nineteen days

day seventeen

Posted in the fast - 2012 by amysahba on March 18, 2012

“The hearts that yearn after Thee, O my God, are burnt up with the fire of their longing for Thee, and the eyes of them that love Thee weep sore by reason of their crushing separation from Thy court, and the voice of the lamentation of such as have set their hopes on Thee hath gone forth throughout Thy dominions.

Thou hast Thyself, O my God, protected them, by Thy sovereign might, from both extremities. But for the burning of their souls and the sighing of their hearts, they would be drowned in the midst of their tears, and but for the flood of their tears they would be burnt up by the fire of their hearts and the heat of their souls. Methinks, they are like the angels which Thou hast created of snow and of fire. Wilt Thou, despite such vehement longing, O my God, debar them from Thy presence, or drive them away, notwithstanding such fervor, from the door of Thy mercy? All hope is ready to be extinguished in the hearts of Thy chosen ones, O my God! Where are the breezes of Thy grace? They are hemmed in on all sides by their enemies; where are the ensigns of Thy triumph which Thou didst promise in Thy Tablets?

Thy glory is my witness! At each daybreak they who love Thee wake to find the cup of woe set before their faces, because they have believed in Thee and acknowledged Thy signs. Though I firmly believe that Thou hast a greater compassion on them than they have on their own selves, though I recognize that Thou hast afflicted them for no other purpose except to proclaim Thy Cause, and to enable them to ascend into the heaven of Thine eternity and the precincts of Thy court, yet Thou knowest full well the frailty of some of them, and art aware of their impatience in their sufferings.

Help them through Thy strengthening grace, I beseech Thee, O my God, to suffer patiently in their love for Thee, and unveil to their eyes what Thou hast decreed for them behind the Tabernacle of Thine unfailing protection, so that they may rush forward to meet what is preordained for them in Thy path, and may vie in hasting after tribulation in their love towards Thee. And if not, do Thou, then, reveal the standards of Thine ascendancy, and make them to be victorious over Thine adversaries, that Thy sovereignty may be manifested unto all the dwellers of Thy realm, and the power of Thy might demonstrated amidst Thy creatures. Powerful art Thou to do what Thou willest. No God is there but Thee, the Omniscient, the All-Wise.

Make steadfast Thou, O my God, Thy servant who hath believed in Thee to help Thy Cause, and keep him safe from all dangers in the stronghold of Thy care and Thy protection, both in this life and in the life which is to come. Thou, verily, rulest as Thou pleasest. No God is there save Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.”

 Bahá’u’lláh

“If it be Thy pleasure, make me to grow as a tender herb in the meadows of Thy grace, that the gentle winds of Thy will may stir me up and bend me into conformity with Thy pleasure, in such wise that my movement and my stillness may be wholly directed by Thee.”

Bahá’u’lláh

alison bird/left (maputo, mozambique): This year, at the request of the Universal House of Justice, I have dedicated the Fast and offered prayers for the protection of our dear brothers and sisters in the Cradle of the Faith.

razi wilson/right (los angeles, u.s.a.): At this time in my life I am so grateful for any moment to be reminded of the truth of this existence….of the temporariness of this moment and how important each choice we make is.  How fitting is it then to photograph my sons; because a photograph holds this very moment and it will never change, making it precious.  Some say a photograph captures the soul or I think the soul of the one making it…. I find my spiritual life is no longer just about me, now I have the great task of guiding and training* these beautiful souls (am I worthy?).  And I’m finding out the only way to do that is by walking the walk, they are a witness, a mirror in my daily life to my spiritual connection.  This makes me grateful for this day…..

*the quote I chose is on my son’s ceiling, he loves this way of memorizing the writings.

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  1. amysahba said, on March 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    utterly stunning. i cannot believe how quickly this Fast is coming to an end…
    Razi – your note about the responsibility of raising children resonated so deeply. thank you.

  2. samimi said, on March 19, 2012 at 1:42 am

    oh i love this. i love also, what you said, raz about your sweet note on the ceiling. that is so precious. you are a such a wonderful mama and i am so proud of you.

    also — beautiful photographs, both of you. i love alison’s dawn as well. stunning.

  3. nemoDreamer said, on March 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Wonderful shots, Ali: your dawn and dusk are so dawny and dusky, you know what I mean? Damp breezes and half-light, birds starting up their day and rowdy kids winding down theirs…
    And thank you for submitting that quote in its entirety… I read the prayer for Martyrs and their families this morning, and had to take breaks to compose myself… We have NO idea how hard life in Iran is for our friends…!

    Razi, having just been blessed w/ a newborn, the striking images of your sons really bring home all that’s in store for me. I can’t wait!!!


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