nineteen days


Posted in Uncategorized by leila on February 24, 2008

These are, O my Lord, the days in which Thou hast bidden Thy servants to observe the Fast. Blessed is he that observeth the Fast wholly for Thy sake and with absolute detachment from all things except Thee. Assist me and assist them, O my Lord, to obey Thee and to keep Thy precepts. Thou, verily, hast power to do what Thou choosest.


amy and leila will be posting pictures of the dawns and dusks of their fasting experiences, starting the night of Sunday, 2 March 2008, eastern standard time.
the Bahá’í Fast is observed for nineteen days of the year, every year, between the hours of sunrise and sunset—hence the timing of the photographs.
you can read an actual and virtual description of nineteen days here.
we are very excited about this project, so much so that not eating or drinking for thirteen hours a day has become something to which we are actively counting down the sleeps.

Grant, O my Lord, that the fire of Thy love and the heat produced by the fast enjoined by Thee may inflame them in Thy Cause, and make them to be occupied with Thy praise and with remembrance of Thee.



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  1. amzolt said, on February 25, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Bravo and I’m happy I can share in your creativity–Worship, that is…

    ~ Alex

  2. shirin sahba said, on February 25, 2008 at 6:00 am

    I LOVE IT…what a lovely idea you creative darlings have come up with. I will be visiting daily!

  3. yasie_t said, on February 25, 2008 at 6:55 am

    joons, i absolutely LOVE this! i will be checking every day 🙂 so much love, yas

  4. ryan said, on February 25, 2008 at 8:19 am

    I love this idea. I love it so much I’m going to steal it. thanks.

  5. Barney said, on February 25, 2008 at 9:42 am

    This is a really nice idea and a good-looking blog. I can’t check it every day, but it will be a place of solace and inspiration during the Fast.

  6. Rach said, on February 25, 2008 at 12:19 pm


  7. Elizabeth said, on February 25, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    This is wonderful guys–I’m so excited to see what you will be posting!

  8. Anjali said, on February 25, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    You should check out the photo blog “A Year of Mornings”. Two friends living 3191 miles apart, doing daily diptychs. They just got it published as a book and have started “A Year of Evenings”. So excited about your project!

  9. golriz said, on February 25, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    brilliant. beautiful. i love it. x

  10. Shirin Youssefian said, on February 25, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Lovely idea and beautiful photos! Well done darlings!

  11. leila said, on February 25, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    amzolt: it WILL be creative worship!

    shirin sahba + yas: thank you! and daily is definitely the way to go.

    ryan: they do say that imitation … so we are flattered … but what do you mean by “steal”? should we be checking your blog or your flickr account for evidence of theft?

    barney: thank you so much for your kind words.

    rach: we think so, too!

    elizabeth: thanks, and we are also excited to see what we will be posting …

    anjali: 3191 is such a beautiful blog. we partly got our inspiration from it (well, amy did). on her blog post about “nineteen days” she mentions a few other collaborative photography projects, like 44 times 2 and Noticing Project, that have informed our creation of this blog. also, we credit 3191 in the “about” section? because plagiarists, we are not.

    golriz: coming from someone with beautiful taste, your comment means a lot. cheers, bella.

    shirin youssefian: and just when i thought i’d figured out everyone who amy was related to, here is another youssefian! but thank you! we are chuffed about ourselves, too.

    love! from leila

  12. Marcia said, on February 27, 2008 at 4:24 am

    Hi Leila! I fasted last year, and the year before, with my friend, then boyfriend, who is now kind of my fiance (we are working on the parental visit stuffs). This will be my third year, and I LOVE LOVE your photos in general, so I’m sure I will love these ones.
    We live in Arizona and we lots of times broke fast on top of a certain mountain outside town, where you can see the whole city and sunset just gorgeously against the desert. The views were awe-striking (for lack of better term)… I wish I brought a camera to catch them! Such a good idea. Can’t wait to see it! 🙂

  13. Child of Africa said, on February 27, 2008 at 4:40 am

    I AM AS WILDLY EXCITED AS YOU ARE!! [SHOUTING IN MY LOUDEST VOICE SO THAT YOU CAN HEAR ME] i will have to make this part of my fast ritual to visit your site once a day for my daily inspiration. hooray!

  14. Roya said, on February 27, 2008 at 11:36 am

    beautiful idea…i’m starting to get excitied for the Fast as well…!

  15. Rochelle said, on February 27, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Hi there Sheida
    A wonderful idea, this is really going to help me, I’ll tunein daily!!!
    Rochelle (Chanty’s Mum)
    PS Can you tell Lisa in Brisbane aboutthis, I am missing her.

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