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Ministry of the Custodians:
An Account of the Stewardship of the Hands of the Cause 1957-1963

by Universal House of Justice

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THE MINISTRY OF THE CUSTODIANS
1963



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To the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of...
January 27, 1963

Dear Bahá'í Friends,
The Hands of the Cause residing in the Holy Land have surveyed the number of delegates allocated to the various national communities for their National Convention, and have increased the number of delegates allocated to some of the communities.
The number of delegates allocated to your community for this year's National Convention is ...
With warm Bahá'í love,
In the service of the beloved Guardian,
HANDS OF THE CAUSE IN THE HOLY LAND

NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY
Alaska...............19Iran...............95
Argentina...............9Italy...............19
Australia...............38Jamaica...............9
Austria...............9Luxembourg...............9
Belgium...............9Mexico...............19
British Isles...............76New Zealand...............9
Burma...............19Nicaragua...............19
Canada...............38North East Asia...............38
Ceylon...............38Paraguay...............9
Chile...............19Peru...............19
Colombia...............19Portugal...............19
Costa Rica...............38South East Asia...............95
Cuba...............9South Pacific Is ................38
Denmark...............9Spain...............19
Dominican Republic........9Sweden...............9
Finland...............9Switzerland...............19
Haiti...............19Turkey...............19
Holland...............19USA...............171
Uruguay...............9

To All Hands of the Cause of God
February 18, 1963

Beloved Co-workers:
We are sending you the attached suggested Agenda for the Annual Gathering beginning April 9th in the Holy Land. You will see that we



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have provided for any additional suggestions from the Hands of the Cause under the first item on the proposed Agenda: "Subjects Presented by the Hands". Any suggestions you may wish to add to the Agenda can be presented at this time at the outset of the Annual Gathering. If there are any other thoughts you may wish to express, please send them on to us after you have received and studied the attached suggested Agenda.
The news of additional teaching victories is received almost daily from various parts of the world, assuring a glorious conclusion to our beloved Guardian's Holy Crusade.
We are eagerly looking forward to your arrival in the Holy Land, the prelude to this unique and historic Ridvan Festival.
With warmest and deepest Bahá'í love,
In the service of the beloved Guardian,
HANDS OF THE CAUSE IN THE HOLY LAND

PROPOSED AGENDA -1963 CONCLAVE

1. SUBJECTS PRESENTED BY THE HANDS
2. COMPLETION OF THE WORLD CRUSADE
Other Unfinished Tasks
European Temple
3. MASS CONVERSION AND CONSOLIDATION
4. FINANCIAL SITUATION
World Centre Report
Sources of Funds
5. ACTIVITIES OF THE HANDS
Future Functions
Hands in the Holy Land
Assignment of Hands
Auxiliary Boards
Travel of the Hands
6. THE WORLD CONGRESS
7. RELATIONSHIP OF THE HANDS AND THE HOUSE OF JUSTICE
8. THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE
Convention
Announcement
Finances



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To the International Bahá'í Council
March 8,1963

Dear Bahá'í Friends:
Would you kindly convey to the Congress Arrangements Committee in London the following information:
Realizing that there may be problems which arise unexpectedly at the Congress, and are of a nature which the Congress Arrangements Commit-tee may feel are not within its province, we have appointed three of the Hands residing in the Holy Land to be responsible for consulting with the Congress Arrangements Committee in case this should become necessary. They are: Amatu'l-Baha Rúhíyyih Khánum, Mr. 'Ali-Akbar Furdtan and Mr. Leroy loas.
With loving greetings,
In the service of the beloved Guardian,
HANDS OF THE CAUSE IN THE HOLY LAND

To the Hands of the Cause of God
March 11, 1963

Beloved Co-workers:
Enclosed is a preliminary draft of the program of the World Congress with names of speakers and chairmen of different sessions, but without the quotations which will appear on the printed program. Since some changes may still be necessary, we ask that you keep the contents confidential.
It has been exceedingly difficult to formulate this program, as you can well imagine. It has been our hope and aim throughout to produce a program which would be in keeping with the greatness of the occasion, and to have it as representative as possible, including the wonderful richness of races and ethnic groups now in the Faith. We also felt that the Hands, the conveners of the Congress, should not unduly monopolize the program. Our great difficulty has been in finding Bahá'ís, known to us, who will be present at the Congress, and who can address in English, an audience of over six thousand people.
We have a problem which we want to share with you before you come here for our Annual Gathering, as by then it may be too late to take action. We have decided that it would be both unwise and unbefitting the sacredness of the World Centre to have it seriously understaffed during the Congress. Two Hands, we feel, must be present here all the time. In order not to deprive anyone of the privilege of attending at least part of



