In a May 2018 article at the Gospel Coalition website, entitled When Muslims Dream of Jesus, Darren Carlson cites two studies of Muslim converts to Christianity and notes that many such converts recount dreams they believe came from God that led to their conversions to Christ.
Carlson divides Muslim experience of dreams and visions into four main categories: 1) dreams/visions in which Jesus speaks Scripture to the person; 2) dreams/visions in which Jesus tells the person something to do; 3) dreams/visions through which people feel clean and/or at peace; and, 4) dreams/visions in which a man in white physically appears to the person.
Carlson then goes on to recount several fascinating accounts of such dreams and visions. He also describes times when Muslims would talk about having dreams but, for various reasons, their accounts were found to be suspect. Carlson encourages us as believers to be discerning about dream stories but to not be automatically dismissive of them.
As we read the stories of how Jesus spoke to Muslims about following Him, let’s pray:
- for Muslims to be open to hearing from Jesus in their dreams; and,
- that Muslims who have such dreams would be willing to share them with Christian believers and that such believers will display wisdom in knowing how to interpret these dreams.