The Art of Dream Interpretation in Islam

An exclusive online course based on Imam Muhammed Ibn Sirin’s guide to Dream Interpretation 

The Art of Dream Interpretation in Islam

About The Course

This course will explore the Islamic science of interpretation of dreams (ta’bir al-ru’ya) based on the famous classical text, “Dictionary of Dreams” by the renowned tabi’i, dream interpreter of Islam, Muhammad Ibn Sirin. Islamic dream interpretations are mainly sourced from his works. This course will guide you through this famous manual and dictionary of concepts related to dreams and their meanings. Though the course looks at dreams and their significance from an Islamic point of view, it will also provide a practical, realistic and authentic overview of the art and its limits.

First of its kind, the Islamic Art of Interpretation of Dreams, online course, provides guidelines for both the dream interpreter and the person who relates their dreams to the experts of knowledge. This unique course will teach you the art of dream interpretations by contraposition, interpretation by correlation, and approximation. It will also cover explanations of rare dreams that impacted human history, including the dreams of Allah’s Prophets, upon all of them be peace and blessings, and the interpretations of rare and unique dreams given by masters of this unique art.

This course is suitable for all interested Muslims, especially those who wish to relate dreams seriously as an essential aspect of their life, faith, and psychological state. It will be beneficial to students of cultural sciences and spirituality, but above all to the seekers of truth through authentic sources.

Please note, this course is not part of a professional training programme to become a dream interpreter. This course aims to impart the basic knowledge of dreams to better understand your dreams in general.

Course Team

Shaykh Mustaqeem Shah

Shaykh Mustaqeem Shah

(Lecturer, Al Balagh Academy, UK)


Professor Dr. G. Hussein Rassool

(Director of Studies, Department of Islamic Psychology, Psychotherapy & Counselling)
Shaykh Amin Kholwadia

Dr Samir Mahmoud

(Academic Director, Usul Academy, USA)


16 Live Online Sessions

Duration: 6 Months

Sundays (2 PM to 3:30 PM London, UK)

Video Recordings Available

Mobile App

Live Q&A


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Starts on 18th June, 2023 (Sunday)

Course Fee:

Pay in Full: £79.99 £49.99

Pay in 6 installments: £13.33 £8.33


17th June, 2023


Al Balagh Scholarship

AlBalagh Scholarship is available for learners who cannot afford the fee.

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Introduction to Science of Dream Interpretations



Ibn Sirin and His Authority in Dream Interpretation



What Does the Quran Say About Dreams?



Dreams: In the Ahadith (Part 1)



Dreams: In the Ahadith (Part 2)



Dreams: In the Ahadith (Part 3)



Dreams: In the Ahadith (Part 4)



Dreams: In the Ahadith (Part 5)



The Art of Relating and Receiving One’s Dream



Assessing Dreams Using Proper Names, Context and Traditions



Interpretation by Contraposition & Correlation



Strength of Dreams



Interpreting Idiomatic Expressions and Mapping Dreams



Psychology of Dream Interpretation



Common Themes of Ibn Sirin’s Dictionary of Dreams



Lessons Learnt and Future of Dream Interpretation

Narrated 'Abdullah bin Mas'ud (RA):

Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said to us,

When Yûsuf said to his father: “O my father! Verily, I saw eleven stars and the sun and the moon, I saw them prostrating themselves to me.” He said: “O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they arrange a plot against you. Verily! Shaitân is to man an open enemy!

[Surat al-Yusuf, Verse4-5]

Course Overview

Dream interpretation is one of the earliest sciences of knowledge revealed to humankind. Scholars address many questions in relation to dreams, like the principles of how to interpret your dreams, who witnesses the dream, the soul or the self, what it means to see oneself doing something unnatural, and the difference between true and false dreams. This course has been specifically designed to provide the response to these questions and more.

In Islam, dreams are seen as a form of spiritual perception. Dream interpretation is also generally termed “tafsir” or “ta’bir”. Multiple Muslim intellectuals and philosophers have devised various Islamic dream interpretation theories and observations over the past 1400+ years. Many of these reflections and statements match with many recent views and ideas proposed by modern psychologists associated with the psychology of the mind.

