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Abdul-Baha on religious law and the House of Justice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen McGlinn's blog   
Thursday, 31 July 2014

This tablet by Abdul-Baha, dated around 1899, responds to detailed questions, “concerning the wisdom of referring some important laws to the House of Justice.” Abdu’l-Baha replies that, in principle, the Bahai Faith is similar to Christianity, whose scriptures also specify only a few laws.

The Bahai Faith, he says, has little connection to worldly concerns. Religions primary function is to refine characters and bring light in darkness. However the Bahai scriptures do specify some foundations of our religious law, leaving subsidiary matters to the divinely-inspired House of Justice, which can make cultural laws, (ahkaam madaniyyih) in accordance with time and circumstance. In Islam, this power was in the hands of diverse divines, resulting in conflicting rules. In the Bahai Faith, only the rulings of the Houses of Justice are binding, and the Houses of Justice change their rulings from time to time. This principle applies to a local, national or international House of Justice.

As for the matter of marriage, this falls entirely within the cultural laws.

Abdu’l-Baha gives two examples of the advantage of flexibility in religious law: the forbidden degrees of marriage and the punishments for breaches of the religious law. The first should be decided by the House of Justice according to social customs and medical requirements, wisdom, and suitability for human nature (the first three of which are specific to a time and place). Punishments likewise cannot remain the same forever, as can be seen in Judaism and Islam, where the punishments specified in scripture are no longer socially acceptable.

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The Faith is my life PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DV, Gay/Lesbian Baha'i Story Project   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014

I was born and raised in a Bahai family in Malaysia. I am a 3rd generation Bahai. I realized that I was different when I was about 13 years old. When I found out that I was attracted to someone of the same sex, my whole world came crashing down. I was devastated and heartbroken because I couldnt accept the fact. I was scared. I grew up believing that homosexuality was a disease and can be cured.

I prayed to God to send me someone to talk to and He did.

Every day I prayed and asked God to make me normal. He seemed to answer all my other prayers except this one. I became confused. I cried a lot, sometimes crying myself to sleep. I asked God why me? but He never told me the reason. I had nowhere to turn or talk to.

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Marriage law biased, say Bahai PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Daily Nation, Kenya   
Friday, 25 July 2014
Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi.

A lawyer for the Bahai has gone to court demanding that the new marriage law should provide for the faiths followers.

Ms Mary Wanjuhi Muigai on Wednesday argued that the new Marriage Act signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta in April did not cater for Bahai marriages, separation, divorce, custody and maintenance of children.

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What Do Bahais Believe? Sexual Orientation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maya Bohnhoff, Baha'i Teachings   
Friday, 25 July 2014
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Question: The Bahai religion believes that everyone is equal, no matter what ethnicity or gender, but what about sexual orientation?

According to the teachings of Bahaullah, we have one duty toward each other that is to love. This love, the Bahai scriptures repeatedly remind us, must be universal because Gods love is universal:

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