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Old 04-21-2009, 01:49 AM   #1
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Baha'i Social Practices - Laws, Marriage, Work, Places of Worship

Bahá'í Laws
The laws of the Bahá'í Faith primarily come from the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, written by Bahá'u'lláh. The following are a few examples of basic laws and religious observances,
  • Bahá'ís over the age of 15 should recite an obligatory prayer each day. There are three such prayers among which one can be chosen each day.
  • Backbiting and gossip are prohibited and denounced.
  • Adult Bahá'ís in good health should observe a nineteen-day sunrise-to-sunset fast each year from March 2 through March 20.
  • Bahá'ís are forbidden to drink alcohol or to take drugs, unless prescribed by doctors.
  • Sexual relationships are permitted only between a husband and wife, and thus premarital and homosexual sex are forbidden.
  • Gambling is forbidden.

While some of the laws from the Kitáb-i-Aqdas are applicable at the present time and may be enforced to a degree by the administrative institutions, Bahá'u'lláh has provided for the progressive application of other laws that are dependent upon the existence of a predominantly Bahá'í society. The laws, when not in direct conflict with the civil laws of the country of residence, are binding on every Bahá'í, and the observance of personal laws, such as prayer or fasting, is the sole responsibility of the individual.

Bahá'í Marriage
Bahá'í marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Its purpose is mainly to foster spiritual harmony, fellowship and unity between the two partners and to provide a stable and loving environment for the rearing of children. The Bahá'í teachings on marriage call it a fortress for well-being and salvation and place marriage and the family as the foundation of the structure of human society. Bahá'u'lláh highly praised marriage, declaring it an eternal command of God, also discouraging divorce and homosexuality, and requiring chastity outside of marriage; Bahá'u'lláh taught that a husband and wife should strive to improve the spiritual life of each other. Interracial marriage is also highly praised throughout Bahá'í scripture.

Bahá'ís intending to marry are asked to obtain a thorough understanding of the other's character before deciding to marry. Although parents should not choose partners for their children, once two individuals decide to marry, they must receive the consent of all living biological parents, even if one partner is not a Bahá'í. The Bahá'í marriage ceremony is simple; the only compulsory part of the wedding is the reading of the wedding vows prescribed by Bahá'u'lláh which both the groom and the bride read, in the presence of two witnesses. The vows are "We will all, verily, abide by the Will of God."

Work
Monasticism is forbidden, and Bahá'ís attempt to ground their spirituality in ordinary daily life. Performing useful work, for example, is not only required but considered a form of worship. Bahá'u'lláh prohibited a mendicant and ascetic lifestyle, encouraging Bahá'ís to "Be anxiously concerned" with the needs of society. The importance of self-exertion and service to humanity in one's spiritual life is emphasised further in Bahá'u'lláh's writings, where he states that work done in the spirit of service to humanity enjoys a rank equal to that of prayer and worship in the sight of God.

Places of Worship
Most Bahá'í meetings occur in individuals' homes, local Bahá'í centers, or rented facilities. Worldwide, there are currently seven Bahá'í Houses of Worship, one per continent, with an eighth under construction in Chile. Bahá'í writings refer to an institution called a "Mashriqu'l-Adhkár" (Dawning-place of the Mention of God), which is to form the center of a complex of institutions including a hospital, university, and so on. The first ever Mashriqu'l-Adhkár in `Ishqábád, Turkmenistan, has been the most complete House of Worship.
 