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the beloved Guardian's Congress, we are arranging for four Hands residing in the Holy Land (who have volunteered to be here) to alternate during the first and second halves of the Congress. However, we find this will not cover all of the days some of them must be in London because of the plane schedules.
We would like to know if any of the other Hands would volunteer to make this sacrifice to ensure the protection of the World Centre; one who would be willing to stay the first part (up until Tuesday, April 30) and then go to the Congress, and one who would be willing to leave London on Tuesday, April 30, and come to Haifa. We can then adjust our program and the movements of the Hands here in a satisfactory manner, and at the same time never leave the World Centre unprotected.
Please let us know if any of you find this possible, so that we can make plans.
Needless to say, as the time draws nigh for so many wonderful events to take place, the work at the World Centre becomes increasingly heavy. It is a comfort to know that we will so soon be with you all again and able to consult together in our Conclave.
With our warmest and deepest love,
In the service of the beloved Guardian,
HANDS OF THE CAUSE IN THE HOLY LAND

NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS RIDVÁN 1963
(The members of National Spiritual Assemblies constitute the
Electoral College of the Universal House of Justice)

Note: The letter "c" indicates that the member is attending the International Convention in the Holy Land.

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ALASKAARABIA
c Mrs. Kathryn Volz Alio Mr. zia'u'llah AdIparvar
c Mr. Donald A. Anderson Dr. Nosrat'u'llah Afndn
c Mr. Howard J. Brown Mr. Zabih'u'llah Goulmohamadi
c Mr. Robin C. Fowler Mr. Khosroo Khosravi
c Mrs. Evelyn G. Huffman Mr. Ahmad Mohseni
c Mrs. Lois Katherine Lee Mr. Masih'u'llah Rouhani
c Mr. Robert E. Moul Dr. Manouchehr Salmanpour
c Mrs. Janet Smith Dr. Aziz'u'llah Tahzib
c Mr. Verne Larue Stout Mr. Shahab Zahra'i



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ARGENTINAAUSTRALIA
Miss Mary Binda c Mr. Noel Bluett
c Mr. Manuel Caballero Mr. James Heggie
c Mr. Cayetano Liardo c Mr. Goro Jorgic
c Mr. Cinar Torres Lopez c Mr. Peter J. Khan
c Dr. Josd Mielnik c Mrs. Greta Lake
c Mr. Badiollah Nosratpour c Miss Thelma Isobel Perks
Mr. Shapour Saeed c Mr. David Podger
Mr. Valiullah Samadani c Miss Pamela Ringwood
Mr. Ricardo Schwartzman Mr. Jeffrey W. Rodwell
AUSTRIABELGIUM
c Dr. Aminollah Ahmedzadeh Mr. Adolphe Decouvreur
Mr. Günther Haug c Mrs. Elsa de Koninck
c Miss Ursula Kohler c Mr. Shoghi Ghadimi
c Mr. Darius Ma'ani c Mr. Fernand Gillain
Miss Bertha Matthiesen c Mr. Louis Hénuzet
c Mr. Franz Pöllinger c Mr. Robert Hubar
c Mr. Manutschehr Samyi c Mr. Hassan-Ali Kamran
c Dr. Mehdi Vargha Mr. Benjamin Levy
c Mrs. Johanna von Werthem c Mrs. Lea Nys
BOLIVIABRAZIL
Mr. Estanislao Alvarez Dr. M.deVasconcellos Dantas C.
c Mr. Athos Costas Miss Dinah de Almeida C. Franca
Mrs. Costas Mr. Ernani Mentz
c Mr. Massoud Khamsi c Mr. Edmund John Miessler
Mrs. Yolanda de Lopes c Mrs. Muriel Auble Miessler
Mr. Sabino Ortega Mr. Vivaldo Ramos
c Mr. Alberto Saldias Reyes c Mr. Rangvald Taetz
Mr. Alberto Rocabado c Mrs. Nylza Taetz
c Mr. Andres Jachakollo Ticona c Mrs. Marguerite Worley
BRITISH ISLESBURMA
c Mr. Owen Battrick U Ba Sein
c Mr. Ernest Gregory Daw Hla Hla
c Mr. David Hofman Shah Alain Chowdhuxi
c Mrs. Marion Hofman Daw Thoung Khin
c Mr. John Long U Myit
c Mr. Charles Macdonald A.K. Ko Gyi
c Mrs. Betty Reed U Doolman
c Mr. Adib Taherzadeh-Malmiri U Soc Tin
c Mr. John Wade Syed Murtaza Ali



