Numbers Dream Explanation
— • One symbolizes the unity of God, the ego (The dreamer himself), or the boss.
• Two symbolizes the parents (father and mother) or two witnesses or a double confirmation that the dream will come true and is a sign that the dreamer is not alone. It could also mean that there is a second person, something concerning the conjoint. It is a reference as well to marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, et cetera, the end of an ordeal, and triumph over enemies: in view of verse 40 of the Quranic chapter “Al-Tauba” (Repentance): “If ye help not (your leader), (it is no matter): for God did indeed help him, when the unbelievers drove him out; he had no more than one companion. They two were in the cave. And he said to his companion, “Have no fear, for God is with us : then God sent down His peace upon him, and strengthened him with forces which ye saw not, and humbled to the depths the word of the unbelievers. But the word of God is exalted to the heights: for God is Exalted in might, Wise.” Duality or duplication is also indicated.
• Three is a blessed and favourite number
, according to some, and the reverse for others: a genuine promise (according to the Quranic chapter “Hud” [The Prophet Hud]: “But they did hamstring her. So he said: Enjoy yourselves in your homes for three days: (Then will be your ruin): (Behold) there a promise not to be belied!” (verse 65); a reference to some religious matter; and a reference to sex.)
• Four means prayers will be heard; financial gains; integration; four corners, the four seasons; the four elements: fire, air, earth, and water; and marriage. If, according to Al-Kirmani whose interpretations are supported by Ibn Shaheen, three is bad and four is good, it is because of another verse (07) of the Quranic chapter “Al-Majadalah” [She That Disputeth]: “Hast thou not seen that Allah knoweth all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth? There is no secret conference of three but He is their fourth …”
• Five is a reference to the Muslims five prayers, and coming promotion.
• Six is a reference to the days of creation, hence some accomplishment, health, and marriage.
• Seven is a controversial number
seen as a bad omen by the ancient Arabs and a good one by other cultures or even by Arabs who based their interpretation on other sources than the Holy Quran. For Ibn Shaheen it referred to Hell, in view of the Quranic verse that says: “It hath seven gates, and each gate hath an appointed portion” (“Al-Hijr,” verse 44) or a pilgrimage whose days will not be devoid of trouble or worries. A pregnant woman having such a dream will divorce, because according to the prevailing traditions, it was the right of the divorcee to stay in her former husband’s house for seven days after delivery. In other cultures and myths and for certain Arab interpreters seven is generally a good augury, a symbol of epochs and time or the seven days of the week, the seven cycles of human life; birth, possibly after only seven months in the womb, a name given to the child at the end of the week, and the teeth appearing on the seventh month and which are renewed seven years later, and a symbol of the seven planets, the seven cows, and the seven ears of wheat mentioned in the holy books.
• Eight is a mysterious number
without any precise meaning and whose interpretations were widely different. In any case, it was not considered by the ancient Arabs a lucky number
because of the Quranic verses that read as follows: “And as for Aad, they were destroyed by a fierce roaring wind, which He imposed on them for seven long nights and eight long days so that thou mightiest have seen men lying overthrown, as they were hollow trunks of palm-trees.” (“Al-Haqqah” [The Reality], verses 06–07.) Dreaming of that number
also meant the dreamer will be closer to the ruler or some prominent and important man or that suspicions about certain persons were well founded, again in view of the verse that reads: “ (Some) will say: They were three, their dog the fourth, and (some) say: Five, their dog the sixth, guessing at random; and (some) say: Seven, and their dog the eighth. Say: (O Muhammad): My Lord is best aware of their number
. None knoweth them save a few. So contend not concerning them except with an outward contending, and ask not any of them to pronounce concerning them.” (“Al-Kahf” [The Cave], verse 22.)
