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Traditions

Interpreting the dream by subject requires further understanding of one’s
religious and socio-cultural environment. For example, if one is offered a lemon
in a dream, and if it did not connote money or a child, in this case, a lemon in
one’s dream means fraud, hypocrisy, and falsehood. If one sees his arm longer
than usual in a dream, it means that he likes to show off his charities or deeds,
or it could mean generosity. This idiom is also used in the saying of God’s Prophet,
upon whom be peace, when he said to his wives, God be pleased with them: “Those
who have longer arms amongst you will follow me first. “In her case, Zainab Bint
Jahsh was the first to die among his wives. Qualifying a sickness in a dream to
mean hypocrisy came from the expression, “sick at heart,” also meaning poor
judgement or emotional disturbance. Sickness and hypocrisy are also noted in
the expression, “He is a sick person,” meaning a disgusting person. Sometimes
people use the expression, “Both his words and actions are sickening,” to mean
someone whose promise cannot be trusted. In the Holy Qur’an, God Almighty
describes the hypocrites saying: ”There is a disease in their hearts; and God
has increased their disease.”(Qur’an 2:10). In some traditions, people use the
expression, “The lion sneezed, and a cat came out ofhis nose.” This tradition was
transmitted from the folkloric tales about the arc of God’s prophet Noah. In this
sense, in dream interpretation, snot came to mean an impudent and insolent
child or a newborn. In the same sense, ejaculated fluid and snout came to mean
a son. (See Nasal mucus, p. 300.) Equating slandering with curse, God Almighty
says in the Holy Qur’an: “Those who slander chaste women-are cursed.”
(Qur’an 24:23). The common proverb says, “If you live in a glass house, do not
cast stones at others.” Here again, the interpreter made an association between
one’s own faults, weakness, and imperfection, and those of a glass house.
Concerning severing relations with one’s family, God Almighty says: ”We broke
them up into sections on this earth.” (Qur’an 7: 168). Equating washing one’s
hands with hope, people also say, “I washed my hands from it”, meaning I have
no further interest in it or any hope in it.

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