Al Qaeda and Dreams

Given the strict adherence to the fixed text of the Qur’an on the part of the Al Qaeda Wahabbis, I am surprised at the role of dreams in the practice of these Muslims. A startling example of this appears in this transcript of a conversation between Osama Bin Laden and a Saudi which took place after the sneak attack on America. Several apparent dreams of the attacks are noted. For example, Bin Laden relates a dream another man had:

“I saw in a dream, we were playing a soccer game against the Americans. When our team showed up in the field, they were all pilots!” He said: “So I wondered if that was a soccer game or a pilot game? Our players were pilots.” He (Abu-Al-Hasan) didn’t know anything about the operation until he heard it on the radio. He said the game went on and we defeated them. That was a good omen for us.”

There’s more of this:

“Abd Al Rahman Al-(Ghamri) said he saw a vision, before the operation, a plane crashed into a tall building. He knew nothing about it.”

Shaykh (Referring to dreams and visions): The plane that he saw crashing into the building was seen before by more than one person. One of the good religious people has left everything and come here. He told me, “I saw a vision, I was in a huge plane, long and wide. I was carrying it on my shoulders and I walked from the road to the desert for half a kilometer. I was dragging the plane.” I listened to him and I prayed to Allah to help him. Another person told me that last year he saw, but I didn’t understand and I told him I don’t understand. He said, “I saw people who left for jihad…and they found themselves in New York…in Washington and New York.” I said, “What is this?” He told me the plane hit the building. That was last year. We haven’t thought much about it. But, when the incidents happened he came to me and said, “Did you see…this is strange.” I have another man…my god…he said and swore by Allah that his wife had seen the incident a week earlier. She saw the plane crashing into a building…that was unbelievable, my god.

Bin Laden relates:

We were at a camp of one of the brother’s guards in Qandahar. This brother belonged to the majority of the group. He came close and told me that he saw, in a dream, a tall building in America, and in the same dream he saw Mukhtar teaching them how to play karate. At that point, I was worried that maybe the secret would be revealed if everyone starts seeing it in their dream. So I closed the subject. I told him if he sees another dream, not to tell anybody, because people will be upset with him.

For a people who believe that revelation is closed it seems rather startling to me that they have such a respect for dreams that reminds me (if anything) of Christian Pentecostals and Charismatics. I’m sure that the Wahabbis would never call this prophecy or revelation, but it seems to function in that way. It also seems a little suspect to me, like some of these dreams are invented after the fact or are concocted based on loose lips and rumors of impending actions, but Satan has power, and perhaps this falls into that category.

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