• Nine is generally unwelcome to the ancient Arabs, in view of a verse of the Holy Quran that says: “There were in the City nine men of a family, who made mischief in the land, and would not reform.” (“Al-Naml” [The Ants], verse 48.) It also refers to revelations and evidence against the enemies: “O Moses, We did give nine clear signs: Ask the Children of Israel: When he came to them, Pharaoh said to him: O Moses! I consider thee indeed to have been worked upon by sorcery!’“ (“Al-Israe” or “Bani Israel” [The Children of Israel], verse 101.) A religious person dreaming of that number
means his faith will weaken and he might have a tendency to join those who refuse to abstain from slandering the companions of the Holy Prophet. It is also a reference to birth, since the human being comes to life after nine months in the mother’s womb, and a reference to death, because it is the last number
is a divine symbol of the Lord and a reference to perfection: “Perform the pilgrimage and the visit (to Mecca (Makkah)) for Allah. And if ye are prevented, then send such gifts as can be obtained with ease, and shave not your heads until the gifts have reached their destination. And whoever among you is sick or hath an ailment of the head must pay a ransom of fasting or alms giving or offering. And when ye are in safety, then whosoever contenteth himself with the visit for the Pilgrimage (shall give) such gifts as can be had with ease. And whosoever cannot find (such gifts), then a fast of three days, while on the pilgrimage, and of seven when ye have returned; to make it a perfect ten
. That is for him whose folk are not present at the Inviolable Place of Worship. Observe your duty to Allah, and know that Allah is severe in punishment.” (“Al-Baqarah” [The Cow], verse 196.) It also means wishes will be fulfilled on earth and in the Hereafter: “And when We did appoint for Moses thirty nights (of solitude), and added to them ten
, and he completed the whole time appointed by his Lord of forty nights; and Moses said unto his brother: Take my place among the people. Do right, and follow not the way of mischief-makers: And when Moses came … (“Al-Aaraf’ [The Heights], verse 142.) Ten
is also a reference to sex.
• Eleven, like ten
, means wishes will be fulfilled (in view of the verse from the Quranic chapter “Yusuf’that reads: “When Joseph said unto his father: O my father! I saw in a dream eleven planets and the sun and the moon, I saw them prostrating themselves unto me …” [verse 04].) It also symbolizes brothers.
• Twelve refers to a fertile year. It also means wishes will be granted, but after some delay, in view of verse 36 of the Quranic chapter “Al-Taubal” (Repentance), which reads: “Lo! The number
of the months with Allah is twelve months by Allah’s ordinance in the day that He created the heavens and the earth …”
• Thirteen is an abhorred number
due to its being the most jinxed day in the month and the most complicated day counting from the start of any problem.
• Fourteen means luck will smile on the dreamer, desires will be satisfied, and relief will come.
• Fifteen means the end of some hardship; fertility; justice will be restored; endeavours will not fail.
• Sixteen means completion and that desires will be fulfilled throughout the period.
• Seventeen means that the dreamer will refrain from corruption and perform a pilgrimage.
• Eighteen is a bad omen and means contact with kings and other prominent personalities.
• Nineteen represents hostility with some people, in view of certain verses in the Holy Quran: “Him shall I fling unto burning.—Ah, what will convey unto thee what that burning is!—It leaveth naught; it spareth naught. It shrivelleth the man. Above it are nineteen.” (“Al-Muddath-thir” [The Cloaked One], verses 26–30.) It is also a reference to obedient aides who are all ears.
• Twenty represents more power, triumph over enemies, and the fulfilment of wishes, in view of the Quranic verse: “O Prophet! Exhort the believers to fight. If there be of you twenty steadfast they shall overcome two hundred …” (“Al-Anfal” [The Spoils of War], verse 65.)
• Thirty means in the event of adversity, separation will be fast and the dreamer will triumph over his enemy, in view of the Quranic verse: “… and the bearing of him and the weaning of him is thirty months …” (“Al-Ahqaf” [The Wind-Curved Sand Hills], verse 15.)
• Forty means the dreamer will run into difficulties, hesitate, and feel lost, in view of the Quranic verse: “[Their Lord] said: For this the land will surely be forbidden them for forth years that they will wander in the earth, bewildered. So grieve not over the wrongdoing folk.” (“Al-Maidah” [The Table Spread], verse 26.)
• Fifty is a bad omen, which could mean that the dreamer’s life is over.
• Sixty is a bad number; it refers to the exigency of sin offering (something to be offered as an expiation for sin), in view of the Quranic verse: “And he who findeth not (the wherewithal), let him fast for two successive months before they touch one another; and for him who is unable to do so (the penance is) the feeding of sixty needy ones …” (“Al-Mujadalah” [She That Disputeth], verse 04.) It could also mean a journey, in view of the Quranic verse: “And unto Solomon (We gave) the wind, whereof the morning course was a month’s journey and the evening course a month’s journey …” (“Saba” [Sheva], verse 12.)
