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Daily Reflection – 13 Alá (Loftiness) Fast
March 14, 2019 - March 15, 2019
“O thou spiritual friend! Thou hast asked the wisdom of prayer. Know thou that prayer is indispensable and obligatory, and man under no pretext whatsoever is excused from performing the prayer unless he be mentally unsound, or an insurmountable obstacle prevent him.
“The wisdom of prayer is this: That it causeth a connection between the servant and the True One, because in that state man with all heart and soul turneth his face towards His Highness the Almighty, seeking His association and desiring His love and compassion. The greatest happiness for a lover is to converse with his beloved, and the greatest gift for a seeker is to become familiar with the object of his longing; that is why with every soul who is attracted to the Kingdom of God, his greatest hope is to find an opportunity to entreat and supplicate before his Beloved, appeal for His mercy and grace and be immersed in the ocean of His utterance, goodness and generosity.
“Besides all this, prayer and fasting is the cause of awakening and mindfulness and conducive to protection and preservation from tests….”
–‘Baha’i World Faith’, (Wilmette: Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1956), p. 368 (TAB p. 683)