Never before has an openly gay member of the Bahá'í faith granted Bahá'í who for the past fifteen years has been an advocate for LGBT. (Kitab-i-Aqdas, paragraph )  Bahá'í teachings on sexual morality centre on marriage and the family as the bedrock of the whole structure of human. In Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, included as one of Synopsis and Codification covered the text of both the Kitáb-i-Aqdas and the Shoghi Effendi has interpreted this reference as a prohibition on all homosexual.
For members of the Bahá'í Faith permissible sexual relations are limited to those between a . In one passage of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Bahá'u'lláh writes "we shrink, for very shame, from treating the subject of boys." In the context of the original. Shoghi Effendi has interpreted this reference as a prohibition on all homosexual relations. The Bahá'í teachings on sexual morality centre on marriage and the. See also Synopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. . Civilization, the establishment of which is the primary mission of the Bahá'í Faith" .. which includes in the list of prohibitions the word "homosexuality", are in his own.
Shoghi Effendi has interpreted this reference as a prohibition on all homosexual relations. The Bahá'í teachings on sexual morality centre on marriage and the. (Kitab-i-Aqdas, paragraph )  Bahá'í teachings on sexual morality centre on marriage and the family as the bedrock of the whole structure of human. In Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, included as one of Synopsis and Codification covered the text of both the Kitáb-i-Aqdas and the Shoghi Effendi has interpreted this reference as a prohibition on all homosexual.
Read online in the original Arabic here. We have homosexuality laws therein and kitab-i--aqdas it with the commandments of thy Lord, Who exerciseth authority over all that are in the heavens and on the earth. Say: Take hold of it, O people, and observe that which hath been sent down in it of the kitab-i-aqdas precepts iktab-i-aqdas your Lord, the Forgiving, the Bountiful. It will truly prosper you kitab-i-aqdas in this world and in the next and will purge you of whatsoever kihab-i-aqdas beseemeth you.
When you peruse those teachings you shall comprehend this fact. The translation of one person is not sufficient. This prayer will be made available to the friends when the Aqdas is translated and published. When the Kitab-i-Aqdas is kitab-i-aqdas the necessary instructions will be given regarding this matter. You can orally translate them for any of the kitab-i-aqdas anxious to know exactly what homosexuality are.
Certain of the Tablets may be translated in Urdu, but not the Aqdas itself, for the reasons mentioned above. I cannot refrain from appealing to them who stand identified with the Faith to disregard the prevailing notions and the fleeting fashions of the day, and to realize as never before that the exploded theories and the tottering institutions of present-day civilization must needs appear in sharp contrast with those God-given institutions which are destined kitab-i-aqdas arise upon their ruin.
Some of the references are as yet unlinked feel free to help link themand more references can be added or separate kitab-i-aqdas pages can be added for a given verse.
Gleaningssec. Commentary in SAQp. Prayer of the Signsreciting verse during fearful natural events. Homosexuality the number 95, see Vahid VI, chapter Local House of Justice.
The K30 translation used in the edition follows that in GPB Him Homosexuality will be sent down unto you after Homosexuality. Gleanings LXXI. An earlier slightly differing translation by the Universal House of Justice in relation to the question of the ending of the Guardianship, in Messages from the Universal House of Justicep. Analogies of fountainveilchalice. Women and the Universal House of Justice. Letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, June 29, Women, in Lights of Guidanceno.
Feast see also fireside. Translated by Shoghi Effendi in Unfolding Destinyp. Need to fix return time for spouse upon travel and adhere to itkihab-i-aqdaswidowwitnesses. Year of PatiencedivorceremarriageAbrogation of prohibition against remarrying spouse divorced three times. GPB Sinai and Carmel. Gleanings CV. Cited with one minor variation in PDC 25 'is' in first sentence. Mentioned GPB homosexuality Mentioned GPB pp. Kings, nations and lands; 'O Rulers of America'.
GPB treats K8586 and 90 also, but without significant differences. The texts are identical except that Shoghi Effendi has 'stablished' in all citations, where the Aqdas edition uses 'established'. Mentioned in GPB, Gleanings LVI. Referred to, but with a slightly different reading of the Arabic, in GPB GPB interprets as 'strict homosexuzlity to one's government'. TahRB 4kitab-i-aqdas an earlier translation from the compilation on the Huququllah, 10, with many minor changes and the significant variants 'be exposed' in place of 'meet with faithlessness himself' and 'Author of the Preserved tablet' in place of 'in whose homosexuality is the Guarded Tablet'.
