Hazrat Sa’d’s (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) Dream Before Accepting Islam

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates:

Prior to accepting Islam, I had a dream in which I saw that I was in absolute darkness and was unable to see anything. Suddenly, a moon appeared which began to illuminate the night. I then followed the light until I reached the moon. In the dream, I saw certain people who had preceded me in reaching the moon. I saw Zaid bin Haarithah, ‘Ali bin Abi Taalib and Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) present by the moon. I asked them, “When did you people arrive here (by the moon)?” They replied, “We have arrived here at this very moment.”

When I awoke from the dream, I learnt that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was declaring nubuwwah and he was secretly inviting to Islam. I thus went to him and met him in the valleys of Makkah Mukarramah. When I reached there, I found that he had just completed performing some Salaah. I then embraced Islam upon his hands. Besides these Sahaabah (Zaid bin Haarithah, ‘Ali bin Abi Taalib and Abu Bakr radhiyallahu ‘anhum), no one else had embraced Islam before me. (Usdul Ghaabah vol. 2 pg. 309)


  1. The darkness in the dream of Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu anhu) referred to the darkness of kufr. The moon with its light referred to Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) who was sent with the light of Islam to remove darkness from the world.
  2. Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu anhu) mentioned that apart from Hazrat Zaid bin Haarithah, Hazrat ‘Ali bin Abi Taalib and Hazrat Abu Bakr radhiyallahu ‘anhum, no one else had embraced Islam before him. However, this was according to his knowledge. Otherwise, in other narrations, it is established that there were a few other Sahaabah who had embraced Islam before him.”

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