Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
A document that Shoghi Effendi
says is “unique in the annals of the world’s religious systems”, the Will and Testament is the charter of the Administrative Order
of the Bahá’í Faith.
Written, signed, and sealed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
, the Will and Testament consists of three sections written at three different times between 1901 and the year of His passing.
The Will and Testament affirms “the two-fold character of the Mission of the Báb
”, which was to bring an independent revelation
from God and to herald the coming of another, greater revelation through Bahá’u’lláh
. It also “discloses the full station of” Bahá’u’lláh as the “supreme Manifestation of God
”, declares the fundamental beliefs of the Bahá’í Faith, establishes the institution of the Guardianship
, and appoints Shoghi Effendi as Guardian. It provides for the election
of the Universal House of Justice
and defines its scope. It also creates the institution of the National Spiritual Assembly
, provides for the appointment of the Hands of the Cause of God
and prescribes their obligations, and exposes the conduct of the Covenant-breaker