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The Baha’i view about the force justifiable against children

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ABN- With the increase of significant signs of moral downfall in our societies, we still witness several cruel treatments towards children. But Abdu’l-Baha teaches us how we should behave with the children, even if want to be strict in the disciplining of children as follows: “ …if the slightest undesirable trait should manifest itself, let her counsel the child and punish him, and use means based on reason, even a slight verbal chastisement should this be necessary. It is not, however, permissible to strike a child, or vilify him, for the child’s character will be totally perverted if he be subjected to blows or verbal abuse.
( Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, No. 95)

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But what if the Baha’I parents fail to take care of their children in the proper way? The Universal House of Justice emphasizes just how important this topic is by giving the responsibility to the members of the community of the Greatest Name to take the utmost care not to be drawn into acceptance of such practices because of their prevalence. They must be ever mindful of their obligations to exemplify a new way of life distinguished by its respect for the dignity and rights of all people, by its exalted moral tone, and by its freedom from oppression and from all forms of abuse.

And yet Abdul Baha told us to consider the harmful effects of discord and dissension in a family, then to reflect upon the favours and blessings which descend upon that family where unity exists among its various members. So, while giving emphasis for mothers as the first educator to their children, Abdul Baha said: “ Let them strive by day and by night to establish within their children faith and certitude, the fear of God, the love of the Beloved of the worlds, and all good qualities and traits..

(Abdu’l-Baha, Lights of Guidance, pp. 152-153)

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