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This is another of the laws which have been given in every Dispensation. Although it may at first appear to be a physical law- and, indeed, the body benefits much from it- fasting is essentially meant as a spiritual discipline.

During the period of fasting, much time should be given to prayer and meditation; and abstinence from food should be a constant reminder of the more important abstinence from selfish and carnal desires. We should make a special effort to change unwanted habits, to check our thoughts and motives, and to cultivate those spiritual qualities which will make each of us a better person.

Fasting in the Bahá’i Faith is not binding on the sick, on expectant and nursing mothers, on children and old people, and on travelers.