Wine Dream Explanation
— The ancient Arabs interpretation of dreams involving wine and drunkenness was mainly based on relevant verses in the Holy Quran. “And the fruits of the date-palm, and grapes, whence ye derive strong drink and also good nourishment. Lo! therein, is indeed a portent for people who have sense.” (Al-Nahl” [The Bees], verse 67.) “They question thee about wine and gambling. Say: in them is great sin, and (some) benefit for men; but the sin is greater than profit… (“Al-Baqarah” [The Cow], verse 219.) “O ye who believe! Wine and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows are an abomination of Satan’s handiwork: Eschew such (abominations), that ye may prosper. (“Al-Maidah” [The Table Spread], verse 90.) “Satan seeketh only to cast among you enmity and hatred by means of wine and gambling, and to turn you from remembrance of Allah and from (His) worship. Will ye then have done? (“Al-Maidah” [The Table Spread], verse 91.) “A similitude of Paradise with that which those who keep their duty (to Allah) are promised: Therein are rivers of water unpolluted, and rivers of milk of which the taste never changes, and rivers of wine—a joy to the drinkers—, and rivers of clear-run honey. There are for them all kinds of fruits, and Grace from their Lord. (Can those in such Bliss) be compared to such as shall dwell forever in the Fire and be given, to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels (to pieces)?” (“Muhammad,” verse 15.) “And two young men went to prison with him. One of them said: I dreamed that I was pressing wine. The other said: I dreamed that I was carrying upon my head bread whereof the birds were eating. Announce unto us the interpretation, for we see thee of those good (at interpretations) … “He said: The food which ye are given (daily) shall not come unto you, but I shall tell you the interpretation are it cometh unto you. This is of that which my Lord hath taught me. Lo! I have forsaken the religion of folk who believe not in Allah and are disbelievers in the Hereafter … “O my two fellow-prisoners! As for one of you, he will pour out wine for his lord to drink; and as for the other, he will be crucified so that the birds will eat from his head. Thus is the case judged concerning which ye did inquire.” (“Yusuf” [Joseph], verses 36–37 and 41.)59 “And the drunkenness (stupor) of death will bring truth (before his eyes): This was the thing which thou wast trying to escape!” (“Qaf’ [A letter with an enigmatic meaning], verse 19.) A description of those who will deserve Paradise: “For them there is a known provision: fruits! while they are honoured in the Gardens of Delight (Paradise), on couches facing one another; a cup from a gushing spring is brought round for them, white, delicious to the drinkers, wherein there is no headache nor are they made mad thereby. And with them are those (women) of modest gaze, with lovely eyes, (pure) as they were hidden eggs (of ostrich).” (“Al-Saffat” [Those Who Set The Ranks], verses 41–49.) In another description: “Nay but the record of the righteous is in ‘Illiylin’. Ah, what will convey unto thee what ‘IIIyin’is! A written record attested by those who are brought near (unto their Lord). Lo! the righteous verily are in delight. On couches, gazing, thou wilt know in their faces the radiance of delight. They are given to drink of a pure wine, sealed, (and) whose aroma is musk—For this let (all) those strive who strive for bliss—And (that wine is) mixed with water from Tasnim’, a spring whence those brought near to Allah drink.” (“Al-Mutaffifin” [Defrauding], verses 18–28.) “O ye who believe! Draw not near unto prayer when ye are drunken, till ye know that which ye utter, nor when ye are polluted save when journeying upon the road, till ye have bathed. And if ye be ill, or on a journey, or one of you cometh from the closet, or ye have touched women, and ye find not water, then go to high clean soil and rub
your faces and your hands (therewith). For God doth blot out sins and forgive again and again.” (“Al-Nisae” [Women], verse 43.) “On the day when ye behold it, every nursing mother will forget her nursing and every pregnant one will be delivered of her burden, and thou (Muhammad) wilt see mankind as drunken, yet they will not be drunken, but the Doom of Allah will be strong (upon them).” (“Al-Hajj” [The Pilgrimage], verse 02.) It follows that wine in a dream symbolizes easy and sinful gain and power and secret marriage. And there is a marked distinction between drinking wine, getting drunk, and being drunk without having absorbed anything.
