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In Islam great importance is given to dreams.

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Please interpret the following dream to me.


Iam Natisha from cochin. Iam 24yrs old.I came to know about your site from a friend of mine. She regularly keeps me posted with your mails. There are many things about our religion Islam that i cum to know from your site.

Actually the reason for me to write you this letter is to clarrify 2 of my doubts.

1) In Islam great importance is given to dreams. 2months back i had a dream. I saw that iam standing on the terrace of our 3 storied flat(even in reality we live in the same flat) and looking towards the sky. Soon i see a beautiful moon swimming out of a dark cloud. The moon was so bright that the whole sky was covered by its light. Very soon i see any dark cloud carrying another moon of the same type, same brightness and simultaneously a third cloud with a third moon. All three moons filled the sky with its brightness.Something like what we say 'Noor'.

         Will you please intepret this dream to me. Let me tell you that in July 15th i got engaged to one of my first cousin. He stays in Bangalore. He has a younger brother who is almost of my age. His father passed awy recently. So he and his brother stay with their mother.


2) My second question is that what importance does name play in Islam. My name is Natisha. But as far as i know this name does not have any meaning in arabic language. Will you please tell me is it ok to have such a name or should i change my name now?


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Dream and name change

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Your Question: Will you please intepret this dream to me

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.144 Narrated by Abu Huraira

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "When the Day of Resurrection approaches, the dreams of a true believer will hardly fail to come true, and a dream of a believer is one of forty-six parts of Prophetism, and whatever belongs to Prothetism can never be false." Muhammad bin Sirin said, "It used to be said, 'There are three types of dreams:

  1. The reflection of one's thoughts and experiences one has during wakefulness,
  2. what is suggested by the Shaytaan to frighten the dreamer,
  3. or glad tidings from Allah.

So, if someone has a dream which he dislikes, he should not tell it to others, but get up and offer a prayer.'"


In light of the above guidance, it is more than likely that the dream you experienced was a reflection of your thoughts; or it might have been a good dream from Allah Subhanah in the form of good tidings. Whenever one experiences such good dreams and good tidings, one must be grateful to Allah Subhanah and redouble their efforts in doing good righteous deeds to make oneself more deserving of the honor which their Lord Most Merciful has Chosen to bestow upon them.


Your Question: My second question is that what importance does name play in Islam. My name is Natisha. But as far as i know this name does not have any meaning in arabic language. Will you please tell me is it ok to have such a name or should i change my name now?

A name assigned to each individual is no more than a sign or recognition of that person; and there is absolutely no obligation or compulsion in Shariah that a believer is obliged or required to keep a ‘traditional’ Islamic or ‘muslim’ name. One is at complete liberty to assign any good wholesome name to their off-spring in absolutely any language they will or please.


The only names which Islam prohibits from assigning to a believer are names which connote or denote polytheism or disbelief (Abdul-Lat, Abdul-Uzza, (slaves of the pagan gods like Lat and Uzza, etc.) or names like Ramdas (slave of the Hindu god Ram), etc.; or names which have an inherit evil or vile meaning.


Other than names which connote polytheism and disbelief, or names which have an inherently evil meaning….Islam has allowed the believers the complete freedom to chose and assign any good wholesome name in any language they will and please.


Beloved Sister in Islam, we obviously have no knowledge of the origin or the meaning of the name ‘Natisha’; but if the name itself does not connote disbelief, nor does it have an inherent evil meaning, there is absolutely no need for you to change your name if you do not wish to do so.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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