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CANADACENTRAL AND EAST AFRICA
c Mr. A. H. Banani c Mr. Edmund John Cardell
c Mr. Angus Cowan c Mr. Charles Nalika Chelodi
c Mr. Rowland Estall c Mr. Oloro Karen Sepiria Epyeru
Mr. Glen Eyford c Mr. Philip Hainsworth
c Mr. Lloyd G. Gardner c Mr. Sosipateri Malinga Isimai
c Mr. Frederick Graham c Mr. Israel Kanyerezi-Mukasa
c Mr. J. Douglas Martin c Mr. Kolonario Oule Omoyen
c Mrs. Peggy Ross c Mrs. Isobel Alice Locke Sabri
c Mrs. Audrey Westheuser c Mr. Hassan Abdel Fattah Sabri
CEYLONCHILE
Mr. V. Chitravelu Mr. Ricardo Bañados
Mr. A. M. Eshbaghian Mr. Sergio Guillermo Aparicio
Mrs. Heshmat Eshbaghian Miss Ema Luisa Cabezas
Mr. A.C.M. Fassy c Dr. Alexander Reid
Mr. B. Kesawadatta Mr. Ed. Fuchslocher
Mr. L.U.C. Kuruppu Mr. Jorge Pallés
Mr. S. Nahvi Miss Sylvia L. Franchino
Mr. A.B.D. de Silva Mrs. L.M.G. Fuentes de Smithson
Mr. K. Sivappirakasam Mr. Carlos C. Martinez
COLOMBIACOSTA RICA
c Mrs. Gloria de Fritzsche Mr. Josd Baltodano
c Mr. Charles Homby c Mr. Aaron J. Bames
c Mr. Louis Montenegro c Mr. Esteban Canales
c Miss Leonor Porras c Mr. Theodore Cortazzi
c Mr. Habib Rezvani Mrs. Jean Dobbs
c Mrs. Ellen Sims Mr. Richard Mirkovich
c Mr. Ervin Thomas c Mr. John Rutan
c Mrs. Wilma Thomas c Mr. Antonio Soto
c Mr. Stewart M. Waddell Mr. Fernando Soto
CUBADENMARK
Miss Josefina Camacho c Mr. Palle Bischoff
Mr. Antonio Cubero c Mr. Johan Fobian
Miss Migdalia Diez c Mr. Baher Forghani
Miss Gloria Ortega Mr. Egon Kamming
Miss Juana Ortuña Mrs. Honor Kamming
Mr. Carmelo Pérez c Mr. Kaj Mulvad
Miss Celestina Pérez Mr. Verner Nielsen
Mrs. Marta Pimentel c Mrs. Lisbeth Andersen Nygard
Mr. Rafael Pimentel c Mr. Fereydoon Vahman



