DREAMS OF POWER AND STRENGTH
Umar Azam BA PhD DCL Dip.FJ Dip.IM
I N T R O D U C T I
I am pleased to reveal
that I have, Mash'Allah, had dreams of strength and power on numerous
occasions. These dreams are very valuable for three main reasons.
Firstly, Allah is the Omnipotent Sovereign. If a person is humble
before Allah Most High (respects Allah Almighty honestly and from the
heart) and remembers that Allah is the Friend and Helper of those
who believe, Allah blesses that person with a certain strength
and honour. Other people will be able to detect these qualities in
that person because of the inherent natural Authority. I hope
that, Insh'Allah, I am such a kind of person that Allah Most
High has very mercifully given a certain ability to.
Moreover, these dreams of strength and power are noble because they acknowledge
that I have done religious deeds (i.e. written and distributed
Islamic books, helped people when they are in trouble, taught people
knowledge that can change their lives for the better etc.) on
an exceptional or record-breaking scale. Finally, such
dreams are essential in encouraging me to carrry on with tasks
that initially seem daunting, or even impossible.
* THE DREAMS OF
POWER AND STRENGTH *
dreams have not been presented in chronological order.
DREAM NO 1 24
I saw an ox with
horns. It was a strong and handsome animal.
'An ox or bull with
horns symbolises a big and powerful deputy of the King who wields great
power and exercises great control. Such a person enjoys the
liberty of granting benefits to others.' Ibn Sireen, p.106
DREAM NO 2 c.
LATE 1994/EARLY 1995
I had a dream that I
was at a railway station. I saw a stationary train. With my
right hand I moved the end carriage forwards and the whole train, many
carriages in length, moved forward. Then the whole train came back
when I reversed the process! The entire train was as light as a
toy for me, even though it was a mass [many tonnes] of metal.
symbolise the wielding of great power.' Ibn Sireen, p.63
DREAM NO 3 DATE
In my dream, I saw two
cows which were very aggressive, like the queens of all beasts; they
could even attack lions! I saw them running amok. I was
with a friend who was afraid of the power of these cows, but I was not.
The cows were of some aristocratic breed and colour - 'Radnorshire
Lilac' was how the dream described them!
'A Herd of Black Cows'
is the nearest interpretation I could find in Ibn Sireen's book.
'They symbolise many prosperous years, depending on how fat they are.'
DREAM NO 4
SUNDAY 21 MARCH 1992
My friends and I were
fighting against polytheists; Allah Most High gave us victory!
DREAM NO 5 WEDNESDAY
26 FEBRUARY 1997
I dreamt that I was on
the verge of making an atom bomb. People who knew me as a person
knew that I had this capability, and the dream confirmed that
to make an atom bomb was easy for me! I already had one of the
components - medium-sized bag of 'Bombay Mix' snacks, made of gramflour!
There was to be only one more component in the atom bomb!
I had been preparing the
paper THE PHILOSOPHY OF ISLAM [it is one of the contents of this
website: please see to the left.] This dream is saying that my
Islamic work has, Masha'Allah, tremendous power [symbolised by the
atom bomb], but is beneficial and natural, not harmful
[symbolised by the gramflour from lentils in the 'Bombay
DREAM NO 6 17
I saw huge mountains,
but the level of the sea was so high that only the tips of the mountains
could be seen.
'The sea or the ocean
symbolise a vast kingdom a powerful dynasty, provided that no filth,
muck, sediment or frightening waves are seen.' Ibn Sireen p.33
'Mountains and hills
represent people, their ranks and positions depending on the size,
height and mass of such mountains and hills. The person who sees
such a dream will attain honour and dignity.' Ibn Sireen, p.41
DREAM NO 7 DATE
I dreamt that I was
climbing a mountain.
See interpretation for
Dream No 6 above.
DREAM NO 8
6 JUNE 1997
From my position on
the Earth, I saw bands [or belts] of planets and stars in the
heavens. I was given the message, 'There is a star for each.....'
When I woke up
from this dream, I couldn't recall for each ...what? [!]
