Shoghi Effendi in the “Dispensation of Bahá’u’lláh” points out that the BAHÁ’Í ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER is a “System” that is “still in its infancy” and therefore in a stage at which “no one” should “misconceive its character, belittle its significance or misrepresent its purpose.”

Shoghi Effendi then emphasizes the important fact that: “The bedrock on which this Administrative Order is founded is God’s immutable purpose for mankind in this day” and further states, most significantly, that “The Source from which it derives its inspiration in no one less than Bahá’u’lláh Himself.”

Following the passing of Shoghi Effendi the Hands of the Cause, with a single notable exception, ignored completely the above quoted words of Shoghi Effendi and in an incomprehensible lack of faith in the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh and in the immutable provisions of the divinely-conceived provisions of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá—its sacred and immortal “Child”— not only declared that the Guardianship had ended with the passing of Shoghi Effendi but, moreover, in effect, rendered his writings, such as those quoted above, invalid and insignificant. Consequently, Shoghi Effendi’s writings were shamefully disregarded in the actions that were then taken by the Hands and they inexcusably placed no importance on and ignored, as well, the “historic” and “epoch-making” decisions he had recently made pertaining to the establishment of the highest Institutions of the Faith at the World Center and had announced in glowing terms in messages to the Bahá’í World during the concluding years of his 36-year ministry. These actions of tremendous import were a fitting and glorious culmination to his labors to erect all of the institutions of the Administrative Order in compete fidelity to the provisions of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. A prime example is the following message of 30 June 1952

“At the World Center of the Faith, where at long last the machinery of its highest institutions has been erected, and around whose most holy shrines the supreme organs of its unfolding Order, are, in their embryonic form, unfolding . . . ”

The “supreme organs” which “at long last” Shoghi Effendi had erected in their embryonic form (and which therefore, as affirmed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, were complete and perfect organs “from the first”) were none other than the institutions of the embryonic Universal House of Justice, (and, as such, possessing both an embryonic, irremovable and potentially “sacred head” and a body that would be elected in a later stage) and temporarily and provisionally titled: “International Bahá’í Council,” appointed in his Proclamation of 9 January 1951 (the significance and tremendous import of which was destined to be unperceived during the remaining years of his ministry due to its necessary retention as an inactive body) and of the Hands of the Cause, twelve of whom had been appointed as the first contingent on 24 December 1951.

Having ignored the writings of Shoghi Effendi in which he had declared that the Bahá’í Administrative Order was founded on “God’s immutable Purpose,” the Hands, had then faithlessly declared the Guardianship of the Cause of God at an end and then, without any authority to do so, ingloriously proceeded to put an end, as well, to the “supreme organs” of the Administrative Order that had been erected by Shoghi Effendi, as announced in the message quoted above, in their appointment of an unnecessary substitute body of nine Custodian Hands, completely outside the provisions of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, to which they shamelessly assigned the functions that are only rightfully exercised by the Guardian of the Faith as “the Center of the Cause.” This spurious body, clearly created outside of the provisions of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá then reigned over the Faith for a period of some six years until its demise and its functions assumed by an equally illegitimate and sans-Guardian so-called Universal House of Justice, elected in 1963.

The now patently illegitimate headless organization in Haifa, functioning as successor to the so-called Universal House of Justice, first elected in 1963 and continuing to function without the Guardian presiding as its “sacred head”, would do well to heed the following Words of Bahá’u’lláh and realize that the corrupted administrative system that has been shamelessly substituted for the divinely-conceived, sacred and immutable System delineated by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in His Will and Testament, is in defiance of and undeniably contrary to “God’s immutable Purpose” and is therefore inevitably doomed to ultimate extinction.


Detailed information as to the manner in which Shoghi Effendi faithfully provided for the continuation of the Guardianship in complete fidelity to the provisions of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá may be found in the following web site:

Joel Bray Marangella

Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith

June 2008