What are the forms that devil (shaitan) cannot take in dreams?

Devil can take different forms in a dream

We know that the devil (shaitan) can take different forms to divert us from Allah and the path of righteousness. Devil (Shaitan), also has the ability to come into the dreams and cause us some trouble.

Even though, as Muslims were knowing that to remain protected from the devil (shaitan) and his evils, we shall always recite أَعُوْذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ before undertaking any activity and shall recite the specific duas before sleeping. Yet, sometimes we forget and we face troubles.

Devil has the authority to affect our dreams

The devil (shaitan) is always looking for that tiny mistake of ours so that we won’t remain protected from his evils.  Accordingly, the interpretation of many troubling dreams is that the devil (shaitan) is behind it just to divert them or cause fear in people.

Hazrat Imam Jabir Magribi thereby views that the devil (shaitan) enters the dreams of individuals, purposely or un-purposely. He has the ability to take different forms in the dream so that individuals might not know that it is the devil (shaitan) who is causing the trouble.

Forms which devil cannot take in dreams

However, one thing that is to be made very clear is that his power of taking forms in reality and in dreams is very restricted. Allah Almighty has not allowed the devil (shaitan) to take any form. He can take a few forms yet not all.  To mention a list of forms that devil (shaitan) cannot take:

  1. Allah Almighty
  2. Prophets
  3. Angels
  4. Sun
  5. Moon

Why the devil is not allowed to take these forms in a dream?

The reason behind this is that if the devil (shaitan) was able to take forms of the above-mentioned personalities and objects, he must have been able to divert the whole mankind from the righteous path.

He must have taken the form of Allah in the dreams claiming that certain unlawful things are lawful. He must have appeared as prophets claiming that bad deeds are okay. He would come as Prophets telling bad people that what they do is okay and is according to Islam.  He would have taken forms of sun, moon and the angels to terrify people.

If you have seen a prophet in a dream, it is a prophet

This is why Allah Almighty restricted his power of taking any form in the dreams and in reality. All those dreams in which the Prophets, Angels, sun and moon are seen are true ones without a doubt. In such dreams, we can only question the complete and clear remembrance of the dream.

For all such dreams, we cannot interpret that it was a conspiracy of the devil (shaitan) as the devil (shaitan) cannot take such forms. Interpretation of dreams in which the Prophets appear to depend upon the situation of the dream and action undertaken in them.

Disclaimer: The material used for the interpretation of dreams has been extracted from the book “A Concise Guide for the Interpretation of Dreams” written by Mohammad bin Sirin

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