How many Baha’is know about the secret conclave in Bahji in 1957?Posted: July 31, 2013
How many Baha’is are aware that the Persian Hands of the Cause held a secret conclave during the night of November 19th, 1957, in the Mansion of Baha’u’llah in Bahji?
The Persian Hands of the Cause stayed in Bahji after the first conclave of all of the Hands held on November 19th, 1957, while the non-Persian Hands of the Cause returned to Haifa for the night. During that night, Nov.19th, 1957,the Persian Hands, alone, held their own private secret conclave and made a secret convenant amongst themselves to declare the Will and Testament of “Abdu’l-Baha’ to be “Badah”, an Islamic term meaning ‘God has changed His Mind’. They made such a covenant despite the fact that only a Holy Manifestation of God has Authority to declare that God has changed His Mind, such as the occasion when His Holiness,Muhammad, changed the Qiblih from Jerusalem to Mecca.
On November 20th, 1957,when the non-Persian Hands had returned to Bahji to continue the conclave that all the Hands together had commenced the day before, it became obvious after a few opening sentences that such a secret covenant had been endorsed by the Persian Hands of the Cause, when the youngest Hand, Dr Mujahir, leapt to his feet to make the “Badah” declaration.
The other Hands then spoke in support of that declaration with one notable exception.
Not wishing to make an outright declaration to all Baha’is Earthwide that they had declared the Will and Testament of the Master to be nul and void for fear of causing intense distress amongst multitudes of Baha’i believers, the administrators in Haifa from that date, November 20th, 1957 onward to the moment of this writing have embraced the policy of outwardly declaring the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’ to be the Foundation for the Administration of the New World Order, while simultanepously neglecting or rejecting its vital and sacred decrees, including the sacred and immutable decrees concerning the sacred Institutions delineated by the Master in His Will,namely the Guardianship,
the Interpreter of Baha’i Holy Writ, and the Institution of the Hands of the Baha’i Faith.Shamelessly, they seek to pursue administration without any of those sacred Institutions which were established to continue for the duration of the 1000 years of the Baha’i Dispensation.
When asked to explain which qualifications a man or woman must possess in order to be considered a true Baha’i believer, Shoghi Effendi, the first of our Guardians wrote: “…loyal and steadfast adherence to every clause of our Beloved’s sacred Will…”, amongst the requirements.