Once a man dreamt that a lion was chasing him. In his dream, the man ran to a tree, climbed it and sat on a branch. He looked down and saw that the lion waited for him right next to the tree. The man then looked to his side on the branch on which he was sitting and saw that two rats were circling around and eating the branch. One rat was black and the other one was white. The man then looked below again with fear and discovered that a big black snake had come and settled directly under him. The snake opened its mouth right under the man.
The man looked up to see if there was anything that he could hold on to. He saw another branch with a honeycomb. Drops of honey were falling from it. The man wanted to taste the honey. So he put his tongue out and tasted one of the falling drops of honey. The honey was amazing in taste. He then wanted to taste another drop and then another and as a result, he got lost into the sweetness of the honey. He forgot about the two rats eating his branch away, the lion on the ground and the snake right under him. Suddenly when the branch broke he remembered all the dangers and woke up from his sleep.
Since this was an unique dream, the man went to a pious scholar of Islam to know its meaning. The scholar said “The lion you saw is your death. It always chases you and goes where ever you go. The two rats, one black and one white, are the night and the day. Black one is the night and the white one is the day. They circle around, coming one after another, to eat your time as they take you closer to death. The big black snake with a dark mouth is your grave. It’s there, just waiting for you to fall into it. The honeycomb is this world and the sweet drops of honey are the luxuries of this world. We like to taste a little of the luxuries of this world and it’s very sweet. Then we want to taste little more and then more. Meanwhile, we get lost into it and we forget about our time, we forget about our death, and we forget about our grave.”