again about his
coffee. He made him speak about even my new inches of him. Salalah while he was a limp, and then he finally said, Tim 480 you have seen him Salalah
it wasn't just something where? Oh, yeah, I saw him.
One of the clearest signs of dreams being true.
Is that they engender in you when it is
an absolute madness. There isn't. When I woke up seeing my cousin my brothers and my grandpa, I had no doubt we're going to do toe off together. That's it. And I'm going to be the first one to take them there. I interpreted my dream because I was the one standing in front of them. I'm the one in front of them. So I'm they're not gonna go there before they go with me. That's the idea. That's my dream. That's how I interpreted and we're going to see how we interpret dreams.
Quickly. So the dreams that are real Yeah. They have particular
Kind of subject matter and particular traits. The first trait is that they're short.
They're very concise, and they're very clear. And they're like the rising sun. And it happens very quickly. Second, is that a righteous dream, a vision does not have a particular time in the day or night where it's more likely to happen. And I know you will have heard by some people saying, oh, a good dream usually comes right before pleasure. And that's not a reality. That is in the meaning of the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and most of the Imams. In fact, I believe it could be even a consensus say that a righteous dream can happen at any time of the day, when a person has had a meaningful deep sleep. Right? Third, a good dream. It's message is not interactable
in the sense that you have to do something about it. It's not commending you to do something. So although I saw myself in a dream, doing tail off, my first instinct wasn't How much money do we have in the bank account, we need to go now. That's not the main meaning of the dream. It's meant that you're supposed to try to make it happen. And Allah will bless you with making it happen. But it's not something that's immediate and unacceptable that I have to get up right now. Leave everything go do and make this dream come a reality.
The third and final thing that is significant about a true vision is that it can be seen by you for yourself, or it can be seen by someone else for you. And there will be people who saw dreams for themselves and people who saw dreams for other than themselves, and will study some of these famous incidents where the profits ice element saw a dream for Irma, he saw a dream for Babylon. The Prophet heard Belarusian gentlemen, his footsteps, and he woke up the next day it goes below you're going to be in gentlemen. That's how we know Bilal is in gentlemen. I heard your footsteps in jedna you are even ahead of me. And I heard your distinct gait and shuffle ahead of me in general.
He saw Mr. Raja Allahu anhu, that when the prophets I seldom was given milk to drink, he said Sheriff Dimon who, until I feel myself completely I drank and drank and drank. And then I drank more until the milk began to pour out of my fingers. And in wondering why milk began to come even from under my fingernails. I drank so much. I didn't want to stop drinking that milk. But I saw Mr. radi Allahu anhu. So I stopped drinking and gave him some for Shelley Berman, who had Tasha beer, and he drank until he was full. It didn't come out of his fingers. And they asked the prophets I tell him what, what do you interpret it as?
What do you guys think the milking means?
What do you think? What is milk? In this particular study?
Think about milk?
Is it faith? No. It's Aiden knowledge,
knowledge. And that's why milk is how to interpret Milk. Milk is something that you don't make for yourself, you have to get it out of something. So you've got to work for it. You got to sit under a sheep or a cow or a you got work to get it out. And once you get it out, you got to preserve it or drink it, and you've got to drink it really soon, or it's gonna go off. And there's people who don't get knowledge or apply knowledge wrong and if you apply knowledge wrong, it's like you're having bad spoiled milk.
Milk is also something that is considered sloppy pure, it's a pure substance. It comes from something you would think should have blood in it and other things in it, but a lot tells you mean being a photo thing where that mean, Lebanon Harless on, milk comes out Harless pure unadulterated and knowledge when it's from a law it's pure and clean and unadulterated. And when the Prophet gives milk to the Allahu anhu, it means that Omar is receiving that knowledge in its clear pure state, not from a law but through Mohammed sallallahu wasallam for whoever in its knowledge.
You want to learn about how we interpret dreams. Alright.
So we spoken about the background. Now the text that we're going to study is one of the earliest texts on dream interpretation.
