nineteen days


Posted in naw ruz, the fast - 2012 by leila on March 21, 2012

On every side the flame of oppression and tyranny can be discerned …

… tidings have reached Us that Our loved ones have been arrested in the land of Tá (Ṭihrán)

and this notwithstanding that the sun, and the moon, and the land, and the sea all testify that this people are adorned with the adornment of fidelity,

and have clung and will cling to naught except that which can ensure the exaltation of the government, and the maintenance of order within the nation, and the tranquillity of the people.

‘Exultest thou over the treasures thou dost possess, knowing they shall perish? Rejoicest thou in that thou rulest a span of earth, when the whole world, in the estimation of the people of Bahá, is worth as much as the black in the eye of a dead ant?

Abandon it unto such as have set their affections upon it, and turn thou unto Him Who is the Desire of the world.’”

By God! This people have never been, nor are they now, inclined to mischief. Their hearts are illumined with the light of the fear of God, and adorned with the adornment of His love.

Their concern hath ever been and now is for the betterment of the world.

Their purpose is to obliterate differences, and quench the flame of hatred and enmity, so that the whole earth may come to be viewed as one country.

‘Rejoice with great joy, O Land of Tá (Ṭihrán),

for God hath made thee ‘the Day Spring of His light’, inasmuch as within thee was born the Manifestation of His Glory.

Be thou glad for this name that hath been conferred upon thee—a name through which the Daystar of grace hath shed its splendor, through which both earth and heaven have been illumined.

Erelong will the state of affairs within thee be changed, and the reins of power fall into the hands of the people.

Verily, thy Lord is the All-Knowing. His authority embraceth all things.

Rest thou assured in the gracious favor of thy Lord.

The eye of His loving-kindness shall everlastingly be directed towards thee.

The day is approaching when thy agitation will have been transmuted into peace and quiet calm.

Thus hath it been decreed in the Wondrous Book.’



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  1. leila said, on March 21, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Wowzers. THANK YOU.

  2. Vicki Cornelius said, on March 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Thank you all. It was such a pleasure.

  3. Debi said, on March 22, 2012 at 12:30 am


  4. Iain Simmons (@iainsimmons) said, on March 22, 2012 at 2:51 am

    So awesome to see so many people in these photos, punctuated by some beautiful semi-abstract textures!

  5. samimi said, on March 22, 2012 at 3:10 am


  6. Chris Lee said, on March 22, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Brilliant, stunning, moving and funny. Thank you all for another wonderful set of pictures for Naw-Ruz.

  7. Farida Ciotti said, on March 22, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Breath taking!!! Happy Naw-Ruz everyone and thank you to nineteendays for yet another year of insightful creativity and reflections!

  8. Shamim T said, on March 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks for yet another lovely series! … any chance next year could be “Nineteen Days through the eyes of our children” – photos taken by children, about their perspective on fasting?! Shamim.T

  9. shirin said, on March 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Well done on the incredible dedication & hard work you all did to put this together!! It’s be an honour to be part of it again!

  10. stella h said, on March 3, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Beautifully done, but do we want to confuse the Bahá’í Naw Ruz by bringing in the old Iranian traditions (the Haft Seen table)?

  11. […] Photograph : Elizabeth Sabet, 21 March 2012. […]

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