Hands of the Cause

Hands of the Cause

The Hands of the Cause of God, Hands of the Cause, or Hands (informally) were a select group of Bahá'ís, appointed for life, whose main function was to propagate and protect the Bahá'í Faith. Unlike the members of the elected institutions and other appointed institutions in the Bahá'í Faith, who serve in those offices, Hands are considered to have achieved a distinguished rank in service to the religion [http://bahai-library.com/index.php5?file=hornby_lights_guidance_2.html&chapter=2#1079 (Hornby (1983), #1079, p. 322)] .

According to "The Will and Testament of `Abdu'l-Bahá", they are to be nominated and appointed by the Guardian of the Cause of God and are to be under his direction and obey his command.( [http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/WT/wt-1.html#pg13 pp. 12,13] )

The title is no longer given out. The last living Hand of the Cause was `Alí-Muhammad Varqá (1911-2007). The work of the Hands of the Cause is now carried out by the Institution of the Counsellors and the Auxiliary Boards.

There were fifty Hands of the Cause in all, four named by Bahá'u'lláh, four by `Abdu'l-Bahá and forty-two by Shoghi Effendi (including ten posthumously). Twenty-seven Hands were alive when Shoghi Effendi died in 1957.

The most complete list of the Hands available is from "The Bahá'í World: Vol XIV". The Universal House of Justice has confirmed that this list may not be complete, and that a study of the letters and archives may reveal others named to this station.


"Note: Orthography of some names below is not correct. Accented and underscored characters were not transcribed."

Appointed by Bahá'u'lláh

*Hají Mullá `Alí-Akbar (1842-1910), known as Hají Ákhúnd
*Hájí Mírzá Muhammad-Taqí (d.1917), known as Ibn-i-Abhar
*Mírzá Muhammad-Hasan (1848-1919), known as Adíb
*Mírzá `Ali-Muhammad (d.1928), known as Ibn-i-Asdaq

Appointed by `Abdu'l-Bahá

*Aqa Muhammad-i-Qa'ini (1829-1892), known as Nabíl-i-Akbar
*Mirza 'Alí-Muhammad Varqá (d. 1896), the father of Rúhu'lláh
*Mulla Sadiq-i-Muqaddas, entitled Ismu'llahu'l-Asdaq
*Shaykh Muhammad-Riday-i-Yazdi

Appointed posthumously by Shoghi Effendi

*John Ebenezer Esslemont (1874-1925)
*Hájí Amín (1831–1928)
*Keith Ramsom-Kehler (1876-1933)
*Martha Root (1872-1939)
*Hyde Dunn (1855-1941)
*Siyyid Mustafá Rúmí (d. 1942)
*Abdu'l-Jalil Bey Sa'd (d. 1942)
*Muhammed Taqiy-i-Isfahani (d. 1946)
*Roy C. Wilhelm (1875-1951)
*Louis George Gregory (1874-1951)

First contingent, appointed 24 December 1951 by Shoghi Effendi

*Dorothy Beecher Baker (1898-1954)
*Amelia Engelder Collins (1873-1962)
*`Alí-Akbar Furútan (1905-2003)
*Ugo Giachery (1896-1989)
*Hermann Grossmann (1899-1968)
*Horace Hotchkiss Holley (1887-1960)
*Leroy C. Ioas (1896-1965)
*William Sutherland Maxwell (1874-1952)
*Taráz'u'lláh Samandarí (1874-1968)
*Valíyu'lláh Varqá (1884-1955)
*George Townshend (1876-1957)
*Charles Mason Remey (1874-1974)

econd contingent, appointed 29 February 1952 by Shoghi Effendi

*Siegfried Schopflocher (1877-1953)
*Shu'á'u'lláh `Alá'í (1889-1984)
*Músá Banání (1886-1971)
*Clara Dunn (1869-1960)
*Dhikru'lláh Khádim (1904-1986)
*Adelbert Mühlschlegel (1897-1980)
*Corinne Knight True (1861-1961)