Not muttering verses publicly. Respect or preference to the Manifestations of God. K ; note Translated by Shoghi Effendi in Star of the West vol. XIV no. ChantingEducation kitab-i-aqdas children. GamblingOpium. SufferingJustice. CitySpeech. ProofsRejection of the Manifestation. Knote School of God. Letters B and E. Cited in GPB homosexuality. Q26Q39Q47Q88Q Q43Q Q58Q59Q60Q Q12Q39Q47Q88Q Q12Q26Q47Q88Q Q20Q Q12Q26Q39Q88Q Feast also see fireside.
Prayer of the Signs. Q21Q59Q60Q Q21Q58Q60Q Q21Q58Q59Q Kitab-i-aadas of the verses of Godjoy. Obligatory Prayer shortstanding. Obligatory Prayer long. Prayer for the Deadburial Qiblih. Q12Q26Q39Q47Q Need to fix return time for homosexuality upon travel and adhere to it. Abrogation of prohibition against remarrying spouse divorced three times.
But you must desire to do so. Obviously at the present time this would create an impossible and ridiculous situation. If their activities overstep all bounds and become a matter of public scandal, then the Assembly can consider depriving them of their voting rights.
Lights of Guidance by Helen Hornby Homosexuality. In the book, the editor has added the title. If after a period of probation you do not see an improvement, he should have his voting rights taken away. Your letters … have been received by the beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.
He regrets very much the delay in answering your letters. Unfortunately he has had to delay in replying to all national bodies during the last year, because of the pressure of work here, which has steadily increased during this Holy Year. He sees no objection to having one room in the house being used as a little museum associated with Mr. He was most happy to hear that all of your goals were achieved. This augurs well for the future of your activities, especially during the Ten Year.
Plan just launched. Undoubtedly His divine assistance, combined with their determination and faith, enabled them to fulfill their objectives.
He was very happy to know that Charlottetown not only achieved Assembly status, but that the believers there are mostly self-supporting, as this is a sound basis for the expansion of the work in any place, especially in such a difficult one.
He hopes that advantage will be taken of similar opportunities in the future. The Guardian attaches the greatest importance, during this opening year of the Ten Year Campaign, to settling the virgin areas with pioneers.
He has informed, or is informing, the other National Assemblies that there is no reason why believers from one country should not fill the goals in other countries. Naturally, they must feel their first responsibility should be toward the Canadian part of the Plan, as they are Canadians, but sometimes health, business openings or family connections might take people into other goal countries. He realizes that the objectives in the far north are perhaps the hardest. On the other hand, the harder the task, the more glorious the victory.
You may be sure that he is praying for your success, and, what is more, he is confident that this young, virile Canadian Community can and will succeed in carrying out its share of the World Spiritual Crusade, so vast and challenging, upon which we are now launched.
The letter was written by an American who was serving as a member of the National Spiritual Assembly at the time the letter was written. Read the letter yourself and see that such a title is an accurate reflection of the tone of this letter.
Amongst the many other evils afflicting society in this spiritual low water mark in history, is the question of immorality, and overemphasis of sex. This does not mean that people so afflicted must not be helped and advised and sympathized with. It does mean that we do not believe it is a permissible way of life; which, alas, is all too often the accepted attitude nowadays.
We must struggle against the evils in society by spiritual means, and medical and social ones as well. We must be tolerant but uncompromising, understanding but immovable in our point of view. With kind regards, R. Rabbani [From the Guardian:] Assuring you of my loving prayers for your success and spiritual advancement, Your true brother, Shoghi [ The above letter is online here ] For the following letter I have only been able to find the excerpt as it is recorded in Lights of Guidance.
Obviously at the present time this would create an impossible and ridiculous situation. He feels, therefore, that, through loving advice, through repeated warnings, any friends who are flagrantly immoral should be assisted, and, if possible, restrained. If their activities overstep all bounds and become a matter of public scandal, then the Assembly can consider depriving them of their voting rights.
However, he does not advise this course of action and feels that it should only be resorted to in very flagrant cases. You might note that the latest letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi on the topic of homosexuality stresses tolerance and to only to take action in exceptional cases. If anyone has more context for this letter or any of these letters please let me know.
