Q: My father has the practise that whenever he goes to the beach, he faces the ocean and says: “Assalamu Alaikum O Great Man of the Ocean!” He commands us to do so as well mentioning that their lives a Wali of Allah Ta’ala in the ocean who had eaten/drunk something that had granted him eternal life. And that Allah Ta’ala had hidden him in the ocean so that people do not pester him. These are the words of my father. Is there any substance to this and the saying “Assalamu Alaikum O Great Man of the Ocean!”?
A: This has no basis in Deen.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
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