Baha’i Writings


1.     Spiritual / Relational


1.4            Marriage & Family  (Foundation of Society)


1.4.1                   Marriage & Family – The law of marriage

And when He desired to manifest grace and beneficence to men, and to set the world in order, He revealed observances and created laws; among them He established the law of marriage, made it as a fortress for well-being and salvation, and enjoined it upon us in that which was sent down out of the heaven of sanctity in His Most Holy Book. He saith, great is His glory: "Marry, O people, that from you may appear he who will remember Me amongst My servants; this is one of My commandments unto you; obey it as an assistance to yourselves."


(Bahá'u'lláh, Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 104)



1.4.2                   Marriage & Family – Consent of parents

Marriage is conditioned on the consent of both parties and their parents, whether the woman be a maiden or not.  


(Baha'u'llah, Synopsis and Codification of the Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 39)



1.4.3                   Marriage & Family – Spiritual union

When, therefore, the people of Baha undertake to marry, the union must be a true relationship, a spiritual coming together as well as a physical one, so that throughout every phase of life, and in all the worlds of God, their union will endure; for this real oneness is a gleaming out of the love of God.


(Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 117)



1.4.4                   Marriage & Family – Family as the bedrock of society

The Bahá'í teachings on sexual morality centre on marriage and the family as the bedrock of the whole structure of human society and are designed to protect and strengthen that divine institution.


            (Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 223)



1.4.5                   Marriage & Family – The world of humanity

The world of humanity has been expressed by Him as a unit -- as one family.


            (Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 36)



1.4.6                   Marriage & Family – Love and agreement

If love and agreement are manifest in a single family, that family will advance, become illumined and spiritual; but if enmity and hatred exist within it destruction and dispersion are inevitable.


            (Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 229)



1.4.7                   Marriage & Family - Home

My home is the home of peace. My home is the home of joy and delight. My home is the home of laughter and exultation. Whosoever enters through the portals of this home, must go out with gladsome heart. This is the home of light; whosoever enters here must become illumined....


       (Abdu'l-Baha, From a Tablet, published in "Star of the West", vol. 9, no. 3, p. 40) (28 April 1918)

            (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 397)