It's vitally mammoth. Nicole Taber. Rahmatullah Holly one of the early early in the first, you know, generations of the people of Islam. Humanity, ma'am. Abizaid, they have Kalyani, they had the very earliest, that still remain intact books of Hadith that interpret dreams. All right. And they're on a map. When they begin to analyze dreams and how the Prophet interpreted them sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they began to see that there were certain principles, and I'm going to talk to you about nine principles, we're going to study a few of them, but not all of them. All right. Some of them are a little bit too advanced, you know, interpretation through poetry and other things. So what are
the nine principles? The first 10 wheel, the first way of interpreting dreams,
is through an S map through the entomology or the names that appear in a dream. someone's name, it means something. It's not just, you know, you see yakka in the dream, it's not about me, what is my name have to do with the dream? yahia means one who has long life, right? So the dream might be considered in accordance to the meaning of my name, right? Number two, interpretation building manner, in accordance to the meaning of what occurs in the dream, something meaningful is exchanged and said, and I'll give examples of this. Number three, interpreting using verses from the Quran or Hadith, verses from the Koran or whole Sutras, or whole Jews, or even just single words or even
letters from the Quran. Number four, interpreting using the prophetic tradition of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, something The Prophet said, Habib that mentioned something, and we'll make this clear shortly. inshallah. Number five is using the interpretation of Proverbs, and poetry. You know, there's certain things that in the culture here make sense to you.
And interpreting something according to a particular culture is important. It's not the one symbol means the same thing everywhere. If you were to see a snake in your dream, is it a good thing or a bad thing?
See, your culture tells you it's a bad thing. If you're Indonesia, seeing as think is a good thing. Seeing a snake in a dream to Indonesian imams is that that person is going to get married. There's a snake hiding out.
Trying to strike prey
is hunting. There's someone who's looking at you, sister, and he wants to devour you. Right? That's how the Indonesian that's how the Malaysian sea snakes in Arabic culture, it's different. And therefore the M fan, the Proverbs of the, of the person who's seeing it, and the person interpreting it becomes very important. Number six.
At that we little bit good do and makuu interpretation according to inversion and opposition. So you see someone dying and means that there's a birth coming to the family.
And you know, you get a lot of people they'll say chef, as an ally saw my grandmother dying. I say Mashallah. Brooke
szalai, Effie, how long have you been married? He goes, Oh, yeah, we got married. I sent my shot. latia. You know, Salah, it was What do you mean? I said, I broke. You married a cousin? Yes. How did you know? She's from this your grandmother on that side? He goes, yes.
There's someone coming along the way. Right. So for some people, it's an inversion, it's the opposite of what you see in the dream.
Number seven, it's an interpretation zyada that you see an increase, which means it's a decrease, or you see number eight and decrease which means it's an increase. So you see Subhanallah your health going away. And Allah subhanaw taala blesses you in, in in wealth. You see something being deprived, but it's actually a sign that something's going to increase in a different way. And finally, number nine, at that little bit, what timelines and time considerations.
I want you to think back of that example, I gave you a prophet use of interpreting the dream of the king. All nine principles are found in that area.
And your mission in sha Allah, if you seek to accept it,
is to try to find all nine in those selection of verses in verses number 42 to
50 in Surah, Yusuf, after we're done, and you've kind of heard everything that I have to say, go back and read those verses in English and say, Oh my goodness, there's the name.
He's a king he's identified.
And there's the symbol.
What is the corn mean? What is the wheat mean? What is the cow mean? Why does the cow refer to years of famine? Why does the corn or the ear of wheat refer to that? Alright, so let's begin in Sharla. Let's do the first section. What did we say the first principle of interpretation is?
names. All right, let's look into the Hadith of the Prophet Isaiah limp. How has he interpreted someone's name to mean something?
In the authentic hadith narrated by the Imam Muslim, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and this hadith is reported by nsmb Malik. So msfd Malik is with the prophet SAW Selim, and he sees this happen. The prophet SAW Selim said, I saw in my sleep at night
that I saw a pert what normally a person sleep meaning I saw a dream in my sleep. I wrote yet in my sleep, that we were in the house of Aruba isn't enough Ebner often we were in the house of Cuba, if not author, or the Allahu Allahu wa. And there was brought to us in that house.
days from the farm of ebony top
the farm of a man named Ebony top
for our wealth to who so I interpret my dream look at the words of the prophets I send them to mean that goodness and sublime lis has finally come to us in Medina.