Muhammed Ibn Sirin, the most popular dream interpreter in the history of Islam, formulated a framework for dream interpretation, with both Hadith and the Qur’an as its foundation. There are false attributions to him and those which are true. It is important to be able to differentiate the two. One thing is sure, there is practical psychological and spiritual importance of a true dream experience. According to Ibn Sirin, the interpretation of a dream depends entirely on the dreamer’s life circumstances and personal characteristics, along with the meaning of the dream. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) classified these dreams when he informed us, “There are three types of dreams: a righteous dream which is glad tidings from Allah, the dream which causes sadness is from Shaitan and a dream from the ramblings of the mind.- Sahih Muslim”

This course is a must-attend for professionals, intellectuals, psychologists, dream interpreters, raaqi, Muslim scholars, students, and people from different walks of life who are interested in this area of study.

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Course Objectives

  • Explore the life of Ibn Sirin as an authority in dream interpretation and his association with current works.
  • Learn about the key attributes of a dream interpreter.
  • Discuss the Islamic Fiqh of dream interpretation and what is /is not acceptable.
  • Study the art of relating one’s dream and the art of receiving someone’s dream.
  • Examine dreams using proper names, context, and traditions.
  • Analyse Interpretation by Contraposition and Correlation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know about the life Ibn Sirin and his authority in dream interpretation.
  • Identify the key attributes of a dream interpreter.
  • Acknowledge the Islamic fiqh rulings on dream interpretation.
  • Realise the art of relating one’s dream and the art of receiving someone’s dream.
  • Assess dreams using proper names, context and traditions.
  • Understand Interpretation by Contraposition and Correlation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Al Balagh courses recognised or accredited?

Al Balagh courses do not provide an externally accredited or recognised qualification. Our own expert team works at the course content. With over 5000+  learners, we are continuously growing and our vision is to make Al Balagh qualifications renowned worldwide through our expert team, without seeking formal accreditation or recognition from external institutional bodies.

How is this online course structured?

Our online course comprises live interactive online sessions, pre-recorded videos, online course material that include, presentations, reading material & online learning activities. Students may ask questions and get their doubts cleared from their respective lecturers, if any.  Our dedicated academic support team will assist you as required.

When will I have access to the online course material?

Upon successful enrollment, you will get access to myAlBalagh (our online learning portal) within 24 hours.

Will I get notification for live sessions?

All students will receive notification for their course live sessions via email and/or course WhatsApp group. You may also check the Course Schedule tab on your dashboard after logging in on our website or Mobile App.

Is it mandatory to attend live sessions?

We always encourage attending live sessions among students, but it is not compulsory for technical course progress of the students.

I missed a live session. Can I get the video recordings?

If you are unable to attend a live session or have missed it, you can view recorded sessions on your course dashboard. You can access all the completed Recordings, PPT and assessments anytime.

Can I download the recordings and watch it offline?

You can download recordings and PPT of the course sessions from the myAlBalagh mobile App for all the enrolled courses.The recordings will be available for students after 48 hours of the live session.

Do I get marks for watching course recordings and presentations?

There are no additional marks for watching the course recordings. Only the module Assessments and the final exam add up to the final score.You can check the individual scores of your Assessments under the Progress tab of myAlBalagh.

I have doubts but I cannot attend the live session. Any other way to ask my questions?

You can discuss your doubts  via Course WhatsApp Group dedicated for student discussion or access the Discussion board  on myAlBalagh. It is a platform for you to ask questions, discuss and get your doubts cleared.

When will the final exam be held?

The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course and will be a graded and timed exam.

How do I interact with my classmates?

You can interact with your classmates on our Whatsapp Group exclusive for the course students. Furthermore, you can use the Discussion Board to connect with other course students as well.

How long will I have access to the online course?

You will have access to the online course content for up to 2 years. If you want lifetime access, contact our admin team via Email at [email protected].

I am facing trouble signing into the “myAlBalagh” Online Student portal. What should I do?

In case you find any trouble accessing your account, then please contact us immediately. Our dedicated support team will ensure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest.

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