• Seventy means things will go through but with some delay and refers to fear of the authority. It is a bad omen if it refers to plants, in view of the Quranic verse: “And then insert him in a chain whereof the length is seventy cubits.”42 (“Al-Haqqah” [The Reality], verse 32.) It also means the dreamer will, in vain, seek the indulgence of evil, nonforgiving people, but will be pardoned by God, due to the Quranic verse: “Ask forgiveness for them (O Muhammad), or ask not forgiveness for them; though thou ask forgiveness for them seventy times Allah will not forgive them. That is because they disbelieved in Allah and His messenger, and Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.” (“Al-Baraah” or “Al-Taubah” [Repentance], verse 80.)
• Eighty means the dreamer will wrongly accuse somebody of committing adultery and might be flogged, in view of the Quranic verse: “And those who accuse honourable women but bring not four witnesses, scourge them (with) eighty stripes and never (afterward) accept their testimony—they indeed are evildoers.” (“Al-Nur” [Light], verse 04.) It also could mean a meeting or blessings.
• Ninety means the dreamer, if eligible, will marry high-class women and benefit from them, in view of the Quranic verse: “Lo! this my brother hath ninety and nine ewes …” (“Sad,” verse 23.) It also indicates hardships and financial difficulties.
• One hundred means the dreamer will triumph over enemies and see his wishes fulfilled, in view of a verse in the Holy Quran: “… So if there be of you a steadfast hundred they shall overcome two hundred …” (“Al-Anfal” [The Spoils of War], verse 66.) It also could refer to an accusation of adultery in view of the Quranic verse: “The adulterer and the adulteress, scourge ye each one of them (with) a hundred stripes …” (“Al-Nur” [Light], verse 02.) If it refers to grain, the dream means welfare, blessings, comfort, and prosperity, in view of the Quranic verse: “The likeness of those who spend their wealth in Allah’s way is as the likeness of a grain which groweth seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains …” (“Al-Baqarah” [The Cow], verse 261.) It could mean the dreamer will have an edge over others.
• Two hundred means the dreamer will be vanquished, in view of the Quranic verses: “… If there be of you twenty steadfast they shall overcome two hundred …” and “… So if there be of you a steadfast hundred they shall overcome two hundred …” (“Al-Anfal” [ The Spoils of War], verses 65 and 66.)
• Three hundred means aspirations will be fulfilled or goals will be achieved after a very long time, in view of the Quranic verse: “And (it is said) they tarried in their Cave three hundred years and add nine.” (“Al-Kahf’ [The Cave], verse 25.)
• Four hundred means the dreamer will triumph over enemies.
• Five hundred means things will be stalled.
• Six hundred indicates joy and the fulfilment of wishes.
• Seven hundred means achievements will come, but at the end of the dreamer’s life.
• Eight hundred indicates victory and power.
• Nine hundred means the dreamer will be defeated by enemies.
• One thousand indicates power and victory in view of the Quranic verse: “… and if there be of you a thousand (steadfast) they shall overcome two thousand by permission of Allah …” (“Al-Anfal” [The Spoils of War], verse 66.)
• Two thousand is a bad omen.
• Three thousand indicates power and victory in view of the Quranic verses: “Allah had already given you the victory at Badr, when ye were contemptible. So observe your duty to Allah in order that ye may be thankful. And when thou didst say unto the believers: is it not sufficient for you that your Lord should support you with three thousand angels sent down (to your help)?” (“Al-Imran” [The Imran Family], verses 123–24.)
• Four thousand indicates victory.
• Five thousand indicates blessings and joy in view of the Quranic verse: “Nay, but if ye persevere, and keep away from evil, and (the enemy) attack you suddenly, your Lord will help you with five thousand angels sweeping on. Allah ordained this only as a message of good cheer for you, and that thereby your hearts might be at rest…” (“Al-Imran” [The Imran Family]; verses 125–26.)
• Six thousand indicates victory and the fulfilment of desires.
• Seven thousand indicates an average standard of living or hurdles.