And I take it from the name Ebner top pop means Tyler bright. Have you ever heard the word type goodness? So he interpreted that the data that came data is something sweet. It's something that nourishes you. It's something that is indicative of Medina what was Medina known for dates? So the Prophet said dates from a farm in Medina, and the farmers name is even a top top Why is it top? Why didn't it come from Abu tal has firm wide may come from Earth man's farm? Why did it come from his farm? Because Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, even atop that there is playbar has arrived. And that's one of the names of what what is one of the names of the Medina Paiva that's where it comes from.
Right? So the law how it was. So you see that the Prophet use somebody's name to refer to something,
even in ignorance of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam whenever it would seem, he would say autofac Allah, may Allah elevate you or unfair means elevation, right? And he would say May Allah elevate you, he would use names to make your app for people and to honor people sallallahu it was sent him the question you're gonna ask is, well, why didn't the Prophet use the name of Baba?
As the interpreter? What made him seem ignorant? Well, now we got to take it to level two. Right? So we said first, you can interpret by the names of the people that you see in your dream. Number two, we said what's the second principal attempt? We'll bill Manor meanings, right?
There's a Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And this is narrated by Abdullah habanero, moderate the Allahu anhu. It's in Sahil Bahari. The prophets I seldom said, and I just shared this hadith with you that are not that he said, I saw in my dream that I was given a bowl of milk. And I began to drink from this milk until I noticed its wetness. And it filled me so much that it began to come out of my limbs. My every part of my body, even my nails began that milk would come from it. And I saw that there were people sitting around and the one that I chose to give it to was ermotti
radi Allahu Allahu wa. And they said, O Messenger of Allah, what does it mean? He said, an alien that I've given in I've handed over in that the milk symbolizes in, why does milk symbolize him? All right, we said milk is pure. And when it's clear, it's something beneficial. It's something you enjoy drinking. When it's off. It's unusable. You can't hand it to others. It's something that stinks up. It's something that can lead astray. And therefore it smell changes its color changes and no one wants it. So the prophets I seldom continuing to drink milk, it meant that the milk was healthy and good for him. And it was good for others. Milk is also seen as nourishment. And there is
nothing that nourishes the soul more important than a knowledge of a law knowledge of our
Diem. And this is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that the one whom Allah wishes good for him, he gives them a firmness in their knowledge of the deen.
nil milk is also something that you have to derive. It's not something that's just within you, you have to get it from somewhere else. Same with knowledge. And it has to be from something that's domesticated and something that's willing to share it with you. No one goes out and tries to wrestle a wild animal to get milk. It's an animal, it's something that is within your home and your household that you know and have access to. And therefore aim is derived as being the interpretation by the prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but there's also an excess. In the Hadith, the prophets, I seldom said that when I was drinking milk and it was coming, z two, I added so much of
it. And one of the days that a law orders the prophets, I send them in the Quran in Surah Taha waka, Robbie z.
And therefore, in Nzr, there are always together. So whenever you see abundance and things that are overflowing, it signifies something related to knowledge, and therefore the meaning of milk is more important than the substance in and of itself. According to the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and you see this in tune, that when gibreel and the prophets I sell them, were about to ascend to heaven. gibreel gave the Prophet two cups, two bowls, one of milk and one of wine, and the Prophet chose milk. And gibreel said, had you drunk the wine, your own mo would have been led astray. So what does that tell you? The interpretation of wine means misguidance not following
knowledge. Right? It's the opposite of milk, which is following the knowledge and following the teachings that has been sent to you on messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Let me give you another Hadith about meaning, also referring to the Allahu anhu. And this hadith is also narrated Bahati that the prophets I seldom said, while I was asleep, and I saw in my dream
I saw in my dream in front of me, many people, some of them were closed, just partially their shoulder showing their legs showing, you know, people were merely covering up to their chest, their shirt just came down to here just came down to their stomach and so on. But then our Marathi Allahu anhu passed in front of me, and his shirt was dragging on the ground.
