"Fasting is the cause of the elevation of one's spiritual station"

This year from March 1–19, Baha’is community is observing the annual 19-Day fast by refraining from eating or drinking between sunrise and sunset. Fasting has been a significant practice of religion throughout human history. Many of the Prophets of God Themselves went through a period of meditation and fasting at some point in Their lives during which, in intense communion with God, They contemplated the mysteries of the universe and the nature of Their mission.


Ayyam-i-Ha (or Intercalary Days) is a period of time when Bahá’ís focus more than usually on hospitality, charity, giving gifts and preparing for the month of fasting. The Ayyam-i-Ha are of four or five days’ duration. They are the days that fall outside the nineteen months of nineteen days that make up the Bahá’í calendar.


During this time of a global health crisis, Baha’is around the world are finding creative means of marking Naw-Ruz—their new year and the first day of spring—while strictly adhering to public health measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This day is a symbol of renewal, an occasion when all can reflect on their spiritual reality and how they can contribute to the well-being of their society.

Land confiscation in Iran

Two Iranian courts issued orders that declared ownership of lands by 27 Bahá'ís in the village of Ivel to be illegal.

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