'Seeing the stars
gathered or collected in a certain place means that the observer of the
dream will gain leadership of noble personalities, thus tending to
their needs and fulfilling them.' Ibn Sireen
DREAM NO 9
I dreamt the message
that the countless planets in the Universe provide the fresh air which accompanies
every dawn on Earth, as well as the breeze [and other unknown
phenomena related to climate] which herald each new day.
DREAM NO 10
There was what seemed
to be a pet tiger sitting beside the television set of my
parents' house. My wife * stroked the tiger but it tried to 'paw'
her [when the big cats become angry, they stretch out threateningly
with their right paws]. I chided my wife for irritating the tiger
[she was stroking the tiger firmly with both of her hands on both sides
of its head simultaneously]. Imyself was in awe and fear of the
* A wife who I
cannot relate to in waking life [an unknown wife].
There is no entry for
'stroking a tiger' in Ibn Sireen's book, but there is one for 'Riding a Tiger: One
will attain dignity, honour and happiness. A strong and powerful
opponent will be subdued.' p.117
DREAM NO 11 EID-UL-FITR:
TUESDAY 7 APRIL 1998
I dreamt that Salford
University manufactures sophisticated military equipment for Britain's
defence forces! Then the dream acknowledged that I, too, had
done important work at the University of Salford.
I had visited Salford
University on Thursday 26 March 1998, and managed to request students to
complete 53 documents [44 application forms for the PRACTICAL
ISLAMIC ADVICE booklet and nine forms containing comments on this Booklet].
The students had welcomed my work and were friendly and respectful
to me, so I had a very satisfying time doing the paperwork!
DREAM NO 12
EVE OF EID-UL-ADHA: MON 6/4/1998
I dreamt that I
hadpinned a girl down, and I said to her: Õ can go to the next Galaxy
whenever I want!
Two girl students at
Preston College wrote on the comments forms of my PRACTICAL ISLAMIC
ADVICE that they did not believe the following two dreams
a] that Ihad dreamt
that Allah Almighty had made a Paradise especially for me and given it a
b] that Allah
Most High will be giving me Palaces as large as the planet Earth
for writing and distributing PRACTICAL ISLAMIC ADVICE.
Perhaps this dream was
a message to me from Allah Almighty that these girls are
DREAM NO 13 WEDNESDAY
4 JANUARY 1998
I dreamt that there
was a person who had already passed Allah's Test [on Earth], was already
Blessed, yet he was still living worldly life unremarkably! So
he was in the admirable position of having made passing the Test and
Being Blessed seem so easy because of his capable
DREAM NO 14
THURSDAY 5 JANUARY 1998
I had a dreamt that
someone [I think he was a medical doctor] told my father: ›ou have
children who have managed to reach the [ultimate] heights in both deen
[religious matters] and duniya * [worldly matters],
yet you don't appreciate their success! So you must be ill!
* When my brother
or sisters or I had done something wrong as children, our parents
used to chide us by saying in Punjabi: 'deen-duniya di koiee hosh
hee nai' [you've no consciousness of religion or the world!'
Later that same day, I
had a heated argument with my father! It started when I told him
that my brother Zaheer's book VISION OF PARADISE [it is one of the
contents of this Website; please see texts to the left on this page] was
going to be published in Lahore, Pakistan. I expected my father to
congratulate me. But, instead, he became furious and asked what
the use of publishing VISION OF PARADISE was, when neither my brother
nor I were married, had children, or good jobs. I tried to make
him understand that writing an Islamic booklet and then getting it
published are worthy achievements, but he did not listen. This
dream confirms that I am correct in believing that religious success
overrides all other matters.
DREAM NO 15
27 JANUARY 1998
I had an inspirational
message that I was really MAJOR Umar Azam!
When doing 'ůutdoor' Islamic
work, I frequently stopped the younger generation of Muslims on the
streets, and inside college and University libraries, and gave them a
free PRACTICAL ISLAMIC ADVICE booklet, and asked them to complete an
application form [in confidence] for the booklet [for my Archive]. This
dream is telling me that my efficiency and organisation, and
leadership, when striving in the way of Allah Almighty, is
typical of high command in the armed forces!
