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11695905/02/2013

Comment on so-called “lucid dreaming” or controlling one’s dreams

Question: 182280

The concept of lucid dreaming is when an individual is dreaming but at the same time the human is fully capable of controlling what happens in the dream. I have recently come by articles which state ways of being able to train yourself to have lucid dreams more often and to make them last. In the lucid dream you can do things that are not would be impossible to do while awake, like flying and unimaginable things, people have also said to have sexual intercourse in the dream. Is it haram to train yourself to have these kinds of dreams where you can control what is happening and do sinful things like sex with whoever in the dream and flying?

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family.

The verdict on something is based on the way it is seen.
Hence to think of having the ability to control dreams makes them no longer
dreams, which can only come after one has gone to sleep. Controlling one’s
dreams means that the sleeper is in a state of awareness whilst he is
dreaming! And this is something that cannot happen, because the sleeper is
not aware of himself and does not know that he is dreaming. That is because
sleep is akin to death, and sleep is called mawt (death) in the Qur’an and
Sunnah. Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, says (interpretation of the
meaning}:

“It is Allah Who
takes away the souls at the time of their death, and those that die not
during their sleep. He keeps those (souls) for which He has ordained death
and sends the rest for a term appointed. Verily, in this are signs for a
people who think deeply”

[az-Zumar 39:42]. 

All these events that those who believe in it see and talk
about are natural things that happen to people. Sometimes a person’s dream
may be so clear and logical that it is as if he is awake. And sometimes the
dreams come from the shayaateen (devils) toying with the sleeper. Sometimes
a person is in a state between sleep and wakefulness, but this is not an
intermediate state; rather sometimes he is asleep and sometimes he is awake,
and it cannot be anything but these two alternatives. 

All the types of dreams that these studies speak about are
things that indeed happen to all people. But analyzing them and claiming to
have control of them is a figment of the imagination. 

It is very unfortunate that this is a myth that is dressed up
as science, like Darwinism. It may be opening the door to the shayaateen to
toy with you, and you may think that it is a kind of self-control and
discovering hidden worlds, when it is nothing more than shayaateen. 

Some true dreams may come under the heading of thinking to
oneself, so you focus on a particular thought or on a scene from a
particular dream, then you relax until you go to sleep when you were just
thinking about that thing. So it is natural that you may see something
having to do with it in your dream. 

Moreover, they do not stop at the point of controlling
dreams; rather they are promoting many things that are contrary to Islamic
teaching, such as saying that you can have sex with any woman you want, or
you could find out about some matters of the unseen. This comes under the
heading of spreading immorality and disbelief, because no one knows the
unseen except Allah. 

The matter was further compounded when they put an app on the
iPhone so that you could control your dreams. This app is accompanied with
relaxing music which supposedly helps this lucid dream to appear. 

This study is more akin to speculation. In fact many of those
who tried it bear witness to that. Hence we advise you to keep away from it
and to focus on something that is of benefit. 

And Allah knows best.

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