I Had a Dream!
(Non-fiction Story-Personal Experience)
In my family, the people that have premonitory dreams like in Normal Calm are my folks from my mother side. My sister and my mother also have this gift. I don’t but sometimes I wished I did. Having said that, it is probably better that way because they dream things sometimes they don’t know how to break down to the people involved. As a matter of fact, they never tell me on time when they dream about me. I am always the last to know if it is a good outcome. If it is a bad outcome, they pray for me, make duas and offer sadaqa on my behalf. May Allah reward them for watching over me, amiin.
Another reason, I rarely have these dreams like they do around the clock is because I am not strong mentally and psychologically to deal with them. For instance, my sister and my mother always see my late father in their dreams. Sometimes, he tells them what Surah to recite for certain problems they find themselves troubled with. They said he is always clean and dressed in white clothes (He was a fervent Muslim masha Allah). I, on the other hand, stopped having dreams about him about 12 years ago. Before that, I barely dreamed about him anyways. Our paths met in my dream (12 years ago) and I acted like I saw a ghost. I screamed and screamed to the point I thought like my brains were going to blow up! From this day on, he never visited me in my dreams. My step-father (very religious wise man) explained to me that I remembered he passed away so my response was natural, and that I was not completely asleep when he came to me. My step-father also had a life changing dream about me when I was going undergrad. We were not even in the same city when he told me about it and that resumed my faith crisis at the time. I digress!
Any who, last night I had a dream! A meaningful one, too. A few days ago, I told a sister in this group that my efforts to get my work out there were an extortion business. She told me in return that it will be worth it when my plans are done. We laughed about it and moved on. So, last night, the person that would help me get my work out there informed me that there was an increase in the rates originally quoted to me. I was mad because this project of mine was adding up and really going over-budget. As a senior accountant in a corporate firm, I don’t like when my personal financial budgets go way over their limit. Ironically, I get annoyed when a store manager bugs me about a penny overage that will literally make him have a smaller bonus. Really man? ‘Forget about it’, it is a penny! Do work because you love it not because of your pocket… Writing is a hobby for me and until it becomes my first income, pennies should not make me go bananas.
Going back to the story, then my husband annoyed me further after that. I am expecting (reason you haven’t heard much from me in five months or so) Alhamdulillah so that made my hormones rage even further. Instead of boiling over and causing a tantrum or taking it out on my husband, I made wudu and prayed Ishaa before going to bed without saying good night to him. My last wish to Allah after my prayers was to help me deal with people that are wishy-washy.
Enough digressing… so about my dream, I will spare you the other irrelevant details. In my dream, I was prompted by a few family members to lead salat and recite Surah 83 verse 1 and 2 only. Because I am still deciphering Arabic letters in the Qur’an Sherif, I was having a tough time reading the verses. With a lot of frustration, I finally woke up after numerous stops at the toilet during the night to empty my bladder and my hips ACHING like hell! I decided to sleep in another room last night because I did not want to wake him up with constant walking around.
The dream was still vivid in my mind. I quickly made wudu and prayed. Then, I did research on the Surah and the verses I could not read in Arabic to save my life!
I found out that Surah 83 is called Al-Mutaffifin and the first two verses read the following:
1. Woe to Al-Mutaffifin [those who give less in measure and weight (decrease the rights of others)],
2. Those who, when they have to receive by measure from men, demand full measure,
After reading this, I was in disbelief! I said ‘masha Allah’ with tears in my eyes. It is written that one should recite this Surah to protect oneself from defrauding people. I definitely will going forward insha Allah.
Houb salam (Peace and Love),
Author of “Between Sisters, SVP!” and upcoming novel “The Hazardous Life of Nilüfer”
15 Rajab 1435 (05/14/2014)