Marriage in the Bahá’í Faith
A Relationship & Marriage Service
of Marriage Transformation®

This website is to assist Bahá’ís and those in relationships or marriages with Bahá’ís to turn to Bahá’í administrative bodies for guidance and help and to apply Bahá’í teachings on relationships and marriage in their lives. The site also has Marriage Transformation® content which may be helpful.

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Marriage, Marriage Preparation, and Divorce Resources

"...[T]he provision of guidance on administrative matters such as the laws of engagement, marriage, and divorce falls under the purview of Local and National Spiritual Assemblies...."
(On behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual, September 24, 2014)

Marriage

About the Bahá'í Marriage Laws:

Bahá’u'lláh's Marriage Law - Excerpt provided with permission of Bahá’í Canada (Feb. 2011); includes current guidance on consent, engagements, weddings...

The Bahá’í Marriage Law (English, Spanish, and Persian) -  From the November/December 2012 issue of The American Bahá'í. Originally published in the November/December 2010 issue of The American Bahá'í, ©2010 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, republished by permission.

Guidance from the Bahá’í Writings:

Preserving Bahá'í Marriages compilation (from the Bahá'í World Centre Research Department);  Preserving Baha'i Marriages Introductory Memorandum from the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice


Prayers and Readings for 19-Day Feast:

Consider doing one 19-Day Feast a year on the topic of marriage!

Feast Readings and Prayers on the Topic of Marriage


General Difficulties and Making Decisions

Understanding Tests (Bahá’í World Centre Research Department Memo to the Universal House of Justice)

Directing the Course of One's Life (Universal House of Justice)

Philadelphia Workshop 2011

Marriage Preparation and Marriage

Some Perspectives from Marriage Transformation:

Discussion Guide for Parents About Dating, Courting, Character, Chastity, and Consent

When You Have a Spouse Who Is Not a Bahá’í - Quotations and content from Marriage Transformation about kindness, love, tactfulness, respect and more.

Potential Correlation of Principles from the current Plans of the Universal House of Justice and Relationships and Marriage (pdf file)

Linking Marriage Strengthening with the Plans from the Universal House of Justice

Devotional Meeting Programs: See: Core Activities

“Careful preparation for marriage is an essential first step in the preservation of Bahá’í marriage.” (Bahá’í World Centre Research Department memorandum for Preserving Bahá’í Marriages compilation, item 3)

Marriage Can Be Forever--Preparation Counts! A marriage preparation workbook based on the Bahá’í teachings
by Susanne M. Alexander and Johanna Merritt Wu

Excerpt In English:
Compilation of Quotations from Marriage Can Be Forever—Preparation Counts!.

This workbook is a comprehensie marriage preparation guide. Each chapter contains quotations from the Bahá’í Writings. These are in the above compilation along with a few others.

Topics include: friendship, dating, courting, character, expectations, religious harmony, extended family, intercultural and interracial relationship, equality, personality, communication, consultation, emotions, sex, chastity, service, money, handling tests, making a commitment, consent from parents, 95-day engagement, marriage ceremony, connecting to an Assembly, wedding witnesses, and more.

Excerpt In Spanish, En Español:
Compilation of Quotations from the Bahá’í Writings excerpted from Marriage Can Be Forever—Preparation Counts!; Recopilación de citas de los escritos Bahá’í extraído de Matrimonio Puede ser Siempre—Preparación Cuenta! Spanish Compilation (pdf)

Volumes 1 and 2 are available in Spanish paperback:

El matrimonio puede ser para siempre. ¡La preparación cuenta! (Vol. 1, Vol. 2) - Marriage Can Be Forever--Preparation Counts! published in Spanish and for sale through the National Spiritual Assembly of Spain

Volumes 1 and 2 are available in PDF format:

http://marriagetransformation.com/shop/el-matrimonio-puede-ser-para-siempre-vol-1-ebook-pdf/

http://marriagetransformation.com/shop/el-matrimonio-puede-ser-para-siempre-vol-2-ebook-pdf/

Divorce

Divorce compilation

Excerpts:

"There is no doubt about it that the believers in America, probably unconsciously influenced by the extremely lax morals prevalent and the flippant attitude towards divorce which seems to be increasingly prevailing, do not take divorce seriously enough and do not seem to grasp the fact that although Bahá’u’lláh has permitted it, He has only permitted it as a last resort and strongly condemns it.

"The presence of children, as a factor in divorce, cannot be ignored, for surely it places an even greater weight of moral responsibility on the [husband] and wife in considering such a step. Divorce under such circumstances no longer just concerns them and their desires and feelings but also concerns the children’s entire future and their own attitude towards marriage."
(On behalf of Shoghi Effendi: The Compilation of Compilations, Vol. II, “Preserving Bahá’í Marriages”, p. 450)

"Wherever there is a Bahá’í family, those concerned should by all means do all they can to preserve it, because divorce is strongly condemned in the Teachings, whereas harmony, unity and love are held up as the highest ideals in human relationships." (On behalf of Shoghi Effendi: The Compilation of Compilations, Vol. I, “Divorce”, p. 244)

"We Bahá’ís must realize that in present-day society the exact opposite process is taking place: young people care less and less for their parents’ wishes, divorce is considered a natural right, and obtained on the flimsiest and most unwarrantable and shabby pretexts. People separated from each other, especially if one of them has had full custody of the children, are only too willing to belittle the importance of the partner in marriage also responsible as a parent for bringing those children into this world. The Bahá’ís must, through rigid adherence to the Bahá’í laws and teachings, combat these corrosive forces which are so rapidly destroying home life and the beauty of family relationships, and tearing down the moral structure of society." (On behalf of Shoghi Effendi: Lights of Guidance, p. 370)

Relating to a Spouse After Divorce: "If divorce taketh place, the spiritual love and affection between you should increase, and you should become like a brother and sister." ( 'Abdu’l-Bahá to a couple; verified by the World Centre Research Department on April 23, 2007)

Some Perspectives from Marriage Transformation: Any individual or couple considering separating or divorcing is strongly encouraged to consult with a Bahá’í institution as soon as possible for more detailed guidance. Couples seeking a Bahá’í divorce must complete a year of waiting approved by and under the guidance of a Spiritual Assembly. A year of waiting includes the requirement to explore opportunities for reconciliation. See more information at Resources for Troubled Marriages.

"...[T]he provision of guidance on administrative matters such as the laws of engagement, marriage, and divorce falls under
the purview of Local and National Spiritual Assemblies...."
(On behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual, September 24, 2014)


 

This webpage was updated on February 25, 2017

Note: All photos on this website are from Marriage Transformation workshops
or are the personal photos of Susanne M. Alexander.


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