Muhammad ibn Sirin, the well-known interpreter of dreams
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 9th of the Islamic month of Shawwal in 110 AH, the well-known interpreter of dreams, Mohammad Ibn Sirin, died at the age of 77. Born in the Iraqi port city of Basra to a bondmaid and a father of Greek-Syrian ancestry, named Sirin, who was given by Caliph Omar Ibn Khattab as a slave to Anas bin Malek – the ‘not-so-obedient’ servant of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) – he was of sharp memory and worked as a cloth merchant.
After learning the holy Qur'an and the hadith literature, he led an ascetic way of life and soon established himself as an interpreter of dreams. His sources of narration are rather weak because of his lack of access to the Prophet's blessed progeny, the Ahl al-Bayt.