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DOMINICAN REPUBLICECUADOR
c Mr. Rafael Benzan Mr. Juan Luis Aguirre
Mr. Manuel Garcia c Mr. Khalilu'llah Bahjati
c Mr. Celestino Gomez c Mrs. Dorothy Campbell
c Mrs. Frieda van Houten de Gomez c Mrs. Patricia Conger
Mr. Felix Ramon Gomez Mr. Alberto Carbo
Mr. Rafael Felipe Peña Mr. Fereydoun Monadjem
Mr. Benito Alejandro Pérez Mr. Bolfvar Plaza Newell
c Mrs. Sheila Ricc-Wray c Mr. Raúl Pavón
Mejia Mr. Wilfred Rowland c Mrs. Gayle Woolson
EL SALVADORFINLAND
c Mr. Quentin Hamilton Farrand c Mr. Godratollah Bidardel
Mrs. Jeanne Welsh Farrand c Mrs. Greta Sofia Jankko-Badeau
Mr. Rafael Garcia c Miss Aminda Josephine Kruka
Mrs. Elsa Maria Cubilla de García c Mr. Mozaffar Namdar
Mr. Marco Antonio Martinez c Miss Gudrun Øfstegaard
Mrs. Marcia Isabel Matamoros c Miss Maija-Liisa Ravola
Mr. Mauricio Hernandez Muñoz c Miss Sirkka Inkeri Salmi
c Mr. Josd Marfa Padilla c Miss Mailis Kaarino Talvenheimo
Mr. Gabriel Torres c Mr. Habibu'llah Zabihian
FRANCEGERMANY
Mr. Chahab Alai c Mr. Erik Blumenthal
c Mrs. Florence Bagley c Miss Anneliese Bopp
c Dr. A.M. Barafroukhteh c Mrs. Margot Dombrack
c Mrs. Sara Kenny c Mr. Otto Häfner
c Mr. Lucien McComb c Dr. Abouzarjomehr (Bozorg) Hemmati
c Miss Lucienne Migette Mr. Ruprecht G. Krüger
c Mr. Yadullah Rafaat c Mr. Hans Randel
c Mrs. Henriette Samimy c Mr. Eugen Schmidt
c Mr. Omer Charles Tamenne c Mr. René Steiner
GUATEMALAHAITI
Mr. Manuel Agueda Mr. Eustace Bailey
c Mrs. Louise Caswell Miss Odette Benjamin
Mr. José Trinidad Gramajo Mr. Ellsworth Blackwell
Mr. Artemus D. Lamb Mr. Ruth Blackwell
c Mr. Alberto Landau Mrs. Circe Brantome
c Mr. Harold Neff Mr. Jean Desert
c Mrs. Elmerene Neff Alcide Narcisse
Mr. Dale Sinclair Speline Posy
Mrs. Alice Sinclair Mr. Andrd St. Louis



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HONDURASINDIA
Mrs. Olinda Sierra Andrade Mr. G. A. Amreliwala
Mr. Louis A. Bouche c Mr. P.C. Auplish
Mrs. Ruby da Costa c Dr. K.K. Bhargava
Mr. George Haley c Mrs. Shirin Bowman
Mrs. Vivian Haley c Mr. H. Fatheazam
Mrs. Mazie Haylock Dr. H.M. Munje
Mr. José López Mr. R.N. Shah
Mr. David E. Mathisen Mr. K.H. Vajdi
c Miss Shirley Ross Mr. R. R. Williams
ÍRÁN'IRÁQ
c Mr. Shu'd'u'llah'Alá'í Mr. K. Abbas
c Mrs. B ahfyyih Nadiri Mr. S. Abdu'l-Majid
c Mr. Salim Noonoo Mr. A. Arif
c Mr. Habibu'llah Sabit Dr. J. I. Baghdadi
c Mr. Abbds Quli Shahqoli Mr. S. Dloomi
c Miss Adelaide Sharp Mr. Kh. Halloubin
c Mr. Hadi Rahmani Shirazi Mr. A. Hamdi
c Mr. Hedayatu'llah Sohrab Mr. A. Sabour
c Dr. 'Ali Muhammad Varqá Mr. D. Toeg
ITALYJAMAICA
c Professor Hossein Avaregan c Miss Doris Maud Buchanan
Mr. Alessandro Bausani Mr. Randolph Fitz-Henley
c Mr. David Ned Blackmer Miss Alice Maude Gallier
Professor Mario Fiorentini Mr. Wm. Arthur Wellesley Mitchell
c Mr. Manoutchehr Madjzoub Mr. Alfred Senior
c Mr. Hossein Mahboubi Miss Emily Taylor
Mr. Mario Piarulli Miss Ruby Taylor
c Mr. Augusto Robiati c Mr. Clarence Ullrich
c Miss Teresa Taffa c Mrs. Margarite Ullrich
LUXEMBOURGMEXICO
Mr. Ronald Bates c Mr. Samuel Burrafato
Mr. Pierre Brarn c Mrs. Carmen Burrafato
c Miss Helene Suzanne Hipp c Mr. Romeo Guerra
c Miss Honor Kempton c Mrs. Anna W. Howard
Mr. Ernest (Claude) Lévy c Mrs. Florence Mayberry
Mr. Leslie Marcus Mr. Earl James Morris
Mr. Faizollah Namdar c Mr. Harold Baldwin Murray
c Miss Virginia Orbison c Mrs.Valeria Lamb Nichols
c Mrs. Betty Broome Thompson c Dr. (Mrs.) Edris Rice-Wray



