A group of students of sacred Islamic knowledge who studied an intensive course in Tazkiya al-Nafs, Usul al-Fiqh and Maqasid took a boat ride on the Mediterranean.
They resolved to make their trip a spiritual and bonding experience. They consulted with one another about swimming:
One said: I dislike cold water but I will break my nafs.
One stated: Let’s make dhikr together in the sea.
One exclaimed: The neighbouring mountains will delight in my remembrance as the hadith promises.
One voiced: I will find serenity in the sea.
One argued: I don’t want to go against the wishes of my blessed brothers. This is a trip of fellowship after all.
One opined: The sea is the metaphor for the malakut. I will swim in it.
One mentioned: I don’t want to, but I will join you in case you need help.
One expressed: I wish to dive just like my Shaykh used to do.
One presented: We will swim together and build the bonds of brotherhood.
One cautioned: Don’t miss out on this spiritual experience!
They all felt: The life vest is an encumbrance to one’s self.
Each entered the sea.
None of them were good swimmers. And there was no lifeguard around.