A Companion is he who met the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, in reality, and not in a dream
Fatwa No: 37479

Question

If I see the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, in a dream while believing in him and dying upon this state, would I be considered one of his Companions?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds.  I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

The scholars defined a Companion as someone who met the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, believed in him and died upon this state of faith. This means that in order for one to be a Companion, he must meet and see the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, during his lifetime and this never happened to anyone except his Companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them.

The Muslim who sees the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, in a dream, however, has undoubtedly seen him, as stated in the Sunnah (Prophetic tradition), but he does not fall under the title of a Companion. The same applies to those who saw the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, in a dream during his lifetime and did not meet him.

Allaah Knows best.

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