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Administrative Order. 5 June 2007. CENTRAL FIGURES: The Báb. Siyyid `Alí Muhammad Báb means “Gate” Prophet-founder of the Bábí Faith Forerunner to Bahá’u’lláh Born 20 October 1819 in Shíráz Descendant of Muhammad Qayyúmu’l-asmá’ is the Báb’s declaration of His mission.

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CENTRAL FIGURES:The Báb

Siyyid `Alí Muhammad

Báb means “Gate”

Prophet-founder of the Bábí Faith

Forerunner to Bahá’u’lláh

Born 20 October 1819 in Shíráz

Descendant of Muhammad

Qayyúmu’l-asmá’ is the Báb’s declaration of His mission

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CENTRAL FIGURES:The Báb

Ministry:9 years

from 1844 to 1853

Titles:Remembrance of God

Gate of the Hidden Imám

Mahdí

Primal Point

Qá’im

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CENTRAL FIGURES:Twin Manifestations of God

The Báb

Bahá\'u\'lláh

Bayán

Ministry 1844 – 1853

Ministry 1853 – 1892

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CENTRAL FIGURES:Bahá\'u\'lláh

Mírzá Husayn-`Alí

Bahá\'u\'lláh means “Glory of God”

Prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith

Born 12 November 1817 in Tehran

Descendant of Abraham & Zoroaster

The Báb’s Bayán is the book that spoke of Bahá’u’lláh’s appearance

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CENTRAL FIGURES:Bahá\'u\'lláh

Ministry: 39 years

from 1853 to 1892

Titles:

Sadratu\'l-Muntahá

Blessed Beauty

Him Whom God Shall make Manifest

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CENTRAL FIGURES:Twin Manifestations of God

The Báb

Bahá\'u\'lláh

Bayán

Ministry 1844 – 1853

Ministry 1853 – 1892

Abdu\'l-Bahá

Kitáb-i-‘Ahd

Ministry 1892 – 1921

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CENTRAL FIGURES:Abdu\'l-Bahá

‘Abbás Effendí

Bahá’u’lláh’s eldest son and successor

Bahá’u’lláh appoints Him as His successor in the Kitáb-i-‘Ahd (the Book of the Covenant)

Role: Interpreter of the Writings

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CENTRAL FIGURES:Abdu\'l-Bahá

Ministry:29 years

from 1892 to 1921

Titles:

The Master

The Mystery of God

The Most Great Branch

Limb of the Law of God

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CENTRAL FIGURES:

The Báb

Bahá\'u\'lláh

Bayán

Ministry 1844 – 1853

Ministry 1853 – 1892

Abdu\'l-Bahá

Kitáb-i-‘Ahd

Will & Testament

Ministry 1892 – 1921

Guardian

Ministry 1921 – 1957

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TWIN INSTITUTIONS:Shoghi Effendi

    • Shoghí Effendí Rabbání
    • Gaurdian of the Cause of God and interpreter of its teachings
  • First and only Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith
  • Eldest grandson of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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TWIN INSTITUTIONS:Shoghi Effendi

Appointed as Guardian in the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Ministry: 36 years

from 1921 to 1957

Title:

Sign of God

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TWIN INSTITUTIONS:

Guardianship

The UniversalHouse of Justice

Ministry 1921 – 1957

Ministry 1963 – present

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CENTRAL FIGURES:

The Báb

Bahá\'u\'lláh

Bayán

Ministry 1844 – 1853

Ministry 1853 – 1892

Abdu\'l-Bahá

Kitáb-i-‘Ahd

Will & Testament

Ministry 1892 – 1921

The Universal House of Justice

Guardian

Ministry 1921 – 1957

Ministry 1963 – present

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TWIN INSTITUTIONS:Universal House of Justice

Composed of 9 men

Commonly referred to as:the House or UHJ

Elected by secret ballot by the members of each National Spiritual Assembly every 5 years during Ridván at International Convention

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TWIN INSTITUTIONS:Universal House of Justice

Established in 1963 by the 56 existing National Spiritual Assemblies at that time

The Universal House of Justice has no officers (i.e. secretary, chairperson, treasurer)

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Hands of the Cause

Created by Bahá’u’lláh

Formally defined and established by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Function elucidated and elaborated on by Shoghi Effendi

