ASIYIH KHANUM—Navvab (an honorific implying “Grace” or “Highness"); the Most Exalted Leaf—wife of Bahá’u’lláh and mother of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahiyyih Khanum, and Mirza Mihdi. She was married to Bahá’u’lláh in 1835, accompanied Him in His exiles, and died in 1886. Bahá’u’lláh named her His “perpetual consort in all the worlds of God”.
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 732)
Replying to another questioner, he said that when two people, husband and wife for instance, have been completely united in this life their souls being as one soul, then after one of them has passed away, this union of heart and soul would remain unbroken.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 75)
The Teachings of the Faith affirm that deep spiritual relationships can be developed between unmarried individuals that will endure in the next world. In responding to the question of whether souls will be conscious of one another in the next world, Bahá’u’lláh has stated, in a well-known Tablet found in Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, that “the souls of the people of Bahá, who have entered and been established within the Crimson Ark, shall associate and commune intimately one with another, and shall be so closely associated in their lives, their aspirations, their aims and strivings as to be even as one soul", and He assures us that they “are united in the bonds of intimacy and fellowship.” Further, Shoghi Effendi, in a letter dated 4 December 1954 written on his behalf to an individual believer, describes the relationship “we should establish with our parents, our children, our brothers and sisters and friends” as “a deep spiritual bond which will be everlasting, and not merely physical bonds of human relationship", and he likened these relationships to the “profound friendship of spirit” that should exist in a
(Universal House of Justice to an individual, 4 August 2013)
The souls who sacrifice self, become detached from the imperfections of the realm of man, and free from the bondage of this ephemeral world, assuredly the splendors of the rays of Divine Union shall shine in their hearts, and they shall find ideal relationship and happiness in the Eternal Paradise."
(Signed) ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas.
This paragraph relates to those souls who never in this world find their true spiritual mate, and remain deprived throughout this transitory life of that great joy. To such He says: “If you become detached from this ephemeral world and the imperfections of the realms of man, assuredly the splendors of Divine Union will shine in your heart and you find ideal relationship and happiness in the Eternal Paradise.”
(Portals to Freedom, p. 109)