Appointed by Shoghi Effendi [year of appointment]

*Amatu'l-Bahá Rúḥíyyih Khánum (1910-2000) [1952]
*Jalál Kháunicode|ḍih (1897-1990) [1953] (also transliterated Jalal Khazeh)
*Paul Edmond Haney (1909-1982) [1954]
*`Alí-Muhammad Varqá (1911-2007) [1955]
*Agnes Baldwin Alexander (1875-1971) [1957]

Last contingent, appointed 2 October 1957 by Shoghi Effendi

*Hasan Muvaqqar Balyúzí (1908-1980)
*Abu'l-Qásim Faizi (1906-1980)
*John Graham Ferraby (1914-1973)
*Harold Collis Featherstone (1913-1990)
*Rahmatu'lláh Muhájir (1923-1979)
*Enoch Olinga (1926-1979)
*John Aldham Robarts (1901-1991)
*William Sears (1911-1992)

ee also

*Apostles of Bahá'u'lláh
*Disciples of `Abdu'l-Bahá
*Institution of the Counsellors
*Letters of the Living


*cite book
title=The Kitáb-i-Aqdas: The Most Holy Book
publisher=Bahá'í Publishing Trust
location=Wilmette, Illinois, USA
id=ISBN 0-85398-999-0

*cite book
title=Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas
publisher=Bahá'í Publishing Trust
location=Wilmette, Illinois, USA
id=ISBN 0-87743-174-4

*cite book
authorlink=Shoghi Effendi
title=Bahá'í Administration
publisher=Bahá'í Publishing Trust
location=Wilmette, Illinois, USA
id=ISBN 0-87743-166-3

*cite book
authorlink= Shoghi Effendi
year= 1976
title= Principles of Bahá'í Administration
edition= 4th ed.
publisher= Bahá'í Publishing Trust
location=London, UK
id= ISBN 0-900125-13-6

*cite book
title=Lights of Fortitude
publisher=George Ronald
location=Oxford, UK
id=ISBN 0-85398-413-1

*cite book
author = Compilations
editor = Hornby, Helen (Ed.)
year = 1983
title = Lights of Guidance: A Bahá'í Reference File
publisher = Bahá'í Publishing Trust, New Delhi, India
id = ISBN 8185091463
url = http://bahai-library.com/?file=hornby_lights_guidance

*cite book
author= Rabbani, Ruhiyyih (Ed.)
authorlink=Rúhíyyih Khanum
year= 1992
title= The Ministry of the Custodians 1957-1963
publisher= Bahá'í World Centre
id= ISBN 0-85398-350-X
url= http://bahai-library.com/published.uhj/ministry.custodians.toc.html

author = Universal House of Justice
author-link = Universal House of Justice
title = Reflections on the Insitution of the Hands of the Cause of God
year = 2007
url = http://www.usbnc.org/comm/docs/uhj/2007_1126_uhj_message_hands.pdf

External links

* [http://media.bahai.org/subjects/people/institutions/hands?first=1 Portraits of the Hands of the Cause of God]
* [http://www.planetbahai.org/cgi-bin/linklibrary.pl?pageid=400 Hands of the Cause of God] - links to biographies
* [http://bahai-library.com/?file=uhj_mazandarani_hand_cause Fadil-i-Mazandarani] - House of Justice message of 1998 concerning the status and rank of Fadil-i-Mazandarani.
* [http://bahai-library.com/writings/shoghieffendi/mbw/sec-15.html The Guardian Announces Appointment of Hands of the Cause] - Announcement of the first contingent of 12 Hands in 1951.
* [http://bahai-library.com/writings/shoghieffendi/mbw/sec-16.html Second Appointment of Hands of the Cause] - Announcement of the second contingent, appointing 7 new hands in 1952.
* [http://www.bahai-library.com/books/bw18/515-520.html A Tribute to the Hands of the Cause of God] - History, appointments, and other details.

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