By Shua Ullah Behai
This chapter is reproduced from a chapter in Shua Ullah Behai’s book manuscript called simply “Shoghi Effendi Rabbani.”
Shoghi Rabbani, usually called Shoghi Effendi by Baha’is, was the eldest grandson of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. He was born in 1897 and died in 1957, more than ten years after Shua Ullah Behai’s manuscript was written. Even though Mr. Rabbani’s leadership of the Baha’i faith continued for a considerable time beyond the scope of this chapter, the major themes of his “Guardianship” as perceived by the Unitarian Baha’is are all addressed: his appointment to the office in violation of Baha’u’llah’s appointment of Mohammed Ali Bahai to succeed ‘Abdu’l-Baha; the clash between, on the one hand, his loyal followers who created a more tightly regulated Baha’i organization, and on the other hand, various liberal Baha’is who resisted this development; his expulsion of all his relatives and numerous other Baha’is from the faith community; and his organization’s failed attempt to sue dissenting Baha’is into silence or submission.
Reference:- ‘A Lost History Of The Baha’i Faith’
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