What is the symbolism of the shirt? What would you assume it is?
More than guidance.
What does shirts do for us?
They beautify us, they protect us. They also are distinctive, right? This person dresses this way and it makes them different from this person, right? He's wearing a power suit. And it's a he has an important meeting. This person they're wearing something that is you know, basketball clothes that you know that they're they're not going to work. They're in their pajamas, right? It gives layers of distinction. So they asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or messenger of Allah. What do you interpret the dream as he said, some of the law how it was said. It is a strictness in his practice of the deen strictness in it, that it is covering up his faults, that it's something that
honors him that people will make mention of Omar everyone will say or model the Allahu anhu he will become a reference point, his clothing will distinguish him he will be known and notable for his practice of the deen. What does the law describe Billy bass as in the Quran?
In Surah talara Allah says when he bears who taqwa Delica hide the garment of piety is the best one to adorn yourself with, said armonico Mashallah. All right, let's take another look. Let's look at a test we'll
with using the Quran
and let's look at how certain verses can be used and how we can make use of them in sha Allah and we'll just go through a quick list in sha Allah. So let's choose some funny ones. What if you see a donkey in a dream? What do you think it means? Anyone know any verses in the Quran that involve a donkey?
A bad sound Okay, so what do you think that bad sound means?
How would you interpret it?
It's people turning away from you right? People turning their ears away from you people not wanting to listen to you people not giving you that attention.
What else Allah has described the donkeys as is that they carry books.
Have the total raw on their backs that weren't being practiced by those who were supposed to maintain them. And Allah Subhana Allah says, Can methylene he mows the middle as well. You see the donkey carrying books on their back that aren't inside themselves and allows characterizing me are you as a person of faith that you might have the whole Quran memorized, but you don't practice it, you're like, ah, donkey, that's burden with nothing.
So when you see a donkey in your dream, it's symbolism
can be that you will travel to seek knowledge. But that knowledge may not benefit you. Or that you will carry knowledge to others who will benefit and you'll be excluded from it.
Or you will be a person who will Bray and preach and teach and keep talking about knowledge.
But you're nothing but a donkey. You have no blessing in that regard. Let's take another symbol.
All right, a rope. What does it mean? Just say you see yourself holding on to a rope? Is there an image of ropes in the Quran?
Yes, wow. Tulsi moved to have Lila hegemony. And therefore just say you're having a little bit of difficulty in your marriage. And you know, your your not doing well with your wife, and Subhanallah you see yourself and there's a rope as a symbol in your dream. It's a way of Allah subhanaw taala telling you hold on to the rope of a law, meaning that covenant you've given in marriage, because how did you get into marriage? You gave a promise to Allah, and it's to enact. You say when you're shaking the hand of the Willie kaabil to Allah kitabi law in accordance to the book of Allah and the student of the messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, what about a ship? What do you think
What didn't ride on
the ship of salvation, right? So if you see yourself cruising
in the Mediterranean
that means you have done well to please Allah subhana wa Tada. And especially if the ship is in troubled waters, and you're on the ship, but what if you see the ship and you're not on it?
something to worry about, because the ship is salvation. And Mr. Malik, he used to say that the ship of salvation for the believer is the student of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, which means to you that imams would say to somebody who saw a dream of a ship, that they were doing something that was bizarre that they have departed from the Sunnah of the messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. What about wood? You're sitting there making things out of wood, or you see yourself training to be a carpenter. It means hypocrisy. Allah subhana wa Taala describes the hypocrites in the Koran by saying, Can
you see the hypocrites like leaning beams of timber? They used to be trees full of life and faith, but now they're timber hollow. They're empty of faith. illness, you see yourself sick, it's hypocrisy.
It means between you and Allah, you know what you should do but you're not doing it. And what is supposed to be pleasing to Allah you're doing it for the pleasure of other people.
can mean marriage.
