19 Resources for the Fast

As we move into the early days of the Fast, here are some Baha’i Blog resources and a few other great finds from around the web dedicated to this special time of year. They include articles that offer a variety of perspectives on the Fast. There’s a diversity of personal reflections, music, videos and a quiz! We hope these resources, listed in no particular order, give you some food for thought (pun intended!) during these spiritually rejuvenating days.

fast1. Five Tips for a Healthy, Happy Fast

In this article, Collis explores some practical ideas for having a positive fasting experience. The comments are worth reading too — there’s an interesting dialogue there.


9 Ways to Fast When You Can Eat2. 9 Ways to Fast When You Can Eat

Many are exempt from physically fasting, but that doesn’t mean you can’t partake of the fast in a spiritual manner. This article offers a few ideas for how to participate in the Fast when you are not abstaining from eating and drinking.

fasting-prayer-rosalynd-pascal-864x4863. “Fasting Prayer” by Rosalynd & Pascal

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, Rosalynd Koch and Pascal Schmidt sing the quote, “Verily, I say, fasting is the supreme remedy and the most great healing for the disease of self and passion.” You can download this song from SoundCloud.

Rainn-Wilson-150x1884.The Baha’i Fast..Slowly

In this great Huffington post article, Rainn Wilson outlines what the Baha’i Fast is and what it means to him. He discusses our dual nature and the cleansing power of dawn prayers.


4 Things the Fast Helps Us Strengthen 864x5505. 4 Things the Fast Helps Us Strengthen

In his article, Naysan offers some thoughts on the spiritual attributes and qualities that we strengthen during the Fast.

Meditations for the Fast 864x4866. Meditations for the Fast – Elika Mahony

You can stream Elika Mahony’s album, Meditations for the Fast, where she puts the words of Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha about the Fast to beautiful and enchanting melodies.

Bahai Fast Learning Realise How Much You Have by Not Having7. The Baha’i Fast: Learning to Realise How Much You Have, by ‘Not Having’

Amy’s article is deeply moving and touching. It discusses the passing of her mother and how the Fast helps us to develop empathy for the suffering of others.

FastPic8. Fast in a Day

Fast in a Day (2012) is a global attempt – created by Media Makes Us – to crowd source the feelings and emotions that surround the Baha’i Fast. All footage was generated from users of their online network and was filmed during the fasting period.

What's the Baha'i Fast Like - When You're Exempt?9. What’s the Baha’i Fast Like – When You’re Exempt?

In this Nineteenmonths article, Caitlin explores what it means to some mothers to be exempt from physically partaking of the Fast.

Fasting for Love 864x55010. Fasting for Love

In this article, Kamelia writes about different ways of approaching the Fast and how she now sees fasting as an act of love.

Fasting in Other Religions 150x10011. Fasting in Other Religions

Ever wondered what the practice of fasting looks like in other faiths? This article introduces how this spiritual practice is carried out by believers of some of the world’s religions.

The Fast part 1 (1200x600)12. Baha’i Blog Quiz: The Fast

Test your knowledge of the Fast with this 10 question quiz!

Susan-Gammage-150x16213. How to Eat During the Baha’i Fast

In this blog post, Susan Gammage offers some practical ideas of how to nourish your body during the Fast both before the sun rises and after it sets, as well as advice for maintaining energy and meeting the expectations of those around you.

Neuroscience and the Fast14. The Neuroscience of Fasting

Dan Radecki writes about the neuroscience benefits of fasting in this insightful Baha’i Teachings article.

The Supreme Remedy cover 350x53915. The Supreme Remedy: A New Book About Fasting by Deborah Walters

In this interview, Deborah Walters, a Doctor of Naturopathy and Homeopathy, talks about her book, The Supreme Remedy, which explores her thoughts as to why Baha’u’llah said the fast is a remedy for self and passion.


Observing the Fast and Celebrating Naw-Ruz Around the World 450x45416. Melissa Charepoo’s Children’s Books About Ayyam-i-Ha, the Fast & Naw-Ruz

Looking for a way to explain the Fast to a child? Melissa Charepoo has written a book just for that purpose. Observing the Fast and Celebrating Naw-Ruz Around the World explains, with colourful images, some the basic principles of the Fast to a young audience.

Baha'i Fast Intro 864x48617. 19 Day Baha’i Fast ~ Episode 1: An Introduction

In this introductory video, Nabilinho draws on the Baha’i Writings to explain the Baha’i Fast and outline some of its physical and spiritual aspects.

Fasting, Creativity and the Infinite18. Fasting, Creativity and the Infinite

In this Bahai Teachings article, KC Porter explores how the Fast affects his creative process.

The Fast and Sacrifice19. The Fast and Sacrifice

Morris reflects on what he is giving up when he is fasting, the relationship between sacrifice and the fasting period and the difference between the physical fast and the spiritual fast.

We’d love to hear from you if there are other resources you turn to! We wish you a rejuvenating and empowering fasting period!

About the Author

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

Discussion 4 Comments

  1. I love what you are doing. Sharing resources and learning inclusively. A big hug and that out with love.

  2. Is it okey to
    do work-out during the fast days, i mean, since we eat at night time can i do work-out on these times it’s alright to eat?

    1. Hi Gilda!

      Thank you for your comment. I would very much encourage you to read the Writings on the Fast in order to form your own understanding of this question but it is my personal understanding that you can work-out during the Fast if you wish.

      I have not read this letter myself in full but in the comments section on Susan Gammage’s blog post “How to Eat During the Baha’i Fast”, one of the readers includes this quote:

      “…there is nothing in the teachings about whether people should eat their food cooked or raw; exercise or not exercise; resort to specific therapies or not; nor is it forbidden to eat meat.”

      (19 June 1977, written by the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer)

      Thank you for being a Baha’i Blog reader and for posing this question!

      – Sonjel

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