• Pressing wine: (1) Will serve a lord and handle great matters. (2) Someone will die in the house where the wine was pressed.
• Drinking wine: Will make big profits but not without committing a grave sin.
• Drinking wine without anybody trying to share it with the dreamer has two diametrically opposed interpretations: (1) Will make plenty of money through sin. (2) Will make legal profits.
• Competing with someone over wine and drinking it: Someone will oppose the dreamer and have a strong argument with him inasmuch as he was getting from the wine.
• Drinking much or being in the midst of a large party of people drinking wine: Enmity and conflict. Bad dream anyway, because too much drinking leads to drunkenness, which is cursed for being the underlying cause of troublemaking, antagonism, and deadly fights or battles.
• Wine for a person seeking partnership or marriage: Consent, because of the idea of mixing and blending.
• Obtaining date wine: Suspicious money.
• Drinking date wine: Opportunistic gain.
• Drinking wine mixed with water is a controversial dream. (1) Profit of which some is lawful and the rest illicit. (2) Thorny gains. (3) Will take money from a woman and fall victim to a conspiracy or some sort of intrigue.
• Selling wine: (1) The sale of something illegal. (2) Usury. (3) Lack of benefit.
• Selling wine whose flavour and smell are changed: Bad omen.
• Wine dealer: Symbolizes the intriguer and hostile person.
• Manufacturing wine that ferments: The dreamer is trying to earn money legally, but will fail and resort to unholy practices.
• Discovering a river of wine flowing without interruption and drinking from it without getting drunk: A perpetual source of income. If the flow is halted, nothing good should be expected from such a dream.
• Discovering a wine river: intrigue. If the dreamer dives in it, he will be the victim of such an intrigue inasmuch as he ventured into that river. But it could also mean that authority will undergo certain changes.
• Being drunk without having taken anything: Worries, fear, and terror.
• Getting drunk: • (1) The dreamer has money and power but is ungrateful. (2) No more fear, because nothing can frighten a drunken person. (3) Ignorance.
• Getting drunk and tearing one’s clothes: The dreamer is a prosperous and wealthy person who cannot cope with blessings and exercise self-restraint.
• Spilling wine on the ground: The dreamer is squandering money.
• Discovering some hidden wine: Will find a treasure. A man told Ibn Siren that he saw himself drinking wine, his face blackened and his head shaved. “Your face looked black because you are the master of your folk,” said Ibn Siren. (The words aswad and Muswadd in Arabic, which mean “black” and “blackened,” resemble sayyed or sada, which mean “master” or “has become master.”) “Your head being shaved,” he continued, “means that your folk will desert you and you will no longer command. “As for drinking wine, you will have a woman.” Once a governor told Ibn Siren he dreamed that he was holding a cup of wine in one hand and a glass of milk in the other, to which the great interpreter replied, “Milk means justice, but for you wine means that you will lose your post.” And the dream came true.
• Dreaming of a wine store signifies: (1) Energy after weakness or laziness. (2) Grief, sorrow, and worries or deep trouble, in view of the irresistible yet unnecessary spending that takes place in it and the items therein, which could bring about the kind of severe punishment prescribed by Islam. (3) Paradoxically, it could also mean the end of grief, sorrow, worries, et cetera. (4) The time has come for whatever the dreamer had been promised to be fulfilled. (5) For the sick, the hour has come. (6) The dreamer will immediately start exercising his authority. (7) Will go astray after finding the right path. (8) Possible intrigue if the person is in trouble. The etymology of the word khamr, or fermentation, whence comes khamira, or yeast, in Arabic plays a great role in interpreting related dreams, in view of the notion of fermentation, the thing that matures, or the process of mixing or blending. For instance, in the mind of Al-Nabulsi, (6) above is interpreted the way he did because the time is ripe for the sultan (or titular head) to exercise or start the familiarization process with his new office.