In the Ramadan Night of 1995 I had a nightmare. Something started to move in my body and I see that my friend is committing bad acts. Then I see my cousin has quit talking to me and I am like in house arrest. Then I see my face has turned black and started to offer prayers day and night in a dark room and asking Allah’s forgiveness. Then see that an orange python is seen on my right side when I am in salah. See myself running madly shouting “Ghouse-e-Paak” with my hands in front of me and something like the jinns chasing me with swords in their hands. Also the sound of bells like in temple was heard. Suddenly woke up with a start and sweating all over and my eyes rested on a green garment which was lying in front of me.
audhu billah mina ‘sh-shaytani ‘r-rajeem,
Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem,
This is a nice dream because it indicates seclusion, praying day and night in a dark room. They are chasing all the hidden idols out of your heart and at the end you reach to the Presence of the Holy Prophet (s), represented by the green garment. The python recalls an experience of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim’s pir, Grandshaykh Abdallah Daghestani (q):
Before each prayer, I was obliged to take a cold shower. There was, of course, no running water, so I had to use melted snow for showering. As I was about to stand up to wash for prayer, I found that facing me was the head of a snake, which had encircled me completely. Its head was poised so that any movement out of fear would cause him to strike me. I didn’t give that snake any importance. I knew if I felt any fear, it would attack. So in my mind I made it to be nonexistent. I could not take a shower with the snake wrapped around me, but the Shaykh’s order had to be followed. So I poured the water over my clothes and over the snake. For forty days that snake remained wrapped around me. When I was praying, it would move its head to allow for my prostrations. For forty days, that snake kept watch, looking for any mistake or fear, to attack me. This test from my Shaykh, to see if I had fear of any but Allah, finally ended and that snake began to unwind itself from around me. It sat for a while in front of me. Then it disappeared.
[end quote Mawlana Shaykh Abdullah Daghestani]
Dr. Abdul Karim