Can one see the Prophet in dreams?

Is it possible for person to see the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) for shaytaan cannot appear in the image of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), but he could appear in another form and claim that he is the the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)?

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Whoever sees me in a dream will see me when he is awake, shaytaan cannot take my shape." (Bukhaari) Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar recorded that if a man told Muhammad (Meaning of siren) that he had seen the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) [in a dream] he would say, describe to me the one whom you saw.ヤ If he gave a description that he did not recognize, he would say. you did not see him. This was the way of the companions. Al-haakim narrated that kulayb said: I said to Ibn Abbas, I saw the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) in a dream. He said ''Describe him to me" He said, I mentioned Al-hasan Ibn Ali and said that He looked like him.ヤ He said, "You indeed saw him" (Fath al-Baari)

Please note that seeing the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) in a dream is not a proof of high station nor is it a source for any act of worship. Also it is difficult to validate the claims of seeing the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) in a dream these days. How would the person be certain that it was him when he has never seen Him or His semblance in real life!

Claiming to see a dream falsely

It is sinful to claim too see a dream one did not truly see.The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: Whoever claims to have seen a dream which he did not see, will be ordered to make a knot between two barley grains which he will not be able to do. (Bukhaari)

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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