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March 17th, 2012

Dreams and spirituality

Pakistani Islamic scholar Nilofar Ahmed sahiba has written an article under above title, in Dawn.

She wrote:

“The Prophet said that after him nothing would be left of prophecy, except for a true dream. He also said that dreams are one in 46 parts of prophethood (Bukhari)”

Javed Ahmad Ghamdi sahib is also of the opinion that after Holy Prophet Muhammad SAWS, people and saints can only receive prophecies in form of true dream.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad sahib made claims of receiving divine communications in forms beside dreams.

Sigmund Freud and other psychoanalytics have never attracted me towards their theories, may be because I had read HMGA book ‘Islmaee Usool Kee Philosphy’.

I will appreciate if anyone who has read HMGA writings on the subject of Dreams and Spirituality, can give us gist of what he wrote. I will forward that reply to Nilofar Ahmed sahiba. Thanks.

Dawn article:

One Response to “Dreams and spirituality”

  1. March 17th, 2012 at 9:27 pm
    From Zahid Aziz:

    In the hadith quoted above, the word for “dream” (ruya) means “visions” as well. What the hadith says is that nothing is left of prophethood except mubashshirat, and when the Holy Prophet was asked, What are mubashshirat, he said “ruya saliha”.

    In another hadith in Bukhari the Holy Prophet clearly mentioned that there were in the past “persons who were spoken to (by God) though they were not prophets” and that among Muslims one such is Umar. The word used for “spoken to” here is derived from kalam.

    There is the famous incident of Hazrat Umar, that delivering a khutba as khalifa, he saw right there in a vision the Muslim army fighting a battle hundreds of miles away, and he shouted to the commander “Take to the hills!” The hearers said, We thought Umar has gone mad. When the messenger from the battle-field arrived in Madina with news, he related that the commander heard that voice and took the army to the hills and they were saved. This was obviously not in a dream that Hazrat Umar saw the scene.

    The Quran says that angels descend upon true believers in this world with good news (bushra, same as mubashshirat) and speak to them (41:30-32).


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