We have enjoined upon you fasting during a brief period

O 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 Day-Star 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 Ha, 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 traveller, 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.

                                                                                                          Bahá’u’lláh

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