“The truthfulness of the dream is related to the sincerity of the dreamer. Those who have the most truthful dreams are those who are the most truthful in speech.”          The Prophet Muhammad*

Muslims believe in Prophets, all of the Biblical/Quranic prophets from Adam to Moses to Jesus to Muhammad, and tens of thousands of others, messengers from God to guide mankind.  It is said that Muhammad is the last of the Prophets, and there will be no others until the end of time, but something remains behind of prophethood.  And that something, that small remnant of prophecy left behind, is dreams.

Much like the story of Joseph’s dreams in the Torah, there is a long tradition of dream interpretation in Islam (and Judaism) and most observant Muslims believe that dreams have significance and will often seek out the pious to help interpret their dreams. Sometimes the dreams are clear signs, sometimes not. Sometimes they’re meaningful, sometimes just clutter.

A year or so after Adnan was convicted my mother, a devout woman often found mumbling prayers on a rosary or in prostration on a prayer mat, went for a pilgrimage to Mecca. When she returned she told us she prayed for Adnan there countless times and then had a clear dream. She dreamt that he emerged from an underground chamber, squinting in the light, after having been held captive there for a long time. She said it meant he would be exonerated and freed from incarceration. She also said he looked like he was in his mid to late 30’s. Continue reading