16O Pen of the Most High! Say: O people of the world! We have enjoined upon you fasting during a brief period, and at its close have designated for you Naw-Rúz as a feast. Thus hath the Daystar of Utterance shone forth above the horizon of the Book as decreed by Him Who is the Lord of the beginning and the end. Let the days in excess of the months be placed before the month of fasting. We have ordained that these, amid all nights and days, shall be the manifestations of the letter Há, and thus they have not been bounded by the limits of the year and its months. It behoveth the people of Bahá, throughout these days, to provide good cheer for themselves, their kindred and, beyond them, the poor and needy, and with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to sing His praise and magnify His Name; and when they end—these days of giving that precede the season of restraint—let them enter upon the Fast. Thus hath it been ordained by Him Who is the Lord of all mankind. The traveler, the ailing, those who are with child or giving suck, are not bound by the Fast; they have been exempted by God as a token of His grace. He, verily, is the Almighty, the Most Generous.
Intercalary days (Ayyám-i-Há), 15
Intercalary days (Ayyám-i-Há) (cont)
position in calendar, n25
Naw-Rúz (New Year), K111
immediately follows Fast, 146
What are references to Bahá’u’lláh illustrating His function as Revealer of the Word of God?
What are the two pillars that sustain the Revealed Law of God?
Fasting is essentially a period for what?
Is fasting symbolic?
Fasting is a reminder of what?
When is fasting enjoined upon the believers?
What does the period of fasting coincide with?
Who introduced the new calendar?
What marks the termination of the fasting period?
What day is the Day of God?
What does Naw-Rúz coincide with?
When is Naw-Rúz to be celebrated?
The law concerning the timing of Naw-Rúz will require what?
How were the “excess” days assigned?
What are the Intercalary Days associated with?
What are the intercalary days specially set aside for?
How is the definition of a journey established for exemption from fasting?
People engaged in heavy labour during the month of the fast are asked to do what?
What will be defined by the Universal House of Justice?
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The Importance of Obligatory Prayer and Fasting