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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Newspaper:] Khorasan (Mashhad)
[Date:] 21 Azar 1336 [12 December 1957]
[Issue No.:] 2444
Dispute Over Appointment of Baha’i Leader, A Nine-Member Council Takes Over the Baha’i Leadership
New York – Time Magazine writes in its recent issue that, “Last month, when the Asian flu killed 61-year-old Shoghi Effendi in London, all the Baha’is, from Illinois (in the United States) to the Baha’is of Iran, began to think about whom Shoghi Effendi had appointed as the “Guardian” [of the Baha’i Faith]?
In the Baha’i world last week, in Haifa, 26 out of the 27 Hands [of the Cause of God] the stewards of the Baha’i Faith, gathered to find the answer to their question in Shoghi Effendi’s will.
But where was the will? The 27 “Hands” searched all corners of Shoghi Effendi’s office in house No. 7 on Iran Street. The Hands [of the Cause of God] searched Shoghi Effendi’s safe but found nothing. All these days of the week, the Hands held secret meetings and were completely silent about the rumours that there was a fierce rivalry between two people who had nominated themselves as the “Guardian”―that is, the successor to Shoghi Effendi.
It is said that one of the people who wanted to be the successor of Shoghi [Effendi] was an American.
Finally, the Hands announced the solution they had found, in the sense that they said, “There will be no new Guardian at all, but a nine-member council will be formed in Haifa, and the name of this council will be ‘The Hands of the Cause of God’ in the Holy Land.”
The new council will not have the right to interpret the Baha’i book.
When the council meeting was over, one of the Hands, who had come from Paris, said, “If Shoghi Effendi had written a will, everything would have been much easier.” But Baha’is hope they will not be left without an interpreter of their writings for a long time.
The Founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah, had said that when the Baha’i Faith was established in 57 countries, the Baha’i world should establish a “Universal House of Justice”. And this “House” would have the right to legislate for Baha’is and to interpret the Baha’i Teachings.