Author: Imam Muhammad Ibn Seerin, Justice Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani
Publisher: Darul-Ishaat, Karachi, Pakistan (2007)
Pages: 624 Binding: Hardcover
Description from the publisher:
Dreams always are an interesting subject all through the ages to mankind, frend, stekel, and many other western writers have ventured in the field of interpretation of dreams. In the Arab world, among others, the tabi Ibn Sirin was an authority on interpretation of dreams.
The prophet always discussed dreams with his companions after the fajr prayer and sometimes related to his own dreams.
The author tells us in this book how we may interpret dreams of different kinds, like one standing before Allah, seeing the Prophet or his companions or the angels. In all about fifty eight subjects are discussed. Each is then sub-divided into innumerable possibilities. In this final chapter, dreams of some pious men are also narrated.
This book should be of interest to the general reader but very informative to the specialist in the field of dream interpretation.
We now feel proud in presenting a revised edition to which an exhaustive index is appended.
Moreover, we have included in this book a brief thesis of Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani entitled “Value of dreams in the light of Shariah.”
'There are three types of dreams: The reflection of one's thoughts and experiences one has during wakefulness, what is suggested by Satan to frighten the dreamer, or glad tidings from Allah. So, if someone has a dream which he dislikes, he should not tell it to others, but get up and offer a prayer."
Ibn Sirin is one of most highly regarded Classical Scholars of the First Century Hijri, born in Basra in 33 AH. Among his contemporaries were Imam Anas Bin Malik, Al-Hassan Al-Basri, Ibn Aown, Al-Fudhayl, Bin Iyadh and Others.
The Interpretation of Dreams is a Complex Subject so this book can only be used as a reference but real interpretation can only be carried out by experts in this field as Imam Ibn Sirin himself says:
'There is no type of knowledge and wisdom which is not needed in the interpretation of dreams, even mathematics, shares of inheritance, judgements, Arabic and its strange words for the meaning of names, parables, laws of the deen and religious practices, the lawful and unlawful, the prayer, wudu', and other knowledge. Dispute in it is used as analogy and the meaning is taken from it. So the principles of commentary which you possess are more successful in interpretation than what the dreamer tells you to try to make you abandon the principles, even if you consider him to be a truthful, reliable person.'