Can There Be a Universal House of Justice?

The elected Baha’i leaders in Haifa call themselves “the Universal House of Justice.” But
do they really meet the definition of this Divine Institution?
“In all countries a secondary House of Justice must be instituted, and these
secondary Houses of Justice must elect the members of the Universal
one.” (Abd’ul-Baha. Will and Testament, p. 14.)

Currently, there are no secondary or national Houses of Justice anywhere in the world.
Only provisional institutions called “Spiritual Assemblies” are allowed to exist,
according to the decree of the global Baha’i leadership. These assemblies cannot be
considered secondary Houses of Justice operating under a different name, because they
are currently denied the authority to exercise many of the rights and powers ordained for
the true Bahai legislative bodies. How then can there be a Universal House of Justice
elected according to scriptural requirements?
Even if the secondary House of Justice were allowed to exist in each country of the
world, there still could not be a properly constituted Universal House of Justice, because
the Guardian is supposed to be part of this institution.
“The Guardian of the Cause of God is its sacred head and the distinguished
member for life of that body [the Universal House of Justice]. Should he not
attend in person its deliberations, he must appoint one to represent
him.” (Abd’ul-Baha. Will and Testament, p. 14.)
“Though the Guardian of the faith has been made the permanent head of so
august a body [the Universal House of Justice] he can never, even temporarily,
assume the right of exclusive legislation. He cannot override the decision of the
majority of his fellow-members, but is bound to insist upon a reconsideration by
them of any enactment he conscientiously believes to conflict with the meaning
and to depart from the spirit of Baha’ullah’s revealed utterances. He interprets
what has been specifically revealed, and cannot legislate except in his capacity as
member of the Universal House of Justice.” (Rabbani, Shoghi Effendi. The World
Order of Baha’u’llah, p. 150.)
Furthermore, the Guardian specifically stated that the Universal House of Justice is
inseparable from the Guardianship. In the absence of the Guardianship, the Baha’i
leaders could create any kind of provisional administrative institution, as long as they do
not call it the “Universal House of Justice” and claim the infallible authority of this
sacred body.
Considering these verses, do the Baha’i leaders have a right to demand that the Baha’is
regard them as the true Universal House of Justice, with all the weighty implications of
such a status?
“the inseparable institutions of the Guardianship and of the Universal House of
Justice” (Rabbani, Shoghi Effendi. Citadel of Faith, p. 76.)
“Acting in conjunction with each other these two inseparable institutions [the
Guardianship and the Universal House of Justice] administer its [the Faith’s]
affairs, coordinate its activities, promote its interests, execute its laws and defend
its subsidiary institutions.” (Rabbani, Shoghi Effendi. The World Order of
Baha’u’llah, p. 148.)




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