The purpose of marriage
is not pleasure; rather, it is to establish a family, ensure
the nation's permanency and continuation, save the individual
from dispersed feelings and thoughts, and to control physical
pleasures. Just as with many other matters related to the
basic nature that God has given to each being, pleasure is
a payment made in advance to invite and encourage to marriage.
One should not marry for reasons of dress, wealth, or physical
beauty; rather, marry for spiritual beauty, honor and morality,
and virtue and character.
If a couple wishes to divorce, the most intelligent criteria
are of no use to those who did not (or could not) get married
for the correct reasons. The important thing is not to escape
from the fire in the home with the least harm, but to prevent
a fire from ever starting there.
Some marriages based on logic and judgment were initiated
by taking refuge in God. They are so sacred that, throughout
a lifetime, they function just like a school, and their “students”
guarantee the nation's permanency and continuation.
Every union made in the name of marriage, but without careful
thought, has left behind crying wives, orphans, and those
who wound the family's heart.
The soundest foundation for a nation is a family in which
material and spiritual happiness flows, for such a family
serves as a sacred school that raises virtuous individuals.
If a nation can make its homes as enlightened and prosperous
as its schools, and its schools as warm as its homes, it has
made the greatest reform and has guaranteed the contentment
and happiness of future generations.
Nations are based on homes and individuals. If homes are good,
the nation is good; if homes are bad, the nation is bad. If
only those who want the best for the nation would first work
to reform the homes!
The word home is used according to the people in it. They
are considered happy to the degree that they share human values.
Yes, we can say that people live humanly with those in their
home; a home becomes a home because of its inhabitants.
A home is a small nation, and a nation is a large home. One
who successfully manages a home and who has raised its members
to a level of humanity can manage a large organization with
a little effort.
A disorderly house means that its people are slovenly and
unhappy. The dirtiness, disorder, and irregularity of houses,
shops, and streets show the local officials' lack of sensitivity.
What is right is liked and esteemed even if defeated; what
is unjust is loathsome and disliked even if victorious.
What is right is beautiful in character, and the one who is
right is sweet. Even if the right falls into the mud, it remains
pure and upright. Even if the unjust is washed with musk,
it remains impure and disgusting.
Color and shape may change, but essence does not. Name and
title may change, but character does not. Such changes have,
and continue to, fool many people.
Those who oppresses the weak are defeated even if they are
the victors; those who are right are victorious even if they
are the losers.