Four Keys to Invite Our Beloved Messenger into Our Dreams
By Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
In the Name of Allah, the Encompassingly Merciful, the Particularly Merciful. All praise belongs to Allah. May the best of blessings and most perfect of peace be upon our master Muhammad ibn Abdullah, and upon his followers, his companions, and all those who are guided by his teachings.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told us about the possibility and reality of seeing him in our dreams. This article is based on a video by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani on seeing our Beloved Prophet Muhammad in our dreams.
Whoever has seen me in a dream has seen me, for Shaytaan does not appear in my image. -Prophet Muhammad
We can find a number of these hadith in the closing chapter of Imam Tirmidhi’s wonderful work on the description of the Prophetic character called al-Shama‘il al-Muhammadiyya.
How to See the Prophet in Your Dreams
The scholars gave the beautiful example of a cup, that if one wants to fill the cup with something one desires, the first thing that one needs to do is empty their cup because a full cup cannot be filled. Here are some of the habits one can adopt in order to be fortunate enough to see the Prophet in their dreams if Allah wills.
One. Read about the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)
How can one empty one’s heart from other things? By having intense yearning and longing for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). How does one have intense yearning? By making a regular habit to read about him – his conduct, his character, and his life.
Our teachers particularly recommend the book “Our Master Muhammad” by Imam Abdallah Sirajuddin al-Husayni, one of the greatest scholars of hadith and a true lover of the Prophet.
Two. Strive to Follow the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)
Make a firm life commitment to strive to follow the Prophet in every aspect of your life gradually and consistently. How? By committing to learning as a lover; learn about faith because you want to mirror some of the faith of the Prophet, learn about prayer so that you can strive to pray like the Prophet prayed, learn about halal and haram so that you can strive to conduct yourself in life with dignity, principle, justice, and with the excellence exhibited & exemplified by our beloved Prophet. Learn as a lover. Be a lover.
Three. Send Abundant Prayers and Blessings Upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The closest of you to me in the Hereafter shall be those who send most blessings upon me.” Scholars say that there is no specific number mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah with respect to how many blessings we should send on the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him).
However, some scholars suggest that the least that would be considered sufficient would be three hundred per day. Begin with one hundred. One of the beautiful works on blessings and prayers (salwaat) that has been highly recommended is the “Dalail al-Khayrat” – the pathway to all good by Imam Suleiman Al-Jazuli. You can read one chapter per day. This is an expression of sending prayers and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad.
Four. Strive to be in the Company of the Lovers of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him)
Be in the company of the people who tremble with the love of the Prophet. If there are gatherings of remembrance and learning in your city, by the people who exhibit Prophetic character and love, connect with those gatherings and keep connecting with them.
Connect with scholars in your community who exhibit that Prophetic character and if you don’t have people of learning in your city then go to the programs of people who have that Prophetic mercy because when you see them, you’re reminded of the beautiful way of our beloved Prophet.
Invite such scholars to your communities, because it is by the love of the Messenger and the spreading of that love, that the hearts, communities and families are brought to life.
About the Author
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age.
He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.
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