A Comment from a Reader of The Bahai Insider

Within a couple of hours of hosting this blog, I received a feedback in response to the article Elections of the UHJ. This reader claims that the present-day UHJ is a bogus one and there is no legal sanctity of the same in the Bahai Faith. He also substantiates his statement with a statement from Shoghi Effendi. The entire transcript of the feedback from this reader is given below.

I have only one assertion to make. The Bahais (and here even I am confused as to which is the true Bahai Faith – Read more on the Sects of Bahais) seems oblivious to the presence of sects since the death of Shoghi Effendi. Simply ex-communicating dissenting voices or cursing those who are called Covenant Breakers is not going to help anyone, least of all the Bahai Faith itself. Whatever happened to independent investigation of truth? I let my readers decide.

Feedbck starts here..

“Please read the following statement and note the quotation from the writings of Shoghi Effendi, the first Guardian. There is no Universal House of Justice. The one you are referring to is false uhj predicted by Shoghi Effendi.

Message to all the believers in Baha’u’llah

Statement by E.S. Yazdani

After the first Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, Shoghi Effendi, left this world on Nov. 4, 1957, a group of people, then elevated to the rank of the Hands of the Cause of God, led by Ruhiyyah Khanum, openly opposed and challenged the authority of C. M. Remey, the head of the embryo of the Universal House of Justice, who was appointed by the first guardian of the Faith, to that position, on 9th of January, 1951. As the head of the Universal House of Justice and the office of the Guardianship is the same, C.M. Remey became the 2nd Guardian of the Baha’i faith on 4 Nov. 1951. C.M. Remey declared his position as the 2nd Guardian of the Baha’i Faith and the successor to the 1st Guardian, in his declaration of Ridvan, 117 of B.E.

The group of the ex-Hands of the Cause collectively claimed the successor ship to the 1st Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, Shoghi Effendi, and after “assuming the reins of authority with no documents”* to support them, formed an illegitimate Universal House of Justice in 1963 to mislead the believers.

The so called Universal House of Justice does not have the Guardian, in person, as its president, a fundamental requirement under the provision of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. It has not been formed in accordance with the Writings of the Baha’i Faith. It has not been the development of the embryo of Universal House of Justice, established by the first Guardian of the Faith in early 1951. Thus this body, the budded Universal House of Justice, is false Universal House of Justice and it is illegitimate.

The first Guardian, Shoghi Effendi, has rejected, in advance, validity of such an institution in his letter of summer of 1925 where he states:

“Any institution that is not established in accordance with the Divine Order, not in conformity with the principles and the conditions recorded in the Holy Writings, as it is required for this august institution, consequently such an institution is void of credential deprived of spiritual station, and forbidden to have any right to legislate and enact laws and ordinances which are not explicitly recorded in the Holy Writings. It also lacks the essential qualities and the Divine confirmation.” [Reference to the Universal House of Justice]”

About imranshaykh
I am a student of comparative religion with a special interest in Islam and The Bahai Faith

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