Period of service:Lifetime appointment

Role: Propagation & Protection, came to authority in 1957 after the passing of Shoghi Effendi and acted as “Custodian” until the election of the Universal House of Justice

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Hands of the Cause

Age specific: none specified

Number: 50

Bahá’u’lláh appointed 4

‘Abdu’l-Bahá named 4 posthumously

Shoghi Effendi named 10 posthumously

Shoghi Effendi appointed 32 others

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Administrative Order

Universal House of Justice

International Teaching Centre

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International Teaching Centre

Established:June 1973

Created by:Universal House of Justice

Commonly referred to as: ITC

Period of service:5 years on the ‘3 and ‘8 on the Declaration of the Báb

Age specific:21 years or older

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International Teaching Centre

Role:Liaison between the Continental Board of Counsellors and the Universal House of Justice

Number:9 International Counsellors and the remaining Hand of the Cause

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Administrative Order

Universal House of Justice

International Teaching Centre

Continental Board of Counsellors

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Continental Board of Counsellors

Established:June 1968 created by the Universal House of Justice to perpetuate the function and role of the Hands of the Cause

Commonly referred to as: CBC

Period of service:5 years on the ‘0 and ‘5 on the Day of the Covenant

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Continental Board of Counsellors

Role:Propagation & Protection

Age specific:21 years or older

Number: 81Africa: 19Americas: 19Asia: 19Australasia: 11Europe: 13

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Administrative Order

Universal House of Justice

International Teaching Centre

Continental Board of Counsellors

Auxiliary Board Members

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Auxiliary Board Member

Established:April 1954 created by Shoghi Effendi but appointed by the Hands of the Cause

Commonly referred to as: ABM

Period of service:5 years on the ‘1 and ‘6 on the Day of the Covenant

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Auxiliary Board Member

  • Role:They are the deputies, assistants and advisers to the Continental Board of Counsellors. Either Propagation OR Protection
  • Age specific:21 years or older
  • Number: 990Africa: 234Americas: 234Asia: 288Australasia: 108Europe: 126
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Administrative Order

Universal House of Justice

International Teaching Centre

Continental Board of Counsellors

Auxiliary Board Members

Assistant to the Auxiliary Board Members

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Assistant to Auxiliary Board Member

Established:June 1973

Commonly referred to as: Assistant

Period of service:Very short to a few years

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Assistant to Auxiliary Board Member

  • Role:Assist the Auxiliary Board Member in specific acts of service
  • Age specific:Can be youth
  • Number:1000s
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Administrative Order

The Báb

Bahá\'u\'lláh

Abdu\'l-Bahá

Guardian

Universal House of Justice

International Teaching Centre

Continental Board of Counsellors

Auxiliary Board Members

Assistant to the Auxiliary Board Members

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Institutions of the Rulers

Direction & Administration

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National Spiritual Assembly

9 members

Elected by secret ballot by the delegates from the National Convention every year during Ridván

National Committees:Such as the National Teaching Committee, National Youth Committee, etc. Appointed by the National Spiritual Assembly

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Regional Councils

9 members

Elected by secret ballot by the members of each Local Spiritual Assembly every year

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Local Spiritual Assembly

9 members

Elected by secret ballot by the members of each locality where more than 9 adult believers reside ever year on the 1st Day of Ridván (21st April)

Local Committees:Feast Committee, Holy Day Committee, etc. Appointed by the Local Spiritual Assembly

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Present Structure of Bahá\'í Administration

The Universal House of JusticeSupreme Administrative Body of the Bahá\'í Faith

And sole recipient of infallible divine guidance

ELECTED

APPOINTED

1

Agencies:

Bahá\'í’ International Community, etc.

Departments:

Secretariat,

Research and other departments

International Teaching Centre comprises the Hand of the Cause and a number of Counsellors

2

Continental Board of Counsellors

National Spiritual Assemblies

National Committees

Auxiliary Board Members for Propagation & Protection of the Faith

Local Spiritual Assemblies

It is helpful to use the Shrine of the Greatest Holy Leaf (background image) as a model of the Administrative Order. The dome (1) represents the Universal House of Justice. The pillars (2) symbolize the National Spiritual Assemblies which support the Dome; and the base represents Local Spiritual Assemblies (3)

Local Committees

Assistants to the Members of the Auxiliary Board

3

Institutions of the RulersDirection & Administration

Institutions of the Learned Advice & Encouragement

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