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183 O Ye The Learned Ones In Baha #173






Baha'u'llah eulogizes the learned among His followers. In the Book of His
Covenant, He wrote: Blessed are the rulers and learned among the people
of Baha. Referring to this statement, Shoghi Effendi has written:


In this holy cycle the learned are, on the one hand, the Hands
of the Cause of God, and, on the other, the teachers and diffusers
of His Teachings who do not rank as Hands, but who have attained
an eminent position in the teaching work. As to the rulers they
refer to the members of the Local, National and International
Houses of Justice. The duties of each of these souls will be
determined in the future.


The Hands of the Cause of God were individuals appointed by Baha'u'llah
and charged with various duties, especially those of protecting and
propagating His Faith. In Memorials of the Faithful 'Abdu'l-Baha referred
to other outstanding believers as Hands of the Cause, and in His Will and
Testament He included a provision calling upon the Guardian of the Faith
to appoint Hands of the Cause at his discretion. Shoghi Effendi first
raised posthumously a number of the believers to the rank of Hands of the
Cause, and during the latter years of his life appointed a total of 32
believers from all continents to this position. In the period between the
passing of Shoghi Effendi in 1957 and the election of the Universal House
of Justice in 1963, the Hands of the Cause directed the affairs of the
Faith in their capacity as Chief Stewards of Baha'u'llah's embryonic World
Commonwealth (see note 67). In November 1964, the Universal House of
Justice determined that it could not legislate to make it possible to
appoint Hands of the Cause. Instead, by a decision of the House of Justice
in 1968, the functions of the Hands of the Cause in relation to protecting
and propagating the Faith were extended into the future by the creation of
the Continental Boards of Counsellors, and in 1973 through the
establishment of the International Teaching Centre, which has its seat in
the Holy Land.

The Universal House of Justice appoints the Counsellor members of the
International Teaching Centre and the Continental Counsellors. Members of
Auxiliary Boards are appointed by the Continental Counsellors. All these
individuals fall within the definition of the learned given by Shoghi
Effendi in the statement quoted above.





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