ayyam-i-ha and the fast

All praise be unto God, Who hath revealed the law of obligatory prayer as a reminder to His servants, and enjoined on them the Fast that those possessed of means may become apprised of the woes and sufferings of the destitute. (Bahá’u’lláh)

Ayyam-i-Há is coming this weekend, and with it, a time of charity, generosity and giving, a time to think of others around us and share our wealth – and also a time for preparing ourselves spiritually for the Fast. Briefly, Bahá’ís from the ages of 15 to 70 years abstain from eating or drinking from sunrise ’til sunset during the nineteen days between March 2nd and March 20th, culminating in Naw-Ruz (the Bahá’í new year) on March 21st.

I’ve posted up sunrise/sunset times for this year’s Fast in Ottawa. Feel free to bookmark it (if, of course, you’ll be observing the Fast in Ottawa). You can also get sunrise/sunset times for your own city by visiting the Fast calculator at BCCA.

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