They are undeniably Pseudo Baha’is

The following information was published in United States Baha’i News No.  172, (page 17), December 1944, with respect to an amendment that the  National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and Canada had made to the  By-Laws of their Declaration of Trust, based on directions that had been  received from Shoghi Effendi during the previous year:

Their statement follows:

     “In the first place, the constitution and by-laws of a National  Spiritual Assembly are, as far as possible, uniform and identical with those  of every other National Assembly, thus laying the administrative basis of  the Baha’i electoral bodies which later are to elect the members of the  Universal House of Justice, and give every Baha’i community in the entire  world the same organic law.  Thus, the American National Assembly does not,  of its own volition, initiate amendments, since to do so by independent  action, would create differences between the various national constitutions, but takes such action only when the Guardian himself has sent directions  which require amendments, as in the present case. .  . . .

     Article II.  The Baha’is of the United States and Canada, for whose  benefit this Trust is maintained [Canada would establish its own NSA later],  shall consist of all persons resident. . . . who are accepted by the National Spiritual Assembly as fulfilling the requirements of membership in  the Baha’i Community under the following qualifications set forth by the Guardian of the Faith:

     “(a) Full recognition of the stations of the Bab as Forerunner, of  Baha’u’llah as Author and of ‘Abdu’l-Baha as True Exemplar of the Baha’i  religion, unreserved acceptance of, and submission to whatsoever has been  revealed by their Pen; loyal and steadfast adherence to every clause of  ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s sacred Will; and close association with the spirit as well as  the  form of Baha’i Administration throughout the world.  .  .”

     It may be noted from the qualifications enumerated by Shoghi Effendi  above that the believer must maintain “steadfast adherence to every clause  of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s sacred Will.”  Shoghi Effendi has explained in his  spiritual testament: “The Dispensation of Baha’u’llah” that this Will should be considered not only as the Will of ‘Abdu’l-Baha but, as well, an  expression of the Will of Baha’u’llah, and, as such, actually “their Will  and Testament” — “the Heir of both the Originator and the Interpreter of  the Law of God” —  and in consequence thereof, “the Child of the Covenant.”
Moreover, Shoghi Effendi  has emphasized that “the Will and Testament of  ‘Abdu’l-Baha, which together with the Kitab-i-Aqdas, constitutes the chief  depository wherein are enshrined those priceless elements of that Divine  Civilization, the establishment of which is the primary mission of the  Baha’i Faith . . . are not only complementary, but . . . mutually confirm  one another, and are inseparable parts of one complete unit” and therefore  the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha is clearly nothing less than a part  of the explicit Holy Text, all of whose provisions have been promised to  endure and remain in effect for at least a full thousand years.

 Shoghi Effendi, as quoted above, has stipulated that one of the essential  requirements that must be fulfilled to be accepted as a Baha’i is:  “Steadfast adherence to every clause of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s  sacred Will.”

This Will calls for an unbroken line of Guardians of the Cause of God as  long as the Dispensation of Baha’u’llah’s endures, each of whom, following the appointment of the first Guardian, Shoghi Effendi, by ‘Abdu’l-Baha,  inherits the Guardianship solely through an appointment made by his  predecessor “in his own life-time.”  (i.e., not by testamentary document)

This Will states that “The mighty stronghold shall remain impregnable and  safe through obedience to him who is the guardian of the Cause of God.” and  enjoins all “to show their obedience, submissiveness and subordination unto the guardian of the Cause of God, to turn unto him and be lowly before him.”

Moreover, this Will stipulates that the Guardian of the Cause of God presides as “the sacred head and the distinguished member for life” of the Universal House of Justice and provides him with the sole authority to appoint Hands of the Cause.

In the light of the foregoing, it is crystal clear that those individuals who identify themselves as Baha’is but belong to an organization that does not have a living Guardian of the Cause of God as the Head of the Faith — “The Center of the Cause” — and the “sacred head” of its Universal House of Justice, as stipulated under the provisions of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, are seriously deluded and, however blindly, are blatantly misrepresenting themselves as Baha’is, who, undeniably, at best, are no more than pseudo Baha’is.

For more information visit:

Joel Bray Marangella
Guardian of the Baha’i Faith
April 2008

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