RLG100Y1 Lecture Notes - Barzakh, Dream Interpretation, Cultural Relativism

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Throughout most of islamic history dreams were very important and played big function. Prophet muhammad"s own revelation began in form of dreams, he was in isolated retreat in mountains and gabriel revealed to him in form of dreams,continued in trance like vision states, prophetical dreams. Yusuf/joseph(sura 12) story of yusuf similar to joseph in bible. dreaming the 11 stars bowing down to them. egypt king dreaming cows eating cows. Sleep and death 39:42 (god takes the souls of those who die and sleep, but those who dont die get their souls back upon awakeningin sleep your soul travels which is why you can communicate with the dead) Three kinds of dreams in islamic tradition: hadith nafsi: re ecting wishes and worries, hulm: sent by devil or evil spirits, ruya: a divinely inspired dream or waking vision. Dream-visions is one of 46 parts of prophecy. whoever has seen me has truly seen me.

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