Here is experiment 2 of 4 in our series of Experiments, which examines the hadith of I.Ali (as),
‘Dua is a Shield for the Believers’ – ‘Ad Dua at Tursul Mu’min’ ~ I.Ali (as)
In this experiment, we examined the concept of Dua through a buoyancy experiment involving fruits. We also looked at the properties of fruits especially the fruit skin.
– An orange (whole not cut up). Label it as Dua with a sharpie
– A wide selection of different fruits like bananas, apples, strawberries, figs, etc to be able to cut through
– A wide and tall vase or jug
1. We started off by looking at the different fruits we had and the function of the skin. We looked at the fruits as a whole then cut them up to see the skin from a cross-section of the fruit
Some intriguing questions I asked:
Show me the fruit’s skin
What does the fruit skin do?
How does it protect the fruit?
Do different fruits have different skins?
Is it true that the heavier fruits perhaps have thicker skins? Why is that so? etc etc
2. Next, I filled a jar with water and asked the kids to plonk the orange into it.
3. We observed that the orange floated happily.
No matter how much we pushed it down, it kept coming back up.
3. I then peeled the orange and asked the kids to pop it back into the water
5. That’s when I turned and explained that the duas we recite and whisper and think are just like the skins of the fruits.
They protect us.
They always keep us guarded.
They always make us rise high.
They help us overcome others’ power and forces too. No matter how much someone pushes us down, if we are constantly connected to Allah SWT through Dua (and our wajibaats), then we’ll always be shielded.