In his will, `Abdu’l-Bahā orders all Baha’is to follow Shoghi and the other Guardians of the Cause who are his descendants one after the other. He warns that disobeying this order will be a breach in the cause of God and will subvert His Word.
According to these strict orders, the UHJ is only be legitimate if it is under the governance and supervision of the Guardian of the Cause of God. The creed will only remain safe and impregnable if the Guardian is obeyed:
“The mighty stronghold shall remain impregnable and safe through obedience to him who is the Guardian of the Cause of God. It is incumbent upon the members of the House of Justice, upon all the Aghsān, the Afnān, the Hands of the Cause of God to show their obedience, submissiveness and subordination unto the Guardian of the Cause of God, to turn unto him and be lowly before him.”
Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, The Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahā, p. 11.
The Guardian is inseparable from the UHJ and all Baha’is including the members of the UHJ must obey him. One of his duties of Guardian is to expel any member of the UHJ who commits a sin, another duty of the Guardian is to prevent any decision which he sees being against Bahā’u’llāh’s teachings. We ask again:
- If the UHJ is infallible then why does the Guardian have to make sure It’s decisions are in accordance with the teachings of the cause?
- Why is the Guardian allowed to veto these decisions?
- If the infallibility of the UHJ is dependent on the existence of the Guardian, then why do Baha’is insist the current UHJ is infallible even without a Guardian?
The Guardianship is so important that Shoghi stresses time after time that it is virtually inseparable from the UHJ.
Reference: Shoghi Effendi, Tauqī’āt mubāraki khiṭāb bi aḥibbā’ sharq (Langenhain [Germany]: Lajniyi Millī Nashr Āthār Amrī Bi Zabānhayi Fārsī wa `Arabī, 149 B.), p. 301.
`Abdu’l-Bahā wills that after Shoghi the station of the Guardian of the Cause of God belongs to Shoghi’s eldest son and continues likewise in the next generations. If the eldest son does not possess the necessary spiritual traits to take such a position then the Guardian must appoint another one of his male offspring.
Neither Bahā’u’llāh, nor `Abdu’l-Bahā, and not even Shoghi himself, with their claimed superhuman knowledge (Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahā’u’llāh, p. 134.) and divine inspirations had predicted that Shoghi was sterile and incapable of bearing offspring. Thus, after the demise of Shoghi in 1957, the Baha’i creed—once and for all—lost its greatest inseparable pillar of credibility and remains without a Guardian to date. According to what we put forward from the sayings of the three most important Baha’i figures, the UHJ is no longer legitimate and lacks any legal basis of functioning whatsoever.
Courtesy: Twelve Principles – A Comprehensive Investigation on the Bahai Teachings