God hath exempted women who are in their
courses from obligatory prayer and fasting. Let them,
instead, after performance of their ablutions, give
praise unto God, repeating ninety-five times between
the noon of one day and the next "Glorified be God, the
Lord of Splendour and Beauty". Thus hath it been
decreed in the Book, if ye be of them that comprehend.
When travelling, if ye should stop and rest in
some safe spot, perform ye--men and women alike--a
single prostration in place of each unsaid Obligatory
Prayer, and while prostrating say "Glorified be God,
the Lord of Might and Majesty, of Grace and Bounty".
Whoso is unable to do this, let him say only "Glorified
be God"; this shall assuredly suffice him. He is, of a
truth, the all-sufficing, the ever-abiding, the forgiving,
compassionate God. Upon completing your
prostrations, seat yourselves cross-legged--men and
women alike--and eighteen times repeat "Glorified be
God, the Lord of the kingdoms of earth and heaven".
Thus doth the Lord make plain the ways of truth and
guidance, ways that lead to one way, which is this
Straight Path. Render thanks unto God for this most
gracious favour; offer praise unto Him for this bounty
that hath encompassed the heavens and the earth; extol
Him for this mercy that hath pervaded all creation.
Say: God hath made My hidden love the key to the
Treasure; would that ye might perceive it! But for the
key, the Treasure would to all eternity have remained
concealed; would that ye might believe it! Say: This
is the Source of Revelation, the Dawning-place
of Splendour, Whose brightness hath illumined the
horizons of the world. Would that ye might understand!
This is, verily, that fixed Decree through which
every irrevocable decree hath been established.
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-Ruz 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 &Baha, 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.
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