the guardian, shoghi effendi

shoghi effendiShoghi Effendi was the grandson of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, who appointed him as the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith in His Will and Testament. Shoghi Effendi worked very hard throughout his life, translating many of the Baha’i Writings into English, designing and building the gardens around the Baha’i Holy Places in Haifa and Akka, and administering the affairs of the Faith until his death in 1957. We owe Shoghi Effendi a great debt of gratitude for the many great things he did.

Prayers/readings for study



  • Explain the story of Shoghi Effendi’s life: his childhood and youth, his appointment as the Guardian, his life and achievements during the Guardianship. It might help to have a few pictures of Shoghi Effendi, along with photos of the Gardens at Bahji and surrounding the Shrine of the Bab.



  • Maps. Shoghi Effendi surrounded himself with maps; they helped him understand people, where they were and what they did. Ask the children to draw a map of their surroundings, including where they are right now (i.e. location of the neighbourhood children’s class), along with other important landmarks such as their house, the post office, their school, etc.


  • Blind Man. One (or more) children stand at a point in the room (say, the middle) and the rest stand at the wall. The children along the wall take turns calling out directions such as “two paces north” or “three steps west”, etc., guiding the children in the middle to an objective (such as a piece of furniture).




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