The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
of all His creatures. Take heed not to stir up mischief in the land after it hath been set in order. Whoso acteth in this way is not of Us, and We are quit of him. Such is the command which hath, through the power of truth, been made manifest from the heaven of Revelation.
65It hath been laid down in the Bayán that marriage is dependent upon the consent of both parties. Desiring to establish love, unity and harmony amidst Our servants, We have conditioned it, once the couple’s wish is known, upon the permission of their parents, lest enmity and rancour should arise amongst them. And in this We have yet other purposes. Thus hath Our commandment been ordained.
66No marriage may be contracted without payment of a dowry, which hath been fixed for city-dwellers at nineteen mithqáls of pure gold, and for village-dwellers at the same amount in silver. Whoso wisheth to increase this sum, it is forbidden him to exceed the limit of ninety-five mithqáls. Thus hath the command been writ in majesty and power. If he content himself, however, with a payment of the lowest level, it shall be better for him according to the Book. God, verily, enricheth whomsoever He willeth through both heavenly and earthly means, and He, in truth, hath power over all things.
67It hath been decreed by God that, should any one of His servants intend to travel, he must fix for his wife a time when he will return home. If he return by the promised time, he will have obeyed the bidding of his Lord and shall be numbered by the Pen of His behest
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¶65 ¶66 ¶67
Internal Related Cross-References
Paragraph 65.
Paragraph 66.
Paragraph 67.
Study Guide
Paragraph 65.
Which book first laid down “that marriage is dependent upon consent of both parties”?
What is the purpose of this law?
(See Note 92)
Permission of parents is required before marriage. Why?
Paragraph 66.
(See Note 93)
What dowry is required for city dwellers and village dwellers?
Can a promissory not be given to the bride if the husband is unable to pay the dowry?
What sort of act is the giving of a dowry?
(See Note 94)
How is dowry payment determined?
(See Note 95)
What is the purpose of the dowry?
How should “...the people of Bahá ... associate and deal with each other...”?
What should we be mindful of?
What is a váhíd equivalent to?
Paragraph 67.
Who will “...be numbered by the Pen of His behest among the righteous.”?
(See Note 99)
What is Bahá’u’lláh’s criterion for justness?
Do just witnesses have to be Bahá’ís?
External Related Cross-References
Paragraph 65.
Paragraph 66.
Paragraph 67.