Ibn Rashiq al-Qayrawanee received a letter from Ibn al-Aghlab, the ruler of Majorca, asking him to come to visit him by sea. Ibn Rashiq, afraid of what the sea may bring did not want to set out on such a voyage, so he replied with two lines of poetry:

You ordered me to take my efforts to the sea,
But I disobeyed you, so select another means:
You are not Nooh that your ship can protect me,
nor am I 'Eesa that I can walk on water.


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