And Allah subhana wa Taala says Hoon alabaster Lachlan, your wife is your garment. When to leave us alone. clothing that covers you way too much. Isn't marriage
it's not it's practice, in your relationship with Allah Subhana Allah as is the hadith of Mr. Raja Lahore and it's about taqwa
water, whether you are unable to drink it, or you're drinking too much of it, or you're surrounded by it can signify that you are in or about to deal with a hardship and difficulty.
Water other than rain, not rain, weather, soft rain, hard rain, water, unable to drink it, even if it's
unable to. Because why do you drink Zamzam to do what for yourself to heal yourself, right? You have troubles as hell, I'm going to drink them and make your art to Allah that Allah will help me. So even seeing them isn't isn't seen as something of comfort in that sense.
Heavy rain that
keeps you in a place where you don't want to run out so you're sheltering under it. You're sheltering under a tree under a roof because the rain is so hard. It means that there will be difficulty after difficulty after difficulty. And then a loss of Hannah to Allah is about to test you not once or twice, but it's going to rain upon you. So be steadfast and find your shelter. Right.
Let's do some narrations from the Hadeeth. And we'll take a few more examples a crow. If you see a crow in your dream, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that crows are treacherous people.
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said he labeled the crow fasttech
Allah horrible facet, meaning that there's someone you are trusting, who is actually a facet who's about to let you down, who seeks your harm, rather than your well being. If you see a rib, whether it's a rib that you're eating, or you know the ribs of a person who's exposed as you're walking, you see someone who's skinny and their ribs stand out in your mind. It means a woman in your life is about to face hardship. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam described the woman as being created from a rib. And men do to their injustice, try to hammer the rib and they break it. And therefore when you see a rib, it is a sign that someone in your facility someone you love from the
women in your household, your mother, your sister, your daughter is about to experience difficulty. cups, vessels, plates signify women that are important in your life. In the prophets, I seldom described women as
they are, you know, blessing vessels they are coloreel they are like crystals that you have to be careful with. Don't drop her. Look at the imagery of the prophets, I sell them your wife annville calvario he says orif can deal with the crystal softly Salalah Harrison look at the advice he would give Rif conville kawari cuz you know, you drop her she's gonna break she's gonna shatter. Alright, so Lola when he was sending
to see a bed, or a garage, or a sleeping quarter, or that you're in your home and your aunt, your dream ends with you walking into your bedroom, or that your dream Ends with You laying down on your bed, especially for a sister seeing a dream like that it means that you are suing to carry a child. And the prophets I send him said, as well a doodle for a child that is soon to be born should always be counted in the bed that he was born in, in the name of the father who shared that bed with that person, even if they had passed away Salalah what he was sending them
horses galloping and running, whether you ride them or you see them in a distance or someone brings them to you or you buy them or you sell them. All of them it means that they will bring in abundance of good and an abundance of risk and it will come swiftly like the swiftness of a steed. All of those are statements from the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam. So those are the first four of the nine principles. And I want you inshallah, because salata narrative is soon upon us to go back and take a look at those verses and sort of use if and what you will see you will be able to identify that there are names and symbols and meanings, that there are
things that are inverted in opposites, and things that are given in deficiency that will actually bring plentifulness when the king sees that the cows that are small, eat the big cows, the healthy cows, he thinks, you know, destruction is coming. But after it what happens, there's going to be a resurgence and high yield and there's going to be so much goodness. So although you see that there's an increase that brought decrease, if the cows were big, and then there were small ones that ate them, then you see the that there's a resurgence and it comes back, there will come back years that will outdo what has been taken from us. I want to end with three or four quick points in sha Allah,
so that we can end with some important principles. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was a person who taught people the value of dreams and wanted others to learn how to interpret them. And after the prophets, I send them the best interpreter of dream after the prophets of Allah and now one of them is Abu Bakr
and the reason is because of his suit, his truthfulness
So the prophets I send them said, and I want this to be a general principle, as Dr. Morrow, as Dr. Home had
the most truthful view in their dreams are the most truthful of you with their words. So when you want to see good dreams, real dreams that give you prophecy of what's to come, be careful with your promises, and your you know, the ones that are meaningful, and the ones that aren't always try to be so deep, not just saw that. And therefore abubakr was the most truthful after the privatized lm he was the most knowledgeable of the interpretation of dreams. Number two, the more you see a root Yeah, the more important to these and the more true it is. And you get this from a number of studies, more than one Sahabi in the same night heard the event before it was given to the prophets
I seldom, once a hobby comes and says I saw a dream that this is how we should call the people to prayer. At the same time, there is also panela, I saw a dream where I saw the same event. Another one guy heard the same event, the more people who see it, or the more times you see it, the more true the dream is.
