The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said in a hadith:
According to Abu Hurara (RA), the prophet (saw) said “there are three types of dreams: a righteous dream which is glad tidings from Allah, the dream which cause sadness is from satan, and the dreams from the ramblings of the mind”. (Source: Sahih Muslim vol. 4, pg. 1224, no. 5621; Sahih Bukhari vol.9, pg. no. 116).
Everyone dreams, of course. Many times we dream and we do not remember the dreams in the morning. Most dreams may be of the third category, “ramblings of the mind”. There is nothing wrong with these dreams, they are simply a reflection of what happened to us during the day. It is most likely a healthy way of reflecting on what happened during the day.
True dreams, or “righteous dreams” are not so frequent. I however find that among the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community such dreams are well known. Other Muslims also have often “righteous dreams”, however, according to my experience it seems not so many of them have such dreams.
Christians, or other non-Muslims of course also may have true dreams, but may be often do not recognize them. I asked one Christian priest about it and he did not know anything about it. It seems that in his seminary (when studying to become a priest) this topic was not touched upon. I pointed out that true dreams are in the Bible also (Yusuf, Joseph), but he sort of thought that those events were ‘a long long time ago’.
For the interpretation of true dreams according to Islamic traditions the most known work is that by the legendary Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn Sirin Al-Ansari (33-110H; a.d. 653–728), was, born in Basra, i.e. the 33rd year after Muhammad’s migration from Makkah to the then Yathrib, now Al-Madina.
May I request my colleagues, editors of the Muslim Times, to come up with some articles on this topic? (Inshallah, I will also write more on this topic).