Rowing was part of the water activities at Barrackpore Islamic Centre’s Family Day held on the Good Friday public holiday in Trinidad this year (2018).
Part of Surah Hud tells the story of Nuh a.s., and the command to build the ark, populate it, and sail. It also tells of how ‘family’ should be considered.
There are some hadiths that Rasool saws endorsed that the prayer of Prophet Nuh a.s., stated in Surah Hud (11) Verse 41 could be recited when embarking on a ship:
“When my ummah board a ship and recite the following, they will be protected from drowning: “Embark therein; in the name of Allah is its course and its anchorage. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.”
Allah swt says at Ayah 48
It was said, “O Noah, disembark in security from Us and blessings upon you and upon nations [descending] from those with you. But other nations [of them] We will grant enjoyment; then there will touch them from Us a painful punishment.”