People generally think that only through dreams
does one get an indication of Allah’s will after doing istikhārah. It is because
of this misconception that they think that an indication through a dream is the
only way to know the Almighty’s will in a particular matter. Actually, there are
a number of ways in which this indication can come. Dreams are just one of
these. There may be several ways. For example, circumstances sometimes become
more clear so that a person is able to judge for himself. Similarly, someone
might just come along and help a person in his decision. Likewise, the Almighty
may directly guide a person by giving him an inner indication.
However, whatever be the source, it is imperative that an
indication which is against divine revelation and sense and reason should not be
accepted. One should always act according to one’s common sense, since this
sense is the foremost guidance provided by the Almighty to man. Generally,
dreams help us in deciding when there is an indication from no other source.
Again, what is interpreted from them should not refute knowledge, common sense
or experience, if it is to be accepted and if it does refute any of these bases,
then that interpretation must be ignored.