• Eight thousand indicates regularity and perseverance.
• Nine thousand is a good augury.
thousand indicates victory.
• Twenty thousand means triumph over enemies.
• Thirty thousand means victory after a long time.
• Forty thousand means victory.
• Fifty thousand refers to toiling, hardships, hurdles, a complete halt and inability to make proper decisions.
• Sixty thousand means desires will be fulfilled but not without striving.
• Eighty thousand means victory and glory.
• Ninety thousand means enemies will triumph.
• One hundred thousand and more means a place to return to, a resort, a haven, in view of the Quranic verse: “And We sent him to a hundred thousand (folk) or more” (“Al-Saffat” [ Those Who Set the Ranks], verse 147.)
Wheat Dream Explanation
— (Grains) In a dream, wheat means money well earned. Buying wheat in a dream means increase in one's earnings, or in the number
of his children. If one sees a ruler placing a stick and steering inside a bushel of grains in a dream, it means rising prices. Planting wheat in a dream means doing a good deed for Allah's pleasure. Walking in wheat fields in a dream means offering a service to Allah Almighty. If one plants wheat but it sprouts barley instead in a dream, it means ostentatiousness. If it grows blood in the dream, it means that he profits from usury. Eating green wheat in the fields from its spikes in a dream means gaining spiritual progress through ascetic detachment. Eating cooked wheat in a dream means afflictions. Holding a bundle of ears of wheat, or placing them inside a pot in a dream means profits equal to the number
of spikes one has gathered. Harvesting wheat outside the season in a dream means death, destruction, deception and trials for the people of that locality. Harvesting green spikes of wheat in the dream means the death of a young person, but if they are yellow and dry, then they mean the death of an elderly person. Bartering wheat for barley in a dream means replacing the Quranic recital with interest in poetry. Seeing wheat over one's bed in a dream represents one's wife. Planting its seeds in a dream means conceiving a child. In a dream, wheat also represents a cautious person who manages his affairs with wisdom and who spends his money to help people without being a spendthrift.
Ram Dream Explanation
— In a dream, a ram represents a noble person. Holding a ram by its wool in a dream means taking money from a noble person. Holding a ram from its horn in a dream means being restrained by a noble man from engaging in something. Holding a ram from its buttock in a dream means controlling or managing the interests of a noble man, or it could mean inheriting him, or marrying his daughter. Holding a ram from its belly in a dream means taking money from a noble person. Killing a ram for other than food in a dream means killing a noble person. If one kills a ram during a wartime in a dream, then it represents his enemy. A slaughtered ram in a dream represents a murder. Buying a ram from a butcher in a dream means that a noble and a great person will come to need the person seeing the dream who will save him from a foreseeable danger, or help him to recover from an illness. Slaughtering a ram in a dream means recovering from an illness. Carrying a ram over one's head in a dream means caring or managing the business or accounts of a noble and a rich person. Riding a ram and driving it at will in a dream means conquering a great person. If one sees a ram riding him in a dream, then it means that such a great and powerful person will rise above him and control his life. Breaking the horns of a ram in a dream means weakening a powerful person. Fighting with a ram in a dream also means fighting with a powerful person. Whoever wins the fight in the dream, will eventually win it in wakefulness. Seeing a dead ram in a dream means the death of such a great person. Dividing the meat of a ram in a dream means dividing the wealth of a great person after his death. Sacrificing a ram to eat and to distribute from its meat as a charity to poor and needy people in the dream means the release of a prisoner, his escape from capture, dispelling distress and worries, payment of one's debts, attending the annual pilgrimage to Allah's House in Mecca, or recovering from an illness. Slaughtering and skinning a ram then hanging it in a dream means stripping one's enemy from his money and wealth. Seeing a skinned ram inside one's house in a dream means the death of a relative. If it is the leg of a ram, then it means the death of the closest relative. Broiling a ram in a dream means governing for one year after which period one may be imprisoned. The number
of rams in a dream represents the number
of years. Thus, seeing them also represents the number
of years one will serve in his job. The wool of a ram in a dream means money. A ram in a dream also represents the muezzin in a mosque, a general in the army, a deposed ruler, or a humiliated person. If a ram attacks someone in a dream, it signifies an attack by one's enemy. If a ewe becomes a ram in a dream, it means that one's wife will no longer bear children. If one is not married, then it means winning victory in his life. (Also see Ewe; Sacrifice; Sheep)
Water in a Dish or Bowl Dream Explanation
— If a person dreams of himself as holding or possessing water contained in a dish or bowl and he is conscious of himself as being in a state of tuhr (ie. Ceremonial purity) or on a journey in an unknown and strange place, then such a bowl of water symbolizes his life span. If he dreams of drinking all the water it means his life span is completed; he should now prepare for the hereafter. If he drinks the water partially it means he still has a number
of years to live. The same interpretation is given if, instead of water, the contents of the bowl or dish is thareed: Pieces of bread steeped in broth.
