91 This Is My Bidding Unto You; Hold Fast To It As An Assistance To Yourselves #63

While marriage is enjoined in the Kitab-i-Aqdas, Baha'u'llah clarifies

that it is not obligatory (Q and A 46). Shoghi Effendi, in a letter

written on his behalf, also declared that marriage is by no means an

obligation, and he affirmed that in the last resort, it is for the

individual to decide whether he wishes to lead a family life or live in a

state of celibacy. If a person has to wait a considerable period of time

before finding a spouse, or ultimately must remain single, it does not

mean that the individual is thereby unable to fulfil his or her life's

purpose, which is fundamentally spiritual.

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