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NETHERLANDSNEW ZEALAND
c Mr. Mas'ud Mazgani c Mr. Hugh Blundell
c Mrs. Gieny Sijsling Mr. John Carr
c Mrs. Elizabeth Charlotte Tobias Mrs. Margaret Harnish
c Mrs. Gerrit van der Garde c Miss Linda Hight
c Mr. Jacobus Eduard (Bob) van Lith Mr. Percy Leadley
c Mr. Arnold van Ogtrop Mrs. Phyllis Milne
c Mr. Gunther Emil Karl Vieten Mrs. Jean Simmons
c Mrs. Hally Watrin c Mr. Douglas Weeks
c Mr. Christiaan C. Westenbroek Mr. Terry Stirling
NICARAGUANORTH EAST AFRICA
Mr. Francisco J. Arauz c Dr. Hushang Ahdieh
Mr. José Barahona c Mr. Foad Ashraf
Mr. Hooper C. Dunbar c Mr. Gila Michael Bahta
Mrs. Leticia de Escalante c Dr. Heshmat Farhournand
Mr. Salomon Escalante c Dr. Leo Niederreiter
Mr. Armando Fonseca Mr. Ali Hussein Ruhi
Miss Creadell Haley c Mr. Gamal Rushdy
Mr. Jorge V. Harper c Mrs. Ursula Samandari
Mrs. Blanca Lydia Sequeira c Mr. Jamchid Monajjim Tehrani
NORTH EAST ASIANORTH WEST AFRICA
c Miss Agnes B. Alexander c Mr. Koddabakch Attar
c Dr. David M. Earl c Miss Elsie Austin
c Dr. Ikuo Mizuno c Mr. Mustapha Bouchoucha
c Mr. Ataullah Moghbel Mr. William Foster
c Mr. Rouhollah Momtazi Mr. Abdullah Mesbah
c Mr. Masazo Odani c Mr. Rowshan Mustapha
c Mrs. Barbara R. Sims c Mr. Enoch Olinga
Mr. Hiroyasu Takano c Mr. Emad Saberan
c Mr. Michitoshi Zenimoto c Miss Valerie Wilson
NORWAYPAKISTAN
c Mrs. Amelia Bowman c Mr. Esfandiar Bakhtiari
c Mr. Ernst Holm c Mr. Jean Pierre Louis Deleuran
Mrs. Aud Jervell Pettersen c Mrs. Tove Lillian Alice Deleuran
Mr. Bruce Johnson Mr. Siyyid Mehfooz-ul-Haq Ilmi
c Mr. Mahmood Madizoob c Mr. Mehraban Jamshedi
c Mr. Trygve Nielsen Mr. Asanand Chagla Joshi
c Miss Bodil Skodstrup Dr. M. A. Latif
c Mrs, Gerd Strand Dr. Mehboob Illahi Qureshi
c Miss Lecile Webster c Mr. Faridoon U. Jamshed Yazamaidi



