What to do when you have a bad dream (Hadith)

dreams in islam

Dreams in Islam means a lot for we Muslims, be it a good dream or a bad dream.

Did you have a dream that is appealing to you? One you wish could come true? Well, in such cases, the holiest Prophet [saw] recommends spreading your good dream to your family and friends.

What about the dream you had that was so scary that you couldn’t sleep for the rest of the night? Let’s call it a nightmare. With this type of dreams, as a Muslim, the Prophet said you should never announce it to anyone, but rather you should do the following:

The holiest Prophet [saw] said:

If any of you saw a vision that he likes, let him narrate it. If he saw a dream that he dislikes, let him turn on his other side, blow to his left thrice, seek refuge with Allah from its evil and not tell it to anyone. Verily, it will not harm him in this case.


If that is the case, what about the good dream Yusuf (Joseph) had? Why did His father, Yaqub (Jacob) prevent him from sharing it with His brother? I had same questions prior to publishing this content.

When we read from the Quran, the chapter of Yusuf (verse 4-5), Yusuf said to his father, “O my father! Verily, I saw (in a dream eleven stars and the sun and the moon – I saw them prostrating themselves to me.” He (the father) of Yusuf said: “O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they should arrange a plot against you. Verily, Shaytan is to man an open enemy!

Yusuf dream indicated that his brothers would be under his authority in future. They would be subjugated to Yusuf’s authority to such an extent that they would prostrate before him in respect, honor, and appreciation.

Yaqub then feared that if Yusuf narrated his vision to any of his brothers, they would envy him and conspire evil plots against him. This was why Yaqub said to Yusuf, “Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they should arrange a plot against you”.

In this story of Yusuf, his dream was clearly a good one, but His father forbids him from making it known to his brothers. And when we read from the hadith, the Holy Prophet did not forbid us from telling our good dreams to others.

What are these wonderful Quran ayahs and the awesome hadith teaching us?

In simple terms, the wisdom in this means when you see a vision (dream) and it is a bad one, never let people hear it. And when it is a good one, you can share it with others, but not everyone.

You may wonder why we can tell our good dreams to others but not the bad ones. And it’s simply because, in another narration, the Prophet said “a dream is tied to a bird’s leg, as long as it is not interpreted. But if it is interpreted, it comes true.”

'a dream is tied to a bird’s leg, as long as it is not interpreted. But if it is interpreted, it comes true.” - Prophet MohammadClick To Tweet

And as I mentioned earlier, not everyone should hear about your dream as we learned from the story of Anabi Yusuf. Share your vision only with people who are matured both in age and wisdom, people who wouldn’t feel envious of your success, people who will always be happy to see you succeed, such as your parents.

May Our Rubb (Allah) make our good dreams come true and May He also protect us from the evil of our bad dreams!

And Allah knows best.

One More Thing: Please share! It is an ongoing charity for me and you. I pray that Allah accept our effort and protect us. May He (swt) make our actions sincerely for His sake and include them on our scale of good deeds on the Day of Judgement. Aamen,

3 thoughts on “What to do when you have a bad dream (Hadith)”

  1. Awesome Info after reading this article we know that not tell dream for anyone. I like this and truly don’t tell anyone our dream

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