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IslamQA: Are disturbing dreams a sign of a bad character?

AsalamAlaikum I lately have been having some disturbing and disgusting dreams. They feel so real that I get shocked when I wake up. I take refuge from Shaitan, and ask Allah to forgive me. Do you have any knowledge about this, why I get dreams like this? Things happen that I would never do in real life. Is it because I’m bad Muslim?

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

There is no reason to feel guilty about your dreams. According to what I have read, dreams are sometimes our brain’s way of preparing us for disturbing situations that we have heard about but that we have not thoroughly thought about. The brain makes up for our lack of attention for the issue by dedicating a dream to it and forcing us to come face-to-face with the issue.

The things you dream about have nothing to do with your character. In fact according to my understanding the more a person thinks about something, the less likely they are to dream about it (unless it is something new). So your dreams may sometimes actually reflect the opposite of your character.

Best wishes.

And God knows best.
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