Thursday, May 11, 2006

Dreams or nightmares?

I've had weird dreams all night long.......

First I dreamed that I was wearing handcuffs and I had them on while I was working in the house (or trying to work). Then I dreamed that I was wearing broken shib-shibs and they kept slowing me down. My whole night was spent dreaming of things that were trapping me, holding me down, hindering me and impeding my progress.

It made me feel like I was on a never ending treadmill.....running, running, running.... but not getting anywhere or accomplishing anything. I woke up feeling exhausted.


  1. Not a laughing matter dear Khadija, but what did you have for dinner ??? That could be the answer.My grandmother always told us that if you want to dream then eat Fasulia for dinner(BEANS)and you will travel the world !!!!!

  2. No beans and no Shilba either! - Shilba is a kind of fish that eats some kinds of seaweed that cause some people to halucinate if they eat that kind if fish.

    I think I just have too many things going on at once - plus the final exams for my kids which always stresses me out!

  3. Here in England they say that if u eat cheese late at night you get nightmares!!!
    yes stress can cause bad dreams, i hope they all do well at school.

  4. I never have any bad dreams when I am stressed - but once the stress is over, I´ll start dreaming about it. Guess I´m a slow gal....

    Here is a fatwa on bad dreams:

    As for your question on nightmares, it’s recommended for anyone who sees a bad and terrifying dream to wake up and do the following:

    1-Seeking refuge in Allah from the Shaitan (Satan) saying "A`oodho billahi mina ash-Shaitan ar-Rajeem (I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan."

    2-Spitting three times on the left.

    3-Refraining from relating the dream to anybody lest it makes them worry.

    This is what the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, told us to do in this situation. Narrated Abu Salama: I used to see a dream which would make me sick till I heard Abu Qatada saying, "I too used to see a dream which would make me sick till I heard the Prophet saying, "A good dream is from Allah, so if anyone of you sees a dream which pleases him, he should not tell anybody about it except to the one whom he loves, and if he sees a dream which he dislikes, then he should seek refuge with Allah from its evil and from the evil of Satan, and spit three times (on his left) and should not tell anybody about it, lest it might harm him. " (Narrated by Al-Bukhari)

    Also, you are supposed, dear brother in Islam, to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, when going to sleep.

    Try to recite the last two verses from Surat Al-Baqarah (the Cow), as the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: "Whoever recites the last two verses from Surat Al-Baqarah at night, they will be sufficient for him." (Narrated by Al-Bukhari, 3786; Muslim, 807).

    Also it is Sunnah to recite Surat Al-Ikhlas and Al-Mu`awwidhatayn before you sleep. `Aa'ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, narrates: "On going to bed, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would blow into his hands and recite Surat Al-Ikhlas and Al-Mu`awidhatyn." Then he would wipe his hands over his face and his body, as far as they could reach." `Aa'ishah continues: "When he fell ill, He would ask me to do that for him.” (Narrated by Al-Bukhari, 5416; Muslim, 2192)

    Al-Bara' Ibn `Aazib, may Allah be pleased with him, narrates: The Prophet said to me, "Whenever you go to bed, perform ablution like the one you perform for the prayer, lie on your right side and say, "Allahumma aslamtu wajhi ilaika, wa fawadtu 'Amri ilaika, wa alja'tu Zahri ilaika raghbatan wa rahbatan ilaika. La Malja'a wa la manja minka illa ilaika. Allahumma amantu bikitabika-l-ladhi anzalta wa bina-biyika-l ladhi arsalta" (O Allah! I surrender to You and entrust all my affairs to You and depend upon You, fearing You, and reposing my hope in You. There is no fleeing from You, and there is no protection and safety except with You, O Allah! I believe in Your Book (the Qur'an) which You have revealed and in Your Prophet (Muhammad) whom You have sent). Then if you die on that very night, you will die as believer (in the religion of Islam). Let the aforesaid words be your last utterance (before sleep)." I repeated it before the Prophet and when I reached "Allahumma amantu bikitabika-l-ladhi anzalta (O Allah I believe in Your Book which You have revealed)." I said, "Wa-rasulika (and your Messenger)." The Prophet said, "No, say: 'Wanabiyika-l-ladhi arsalta (Your Prophet whom You have sent), instead."

