Infallibility(?) of the Bahai Universal House of Justice

The appointment of the Universal House of Justice has always been the bane of the Bahai Faith – simply because there was no provision for the UHJ to take over the Guardianship of the Bahai Faith. Guardianship was always meant to be vested in the lineage of Shoghi Effendi. But Allah obviously decreed otherwise. Shoghi died without leaving any successor thus throwing the entire Bahai world into a tizzy. So much for the infallibility of Abdul Baha and Shoghi!

The spin doctors at the helm of the affairs of the Bahai world have obviously done their job well for they have reasonably succeeded in throwing dust into the eyes of their “faithful” followers. I say reasonably succeeded because after Shoghi, the entire Bahai community has been split, at last count, into 17 sects each one of which discredits the other! I have said this earlier and I say it again – Why try so hard to unite the world? Baha’is should first and unite their own. But more on that later.

The “dust in the eye” syndrome has hit the faithful in more ways than one. While they are unable to see the fraud that is been perpetrated in the form of the UHJ (and therefore by Bahaullah, Abdul Baha and Shoghi), they are also unable to see through another aspect – the infallibility of the Universal House of Justice.

I find it really strange that the UHJ is an elected body. It is made up of individuals who live normal lives like you and me. They are fallible in their own individual capacity. But when they come together as a group, then their views, judgments and opinions are infallible!

Bahai Clergy (or Mullahs) UHJ - Infallible members of Bahai Faith

Bahai Clergy (or Mullahs) UHJ – Infallible members of Bahai Faith?

Mind you, the Universal House of Justice is an ELECTED body and not a divinely APPOINTED body. It is made up of fallible individuals coming from fallible families and elected through a system of votes cast by fallible individuals. On what basis are they infallible then in their judgment? There is obviously a mismatch in the definition of infallibility of Islam and the infallibility of the Bahai Faith.

I find it strange that ordinary Baha’is are unable to see through this or that they don’t question it.

Another aspect that never fails to amaze me is the fact that this body is elected. I mean, if it is infallible, then why elect it every five years? Plus if it is infallible while in power, then only the members of the UHJ should vote to elect the new members of the UHJ because they are meant to be infallible! They would be able to elect the most appropriate new members! But it does not work that way in Bahai elections! The new UHJ is elected by fallible members! And so the old members fall from infallibility to fallibility and error. What a joke!

I urge Baha’is to question this. It is better to question now in this world than be questioned in the Hereafter. Yes, you may risk being called as a covenant breaker and be shunned. But then what use if the principle of independent investigation of truth if you cant ask a few questions?

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

2 Responses to Infallibility(?) of the Bahai Universal House of Justice

  1. John says:

    Know that infallibility is of two kinds: essential infallibility and acquired infallibility. Essential infallibility is peculiar to the supreme Manifestation, for it is His essential requirement, and an essential requirement cannot be separated from the thing itself. But acquired infallibility is not a natural necessity; on the contrary, it is a ray of the bounty of infallibility which shines from the Sun of Reality upon hearts, and grants a share and portion of itself to souls. Although these souls have not essential infallibility, still they are under the protection of God—that is to say, God preserves them from error. Thus many of the holy beings who were not dawning-points of the Most Great Infallibility, were yet kept and preserved from error under the shadow of the protection and guardianship of God, for they were the mediators of grace between God and men. If God did not protect them from error, their error would cause believing souls to fall into error, and thus the foundation of the Religion of God would be overturned, which would not be fitting nor worthy of God. To epitomize: essential infallibility belongs especially to the supreme Manifestations, and acquired infallibility is granted to every holy soul. For instance, the Universal House of Justice, if it be established under the necessary conditions—with members elected from all the people—that House of Justice will be under the protection and the unerring guidance of God. If that House of Justice shall decide unanimously, or by a majority, upon any question not mentioned in the Book, that decision and command will be guarded from mistake. Now the members of the House of Justice have not, individually, essential infallibility; but the body of the House of Justice is under the protection and unerring guidance of God: this is called conferred infallibility. – ABDUL BAHA [Some Answered Questions]

    • imranshaykh says:

      The opinion you have given about infallibility is some crap which was manufactured by Abdul Baha. Bahaullah never said anything about that. Nor is it the belief carried on from Islam. So in a sense, your view is worthless.

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