Sometimes I wonder the following things regarding seeing the Prophet alayhi salaato wa salaam in a dream:
– why should one do it?
– what are the benefits?
– why is it advised/emphasised?
– is it arrogance/pride? because what if u continue to do bad afterwards
– what effect should it have in ur daily life + spiritually?
Audhu billahi min ash-shaytan ir-rajim
Bismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm:
Wa `alaykumu s-salāmu wa rahmatu l-lāhi wa barakātuh,
As a lover is longing for his loved one, real Lover of Prophet (ṣall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) are always longing to see Him (ṣall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), and to be with Him (ṣall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) even though for sure we don’t deserve this endless honor and blessings.
When the love of Prophet (ṣall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) will overcome your heart, all these questions will vanish and your entire being will be burning out of love for Him (ṣall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam).
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham said about the endless honor to see Prophet (ṣall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) in a dream : “Seeing the Prophet (ṣall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) in a dream means you will be relieved from seven difficulties in dunya and in akhirah.
Also, Imam Suyuti (r) said that if you see the Prophet (ṣall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) in your dream, you will see him in reality before you leave dunya! ”
You may read this part of Mawlana Shaykh Hisham’s suhba to have a better understanding about the Love for Prophet (ṣall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam):
If the love Awliya have for the Prophet was to be revealed it would burn. When that love comes, they cannot control themselves, tears come. They cannot control themselves.
How much Awliya were longing, to be in the presence of the Prophet, in dunya and akhira, addressing and seeing him and speaking with him, face to face with no veil. That can stop them from being given that blessing that Allah (swt) gave to Sayyidina Muhammad (s).
[crying heavily while speaking]
O Muslims, believers, that love to the Prophet is beyond description! That what that kind of energy that can burn every other energy, can overcome every kind of energy, that makes tears in the eyes, that one tear can bring fire down. That energy that Sayyidina Muhammad (s) when you come in his presence and he dresses you with that beauty dress that Allah (swt) gave him that energy can break through all the polluted energy, that can make muraqabah with the Prophet (ṣall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) with no veils. That is the experience of shaykhs through their seclusion that is their experience in their life. That is why they addressed the Prophet (ṣall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) through all kinds of praising from a burning heart. That comes from the emotions of a burning heart. These tears were turned into ink, their hairs were turned into pens to write, all kinds of praises, all kinds of beauty, all kinds of blessings and manifestations, all kinds of revelations that Allah (swt) had thrown in their hearts, using the ink of their tears, to write through every hair of their body, through every capillary in their hearts and veins, all them writing Muhammadun Habibullah, Muhammadun Rasulullah, Muhammadun Khalilullah, Muhammadun Naji’ullah. May Allah (swt) dress us with that; may Allah (swt) bless us with that; may Allah (swt) give us what He likes and keep that connection through our shuyukh to Sayyidina Muhammad (s) to enable us to be at his door, asking:
ji’naaka ya Sayyidina ya Rasulullah ji’na li baabik bil-`ajza, fa laa tukhayibna `inda rabbina, w ‘ashf`a lana `inda ’l-mawla al-`azheem, ya ni`ma ar-rasul. Allahuma salli wa sallim wa baarik `alayk ya Sayyidina Rasulullah. Ya sayyidee ya rasulullah ya shafi` al-mudhnibeen, ya Sayyidee ya Rasulullah shf`a lana `inda ’l-Mawla al-`azheem. Allahuma ija`lna min `ibadidak at-tahireen alladheena laa khawfan `alayhim wa laa hum yahzanoon. Qul ya `ibadee alladheena asrafoo `ala anfusihim laa taqnatoo min rahmatillah. Inn-Allah yaghfir adh-dhunooba jami`an. Albisna bi sirr hadhihi al-ayat.”
And Allah knows best.