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Recitation of Bismillah and Surah al-Ikhlas

I am a Muslim, but not a fully practicing Muslim. I love learning more about Islam and I love reading Dala’il ul Khayrat. A few years ago and recently in the last week I’ve been having very similar dreams. In my most recent dream, it was dark and I heard the words ‘Allahu Akbar’ and the first verse of Surah Ikhlas. It was so loud, that I was petrified. In my second dream, again it was dark and I heard the words ‘Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem. Again it was so loud it woke me up, and I was so scared I repeated Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem.

A few years ago, I had similar dreams, whereby I heard verses of Surah Ikhlas and often the words Allahu Akbar. Can you please advise as to what these dreams mean. I would be very grateful. The words are so powerful, but yet so frightening.


Assalamu ‘alaykum Raheena,

You get these dreams perhaps because you love to learn more about Islam and you recite Dalaail ul Khayraat.

Imam al-Jazuli Rahmatullahi ‘alayh compiled Dalaail ul Khayraat. It has been narrated that he recited Bismillah i’r-Rahman i’r-Rahim (In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful) 114,000 times a day. This is perhaps an indication that you should recite Bismillah i’r-Rahman i’r-Rahim 114 times a day, as there are 114 surahs in the Holy Qur’an.

There is a reason why your dream was forceful. It lead you to automatically recite Bismillah. So, there is nothing to fear about.

Your other dream is about Surah Ikhlas which is a very important and highly beloved Surah of the Holy Qur’an. Imam ‘Abdallah bin ‘Alawi al-Haddad Rady Allahu ‘Anhu has recommended that we should recite this Surah 11 times before going to bed every night. Then we should supplicate to Allah to give the heavenly reward of this recitation to all our loved ones who have passed away. Perhaps you should begin to perform this good deed as well, if you are not already doing so.

And if you do so, the angels will exclaim: Allahu Akbar (Allah is Supremely Great!).

With salaams and du’a,

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