The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
68Should resentment or antipathy arise between husband and wife, he is not to divorce her but to bide in patience throughout the course of one whole year, that perchance the fragrance of affection may be renewed between them. If, upon completion of this period, their love hath not returned, it is permissible for divorce to take place. God’s wisdom, verily, hath encompassed all things. The Lord hath prohibited, in a Tablet inscribed by the Pen of His command, the practice to which ye formerly had recourse when thrice ye had divorced a woman. This he hath done as a favour on His part, that ye may be accounted among the thankful. He who hath divorced his wife may choose, upon the passing of each month, to remarry her when there is mutual affection and consent, so long as she hath not taken another husband. Should she have wed again, then, by this other union, the separation is confirmed and the matter is concluded unless, clearly, her circumstances change. Thus hath the decree been inscribed with majesty in this glorious Tablet by Him Who is the Dawning-place of Beauty.
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Cross-References
Separation and divorce
divorce censured,   15, K70, Q98, n100
recovery of dowry,   Q12
remarriage,   n101-n102
renewal of affection,   Q11, Q19, Q38, Q40
separation,   K70, Q19, Q98
Separation and divorce (cont.)
year of patience,   Q12, Q98, n100
witnesses to,   Q73, Q98, n100
Laws of the Qur’án abrogated,   n101
Remarriage with former spouse,   Q31, 151, 151-152, 158, n101-n102
Study Guide
When is divorce permissible?
(See Note 100)
What is strongly condemned in the Bahá’í Teachings?
Is the husband obliged to provide for the financial support of his wife and children during the year of patience?
What are couples urged to do during their year of patience?
Other Related References
Lights of Guidance
Divorce,   182, 1302 - 1338