is to know that dreams can be about past events, not just future. And you can see a row
about something you mistakenly understood in the past. It's not just Allah telling you what's going to happen in the future. Most people have this mistake. Sometimes you see a dream, and you're interpreting it about future events. When that's not the reality. It's actually a law talking to you about something in the past, that you've misunderstood and a law wants you to re examine it understand that correctly. Right? They could be about past, present and future. In fact, rarely are they about future events. Most of the Imam say that most are to re ignite for you something that you have misunderstood in the past. Drood true dreams increase as time comes to an end.
people understood this Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to me that people will see true dreams when the digital is around or something right? Now what it actually means is that this time that we're in now, the day is coming to an end, it's the prophets I send them saying in the alterations of the early morning, and that's why people say oh, at the very early morning, they're taking it from this statement that it's right now than Bismillah is about to go. The The dream is going to be most truthful at a time of before you wake up or before you sleep. So in the in the two extremes of the day. We're going to pause here so panicle Loma vmdk shadow Allah Li Lantus Africa to
be like, and we'll take a quick break for the other end in sha Allah and I will conclude just two minutes before we get ready for Salah. So I want to end on just three final quick points in sha Allah first, most of the dreams that we see that are glad tidings from Allah subhanho wa Taala that are Oh yeah, that will agree take long time to be accomplished. Like prophet use of 40 years like the Prophet Mohammed, tell me he saw making tell off it wasn't immediately had to wait another year, they take a time for them to come into action. And therefore if you see a dream, and it comes into action straight away, usually those are the dreams that are unlawful lamb that you can bring about.
So you saw a dream that you're drinking Honey, you went and drink honey and you you know you fix that yourself. It's not a Rukia in that sense, it's something you enacted. The next thing that I think is important to make mention of is that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
he warned us that if we see true dreams, not to become overconfident, and not to make it a source of pride, where we vibe with others in what we see, and say Allah Subhana Allah I saw this and you you know Subhan Allah, I know more than you are, this is something that I've been blessed with that you don't have. And rather dreams are indications in sha Allah of a good state with a law and it should not be something that we take pride or go to extremes it. Finally, dreams are entirely presumptions, in the terms of us having them as a vision, you're presuming you've understood it. But that never allows you to contravene the Sharia to attain it. And therefore just say you see in a dream, your
grandfather, may Allah have mercy on the departed just say I see my grandfather and he comes to me yeah here.
I want you in sha Allah from now on to do
This particular thing or to give this particular donation might be a good thing he asked to give this particular donation. Don't do it.
Don't do it just because of the dream. And this happened in the time of Abdullah happiness or the Allahu anhu. A man woke up and he saw, he said, I saw in a dream that the one who prays to Raka today will be forgiving their sins. So people when they hurt and he was a righteous person, so and I'm 11 years old is the Sahabi so and I'm the loving him as rude heard this, everyone started coming to the masjid to pray to America. I believe me, Mr. Rude, stood at the door of the masjid and said Ruggiero, LWT come go back to your home for inner who had to shave on that was a passing sheath on that he saw. So Pamela, because our Sharia does not legislate that you would wonder why would
Abdullah never tell people not to pray in the masjid? What so what did they went in pray to it because the false belief would take root that on account of someone seeing a dream, it can change that reality. Right, it can change our spiritual reality and our practice of Islam. So May Allah subhanaw taala protect us from this May Allah subhanaw taala continue to guide our hearts and make us from those who are accessible to the truth allama mean