QUESTION: I have this recurring nightmare: something doughy is in my mouth and my breathing becomes constricted, so that I cannot speak. Every time I remove the object, another one takes its place. This continues until I wake up, terrified by what I saw. This dream has the tranquility of my life, as I think about it all the time. Yet I can find no reason for having it- I pray and fast and I have made pilgrimage to Makkah; I always ask forgiveness from A1laah and repent to him. Nevertheless, this dream repeats itself after a period of two-five months. I ask Allaah Almighty that I find interpretation of this nightmare with you. I also ask Allaah Almighty to guide you to the best of this world and the Hereafter. And Allaah will continue to help His servants as long as he is helping his brother.
ANSWER: This dream is from the Shaytan. What is prescribed for you and for any male or female is that you spit to your left, seek refuge in Allaah three times from the Shaytan and from what you saw, and turn over to the other side. Then the dream will cause you no harm. You should also refrain from mentioning the dream to anyone. This is due to what is confirmed from Allaah's Messenger [peace and blessings be upon him]: "A good dream is from Allaah; a [bad] dream is from Shaytan. So if one of you see what he hates [in his dream], he should spit to his left, seek refuge in Allaah three times from the Shaytan and from what he saw, and he should turn over to his other side; then it will not harm him. Also, he should not tell anybody about it. [Muslim]
This authentic hadith provides an effective remedy to the believing male or female and to protect him or her from the ill effects of bad dream. My brother, use this important Prophetic medicine, and your heart will find peace and comfort. And may Allaah guide us all.
The question was answered by Shaykh Abdul-Azeez Ibn Baz He was born in Riyadh in 1330 AH. He lost his eyesight in his youth but became well known for his great memory especially in the field of hadeeth. He taught for many years and was chancellor of the Islamic University of Madinah. He was the grand Mufti of Saudi-Arabia, a position held tiII his death in 1420AH.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited