DR UMAR AZAM
BA PHD DCL DIP.FJ DIP.IM
The fact that beautiful, holy dreams can be Messages of reward from
Allah Most High has already been explained elsewhere [please see DREAMS
IN ISLAM, VISIONS OF PARADISE and DREAMS OF REWARD IN PARADISE on this
site]. This paper presents romantic dreams and seeks to show that
Allah Almighty will bestow loving dreams on the one who believes and
does good deeds. In the selection of dreams below, for example,
the following good deeds led to romantic dreams [this is not a complete
list of all categories of good deeds, just a sample]:
for the cause of Islam [Dream No1]
scholarship and research [2, 8, 11, 16, 23, 26]
for the family 
for children 
Islamic literature [7, 14, 19]
to wives 
pupils with dedication [20, 21]
romantic love 
for charity 
Those who believe know that everyone is being tested by God in this
life. When they believe and work righteousness, the will
get feedback from God in the form of loving dreams [in contrast to
nightmares!], which confirm that Allah Most High is pleased with them
and that they will gain the Reward of Love in the life
DATE NOT RECORDED
I had a dream in which
I saw the image of a most beautiful and unknown wife on the screen of a
computer monitor. The dream gave me the message that she has 'lips
I had used my computer
to list the addresses of readers who had received a free copy of my work
PRACTICAL ISLAMIC ADVICE [now on this website].
I dreamt that the
Bodleian Library [University of Oxford] is haunted by ghosts. I
saw the apparition of an elegant lady who looked like Anne Boleyn [one
of King Henry VIII's wives] floating downwards above a modern escalator
in the Library. She was wearing a lengthy, white dress and,
despite being a spectre, looked very pretty! I was sure that other
ghosts were present in the Library, though I didn't see them!
My writings are part
of the Bodleian Library stock. I had framed a letter from Library
staff which informed me of the cataloguing details of my
manuscripts: title, class number and date of addition. Sometimes,
at night, before falling asleep, I used to look at this particular
letter, and others too, for inspiration to initiate more academic work.
NO 3 DATE
I was playing croquet with an unknown wife.
I was playing an unknown game, with an unknown wife, which entailed
sliding a ball, very fast, across a kind of machine.
I was always
working: tutoring pupils, writing Islamic books and working on the
computer. Dreams such as this relieved some of my stress!
SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER 1996
I was in the company
of an unknown wife, beside a cosy open fire. We were 'in the
middle of nowhere': in some kind of wood. [1,3] It was dark and we
were camping outdoors, like Robin Hood and his merry men.  She
was cooking whole sacks of foodstuffs in front of the
fire! In fact, she was burning her cooking: she didn't just burn
the corners of one sack of foodstuff, but the sack itself! I
chided her by shouting at her not to overdo the task!
[In the next scene]
she gave me a piece of paper with historical, English, calligraphic
writing on it.  It was a list of various foodstuffs and the
vitamins that they contained.  Ithought the paper looked as ifs
contents were very compassionate and important. I had decided to
photocopy  both sides of this paper, then the dream finished.
I got the feeling when I awoke that this dream had been set in the
Middle Ages, England [also conveyed by calligraphy].
 We were in
the wood with our own troop, just like Robin Hood!
 My brother,
Zaheer, used to encourage me to think of the family as a whole [rather
than just of myself!] and to buy fruit and vegetables from the wholesale
market from my own money. He used to say that I had spent my money
well because of the nutritious value of the produce. God is Happy
if you help your loved ones.
 I used to
photocopy my Islamic documents regularly.
I dreamt that a Hindu
girl gave me an amorous and extremely passionate kiss without her
parents knowing! It was a very inventive and sophisticated kiss:
she touched my nose with her index finger temptingly first, and then
sensitively touched my face with that same index finger, before giving
that kiss. This happened in her own family's house.
Polytheists are, of
course, destined for Hell. I had taught a Hindu girl named Setal.
I liked Setal and her innocence, and did not want her to go to Hell in
the Hereafter. So I explained to her about Islam, and gave her my
book DREAMS IN ISLAM to read.
WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER 1996
I was climbing a
ladder and so, too, was my unknown wife. She was actually higher
than I, and I saw her shoe's heel above my head!
oneself ascending ordinarily [as in real life] means one will attain
honour, dignity and an elevated position. Such ascension is indeed
an enviable one. In general, ascension or climbing represents
one's honour or dignity in worldly and religious matters. At other
times, climbing a mountain or tree suggests that the dreamer will be
granted protection against calamities of all sorts'. IBN SIREEN,
'Climbing the Upper
Portions of a House: If a person sees himself entering an unknown
house [and climbing its upper portions], it means he will marry some
woman who will be a means of prosperity for him'. IBN SIREEN,
SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER 1996
I saw a group of
college students. One of them was my beautiful, unknown wife.
I asked her, 'Are you pure [clean]?'
One or two students at
Preston College had been criticising me for handing out my PRACTICAL
ISLAMIC ADVICE booklets [now on this site] to all the College's
students, whether they were in a state of wudhu or not.
I argued that if I didn't give the booklets out at random in the
College, then they would't be given out at all, as I did not know the
addresses of the students!
TUESDAY 7 APRIL 1998
I dreamt that I was
teaching a [beautiful and intelligent] girl in her room at her
girls-only boarding school, in Lahore, Pakistan! Her little
brother was in the room with her, and also her caring auntie came to
meet me. Her aunt, who respected me very much, looked just
DATE NOT RECORDED
unknown wife had just returned from Glasgow. She was sitting a
little distance away from me on a settee, and she had turned her body
and face sideways towards my mother, who was seated on an adjacent
settee, and to whom she was talking in confidence and with great
emotion. The wife had brought worrying and terrible news from
that city. She revealed that some of the [Pakistani]
Muslim men of Glasgow were severe, evil characters who were being
extremely cruel to their wives. In one case, she revealed, a
bloodthirsty husband had been so cruel to his wife that he had cut off
his sister-in-law's leg below the knee. * My wife had a very
compassionate and caring face, and she was genuinely touched and
whose content involves the cutting off of a limb means severing
relations. Hence, the husbands must be forbidding their wives from
meeting their sisters and other loved ones. Allah is angry with
those husbands who violate the rights of their wives. Marrying a
woman does not mean separating her from her own kith and kin!
THURSDAY 24 JULY 1997
I was sound
asleep in my flat, but was awakened by the ringing of the door-bell. I
was so sleepy that I wondered whether I should get up and open the door!
But my youngest sister had already opened the door! A very
attractive lady, an unknown wife, stood on the doorstep. She said,
"I just called to see who had written [the book] DREAMS IN
ISLAM [what he looked like]" My sister asked her to come in.
I had got up by then and I also asked her in. But she was very
shy! She went on her way. I shouted at her in frustration,
"Now that you've woken me up, you might as well come in!"
But she didn't obey me!
There was an
attractive lady who was with a clergyman. They were both husband
and wife. She absolutely understood my radio interview.
seemed to have a historical context: judging from the way the couple
were dressed, it was set in England in Victorian times. This suggests
that the clergy in that period were very efficient at propagating
religion. I had been wondering if my performances on radio were
any good and this dream gave me the accurate answer I needed.
DREAM NO 13 WEDNESDAY
15 JANUARY 2003
I dreamt that
all the girls I have ever been in love with * now feel, after being
separated from me, that that phase of their lives of which I was a part
was a dream - they had dreamt of meeting me and being with
* Pure love -
we did not do anything contrary to Islam
Their lives are not as
pleasant, or ideal, now as they were when I was a part of their
TUESDAY 21 JANUARY 2003
I dreamt that
while I was giving out advertisements promoting my website in the
Oxford Road Building of THE JOHN RYLANDS UNIVERSITY LIBRARY OF
MANCHESTER [JRULM], one of the proposed female student recipients
and I automatically hugged each other - naturally and impulsively!
2003, I really did distribute my adverts in the JRULM and some of
the girl students were somewhat flustered to see me. When I
first approached them, they thought I was romantically interested in
them. Only after seeing my sheets did they realise that I was
doing Islamic work!
DREAM NO 15
WEDNESDAY 22 MARCH 1995
I was tutoring
a pupil named Aisha and she was answering certain questions in a
complicated exercise. Then I asked her to read the TRANSLATION OF
THE ISLAMIC WEDDING SERMON in my booklet PRACTICAL ISLAMIC ADVICE [now
on this site], copy it all out and then to sign her name underneath it!
I was licking my lips and rubbing my hands and saying, "When I have
your signature, you will become lawful to me: you will be my wife, and
then I will kiss you!" But Aisha tricked me by doing my
signature after writing out the Wedding Sermon and I pretended to
sound disappointed [though I was happy and joking!] and I said to her:
"Ow, what did you do my signature for?" Aisha
was smiling and looked happy that she had tricked me!
To read the English translation of the ISLAMIC WEDDING SERMON, please
see the introduction to the 'POETRY' section of this website.
DREAM NO 16 WEDNESDAY
29 FEBRUARY 1997
I was coming
down the steps of a college building and a beautiful, young lady [my
unknown wife] was standing on ground level, behind me. She gazed
at me with a romantic gaze, as if filled with awe, love and admiration
for me. I seemed to be making my way out after giving an Islamic
Lecture. The college seemed to exude an air of importance.
It was 'home-time': one or two students were 'milling about', on their
DREAM NO 17
SATURDAY 3 AUGUST 1997
I saw a packet
of foodstuffs manufactured by the 'KP' Company, like a large box of 'Kellogs'
cereal. On the back of the box, there was writing, split into two
sections. The first section was a promise by KP to produce '
vegetarian' brands, suitable for the Muslim community. The
second piece was a comprehensive paragraph of advice about weddings
generally, and aimed at me specifically! It was exhorting me to
think of marrying some wife, and confirming that a wedding was the most
appropriate action for me to take. Although both pieces of
writing were in full colour pleasing to the eye, the colour of the wedding
advice was superior. Also, it was written in beautiful
I had been
writing to leading manufacturers of confectionary and foodstuffs,
including: MARS, GOLDEN WONDER, WALKERS, NESTLE, BRITISH BAKERIES,
TREBOR BASSETT, KP and WARNER LAMBERT. I had also talked about the
subject of halal and haram foodstuffs on BBC RADIO
LANCASHIRE, BBC RADIO GMR and BBC RADIO DERBY, and had
produced a report entitled something like+: 'PRODUCTS SUITABLE FOR A
HALAL DIET', which I distributed to individual Muslims. But it
quickly became out of date! However, a number of people
congratulated me on my efforts, saying that my correspondence
illustrated the need for Muslims to check whether what they are eating
is halal or haram.
DREAM NO 18
I saw my
beautiful, unknown wife. She and I were intimate. Then the
word 'orange' was mentioned.
My father had
become very ill and he was admitted to a ward in hospital in the
'orange zone' [colours being used for admistrative purposes]. I
visited him regularly and took him milk, tea, meals and newspapers.
I also gave money a few times.
DREAM NO 19 DATE
I dreamt that
I called at a house to collect a comment on my PRACTICAL ISLAMIC ADVICE
booklet from a reader and my beautiful, unknown wife answered the
door! [I had forgotten the rest of the dream when I woke
DREAM NO 20
THURSDAY 23 JANUARY 2003
I dreamt of a
beautiful, unknown wife whose face resembled that of my former tuition
pupil, Zobia Choudry. There was plenty of friction between me and
this wife in the dream! One of the things she did wrong was to
throw my GCSE maths text book under my car while the car was stationary
in traffic! I chided her for this reckless action! [She
did something else wrong too, but I forgot what this was when I woke
up.] In another scene, we were in a queue with a youth who did not
tell me who he was, but I guessed that it was her brother. I was
going to buy three cups of tea for us. I said to him, "She's
like this because her dad has spoiled her!"
I used to
photocopy pages from this book for pupils' exercises, but didn't charge
them for the expense. The pupils' parents kindly provided tea [and
even meals] for me during lessons. I have had rows with my tuition
pupils and their parents. In this dream, I was rowing with this
wife as well!
DREAM NO 21
I saw my beautiful,
unknown wife who looked very pleasing to me. She was walking in
the street, a little distance away from me. [In the next scene]
she was actually my wife and we were both intimate. [In a fresh
scene] I saw a copy of an English comprehension book.
I had bought many
copies of this comprehension book entitled: 'I Find Out'. I
lent these out to pupils and, soon, I didn't even have one copy left!
But I reckoned that, even if the pupils did keep the book, this
could only do them good! I made do with other resources.
This dream suggests that Allah Almighty acknowledged that my act of
educational charity was a benevolent deed.
DREAM NO 22
I saw the head and
shoulders of a fellow student at the University of Manchester, a
This was a
real-life miracle: when I awoke, there was mehndi [henna] on the
palms of both my hands! It was a pale-yellow shade and partially
covered the Mount of Venus, and the Mount of Mars, on my palms. I
actually washed off the mehndi in the sink! It actually washed
off, so it was real ! It smelt of the mehndi
powder found in shops too! I was 23 years old at the time
of this first incident. The mehndi actually came on again
in 1985, but this time there was only half of the quantity
covering my palms.
I wanted to marry this
woman but my wedding to her was not destined because my
parents forced me into an arranged marriage which was to be a complete
DREAM NO 23
17 JANUARY 1997 * 7 RAMADHAN 1416 A.H.
The kafirs were
very powerful and they made a film which mocked the Islamic fact that
any believer who visits the Prophet's [PBUM] City of Medina will have
his or her sins forgiven. There was another untruth which
misrepresented Islam perpetrated by the film. The film itself was
advertised on a roadside billboard. But I climbed a ladder and, in
great secret, changed one of the kafir misrepresentations.
I was apprehensive that the kafirs would find out what Ihad
done. [In the next scene] I was attending a seminar at University.
Quite a few woman students were in the room. I planted a
passionate kiss on the soft and tender cheek of one of these lady
students: my beautiful, unknown wife! Her skin was so tender
that I wished I could hold the kiss for several minutes! But I was
afraid that the other students would disapprove of what I was doing
[even though what I was doing had a subtle authority and
correctness about it!].
DREAM NO 24
SUNDAY 4 MAY 1997
I dreamt that one of
the readers of PRACTICAL ISLAMIC ADVICE [on this site] found the booklet
so emotional that she began to weep while reading it. I myself
have found the booklet that Ihave often cried too. The dream
recommended our marriage and informed me that the reader lives in
A reader named Rahima
Islam told me when I visited Fielden Park College, West Didsbury,
Manchester that my booklet had made her weep. Booklets were distributed
in Birmingham and must have had a profound effect on some readers.
One such reader must have been the most suitable person
for me to marry, because of her pious character, but unfortunately it
was not to be.
DREAM NO 25
MONDAY 5 MAY 1997
I dreamt that I
appeared on BBC Television * and some female viewer commented on my
looks and remarked, "You are beautiful!"
* To talk about Islam
and its aspects
This dream suggests
beauty of character as well as beauty of physical looks,
Masha'Allah. This dream is telling the future and informing me
that I will be coming on.
DREAM NO 26 SATURDAY
7 DECEMBER 1996
I was walking in an
area which was very unfamiliar. I noticed a path which looked
quite forbidding because I didn't know what it would lead to. [In
the next scene] I saw a magnificent, palatial, important building.
This is what the path led to - it was a private school for girls, and
its architecture was superb. Outside this building, I met a
beautiful pupil of this School: my unknown wife! She was very
intelligent and capable and had an aura of respectibility and
superiority about her. I asked her why she wanted to journey by
train to the School when her home was so very near. [She wanted to
'fit in' with the other pupils.] She became angry when she heard
this, and her indignation was powerful! While giving some
unsatisfactory answer to me, she actually swore [not at me; to give vent
to her frustration] and I found that I was unable to argue with her!
I had this dream in
the days when I was helping my brother, Zaheer, prepare his work VISION
OF PARADISE [now on this site] for publication.
DREAM NO 27
DATE NOT RECORDED
I dreamt that I went
to the garden of my pupil, Kamran Khan's, house and smelled a flower.
'If fragrant flowers
such as roses, jasmine, narcissus, marigold, daisies etc. are seen
detached from their stem, it means the dreamer will lose his accumulated
wealth. But if they are not, it is a harbinger of a righteous son
who will be good, honest and righteous. How righteous he will be
depends on the intensity of the fragrance given off by such a
flower." IBN SIREEN, p.51
DREAM NO 28
DATE NOT RECORDED
My most beautiful,
mysterious and aristocratic wife was wearing a sparkling,dark- blue,
luxurious dress, made of raindrops! She was in a library of some
kind and was very angry about something. She moved across the
library with determination and in a mood of great fury.
On my visit to
Huddersfield College on 14 November 1996, a student attempted to
interfere with my Islamic work. He urged fellow students not
to fill in the comments forms for PRACTICAL ISLAMIC ADVICE [now on
this site]. This made me very cross.
DREAM NO 29
TUESDAY 13 MAY 1997
I called at a certain
house to collect readers' comments on PRACTICAL ISLAMIC ADVICE [now on
this site]. Two nineteen year-olds lived there. I gave one
girl a form to write her comments on. When it came to giving the
other one a form, I noticed that I had run out of forms. I
had to walk back to my car to fetch more forms. She decided to
come with me. Also in the car were framed certificates - genuine
and pleasing comments from my readers testifying that PRACTICAL ISLAMIC
ADVICE had been invaluable to them. But we found that the
car's bonnet had been covered with dirty streaks made by the malicious
workers from a nearby factory [I had carelessly parked the car on waste
grassland close to the factory]. When I opened the boot, I
got another shock - this time the supervisor had smeared dirty streaks
on two of my certificates [they were in the boot because I was going to
file copies in my Archive]. The supervisor and workers had taken a
certain pleasure from this defilement! The young lady who was with
me took the two certificates away to clean them. I was
astonished that she cared to do so. I realised that she must be of
pious character, and felt that she was the right kind of person to
marry. I had decided to marry her when the dream finished!
DREAM NO 30
SATURDAY 4 APRIL 1998
I dreamt that I was
an elderly, wise, Arabic-speaking man. He had a secretary, or
assistant, with him - my unknown wife. She was about twenty years
old, and her mother tongue was also Arabic. I gave him a fact of
Islam and he asked me the source of it within Islam: it was a
hadith [tradition] and I said it could be from Bukhari [R.A] [he
asked what number], or from Muslim, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah [R.A.] and so
forth. Whatever the source, he wanted the exact information
and I seemed unable to provide it! Then I recited the following
verses from Surah YaSin * to him:
"INNA ASHAABAL JANNATIL YAUMA FI SHUGHULIN FAAQIHOON, HUM WA
Here I stopped, but
actually the verses carry on as follows:
"FI ZILAALIN ALAL
ARAAAIKI MUTTAQEEOON LA HUM FIHA FAAQIHATONWA LA HUM MAA YADDAOON
SALAAMUN QAULUM-MIR-RABBI RAHEEM". (2)
"THOSE WHO ENTER THE GARDEN ARE EMPLOYED IN MERRY-MAKING; THEY AND
THEIR WIVES 
RECLINE ON THRONES
RAISED HIGH; ON THEM THERE IS NO FEAR, NOR DO THEY GRIEVE; THE WORD
FROM A MERCIFUL LORD IS 'PEACE' ." 
Then the elderly man
and I had something to eat together [as if to bless the entire DHIKR
[Remembrance of Allah Most High & The Hereafter].
(1) As if to
emphasise what will happen to them and their wives [in Paradise].
(2) This is the very
passage that I read, at times, before going to sleep.
NO 31 25
I dreamt that there
was a wedding at the house of one of my pupils.
Cure from all diseases and ailments." IBN SIREEN p.139
NO 32 SATURDAY
13 SEPTEMBER 1997
First I went
into a charity shop [such as 'Scope']. Then [in the next scene] I
was giving out my booklet PRACTICAL ISLAMIC ADVICE on the street to my
beautiful unknown wife. She was of mixed lineage - half
Nepalese and half some other nationality [I can't recall what].
She had the same lineage as a leading Bollywood film actress and was
just as good looking! I took her to the charity shop to buy her a
wonderul head-scarf. The shop assistant, a man, asked for an
extraordinarily high price for the scarf: £8! I gave the unknown
wife the money secretly, and she paid without embarrassment. Then,
once outside, I replaced the money she had spent. She wore
the scarf and then looked both beautiful and religious.
Although the head-scarf covered her head and shoulders, it
looked very holy, yet fashionable, on her!
is Love and Love is God": this is a well-known defintion of
'love'. It is a definition exemplified by romantic dreams. A
person cannot choose what he or she will dream about: dreaming is a
natural phenomenon. So if a person is fortunate enough to benefit
from romantic dreams, then Allah Most High must be thanked and praised
for bestowing such loving dreams as a sample of the Divine
Mercy which the blessed will experience in the life Hereafter.
- THE MEANING OF THE GLORIOUS
by Abdullah Yusuf Ali
- DREAMS AND INTERPRETATIONS
The author would like to thank the
following for comments and suggestions: Taimur Zahid, Zaheer
Azam, Asim Gafar, and Falaq Sher..