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News: Dream Interpretation Historical View

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dream interpretation is one of the earliest pieces of knowledge that was revealed to humankind. All of God’s prophets, upon all of them, be peace, had to deal with dream interpretation from time to time. God’s prophet Joseph (PBUH) was also blessed with such knowledge, as revealed in the Qur’anic verse

“Thus will thy Lord choose thee, and teach thee the interpretation of stories” (Qur’an 12:6)

The faith of God’s prophet Abraham, upon whom be peace, was once tried through a dream where he saw himself sacrificing his own son. “He said: ‘0 my son! I saw in a dream that I offered thee in sacrifice.’” (Qur’an 37-102). As he reached the point of implementing his dream, God Almighty said: “0 Abraham! Thou hast already fulfilled the vision! -” (Qur’an 37:104-105). On the eve of the battle of Badr between the believers and the Quraish tribe of Mecca, God’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) saw a dream as stated in the Holy Qur’an: “And remember when God showed them to thee as few in thy dream-” (Qur’an 8:43). Later on, when God’s Prophet (PBUH) led his companions to Hudaibiyyah, he also saw in a dream that he and his companions were entering the Holy city of Mecca. In this dream, he saw them circumambulating the Sacred House with peace and tranquility. God Almighty confirmed his dream in the Holy Qur’an saying: “Truly did God fulfill the vision for His Apostle, that ye shall enter the Sacred Mosque, if God wills, with your minds secured, head shaved, hair cut short, and without fear. For He knew what you do not know, and He granted beside this, a speedy victory” (Qur’an 48:27). Indeed, it was in such a state that God’s Messenger and the believers entered the Holy city of mecca and cleansed God’s House from polytheism and idol worship.
In essence, dreams are true. They connote wisdom and have emotional and physical traceable effects.
The first dream was seen by Adam, upon whom be peace.” He added: “God said to Adam: ‘Have you seen among my creation anyone that resembles you?’ Adam replied: ‘My Lord, Thou hast blessed me and honored me among Thy creation and I have not seen anyone that looks like me. Bless me, Lord, with a mate, so I may dwell with her in tranquility, and we may both worship Thee and glorify Thee.’ God Almighty then caused Adam to repose, and He showed him, Eve, in a vision. When Adam opened his eyes, he saw Eve sitting near him. God Almighty created Eve from Adam’s rib and made her look like him”.

Once Joseph son of Jacob, upon both of them, be peace, went with his brethren to herd the family’s sheep. Each one carried a heavy stick to help direct their sheep and to defend themselves against the beasts of the wilderness. Joseph was a young boy then. During the day, he felt like resting on his brother’s lap, where he soon fell asleep. When he woke up, he said to his brothers: ‘Should I tell you about a dream I saw?’ They replied: ‘Indeed!’ Joseph then said: ‘I saw as though my stick was dug into the ground, then your sticks were brought in and placed in a circle around it. Mine was the shortest. Then my stick kept on growing until it reached the skies. My stick then stood in the ground and took firm roots that grew to push your sticks out of their holes. Then I saw your sticks laying near mine.’ Hearing that, one of his brothers replied: ‘The son of Rachel is nearly saying that he is our master and that we are his slaves.”’ Seven years later, in another dream, Joseph saw the sun, the moon, and the stars prostrating themselves to him. As reported in the Holy Qur’an, Joseph went to his father Jacob, upon both of them be peace, and said: “0 my father! 1 did see eleven stars, and the sun, and the moon prostrating themselves to me!” (Qur’an 12:4). Jacob understood the meaning of his son’s dream, and said: “The sun and the moon are your father and mother, and the stars are your brethren.” Jacob added: “My dear little son, do not tell your dream to your brothers, lest they concoct a plot against thee, for satan, is to man an avowed enemy.” (Qur’an 12:5)

Later on, Jacob saw in a dream that he was standing on top of a hill and Joseph was down in the valley. He saw ten wolves surrounding and attacking his little son Joseph. Jacob feared for his son and felt sorrowful for him, though he could do nothing in the dream. Suddenly, the earth split open under Joseph’s feet and swallowed him. The wolves then departed. When Joseph’s brethren came to their father and said: “Send him with us tomorrow to enjoy himself and play, and we shall take good care of him.” Jacob replied: “It saddens me that you should take him away. 1 fear lest the wolf should devour him when you are busy and oblivious of him.” (Qur’an 12:12-13)
During his imprisonment in Egypt, Joseph taught the truth as he interpreted the dreams of his two fellow prisoners. In the Holy Qur’an, God Almighty says: “Two young men entered the prison with him. One of them said: ‘I see myself in a dream pressing wine.’ The other said: ‘I see myself in a dream carrying bread on my head, and birds are eating from it.’ They said: ‘Tell us the truth and meaning of these dreams, for we see that thou does good to all. He replied: ‘Before any food come to feed either of you, 1willsurely reveal to you the truth and meaning of what will befall you. That is part of the duty which my Lord has taught me. 1 have abandoned the ways of a people that do not believe in God and that even deny the hereafter.” (Qur’an 12:36) Joseph added: “Oh my two companions of the prison! As for one of you, he will pour wine for his master to drink. As for the other, he will be crucified, and the birds will eat from off his head. So it is decreed in the matter which you are inquiring about.” (Qur’an 12:41) Joseph (PBUH) also used his knowledge about dream interpretation to clear his name and to explain the king’s dream, when the Pharaoh’s own counsel and the palace’s dream interpreters failed to explain it, saying: “A confused medley of dreams, and we are not skilled in the interpretation of dreams.” (Qur’an 12:44). The cup-bearer went to Joseph and said: “0 Joseph! 0 man of truth! Expound to us the meaning of seven fat cows whom seven lean ones devour, and seven green ears of corn and seven others withered.” Joseph’s explanation was: ”You shallow diligently for seven years after your won’t; what you harvest leave in the ear, except a little you keep in store. This will be followed by seven hard years, that shall devour what you have kept for them, except the little you have guarded. Then will come a year in which the people will have abundant water and pressing season.” (Qur’an 12:47-49)

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