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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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Administrative order

Administrative Order

5 June 2007


Administrative order

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


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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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