DREAM NO 16 SATURDAY
1 FEBRUARY 2003
There was some
flowery-patterned plant and I found something naturally shaped in the
name of 'Muhammed' [PBUM] -in Arabic- in it. I showed
this natural phenomenon to my mother and she was very interested in
this miracle [See ASPECTS OF ISLAM section of this Website]. [In
another scene] I saw an outline which also spelled the name of 'Muhammed'
[PBUM] but whose shaped formed the sturdy and powerful features of the
head of a bull. *
* I experienced
this dream soon after producing the work ROMANTIC DREAMS [now on
DREAM NO 17
c. AUGUST 1995
A friend said to me in
an admiring way: 'You are the original!'
This dream could refer
to either my original character or my original Islamic work.
DREAM NO 18 c.
I dreamt that I was
driving through some kind of safari park or wilderness (the land could
even have been my own private property) and I saw a few lionesses.
Although they looked quite tame, I was very glad that Iwas in my car, as
I felt scared of the power of these lionesses.
'Drinking the milk of
a lioness: the person seeing this is to become prosperous. He will
also overpower his enemy. To acquire one means the acquiring of
vast lands and estates. IBN SIREEN, p.116
DREAM NO 19 7
I dreamt that I was
stil in the 5th Form of my secondary school (Manchester Central High
School for Boys). While having a shower, I was thinking that there
was still a minor part of the fifth year remaining. I felt that I
had achieved so much at such a young age. I also felt
relieved that Ihad done much better than far older people.
I had this dream when
I was 37 years old. I had by then written a few works on Islam
[now on this site], and received thousands of letters and comments from
my readers as well as organisations and institutions. This dream
informed me that I had made more progress in those 37 years
than most people do in their lifetimes!
'Complete wudhu [ablution]
or ghusl [bath]: these suggest complete pardon from sins and
evil'. IBN SIREEN, p.36
DREAM NO 20 16
I was in the house of
one of my private tuition pupils [Naveed Julani] and I wrote down some
sort of poem on a piece of paper and put it on a table, like a message,
before I left. This poem had been written in my own honour!
It was as if Allah Most High had inspired me to write down the verses,
so I just wrote down what was revealed naturally and what
Allah Almighty had willed. When I woke up, I could only remember
the word 'appointed'.
Islamic work that I do has a certain auithority about it. This
authority has been bestowed by Allah Almighty because Allah is the One
who has appointed me to do the Islamic work [I get the ideas and
capability through inspiration, Alhamdolillah!].
[b] I was driving on
the thick snow on the very top of the mountains of the Peak District in
Derbyshire. Two of my sisters were in the car too, and it was if I
was taking them for a drive through all the ice and snowon the
spectacular summits. The peaks of the various mountains were
level, like a bumpy road, and didn't rise and fall as could be expected.
I was a regular
guest of Kash Sahota of BBC Radio Derby and went to Derby to give
interviews about various topics of Islam. I used to enjoy driving
there very much, and it gave me pleasure to know that I was going more
than seventy miles to spend a few minutes in the cause of Islam.
DREAM NO 21 DATE
I dreamt that my older
sister was surprised [in an admiring way] that I had managed to achieve
publication of my book DREAMS IN ISLAM [now on this site]. The
dream suggested that she felt that Ihad done something heroic.
is a term used to describe the process whereby the author gives the
publishers the money to publish his book, including promotion costs, and
all the other costs relating to the publishing process as a whole.
'Publishing', in contrast, is conceived of as the 'normal' process by
which the publisher bears the entire cost of producing and promoting the
author's book and, moreover, pays the author a royalty for every copy of
the book is sold [and even an advance payment]. Although I did
pay the publication and promotion costs for DREAMS IN ISLAM, I cannot
believe that my book is an example of vanity publishing! Just
because a publisher does not think that a book will not sell
sufficiently to make a monetary profit should not be the sole
consideration in judging a book for publication. My work is
specialised and I believe in it for religious reasons. Therefore,
in my opinion, expenditure on research which is likely to be beneficial
to members of society is justified when none of the mainstream
publishers is willing to commit themselves to such expenditure.
