The Baha’i Fast falls during the month of Ala – the last month of the Baha’i calendar. During these 19 days, Baha’is – with the exception of women who are nursing or pregnant, the elderly, children, the sick, those travelling and those engaged in heavy labour – abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset.
While this abstention from food and drink is a test of one’s will and discipline, the Fast is not just about abstaining from food. The Fast is, primarily, a spiritual practice.
In honor of this Baha’i month, we’ve pulled together a list of 22 Baha’i Blog resources, in no particular order, all dedicated to the Fast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Naysan shares some thoughts on the spiritual nature of the Fast and how it’s more than abstaining from eating and drinking during the day.