Straw Dream Explanation
— In a dream, straw represents richness, prosperity and a good harvest, for one who gathers straw ends and brings them home. Eating straw in a dream means poverty and hunger. Locking or placing straw in an unsuitable container such as safe or a dresser in a dream means depression and destruction of cattle feed. Straw in a dream represents charities. Abundance of straw in a dream also represent a community where the female count exceeds the number
of men. Wheat straw in a dream means goodness and trustworthiness. (Also see Wheat straw)
Bathing in the River Dream Explanation
— Bathing in the river or sea and not experiencing any fear, panic or humiliation suggest deliverance from afflictions: if the observer of the dream is grief stricken, his grief will be removed an replaced with happiness; if he is suffering from a disease or sickness, he will be cured; if he is in straitened circumstances, Allah will grant him relief; if he is afflicted with debts, Allah will have them fulfilled; if he is imprisoned, Allah will grant him freedom. All this is in the light of this Quranic verse wherein He commands Ayyoob (AS) : Strike with you foot. This spring of water is for bathing, cooling and drinking. And We granted him his family and doubled their number
as a special grace from ourselves and a commemoration for all who have understanding.
Stair Dream Explanation
— Stairs symbolize the rise in life and elevation in the Hereafter. They also allude to the notion of step by step, the travellers stopovers or transit points, the years of life, or days of work toward a certain goal. The staircase also refers to the majordomo or the housekeeper, the dreamer’s horse or whatever animal he rides, et cetera. For a ruler or a governor of some kind steps made of mortar mean promotion, welfare, and religion. For a merchant they mean business with piety and ethics. Steps made of bricks are resented, because bricks enter the fire. If made of stone, they mean promotion and welfare but arrived at with a stone heart. Made of wood, they mean welfare and promotion with hypocrisy and dissimulation. Steps made of gold mean that the dreamer will govern and enjoy abundance. If the steps are made of silver, the dreamer will have as many slave girls or servants. Brass or bronze steps mean that he will have the best of this world. Every step or degree represents an ascetic person whose proximity benefits the dreamer in terms of piety and religious knowledge. Each step being climbed is better understanding, which will raise the dreamer’s religious standard. For a ruler every degree or step means a year of rule. Some interpreters say that upward steps represent good deeds, the first being prayers, the second fasting, the third religious dues, the fourth alms giving, the fifth pilgrimage, the sixth Jihad, or holy struggle, and the seventh the Holy Quran. The wooden ladder symbolizes a prominent or great man but who happens to be a hypocrite. Climbing a ladder means an evidence will be produced, a portent, in view of the Quranic verse: “And if their aversion is grievous unto thee, then, if thou canst, seek a way down into the earth or a ladder unto the sky that thou mayst bring unto them a portent (to convince them all)!—If Allah willed, He could have brought them all together to the guidance—So be not thou among the foolish ones.” (“Al-Anam” [The Cattle], verse 35.) It could also mean that the dreamer will seek the help of hypocrites or that he will travel.
• Climbing stairs: The dreamer will have a successful and fruitful journey or fulfil other objectives (like going to the pilgrimage, becoming a chief, et cetera) or not, depending on the conclusion and what is waiting for the dreamer or what he ultimately finds when or if he reaches the top. In case, for instance, he finds forty men or forty dinars (or dollars
, for example), his aims will be achieved. The number
thirty is a bad omen in view of the story of Moses. (See Numbers)).
• A sick person climbing stairs till reaching the top: He will pass away. If at last he enters a room, his soul will go to Paradise. The reverse is also true.
