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Daily Reflection – 1 Alá (Loftiness) Fast
March 1 - March 2
O ye  Cohorts of God!
A letter which was signed by you in general was received. Its content was of the utmost beauty, sweetness, eloquence and perfection. While reading it the utmost happiness was produced. It spoke of fasting during the month of the Fast. Happy is your condition for you have executed the divine command; and have arisen to fast in these blessed days. For this physical fasting is a symbol of the spiritual fasting, that is, abstaining from all carnal desires, becoming characterized with the attributes of the spiritual ones, attracted to the heavenly fragrances and enkindled with the fire of the love of God.
— ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Baha v1, p. 40
Revealed in response to a supplication signed by 489 believers in America during the period of the 19-day fast in 1906.