Question

What is incumbent on a woman to do if she has a dream in her sleep that she’s having sexual intercourse with a man?

 

Answer:

If a man dreams in his sleep that he is having sexual intercourse with a woman, or if a woman dreams in her sleep that a man is having sexual intercourse with her, then there is no blame (i.e. sin) on them. That is because accountability is removed from them in a state of sleep and due to their inability to prevent that.  That because Allaah (The Most High) does not burden a soul beyond what it can bear. And also due to what has been narrated from the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam ) that he said: “The pen (i.e. accountability) is lifted from three (people): The sleeping person until he (or she) wakes up; the insane person until he (or she) returns to sanity and the child until he (or she) reaches the age of puberty. (1) The one who sees such a dream should make Ghusl if he (or she) saw a discharge (i.e. sexual discharge). (2)

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[1] Hadeeth reported by Imaam Ahmad; Imaam Abu Dawood; Imaam Nasaa’ee and Al-Haakim. It is an authentic hadeeth; see Irwaa al-Ghaleel of Shaikh Albaani..Number: 271]

[2] Fataawa Al-Lajnah Ad-Daa’imah 5/311]

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