KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - Moslems widely believe in miracles the Almighty gives to his devout servants. Moslem history since the days of the Prophet Mohammad is rich in miracles either shown by the Prophet himself or by his faithful followers.
Miracles can take many forms. They can be unusual deeds by a devout Moslem or dreams that came true.
Islam’s heritage is very rich in writings by Moslem scholars in the interpretation of dreams.
Generally, dream interpretation is the process of assigning meaning to dreams. In many ancient societies, such as those of Egypt and Greece, dreaming was considered a supernatural communication or a means of divine intervention, whose message could be interpreted by people with these associated spiritual powers.
The story we are telling here has occurred during the last days of famous Koran Scholar Siddiq Ahmad Hamdoun. The Sheikh is told to have seen a dream from which he understood that he was about to die. To confirm the incident, Sudanow has approached the Sheikh’s relative and close friend Siddiq Abdelghani Mohamed, the General Manager of the African Council for Private Education, an affiliate of the Islamic Da’awa (Call) Organization.
Mohamed said Shiekh Siddiq shortly before his death saw in his dream that he was reciting the Koranic verses of the Surat al-Nasr (victory) several times. Next day the late Sheikh asked his daughter to get him Ibn Seereen’s dreams interpretation book. In the book he found that whoever reads in his dream the al-Nasr Surat, would die after seven days.
Taking the message so seriously, Sheikh Siddiq started preparations for departure. He finished his pending issues with the Omdurman Islamic University where he served as a Koran teacher. He also settled pending matters with other people, including debts and belongings of other people entrusted to him.
“He met me two days before his death and handed me some financial dues and presents, asking me to immediately hand them to his uncle, Sheikh Ahmad Magboul, who taught him the Koran as young boy,’’ Mohamed has said.
“He did not go into the details of the dream, but just told me that when the Surat al-Nasr was revealed to the Prophet Mohamed, the Prophet’s faithful disciple and successor (the 1st Caliph’) Abubakr al Siddiq understood that this Surat was a revelation that the Prophet was going to pass away,’’ added Sheikh Mohamed.
“But it never came to my mind that the Sheikh Siddiq had meant that he also was about to leave,’’ he said.
Sheikh Mohamed also said Sheikh Siddiq handed his family a list of his close friends, asking them to notify these friends (all of them Koran scholars) about his death and tell them to make sure to attend his funeral and pray for him.
A day before his death, the late Sheikh Siddiq told his family about the dream and his interpretation of it as he had read in Ibn Sereen’s book
He asked his family members to observe Allah, depend on Him, recite the Koran, perform the daily prayers and conserve other peoples’ rights.
The late Sheikh had no health problem whatsoever. To the contrary, he was full of energy and performed his daily prayers with the community up to his last days.
On the seventh day after the dream (24 October 1985), the Sheikh felt sharp pinches in his heart, accompanied with hard pain. He stood up, abluted and prayed. He then lay on his bead facing Mecca, read the Shahada (that there is no god but Allah) and passed away.
It was also a strange occurrence that all the Sheikh’s friends included in the list he gave to his family were told and came to his funeral on time.
“After Sheikh Siddiq’s death his family told me about the dream and I understood what he had meant,’’ said Sheikh Mohamed.
Sheikh Siddiq was born at al-Hibaika Akoad village, South of Rufa’a town, Gezira State, in 1925 in a pious family, all of whom concerned with the Koran and its interpretation.
Sheikh Siddiq was indeed a very pure hearted man who kept his pursuit of religious knowledge from his early childhood down to his death. He was guided by the Holy Koran all through his life. Even in earthly matters, he would always refer to the Koran. For instance if asked about the distance between this and that village he would say that “it is the time one would take to recite this or that section of the Koran.”
He was very caring towards his family members.
Sheikh Siddiq had joined outstanding Scholar, the late Professor Abdallah al-Tayyib, in the interpretation of the Koran for Radio Omdurman (the National Radio), with Sheikh Siddiq reading the verses and Prof. Abdallah giving the interpretation. The programme continues to be rebroadcast on daily basis.
He was so well versed in the memorization of the Koran that he would recite the related verses from the Koran, once Prof. Abdallah would mention the topic.
Sheikh Siddiq (among several scholars) was dispatched to several Moslem countries to recite and teach the Koran. His missions have covered Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Tanzania and other African countries.
He was a heavy reader, leaving behind a big library of books about the Koran and other Islamic disciplines. His sons established an institute for the recitation of the Koran and its interpretation in the Thawra neighborhood of Omdurman City.
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