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PANAMAPARAGUAY
Mr. Harry Haye Anderson Mr. Amir Aazampanah
c Mrs. Rachelle Jean E de Constante Mrs. Kayhanoush Aazampanah
c Mr. James Vassal Facey c Mr. David P. Baral
c Mr. Kenneth Frederics Mrs. Ana de Alvarez
c Mrs. Leota E. M. Lockman Mrs. Victoria de Frey
c Mr. Alfred E. A. Osborne Mrs. Rosa de Laterza
c Mr. William Alan H. Pringle Mrs. Angélica Doldán
c Mrs. Ruth E. Yancey Pringle c Mr. Gilbert Grasselly
c Mr. Donald Ross Witzel c Miss Margaret Mills
PERUPORTUGAL
Mr. Guillermo Aguilar Mr. Angelo da Silva Carneiro
Mr. Fidel Flores c Mr. Mansour Masrour
Mr. Cesar Loayza Miss Sara Tiffon Ramonet
c Mr. Lester W. Long Mrs. Hilda Xavier Rodrigues
Mr. Demetrio Molero Mr. Carlos Salomao
Mrs. Jesus Rivera Mr. Carl Scherer
Mrs. Josefina Rosas Mr. Juliao Serrano
c Miss Mercedes Sanchez c Mr. Celestino M. Silva
c Dr. Enrique Sanchez Mr. Richard Walters
SOUTH EAST ASIASOUTH AND WEST AFRICA
c Mr. Jamshed Fozdar c Mr. John Allen
c Dr. John Fozdar c Mrs. Valera Allen
c Mrs. Shirin Fozdar c Mr. Rudolfo Duna
Mr. Le Loc c Mr. Shidan Fathe-Aazam
c Mr. Leong Tat Chee c Mrs. Bahiyyih Ford
c Mr. Jamshid Ma'ani c Mr. Lowell Johnson
c Mr. Dempsey W. Morgan c Mr. William Masehla
Mr. Khodarahm H. Payman c Mr. Andrew Mofokeng
c Mr. Kamran A. Samimi c Mr. Max Seepe
SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDSSPAIN
c Mr. Suhayl Ala'i Mr. Ramon Escartin Alamanac
Mrs. Elsa Blakely Mr. Isidro Torrella Arnau
c Mr. Alvin Blum Mr. Carlos Chias Gran
c Miss Irene Jackson c Mr. Antonio Jimenez Gutierrez
c Mr. Lisiate Maka Mr. Francisco Salas Heras
c Mr. Stephen Percival c Mr. Charles M. loas
Miss Margaret Rowling Mr. Ruhollah Mehrabkhani
c Miss Mabel Sneider Mr. Jose Lopez Monge
c Mr. Niuoleava Tuataga Mr. Luis Ortuno Puche



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SWEDENSWITZERLAND
c Mr. Hadi Afsahi c Mrs. Mona Haermi de Bons
c Miss Elizabeth Bevan c Mr. William Hatcher
Miss Jean Bonn c Mrs. Anna Kunz
c Mr. Rouhollah Golmohammadi c Mrs. Martha Miiller
c Mr. Sven Mards c Dr. Heinrich Walter Ott
c Mr. John Nielsen c Mr. Friedrich Schar
Mrs. Lotus Grace Nielsen c Mr. Daniel-Robert Schaubacher
Mr. Hans Odemyr c Mr. Fritz Semle
c Mrs. Marianne Pickens c Miss Elsa Steinmetz
TURKEYUNITED STATES
c Mr. Mahmud Afnan c Mr. Hugh E. Chance
c Dr. hiayetullah Burhani Mr. Arthur Dahl
Mr. Haydar Diriuz c Mr. Amoz E. Gibson
c Mr. Diavad-Ghuchani c Mr. H. B. Kavelin
c Mr. Sami Doktoroghlu c Miss Charlotte M. Linfoot
Mr. Mejdettin Inan c Dr. (Mrs.) Sarah M. Pereira
c Mr. Habib Manevi c Dr. David S. Rulie
c Mr. Neyir Ozshuja c Mrs. Velma L. Sherrill
c Dr. (Mrs.) Muzaffer Tanrikut c Miss Edna M. True
URUGUAYVENEZUELA
Mr. Edward Brownley Belcher Mrs. Maria Ines de Caro
Mrs. Elena Ade Caraballo Mrs. Maria de Dutto
Miss Eloisa Mary Dutra Mr. Edwardo Maa Gamarra
c Mr. Ronald Lee Hauck Mr. Camilo Grandi
c Mrs. Helen Hathorn Hauck Mr. Anselmo Torres Morales
Mr. Aminullah Mandegari Miss Mireya Munoz
Mr. Mario Regina Marios Mr. Luis E. Narvaez
c Mr. Leo Perrin Powell Mr. Hans Voss
c Mrs. Daisy Lapsley Powell Mrs. Chana Mejia de Voss

