Al-Imam As-Sam’ani said: I heard Abu Bakr As-Samarqandi narrate the following story:
(As I was spending the night at one of the gardens owned by Al-Imam Abu Ali Al-Laamishi, I noticed that Al-Laamishi decided to leave the garden at midnight. So I followed him to see what he was up to. As I followed him, lurking in the darkness, he stopped at the edge of a deep river. Therein he changed his clothes and dived into the water in which he remained below surface for a large portion of time. Presuming the Shaykh had drowned, I began to shout for help. “O Muslims, the Shaykh has drowned!” I wailed.
I waited in sorrow and suddenly the surface of the water began to ripple. Moments after, Al-Laamishi appeared at the surface and said, “O my dear child, don’t be afraid.” I replied seeking to be excused, “O my master, I was afraid you had drowned!” Al-Laamishi explained, “I didn’t drown, rather I wished to prostrate on the riverbed because I felt that this must be a place in which no one has ever prostrated to Allah before!”) [Al-Jawahir Al-Mudiyyah Fi Tabaqat Al-Hanafiyyah]
Abdul Wahab Saleem
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011