The Guardianship was an innovation of Abdu’l-Baha’s and his wife.

Baha’is are in such deep denial that they even deny the words of their own prophet:

The Will of the divine Testator is this: It is incumbent upon the Aghsan, the Afnan and My Kindred to turn, one and all, their faces towards the Most Mighty Branch. Consider that which We have revealed in Our Most Holy Book: ‘When the ocean of My presence hath ebbed and the Book of My Revelation is ended, turn your faces toward Him Whom God hath purposed, Who hath branched from this Ancient Root.’ The object of this sacred verse is none other except the Most Mighty Branch [Abdu’l-Bahá]. Thus have We graciously revealed unto you Our potent Will, and I am verily the Gracious, the All-Powerful. Verily God hath ordained the station of the Greater Branch [Muhammad Ali] to be beneath
that of the Most Great Branch [Abdu’l-Bahá]. He is in truth the Ordainer, the All-Wise. We have chosen ‘the Greater’ after ‘the Most Great’, as decreed by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Informed.

(Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 221)

These words of Baha’u’llah himself state that: “We have chosen “the Greater’ ( his son Muhammad Ali) after: ‘the Most Great’ ( his son Abdu’l-Baha’). Only those in deep denial, in retreat from reality itself would deny that according to Baha’u’llah’s own words, words taken to be the actual word of god himself, Muhammad Ali was to be the rightful successor after Abdu’l-Baha’. Only those in dire retreat from reality could deny that Azal was the Bab’s rightful successor either.

It’s all there in black and white.

It is sadder than it is funny to see how people can distort reality to fit their own delusions.

The guardianship was an innovation of Abdu’l-Baha’s, as well as his wife. An innovation intended to keep temporal and wordly control of the Baha’i faith and associated monies and properties under direct control of their side of Baha’u’llah’s extended family.

Baha’u’llah never came up with the concept of the guardianship and in his W&T gave Abdu’l-Baha first, then Muhammad Ali next, control over the covenant.

That money and property interfered with Baha’u’llah’s plans as laid out in his own W&T is a testament to human nature, to the human proclivity to become possessive of such worldy luxuries as the mansion of Bahji.

That Shoghi ended up estranging his entire fanily, his own parents included, all for petty reason: such as a person’s refusal to quit a job, a person taking a trip to America without getting Shoghi’s priorapproval, a person arranging a marriage which Shoghi disaproved of, and the declaration of all other family members who justly refused to disassociate with their unjustly excommunicated fellow family members, shows just how dysfunctional the Baha’i faith and the guardian were at that time. Dysfunctional, psychologically, emotionally as well as spiritually.

This dysfunction continues till this day with clear contradictions in Baha’i teachings being taken as a matter of course.

Larry Rowe


One Comment on “The Guardianship was an innovation of Abdu’l-Baha’s and his wife.”

  1. Silent Observer says:

    If it is all so clearly stated in Baha’u’llah’s W&T as you seem to claim, it is Abdu’l-Baha’s brother Muhammad who should have become the centre of the covenant after Abdu’l-Baha; not Shoghi Effendi as a Guardian, which is not even mentioned at all in Baha’u’llah’s W&T.

    I would have been surprised if Baha’u’llah’s Will and Testament would have referred to Shoghi Effendi who was not born until five years after Baha’u’llah’s ascension.

    Seems that Baha’u’llah’s W&T should have trumped Abdu’l-Baha’s W&T.

    Given that Baha’u’llah’s W&T directs His followers to follow ‘Abdu’l Baha after Him, it would seem that to follow ‘Abdu’l Baha’s W&T is to follow Baha’u’llah’s W&T.

    But then Abdu’l-Baha’s wife didn’t want to relinquish the power that she welded as the behind the scene manipulator she was. If the authority of centre of the covenant went to Muhammad as Baha’u’llah’s W&T stated it should, she as well as Shoghi would have wielded far less worldly power than they eventually did.

    Writing Muhammad out of Baha’u’llah’s W&T was a political coup dreamed up by those who had their own worldly aspirations motivating them, there was nothing spiritual about it.


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