Just as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá protected the Bahá’ís after Bahá’u’lláh’s Ascension, and as Shoghi Effendi did the same after ‘Abdu’l-Bahá passed away, The Universal House of Justice was formed after the passing of Shoghi Effendi to protect and to serve as the head of the Bahá’í Faith. The Universal House of Justice, consists of nine people who look after the affairs of the Bahá’í Faith. They do this important work from their Seat on Mount Carmel, in Haifa, Israel. Bahá’u’lláh told us that the Universal House of Justice would be infallibly guided by God; we can say that obedience to the Universal House of Justice is like obedience to God and to Bahá’u’lláh.
Prayers/readings for study
- Colouring page: The Seat of the Universal House of Justice on Mount Carmel.
- Maze: Treading the Path of the Covenant. Create a maze (e.g.: covenant maze / labyrinthe de l’alliance) with four “rooms”: one for each of the Universal House of Justice, Shoghi Effendi, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and Bahá’u’lláh. Children begin the maze at one end and follow it to the other end, going through each “room” in order according to the successive Heads of the Baha’i Faith. This illustrates the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh.
The institution of the House of Justice consists of elected councils which operate at the local, national and international levels of society. Bahá’u’lláh ordains both the Universal House of Justice and the Local Houses of Justice in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, in His Will and Testament, provides for the Secondary (National or Regional) Houses of Justice and outlines the method to be pursued for the election of the Universal House of Justice. (Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Note 49)
This passage, now written by the Pen of Glory, is accounted as part of the Most Holy Book: 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. O people of God! That which traineth the world is Justice, for it is upheld by two pillars, reward and punishment. These two pillars are the sources of life to the world. Inasmuch as for each day there is a new problem and for every problem an expedient solution, such affairs should be referred to the House of Justice that the members thereof may act according to the needs and requirements of the time. They that, for the sake of God, arise to serve His Cause, are the recipients of divine inspiration from the unseen Kingdom. It is incumbent upon all to be obedient unto them. All matters of State should be referred to the House of Justice, but acts of worship must be observed according to that which God hath revealed in His Book. (Bahá’u’lláh, Ishráqát — 8th Ishráq)