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:40 PM   #2
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When the racial elements of the American nation unite in actual fellowship and accord, the lights of the oneness of humanity will shine, the day of eternal glory and bliss will dawn,... This is the blessing and benefit of unity; this is the outcome of love. This is the sign of the Most Great Peace; this is the star of the oneness of the human world. Consider how blessed this condition will be. I pray for you and ask the confirmation and assistance of God in your behalf.
—'Abdu'l-Baha, April 24, 1912, Promulgation of Universal Peace
 
Old 10-20-2014, 03:11 PM   #3
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You think you' re almost there, then some person, who can't accept people for who they are, does something stupid...back teenage boys being killed or shot, voter suppression happening against lower income...a poll tax for crying out loud, benefits for congress increases, tax cuts for wealthy, women not receiving equal pay for equal work, funding for children cut in half, funding for health cut in half...its a mess over here, don't hold your breath on us getting it together, pray for us every day. People in office lie thru their teeth, so much hate and vitriol, it's rather frightening...and the answer is to carry guns....jeez Louise!! We have an articulate, intelligent president who wants to make life better for all, and no one gives a crap, they just want to bring him down because not only is he black, but an even bigger offense is that he is a black man who is smart and successful. I fully understand why we are to stay out of political parties...way too decisive. I struggle with election years as the constant deceit is nerve wracking. Sorry to go off like this, but figure y'all will understand.

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Old 10-20-2014, 06:10 PM   #4
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You think you' re almost there, then some person, who can't accept people for who they are, does something stupid...back teenage boys being killed or shot, voter suppression happening against lower income...a poll tax for crying out loud, benefits for congress increases, tax cuts for wealthy, women not receiving equal pay for equal work, funding for children cut in half, funding for health cut in half...its a mess over here, don't hold your breath on us getting it together, pray for us every day. People in office lie thru their teeth, so much hate and vitriol, it's rather frightening...and the answer is to carry guns....jeez Louise!! We have an articulate, intelligent president who wants to make life better for all, and no one gives a crap, they just want to bring him down because not only is he black, but an even bigger offense is that he is a black man who is smart and successful. I fully understand why we are to stay out of political parties...way too decisive. I struggle with election years as the constant deceit is nerve wracking. Sorry to go off like this, but figure y'all will understand.

Warmest regards!
Becky,
. The old world order is necessarily frustrating when we focus our attention on it. Rather than trying to make it something it is not, take that same energy and devote it to building the new world order. Otherwise, its like trying to hold up the twin towers after the planes have already hit them!!

. "The world is but a show, vain and empty; a mere nothing, bearing the semblance of reality. Set not your affections upon it." . Baha'u'llah

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Becky,
. The old world order is necessarily frustrating when we focus our attention on it. Rather than trying to make it something it is not, take that same energy and devote it to building the new world order. Otherwise, its like trying to hold up the twin towers after the planes have already hit them!!

. "The world is but a show, vain and empty; a mere nothing, bearing the semblance of reality. Set not your affections upon it." . Baha'u'llah

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I guess it's frustrating too, more of a sad commentary on mankind. I know its supposed to get worse before it gets better, so its certainly following the timeline. When changing behavior in a child: 1) you have to offer a replacement behavior because no matter how odd or awful a behavior is, it fulfills a need and 2) expect the behavior to worsen as a last ditch effort when the child sees change coming and fights to keep the status quo. That can certainly be applied to the people of America.....Baha'u'llah's gift of love, unity and equality is the replacement behavior being offered and Americans are in a frenzy to keep things as they were, even tho, in reality, things aren't what they used to be.
But enough of that, in reality, I am a happy joyful being, grateful for God's grace and mercy.

Thanks Dale,
Becky
 
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Sorry to go off like this, but figure y'all will understand.
Oh yes I understand, but is better to pray for mankind's guidance and teach teach teach.

I remember the shock and horror one time when some folk were discussing the outcome of an election, I had to remind them, how was change going to come about, if good intelligent people were elected to office, people have to become good and angry before there will be change.

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Old 10-22-2014, 09:34 AM   #7
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Oh, you remember the Guardian's comment as to the world's most corrupt political system?
 
Old 10-22-2014, 01:10 PM   #8
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Oh, you remember the Guardian's comment as to the world's most corrupt political system?
Expecting something truly sweet from the systems created by man is like chewing on rocks... It just ain't the same as ripe fruit.
 
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Oh, you remember the Guardian's comment as to the world's most corrupt political system?
Oh yes and what Baha'u'llah said of the country He arose in also.

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