    Also on this issue, Abu Hurayrah was quoted as saying: “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, used to tell us that when any one of us wanted to sleep, he should lie on his right side, then say ‘Allahumma Rabb al-samaawaati wa Rabb al-ard wa Rabb al-‘Arsh il-‘Azeem, Rabbana wa Rabba kulli shay’in, faaliq al-habb wa’l-nawa wa munazzil al-Tawraata wa’l-Injeela wa’l-Furqaan, a’oodhu bika min sharri kulli shay’in anta aakhidhun bi naasiyatihi. Allahumma anta al-awwal fa laysa qablaka shay’un, wa anta al-aakhir fa laysa ba’daka shay’un. Wa anta az-Zaahir fa laysa fawqaka shay’un wa anta al-baatin fa laysa doonaka shay’un. Iqdi ‘annaa al-dayna wa aghninaa min al-faqr (O Allah, Lord of the heavens and the earth, and Lord of the Mighty Throne, our Lord and Lord of all things, Splitter of the seed and the date stone, Revealer of the Tawraat (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel) and the Furqaan (Qur’an), I seek refuge in You from the evil of all things that You will seize by the forelock [i.e., have full control over them]. O Allah, You are the First and there is nothing before You; You are the Last and there is nothing after You. You are the Manifest (az-Zaahir) and there is nothing above You; You are the Hidden (al-Baatin) and there is nothing beyond You. Settle our debt and spare us from poverty).’” (Narrated by Muslim, 2713).

    Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) was also quoted as saying: “Abu Bakr said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, teach me something that I can say in the morning and in the evening.’ He said: “Say, ‘Allahumma ‘Aalim al-ghaybi wa’l-shahaadah, Faatir al-samawaati wa’l-ard, Rabba kulli shay’in wa maleekahu, ashhadu an laa ilaaha illa anta. A’oodhi bika min sharri nafsi wa min sharr il-shaytaan wa sharakihi (O Allah, Knower of the seen and the Unseen, Creator of the heavens and the earth, Lord and Sovereign of all things, I bear witness that there is no god except You. I seek refuge in You from the evil of my own self and from the evil and traps of Satan).’ Say this in the morning and in the evening, and when you go to bed.’” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3392; Abu Dawood, 5067).

  5. I wonder, which is more entertaining: literary fiction or fictional literature? In the case of islamic societies, the entertainment value of religious literature clearly surpasses any other literature coming out of there. I especially like these minute cultist details, e.g., spit "three" times and to the "left." Fascinating symmetry breaking stuff! Note also the number 3 (as in trinity) and the left (as in sinister.) I wonder if this fatwa comes from the same school that dismissed the lunar landing in 1969 as a bunch of heretic lies.

    I think dreams, bad, good, or neutral, are the product of a complicated physiological system called the human body. And, like other bodily (biochemical) processes, dreams are influenced by envrionmental factors (thermal, chemical, stress of various kinds, including mechanical, electromagnetic, social, etc.) Biochemical processes are also influenced by that lovely thing called fluctuations in science, or demons/devils/spirits in religious literature. Fluctuations are mother nature's way of telling the supreme character in religious literature, who is really boss.

    I suggest changing your routine or "fixed environment"-- even randomly, if you can't quite figure out specifically what the relevant factors are. Maybe a long evening walk? Maybe a change of evening diet?

    Cheers! Or maybe I should say, favorable fluctuations to you!

  6. Well Suliman,

    A prayer and three spittings on your left shoulder could work as well as a long walk or a glass of milk or anything else.
    I perfectly know the Shaytan is not standing next to me (haven´t seen him yet).

    Believing in the firm rule of Allah (SWT) can calm people down and relax after a bad dream - some other maybe needs ahald an hour of television to calm down. Whatever works, works.

  7. don't sleep early, don't tell anyone on what you've dreaming of,

  8. I think that u Will face Some problem In ur Life ... Don't afraid ... it's maybe .

  9. What time was the dream? if it's after subuh, then not to worry. But if it's about 2-3 am, then i believe it's a sign, it means something.

  10. Dreams are just dreams; there is no need to get panicked because of some chemical and physiological processes in the brain. My advice... Get some rest, its much better than the stress of thinking that there is an awful thing going to happen...

  11. Greetings from Florida! I have had many dreams that have given me a message............sounds like you are not taking care of yourself!!! But only you know whether you are. Yes, we do find comfort in Allah/God/Lord. love your blog

  12. Sandi - I think the message in my dream is 'Take a break and have some fun' which is what I did at the party the next day. I feel better now.

  13. That's wonderful you had "playtime" and glad you feel better. Dottie Madani is my sister and she told me of your blog site. You certainly give a beautiful description of Libya and your life there with a nice twist of your sense of humor. Sandi

  14. Thanks Sandi - your sister Dottie is so super nice! Are you planning on visiting for Sarah's upcoming wedding?

  15. God willing to come to Libya with my husband. If we are able to come it will be after the wedding so we can visit.....And, things are still up in the air, do you remember hurricane season??? Thanks, I think my sissy is pretty nice too, worry wart, but I love her so much. Sandi



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