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Daily Reflection – 14 Alá (Loftiness) Fast
March 15, 2019 - March 16, 2019
“We have commanded you to pray and fast from the beginning of maturity; this is ordained by God, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers.
He has exempted from this those who are weak from illness or age, as a bounty from His Presence, and He is the Forgiving, the Generous.”
— Baha’u’llah, ‘A Synopsis and Codification of the Kitab-i-Aqdas’ (Haifa: Baha’i World Centre, 1973), p. 12
Exemption from fasting is granted to:
i. Provided the journey exceeds 9 hours.
ii. Those travelling on foot, provided the journey exceeds 2 hours.
iii. Those who break their journey for less than 19 days.
iv. Those who break their journey during the Fast at a place where they are to stay 19 days are exempt from fasting only for the first three days from their arrival.
v. Those who reach home during the Fast must commence fasting from the day of their arrival.
(b) Those who are ill.
(c) Those who are over 70.
(d) Women who are with child.
(e) Women who are nursing.
(f) Women in their courses, provided they perform their ablutions and repeat a specifically revealed verse 95 times a day.
(g) Those who are engaged in heavy labour, who are advised to show respect for the law by using discretion and restraint when availing themselves of the exemption.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Synopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 38)