Marriage, family life and children.

'A family is a nation in miniature. 
Simply enlarge the circle of the household and you have the nation. 
Enlarge the circle of the nations and you have all humanity.'  

'Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. 
Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, 
and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.' 

Abdu'l Baha

'And when He desired to manifest grace and beneficence to men, 
and to set the world in order, He revealed observances and created laws; 
among them He established the law of marriage, 
made it as a fortress for well-being and salvation....'


Baha'is are encouraged to marry, to raise children and to live as families. The family is regarded as a community's central institution and the basic unit of society. Abdu'l Baha suggested that the social progress of a community is associated with the well-being of its families. Family life helps the individual to develop various qualities such as generosity, love, co-operation and patience. 

Marriage in particular, provides the individual with a 'fortress for well-being'. Baha'i teachings on marriage and family life involve a combination of values, some of which might be seen today as traditional and others as progressive.