Bad dreams are the dreadful and detestable visions one sees in his sleep, but it is a favor of Allah that he provides remedy for every disease. Learn the dua for bad dreams or nightmare as well as etiquettes of dreams.
Dua For Bad Dreams In Arabic Text
أعوذ بالله من الشيطان ومن شر ما رأيت
Audhu bi Llahi min sharri Ash-Shaytan wa min sharri maa raytu.
Dua For Bad Dreams In English
The dua for bad dreams in English is
I seek refuge in Allah from Shaytan and from the evil of that which I dreamt of.
Dreams that disturb a person and keep him awake are from the Shaytan. In general, people perceive either good dreams from Allah, dreams that reflect what they are thinking about, or dreams from the Shaytan.
Dua For Protection From Bad Dreams
There are lots of Islamic Dua to stop bad dreams at night as taught by the messenger of Allah SAW.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught us how to avoid Shaytan’s influence at night.
Before going to bed, recite Quranic verses and duas narrated by him.
When you go to bed, recite Ayat al-Kursi and you will be protected by Allah, and no shaytan (devil) will come near you until morning.
The last two ayahs of Surah al-Baqarah
Whoever recites them at night, they will be sufficient for him.
(Bukhari, 3786; Muslim, 807)
Last Three Chapters of The Quran
When you go to your bed, you should blow into your hands and recite Qul Huwa Allahu Ahad, Qul Auzu bi Rabbin Nas and Qul Auzu bi Rabbil Falaq. Then you should wipe your hands over your face and your body, as far as they could reach.
(Al-Bukhari 5416; Muslim 2192).
What To Do When You Have a Bad Dream
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also taught us what to do when someone sees something unpleasant in a dream and wakes up as a result.
- Spit dryly to the left
- Seek refuge with Allah from the Shaytan
- Change the side on which one was sleeping
- And to pray if one wishes.
If you see something that you dislike (in a dream), get up and pray, and do not tell people about it.
If you follow this advice given by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), before you go to bed, it is hoped that no shaytan will come anywhere near you, and if you follow this advice when you wake up from a bad dream, it will take away all anxiety and distress from you.
And Allah knows best.
Bad dreams, which are from Satan and are usually concerning that which man detests.
That is, Satan makes a man see what he detests so that he becomes fearful, annoyed, sad and sometimes fall sick.
This is because the Devil is an enemy to man. He loves that which hurts and saddens man.
Allah the most High said:
Secret counsels (conspiracies) are only from Shaytan (Satan), in order that he may cause grief to the believers. But he cannot harm them in the least, except as Allah permits, and in Allah let the believers put their trust.”
- What Should We Do After Seeing a Bad Dreams In Islam?
After seeing a bad dreams, you should do the following steps and remedies from the sunnah of prophet SAW.
The remedy for bad dreams is as follows:
- First: The person should spit to his left side three times and seek Allah’s refuge from Satan three times and from the evil of that which he saw in his dream.
He should recite: had dreamt of saying:
‘Audhu bi Llahi min sharri Ash-Shaytan wa min sharri maa raytu.
Meaning: I seek refuge in Allah from Shaytan and from the evil of that which I dreamt of.
He should then turn to the other side; if he is on his left side, he should turn to his right side and if he is on his right side, he should turn to his left side.
- Second: He should also perform ablution, if this does not benefit him, that is, if after turning from the first side to the other side, the dream comes again, he should stand up, perform ablution and offer prayer.
He should not inform anyone of it.
He should not say: lI dreamt of such and such, I dreamt of such and such,’ and should not tell people or go to anyone to have it interpreted.
It will never harm him since it will be as if it never happened.
This will give him rest of mind.
When some people see a detestable dream, they go in search of someone to interpret the dream for them.
We say to him: ‘Do not do this.
The companions, may Allah be pleased with him, did have detestable dreams, but after the Prophet narrated this hadeeth to them, they became relieved.
Thereafter, whenever any of them had a detestable dream, he would spit to his left side three times and seeks Allah’s refuge from its evil and from the evil of Satan, and he would not tell anyone about it.
It would not harm him and it would be as if it never occurred.
The third category: It is the dream that comes as a result of personal thoughts; as man is always engaged in one thing or the other.
He sometimes sees these in his dream.
This has neither wisdom nor effect.It is expected that when someone has a dream that pleases him, good dreams, he should give it a favourable interpretation in his mind.
This is because when dreams are interpreted, they come to pass with the leave of Allah.
It is important also that we do not rely on what is found in somebooks such as ‘The book of Interpretation of Dreams’ purportedly by Ibn Sireen and other such books.
This would be a mistake. This is because dreams are with respect to the one who had it, the time, place and situations.
That is, two persons may have the same dream and we may interpret them differently.
This is because this person sees what befits him and the other person sees what befits him or that the prevailing situation demands that a particular interpretation is given to a particular dream.
In essence, one must not refer to written works in interpreting dreams, as dreams and visions do differ.
It was said that a man had a dream and it was given an interpretation.
Another person later had the same dream but was given a different interpretation.
The interpreter was queried about it and he said:
‘This interpretation suits this persons dream and that interpretation suits the other persons dream.’ Each person is given the interpretation as it is appropriate for him.
On this note, the Prophet SAW had a dream before or during the battle of Uhud.
He saw that there was a hole on his sword. He also saw a cow being slaughtered, he interpreted this that one of his relatives and many of his companions will be killed.
The hole indicated that one of his relatives would be killed. This is because a man gets protection with his family as he does with his sword, and as such if there is a hole in his sword, it means that there would be a hole in his kin.
It happened that way.
Hamzah, may Allah be pleased with him, an uncle of the Prophet, was slain during Uhud.
Concerning the slaughtered cow, it represented about seventy individuals that were slain among the companions during Uhud.
He saw this in form of a cow as cows are very useful. It is useful, more useful than other livestock – for cultivation, butter, fertilizer, milk and so many other benefits.
The companions are all virtuous. They are of much good to this Ummah.
Even if they have no other good than the fact that Allah entrusted them to conveying the Sharee’ah to the Ummah, it would have sufficed them as virtue.
Moreover, there is no way for us to the Sharee’ah except through the companions, may Allah be pleased with him.
Allah alone grants success.