So far I have discussed about five types of out and out black magic and Satanic whispers related cases which have been portrayed as mental disorders by the western psychology. In this post I shall discuss about another such paranormal problem which is made out to be a mental disorder.
I shall cite some authentic and well known ahadith to back up my claims.
One of the mental disorders mentioned in the tremendously lengthy list of mental illnesses, (as defined by the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems or ICD) is referred to as a nightmare disorder.
Before I reveal the true nature of the so-called nightmare disorder in the light of Islam let us try to see what the others have to say about it. So from the western psychiatry’s viewpoint, a nightmare disorder (also known as a dream anxiety disorder) is a sort of a sleep disorder which has been characterized by regular nightmares. Now a nightmare, as most of us know, is the term used to describe disturbing dreams which fill a person’s mind with horror, depression, tension and despair. There is nothing wrong with this definition of a nightmare. However, if we consider the causes of nightmares, which the psychologists present before the world, we will find that their entire conceptualization of a nightmare disorder is nothing but a hoax. It is true that science -or psychology to be precise- has nothing to do with paranormal religion and supernatural forces. However this does not give them the liberty to start interpreting and interfering in matters beyond the scope of their subject in their own strange way. This is tantamount to misleading the people.
Now coming back to the clash between the religious and the psychological opinions, regarding the subject of dreams anxiety disorder, we first need to analyze the causes of this disorder from the psychology’s perspective; in order to reach a conclusion.
According to the western psychologists, nightmares are caused by the following factors:
· Death of a loved one
· A stressful incident
· Post-traumatic stress disorders
· Side-effects of certain drugs such as anti-depressants, cocaine, blood pressure medicines, Parkinson’s disease medication etc.
· Uncomfortable position during sleep.
· Having supper just before going to sleep
Besides offering this confusingly large number of causes, psychologists also further frighten people by claiming that recurring nightmares can lead to another disorder, namely insomnia, i.e. another great reason for seeking their help.
To set the record straight- Islam does not teach us about any of these wide-ranging causes behind nightmares. Here are some relevant ahadith which teach us about the real cause of nightmares:
· Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘A good dream that comes to you is from Allah and a bad dream is from Satan, so if anyone sees a bad dream, he should seek refuge with Allah from Satan and should spit on the left, for then the bad dream will not harm him’. (Hadith- Sahih Bukhari, vol:9, Book: 87, Number:115. Narated Abu Qatada).
· Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘There came to him (the Prophet) a desert Arab and said, ‘I saw in a dream hat I had been beheaded and I had been following it (the severed head). Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) reprimanded him by saying, ‘Do not inform about the vain sporting of devil with you during the night’. (Hadith- muslim-5640, Narrated Jabir Ibn Abdullah (ra).
The above mentioned ahadith not only disclose to us- in a clear and simply way- the real factor which causes nightmares, (i.e. Satanic influence or satanic black magic jinnat) but the ahadith also teach us about the effective ways of handling this problem. A person is not supposed to discuss his/ her nightmare with anyone and in order to protect oneself from the ill-effects of a nightmare the people who experience it are supposed to seek refuge with Allah from Satan and to spit thrice towards their left side after having a nightmare.
So those who have faith in Allah (swt) can easily understand how western psychology has distorted the concept of nightmares beyond recognition to glorify itself.
Keep Me In Your Prayers,