Friday, October 5, 2007

Parents Consent for Baha'i Marriage

Purpose of Consent:

"Baha'u'llah has clearly stated the consent of all living parents is required for a Baha'i marriage.... This great law He has laid down to strengthen the social fabric, to knit closer the ties of the home, to place a certain gratitude and respect in the hearts of children for those who have given them life and sent their souls out on the eternal journey towards their Creator."
Written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, October 25, 1947.

"It hath been laid down in the Bayan that marriage is dependent upon the consent of both parties. Desiring to establish love, unity, and harmoney amidst Our servants, We have conditioned it, once the couple's with is known, upon the permission of their parents, lest enmity and rancor should arise amongst them."
Baha'u'llah, Kitab Alaqdas Par. 65

Consent Requirements:

"As for the question regarding marriage under the Law of God: first thou must choose one who is pleasing to thee, then the matter is subject to the consent of father and mother. Before thou makest thy choice, they have no right to interfere."
Abdu'l Baha, Selections from the Writtings of Abdu'l Baha p. 118

"In many cases of breach of marriage laws the believers apparently look upon the law requiring consent of parents before marriage as a mere adminstrative requlation, and do not seem to realize that this is a law of great imprtance affecting the very foundations of human society. Moreover they seem not to appreciate that in the Baha'i Faith the spiritual and administrative aspects are complementary and that the social laws of the Faith are as binding as the purely spiritual ones."