What is the Covenant of Baha’u’llah?

Baha’u’llah wrote (with His own pen) that after He left this world His Faith would be run by a Universal House of Justice. He ordained the creation of this administrative Body in His Most Holy Book. He wrote, “The men of God’s House of Justice have been charged with the affairs of the people. They, in truth, are the Trustees of God among His servants and the daysprings of authority in His countries.” (TB pg. 26)  Baha’u’llah also wrote in His Will and Testament that until this Universal House of Justice was formed, all authority would pass to His Son, Abdu’l-Bahá. His Son, in turn, wrote in his Will and Testament that authority would pass to Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice (when it was formed). It took several decades for the Universal House of Justice to get formed—as a worldwide community was needed to be able to elect it—but in 1963 the Universal House of Justice was at last established, and it took over control of the Baha’i community’s administration and leadership. Along the way, there have been attempts to break the Faith at every transition, and there are even folks today trying to break up the community. They have never succeeded because Baha’u’llah promised His Faith would never be successfully divided. Baha’u’llah made this promise in the form of a covenant with His followers. As is written in our texts, “Had the Covenant not come to pass, had it not been revealed from the Supreme Pen and had not the Book of the Covenant, like unto the ray of the Sun of Reality, illuminated the world, the forces of the Cause of God would have been utterly scattered and certain souls who were the prisoners of their own passions and lusts would have taken into their hands an axe, cutting the root of this Blessed Tree.” (Abdu’l-Baha, TDP, p. 51)

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