• Standing on the ladder: The dreamer likes to overhear, in view of the Quranic verse: “Or have they any stairway (unto heaven) by means of which they overhear (decrees)? Then let their listeners produce some warrant manifest!” (“Al-Tur” [The Mount], verse 38.)
• A ladder placed on the ground: Sickness.
• A standing ladder: Good health.
• Going downstairs: (1) If the dreamer is on a journey, he will return. (2) If the dreamer is a chief, he will step down. (3) If the dreamer is riding, he will continue on foot. (4) If the dreamer’s wife is ill, she will die.
• A tyrant or an atheist going down to a good place such as a mosque, a beautiful garden, a fertile land, or a wash house: The dreamer will change for the better. If, on the contrary, he goes down to a precipice, a barren land, an atheist stronghold, or any place where abominations take place or where a fire is raging or a ferocious mammal or a reptile is lurking, it will be the dreamer’s doom.
• A sick or troubled person going down the staircase: (1) If he lands in a place he knows such as his house or on chopped straw or anything that alludes to the riches of this world: The dreamer will recover. (2) If he lands in an unknown place, in a well or a hole, or among dead people he knew or on a palanquin or a saddle of a travelling animal, et cetera, or on a ship that immediately sets sail, or in front of a ferocious lion that devours him or a bird that carries him away: The dreamer will die and the steps represent the days left in his life.
Teeth Dream Explanation
— (Acrimony; Dice; Grasping; Longevity; Migration) Falling teeth in a dream means longevity, or living past one's contemporaries. Collecting one's lost teeth in a dream means longevity, or it could mean having a large progeny. If one cannot find his teeth in the dream, it means that his family will die before him, or that a member of his clan will emigrate to a new land. If one finds a lost tooth in a dream, it means the return of an immigrant to his homeland. If the upper teeth fall into one's hand in the dream, they represent profits. If they fall in his lap in the dream, they mean a son, and if they fall on the floor in the dream, they means death. If the lower teeth fall in the dream, they mean pain, sufferings, sorrows and distress. Falling teeth in a dream also mean paying one's debts. If a tooth falls in a dream, it means payment of a loan, while the number
of fallen teeth represent the number
of debts to be satisfied. If one's teeth fall without pain or a cause in the dream, then they represent worthless deeds. If they fall because of a gum disease or cause pain in the dream, then they mean being forced to part with something from one's house. If the front teeth fall and cause pain and bleeding in the dream, they represent one's incompetence or inability to complete a project. If the front teeth fall without pain or bleeding in the dream, then they mean losing one's property. Falling teeth in a dream also denote a long illness that may not necessarily culminate in death. If one collects his fallen teeth in a dream, it also means that he can no longer conceive children. If one's teeth fall into his lap in the dream, it means having a large progeny. If one's wife is pregnant, and if he pulls out a tooth without difficulty or pain in the dream, it means that his wife will give birth to a son. If his gums bleed, it means that he will forsake his family, except if he owed someone money, then it means that he will be asked to pay, or that he will be forced to comply. Collecting fallen teeth in a dream also means saying something one will regret. If a religious person loses his teeth in a dream, it means that he should be more assiduous in his devotion, and votive fasting will surely help him as a start. If one loses his teeth and finds himself unable to eat properly in the dream, it also means poverty. Falling teeth in a dream also denote spending one's money to acquire spiritual knowledge, then recuperating one's investment through a new and a blessed business. (Also see Body; Pain; Tooth)
Tanner Dream Explanation
— (Changing hide into leather or curing it; Dye) Seeing a tanner in a dream is interpreted the same as seeing a cupper. (See Cupping). Both specialties cure something. If one sees a physician becoming a tanner in a dream, it denotes his expertise and the large number
of people who benefit from his treatments. Unless one finds the tanning to be faulty, then it indicates a non-professional person. If seeing a tanner in a dream is understood to denote material benefits, then in reality, he represents an escape from death. If he is understood in relationship with religious matters, then seeing him means feeding the poor and hungry during a drought or a famine. A tanner in a dream also represents a peacemaker, a physician, or a guardian. However, it is possible to interpret a tanner in a dream to mean distress, adversities, or an unjust person. (Also see Dye; Vat)