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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Resources from the Bahá’í Writings and from
Marriage Transformation to Serve You!

"...[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)

Need Professional Help from Practioners Who Are Bahá’ís?
Please see Marriage Transformation Resources below.

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“Let this gathering be a foreshadowing of what will, in very truth, take place in this world, when every child of God realizes that they are leaves of one tree, flowers in one garden, drops in one ocean, and sons and daughters of one Father, whose name is love!”
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 30

The links below will go to supplemental resource pages, to Adobe pdf files that you may save to your computer or print, or to helpful websites. Please contribute or suggest additional resources via email to Marriage Transformation,

Quotations and Resources

Marriage, Marriage Preparation, and Divorce:

  • About the Bahá’í Marriage Laws
  • Building and Preserving Bahá’í Marriages
  • Prayers and Readings for the 19-Day Feast
  • Handling Difficulties and Making Decisions
  • Divorce

Marriage Transformation Documents That Contain Quotations:

  • Discussion Guide for Parents on Dating, Courting, Character, Chastity, and Consent
  • When You Have a Spouse Who Is Not a Bahá’í
  • Applying Principles from the Universal House of Justice's Plans
  • Quotations from Marriage Can Be Forever--Preparation Counts! (English and Spanish)
Parental Consent
  • Guidance from the Bahá’í Writings
  • Resources for consent from parents for marrying

Challenged Marriages/Marriages in Difficulty

  • Consultation and Counseling
  • Handling Tests and Difficulties
  • Reconciliation, Separation, Year-of-Waiting, and Divorce
  • Resource websites

The Death of a Loved One; Help for the Grieving

  • Quotations and Prayers
  • Stories
  • Support Handouts for Individuals and Groups

Professionals Who Are Bahá’ís

Marriage Transformation maintains a list of counselors, therapists, social workers, coaches, and more who are members of the Bahá’í Faith for referral and collaborating purposes.

Please note that often the professional will need to work with individuals or couples over the internet or phone and not in-person. Referrals are not recommendations; each person will need to do their own screening to see if the professional is a fit for them.

Professionals Referral List (pdf document; version June 2, 2024); [Please do not circulate this list. Instead, please refer people to the most up-to-date version at this link:]

If you are a professional willing to be included on the referral list or need to provide updated information about you or your credentials, please email Susanne M. Alexander at


Support Group

A non-profit operating under the umbrella of the United States National Spiritual Assembly. See their website for more details.

The purpose of the Open Circle Network is to provide opportunities for individuals and communities to explore the application of spiritual principles to address difficult and challenging personal and social issues that can benefit from having a safe and supportive sharing environment. Specifically, Network activities provide both in-person and online experiences for individuals struggling with challenging issues to share with others, reflect on their experience in a safe and non-judgmental environment, and to use that reflection as a springboard for service to the broader community. Open Circle activities draw directly on spiritual principles from the Baha’i Faith, however all Network activities are open to people of all religious and philosophical backgrounds.

Issues: Addictions, Abuse and Trauma, Sexuality and Gender, Mental Health, HIV/AIDS

Online Courses

Online Learning courses: Susanne M. Alexander serves as the owner and course creator at Transformation Learning Center for several online relationship, marriage, parenting, family, and Assembly courses that are practical and Baha'i-Faith-based. People of all faiths are welcome. There is an excellent faculty team and coaching available. Please come join us today! Information is available at this link:

Articles and Research Reports

Some Perspectives from Marriage Transformation:

Relationship, Marriage, and Family Education in the Bahá’í Faith Community Potential Ideas to Consider from Marriage Transformation® Version: December 6, 2020

Helpful articles with advice about relationships and marriage can be found on these websites:

Bahá’í-Related Research:

2022: Bahá’í Youth Survey: PDF file

2013: PhD Dissertation by Nura Mowzoon on Engaged Young Adult Bahá’ís

2008: "Understanding Single Bahá’ís: A Look at the Current State of North American Single Bahá’ís Based on a Large Online Survey" Online link. PDF file.

Useful Websites and Other Materials

Rearing Children to Honor Marriage

Some Perspectives from Marriage Transformation: Parents wishing to rear children to respect marriage and family and have a strong Bahá’í identity may create customized children's books using materials on this

Information on the the Bahá’í Faith

Access: There are links on this site to websites for individual countries.



This webpage was updated on June 2, 2024

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

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