“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.”

All Bahá’ís believe that this quotation from the Book of Isaiah refers to Bahá’u’llah and that the promise that in this “Day of God” the government of the world “will be upon His shoulder,” shall be fulfilled when the World Order of Bahá’u’llah is ultimately established in all of its perfection and glory.

This promise has been forgotten, following the passing of Shoghi Effendi, when twenty-six of the twenty-seven Hands of the Cause, who, ignoring the fact that Shoghi Effendi had been enjoined by the provisions of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, to appoint his successor “in his own life-time,” looked for a will and testament making this appointment, and upon not finding such a conventional testamentary document, immediately and tragicsally lost faith in the Covenant of Bahá’u’llah and in the immortality of the divinely-conceived and sacred “Child of the Covenant” — the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá — that clearly provides for a succession of Guardians as long as the Dispensation of Bahá’u’llah endures. They then erroneously concluded that the Guardianship of the Cause of God had come to a premature end only thirty-six years after the inception of the Bahá’í Administrative Order and nefariously attempted to terminate the life of “the Child of the Covenant” by declaring, in effect, that the major provisions of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá pertaining to the highest institutions of the Faith had now become null and void. In view of the respect and prestige they enjoyed with their fellow-believers, they were able to easily convince the vast majority, as well, that the Guardianship of the Faith had come to a premature end with the passing of Shoghi Effendi.

With the end of the Guardianship, as they believed, the Hands obviously had also terminated their own institution, with the death of the last surviving Hand (as only a living Guardian could appoint future Hands) and had, at the same time, made it impossible to establish a future legitimate Universal House of Justice (even in embryonic form) as the explicit terms of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, requires that that the Guardian of the Faith preside as the indispensable permanent “sacred head for life” of that body. In their ignominious decision to end the Guardianship and thereby abolish all of the highest institutions of the Bahá’í Administrative Order, as delineated by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, they now had reduced the faith to which they claimed adherence, to nothing more than a schismatic Baha’í sect.

For detailed irrefutable evidence that Shoghi Effendi clearly and faithfully provided for the continuance of the Guardianship of the Faith, visit the website:

Joel Bray Marangella

Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith

February 2008