The manuscript of DREAMS IN ISLAM is, I feel, too
valuable to put away as useless in the same way as the draft of,
for example, a pointless novel! Libraries throughout the UK did
purchase my book and, although I did make a significant
financial loss from my venture, loan statistics from libraries showed
that my book was well-used by readers, even being reported ass 'missing' so
often! And I got the satisfactio of seeing in print the
work concerning which I received so many polite rejection letters
from publishers. Even if there have been no financial
benefits, this dream informs me that the very act of achieving
publication is a veritable succes! Moreover, the Reward in
the Hereafter that Allah Most High gives me for spending money on
the publication of a holy book will, Insh'Allah, be too immense to
DREAM NO 22 WEDNESDAY
11 DECEMBER 2002
I dreamt that I was
doing two very difficult tasks with a heroic capability. I was expending
an extraordinary effort combined with considerable ability.
From 1984-2002, I
privately tutored 'O'/GCSE pupils [English language/maths] as well as
writing and distributing my Islamic works.
DREAM NO 23
SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2002/THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADHAN 1423
I dreamt that I saw
the screen of a computer, and it was going to show my Website. In
the left-hand corner of the wide screen were massive [very broad] turquoise
leaves, symbolising a jungle. The atmosphere was frightening and
full of power. A powerful and aggressive elephant would be coming
out of the region of the leaves, and the atmosphere exuded an air
of the anticipation of might.
Before going to sleep,
I had been liiking at a printout of the Home Page of my Website [this
Site!] and the badges of the awards I have won. I had felt content
to see the PAKISTAN SERVICES and 4-ARABS trophies, and the word
'excellence' on the COMMUNITY WEB SITE AWARD [ARUNDEL ORGANISATION].
I felt that my Site is powerful and a credit to Islam, Masha'Allah!
DREAM NO 24
SUNDAY 9 JUNE 2002
I dreamt that a
landmark [for example, a work of nature or a building] could be
seen in the distance from Manchester. This landmark could
actually be seen with the naked eye as far as its location in
Staffordshire, near Stoke-on-Trent [a distance of forty miles or so]!
'The Eye symbolises
[the dreamer's] Deen [religion] and his rightful conduct. The same
applies to his ability to see...Any excellence in the eye or
faculty of sight bespeaks of similar excellence in his Deen.' IBN
DREAM NO 25 THURSDAY
21 FEBRUARY 2002/Eve of EID UL-ADHA, 1422
I dreamt that I
went to a shop to buy a book on the life of the Holy Prophet [PBUM].
The assistant showed me five or so books on the subject, all written by
different authors. These hardback books were piled on top of one
another. But I didn't want to buy any of them. I asked the
assistant, 'Have you got a biography of the Prophet Muhammed [PBUM]
written by an author who has won numerous awards for his Website?'
This dream foretold
the future, I won the awards for my Site in December 2002, some
ten months after this dream. Imay write a biography of the Prophet
[PBUM] in the future.
DREAM NO 26
SUNDAY 29 DECEMBER 2002
I dreamt that I was
tutoring a girl pupil. She did a piece of work for me and the
prominent feature of that assignment was the diagram of a mountain.
This drawing was in the centre of the sheet of paper, surrounded by
According to IBN
SIREEN, mountains represent the noble character of those who dream of
them [See Dream Nos 6 and 7 above]. This dream means that my
tuition is of high standard because of my lofty character [in many cases
I have provided Islamic education additionally, without charges].
C O N C L U S I O N
I hope these dreams of
strength and power have been interesting to read, and that readers will
get the will-power and inspiratiion to similarly exert yhemselves to the
utmost in the cause of Islam. As these holy dreams show, Allah
Almighty is ever ready to acknowledge and encourage and reward those of
His servants who try their best.
PBUM - PEACE BE UPON
AND INTERPRETATIONS by IBN SIREEN