When Abdu’l-Baha passed away in 1921, His Will and Testament left the affairs of the Baha’i Religion in the hands of His twenty-four year-old grandson, Shoghi Effendi. Shoghi Effendi was given the title of the ‘Guardian of the Baha’i Faith.’ As the Guardian, he was tasked with interpreting the Holy Scriptures and leading the affairs of the community. Shoghi Effendi, a master of the English language by the age of twenty-four, immediately began translating the most important works of Baha’u’llah into English. He also began corresponding with Baha’is all over the planet, encouraging them, guiding them, and answering questions about the Holy Texts.
Until his death in 1957, Shoghi Effendi worked tirelessly as an inspired administrator of the Baha’i religion, helping to spread the Cause to every corner of the Globe, including Africa, South America, and Asia-Pacific. Shoghi Effendi brought a professionalism and efficiency to the Cause of God’s administration that helped transform it into a self-regulating organism.