It represents a person of great Islamic learning. One who perseveres in acquiring knowledge and acting upon it. He also devotes much of his time in worshipping Allah. Seeing, owning or bringing one into the house means he will soon build a strong relationship with a man of great learning.
Success through long toil and perseverance (Gypsy). See jEsop’s fable of Hare and Tortoise.
One who is slow to act
When spiritually we attempt to reconcile two energies – the spiritual and the physical, or the active and the passive – we may experience that union in dreams in the form of patterns. One significant group of patterns are the hexagrams, said to have been discovered on a tortoise shell by an ancient chinese sage. […]
The tortoise for most people suggests slowness but also perhaps thoroughness. It also in dreams signifies a shell that perhaps we – or others round us – have put up in order to protect or defend ourselves.
In chinese lore the tortoise is a revered figure of wisdom and knowledge. He is said to carry the pattern of all existence on his back. He also represents creation. Consult the entries for chinese in indigenous peoples and pet as well as the information on reptiles in animals.
The tortoise may, of course, simply be an image of a pet as an object that is loved. It may also, however, be a symbol for long life. For those undertaking esoteric studies, the tortoise in dreams may signify the need to consider chinese systems of belief.