During the ministry of Shoghi Effendi all Bahá’ís knew that one of the essential conditions that had been prescribed by Shoghi Effendi for being accepted as an enrolled believer was faithful adherence to every clause of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá“the Center of the Covenant”—and believed that fidelity on the part of the believer to the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh required nothing less than faithful, complete and steadfast adherence to every clause of this “Charter of the New World Order.”

Is it not a blatant paradox that, since the passing of Shoghi Effendi, that the sans-Guardian, and therefore headless, illegitimate and so-called Universal House of Justice has now so perverted the meaning of fidelity to the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh that they now ludicrously label as Covenant-breakers those believers who have continued to faithfully and steadfastly adhere to every clause of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s divinely-conceived, sacred and immortal Will and Testament—a part of the explicit Holy Text—whereas, in marked contrast, it is they, who in their abandonment of the Guardianship, have thereby faithlessly declared major clauses of this Will and Testament null and void and have, in consequence, undeniably become themselves the arch-breakers of the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh?

Shoghi Effendi devoted himself tirelessly during his 36-year ministry to the erection of the institutions of the Bahá’í Administrative Order in faithful compliance with every clause of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and during the closing years of his ministry hailed “at long last” in a message to the Bahá’í World the culmination of these efforts when he announced the erection “At the World Center of the Faith” the “machinery of its highest institutions” and “the supreme organs of its unfolding Order” . . . “in their embryonic form,” these highest embryonic institutions being none other than the Universal House of Justice—under is initial designation as the International Bahá’í Council—and the Hands of the Cause.

He had, in appointing the embryonic head of the embryonic Universal House of Justice (initially named the International Bahá’í Council) and then retaining this Institution as an inactive body during the remaining years of his ministry, publicly identified his successor but in an indirect way to obscure from the believers the terrible prospect of the imminence of his passing that he had obviously foreseen. Notwithstanding, he would certainly have anticipated that, upon his passing, the Hands of the Cause and the believers at large would recognize the identity of his appointed successor, once the International Bahá’í Council had become an actively functioning body and had begun to exercise the functions which he had assigned it in his message of 23 November 1951 and accordingly had actively assumed, under its appointed President, its role as the supreme legislative body of the Bahá’í world. Tragically, the International Council was never allowed by the Hands of the Cause to function under his Presidency (Presidency of this body being exercised only by the Guardian of the Faith) and therefore the significance of this appointment remained unperceived both at the time and afterwards. If, on the other hand, the Hands of the Cause had retained an unwavering confidence that Shoghi Effendi would have faithfully complied with the sacred Mandate of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to appoint his successor “in his own life-time” and not rushed to an early judgment immediately following his passing and taken the time to examine and carefully reconsider his past actions and pronouncements, instead of hastily, erroneously and faithlessly reaching the conclusion, upon not finding a will and testament left by him, that he had not appointed a successor, they would have then undoubtedly discovered his identity and joyfully found that the second Guardian was in their very midst.

For further detailed information and facts proving the continuance of the Guardianship please refer to the following web page:

Joel Bray Marangella

Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith

May 2008