“Illumine, O Lord, the faces of Thy servants, that they may behold Thee; and cleanse their hearts that they may turn unto the court of Thy heavenly favors, and recognize Him Who is the Manifestation of Thy Self and the Day-Spring of Thine Essence. Verily, Thou art the Lord of all worlds. There is no God but Thee, the Unconstrained, the All-Subduing.”
amy: and just like that—this Fast is over. i was anxious about what photos to post for this final day, but i just took a wander through the house, looking for inspiration. the sun gifted us such beautiful light this evening.
thank you leila—for doing this with me, for inspiring me with your choice of quotes, your thoughts, your photography and your friendship.
leila: this morning i was so happy to find that my mum had prepared some sabzeh—sprouted lentils growing in a dish—the night before, which was sitting on the kitchen table. i have to admit, for both my dawn and dusk photos i spent a lot of time taking pictures of many different things, wanting to get “the perfect shots” for this last day of the Fast. in the end i chose greenery, which symbolizes—in the spirit of Haft Sin—a new beginning, new life.
(this is me pretending to be culturally iranian.)
“nineteen days” has been one of the most precious activities of the past month. i am utterly grateful that amy talked with me about doing it, because every single day i have had the excitement of her beautiful photos, the thoughtfulness of her carefully chosen quotations, and the peace of her tranquil thoughts. my thanks and joy on this Naw-Rúz is for her and for you, for sharing with us in this project.