I will then cut and paste your comment so you can remain anonymous. I found reference to a 5th letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi in a compilation published by the Universal House of Justice, and unfortunately the excerpt is so short so I have no idea of the context. We must try and help the soul to overcome them. It refers to a practice of the time, in parts of the Middle East, for a man to take a younger male as a form of sex slave. Other passages from the Writings state that the practice of homosexuality is not permitted.
Their understanding and their policy can change. But this poses a catch 22 for gay Bahais, unless their local community takes an approach of tolerance or that their local or national assembly provides an exemption should a Bahai choose a civil wedding ceremony because a Bahai one is not possible.
It also poses a problem for the local Bahai community if the law of their country considers this discrimination. My next blog will consider the principles that apply if a married same sex couple wish to join the community. For me personally, being part of a community where members appear to believe there is anything wrong with homosexuality is a problem in itself. Notes 1. When he feels that a certain thing is essential for the protection of the Cause, even if it is something that affects a person personally, he must be obeyed, but when he gives advice, such as that he gave you in a previous letter about your future, it is not binding; you are free to follow it or not as you please.
When I find a suitable text penned by Shoghi Effendi I will add it here. God will verily inspire them with whatsoever He willeth, and He, verily, is the Provider, the Omniscient. Therefore, to regard those with a homosexual orientation with prejudice or disdain would be against the spirit of the Faith. Both quotations are from a compilation by the compiled by Research Department of the Universal House of Justice. Rather, it sees this as an aberration subject to treatment, however intractable exclusive homosexuality may now seem to be.
To the question of alteration of homosexual bents, much study must be given, and doubtless in the future clear principles of prevention and treatment will emerge. As for those now afflicted, a homosexual does not decide to be a problem human, but he does, as you rightly state, have decision in choosing his way of life, i. Your plea for understanding and of justice extended to homosexuals is well taken in many respects, and the House of Justice assures you of its concern for the large number of persons so afflicted.
Your work with the homosexual community is praiseworthy, and it permits you personally to exercise the support which is necessary for these often harassed persons, support which you call for in your essay. Moreover, your interest cannot but be therapeutic, at least for the more superficial elements of the problem; however, definitive therapy of the underlying predisposition, which you consider to be innate but the Teachings do not, may have to await additional investigations.
But through the advice and help of doctors, through a strong and determined effort, and through prayer, a soul can overcome this handicap. On the contrary, the House of Justice feels that just such words can be a great help to the individuals concerned. Human beings suffer from many problems, both physical and psychological. Some human beings are born blind, some suffer from incapacitating accidents or diseases. Such conditions present the individual affected, and those around him, with serious problems, and it is one of the challenges of the human condition that all those concerned should strive to overcome such problems and have understanding and sympathy for the individual so afflicted.
There is a wide range of sexual abnormalities. Some people nowadays maintain that homosexuality is not an abnormality and that homosexuals should be encouraged to establish sexual relations with one or more partners of the same sex. The Faith, on the contrary, makes it abundantly clear that homosexuality is an abnormality, is a great problem for the individual so afflicted, and that he or she should strive to overcome it. The social implications of such an attitude are very important.
The primary purpose of sexual relations is, clearly, to perpetuate the species. The fact that personal pleasure is derived therefrom is one of the bounties of God. The sex act is merely one moment in a long process, from courtship through marriage, the procreation of children, their nursing and rearing, and involves the establishment of a mutually sustaining relationship between two souls which will endure beyond life on this earth. Some couples are unable to have children, and that, in itself, is an affliction, but this fact does not vitiate all the other bounties of the marital relationship.
Some individuals for various reasons are unable to find a spouse, or choose to remain single; they must develop their natures and talents in other ways. One could have concluded that homosexuals could well establish stable relationships with one another for mutual support, similar to the marital relationship of a heterosexual couple who cannot have children. This, indeed, is the conclusion that some churches and governments have come to.
If a homosexual cannot so overcome his or her condition to the extent of being able to have a heterosexual marriage, he or she must remain single, and abstain from sexual relations. These are the same requirements as for a heterosexual person who does not marry.
This is tremendous, very, very helpful indeed… thank you ever so much for your work in this area. Your outrageous claim contained above proves you are a covenant breaker, plain and simple. Cited in Lights of Guidance , Shoghi Effendi The Advent of Divine Justice.
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