BAHA'I WILMETTE
APRIL 1, 1963

DEEPLY APPRECIATE LOVING MESSAGE STOP EVE MOST GREAT JUBILEE WISH EXPRESS PROFOUND ADMIRATION GRATITUDE OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION CHIEF EXECUTORS DIVINE PLAN ACHIEVEMENT GOALS BELOVED GUARDIAN'S CRUSADE EVERY CONTINENT GLOBE FULFILLING HIGH DESTINY FORETOLD ABDU'L-BAHA.
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To National Spiritual Assemblies of the United States and Europe
April 4, 1963

Beloved Friends:
We are sending you the attached statement of information and quotations concerning the television interview of King Hassan and the Moroc-can case in general. You are free to use it, if you choose. We are hopeful that it may be of value for Local Assemblies and groups in counteracting the unfavourable publicity caused by King Hassan's television interview and subsequent newspaper publicity. It can be used locally and nationally as your Assembly sees fit, in order to secure as widespread publicity as possible.
We feel strongly that King Hassan should not be allowed to make such damaging remarks, and then think that by saying he will grant a royal pardon, that it will remove the damage. As you know, from the beginning of the Morocco case, we have agreed that clemency or even a pardon is not enough. The prisoners must be entirely exonerated. They cannot be pardoned for a crime they did not commit, and we must keep this truth before the eyes of the public.
With the appeal coming up soon, we must do everything in our power to secure a favourable decision from the Supreme Court. If they uphold the condemnation, it is a defeat for the Cause whether the King pardons the prisoners or not. We are all anxious, of course, to keep the story of this injustice alive and before the court of world opinion, just as all of you are exerting every effort to do.
We are confident that this recent outburst of King Hassan will prove providential, and afford the opportunity for a fresh wave of counteracting publicity which will attract even more attention, and proclaim our be-loved Faith on an even wider scale.
With warm Bahá'í greetings,
In the service of the beloved Guardian,
HANDS OF THE CAUSE IN THE HOLY LAND

"Condemned to Death for Their Religion!"
THE YEAR: 1963
WORLD SHOCKED
The London Times, January 9, 1963 ---"The recent death sentence on three Bahá'ís by a provincial court shocked Moroccan as well as foreign opinion."


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INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR RIGHTS OF MAN PROTESTS
United Nations, N.Y., January 31, 1963 ---"During the trial which began last December 10, the only evidence was that they practised their Faith."

IRONIC TWIST
New York Herald Tribune News Service, United Nations, January 31, 1963 ---"Ironically, the trial began,last December 10, which is the U.N. Human Rights Day, and was finished December 14, the day when a new Moroccan constitution was promulgated guaranteeing to all free practice of their Faith."
A NEW DEVELOPMENT
March 31, 1963: King Hassan H of Morocco, in a television interview before a nation-wide audience in the United States, declared that the Bahá'í Faith was not a religion. It was, he said, "against good order and also morals."

FALSE INFORMATION BROADCAST TO MILLIONS
This interview, carried to an audience of millions, was subsequently reported in the world press. Members of the Bahá'í Community in over 250 countries, as well as their sympathizers throughout the world, were stunned and shocked to hear such words spoken by the head of a sover-eign state. That he should be so misinformed as to make such a statement in a country where Bahá'ís reside in over 1700 cities, where their National Assembly is a legally incorporated body, where they have the right to perform marriages and other privileges, and where the International Bahá'í Community is accredited to the United Nations as one of the Non-Governmental Organizations, seems incredible.

SAME FALSE CHARGES LED TO SENTENCE OF DEATH IN MOROCCO
The misinformation given during this interview, was the same as that which led to the arrest, conviction and sentence of death being pronounced against the Bahá'ís in Morocco. Three were sentenced to death, five to life imprisonment, one to ten years' imprisonment. They were accused of rebellion, disorder and other crimes against the state, but the simple truth was: They were Bahá'ís.

UNITED NATIONS APPEAL LABELS CHARGES FALSE
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declared: "One charge ... the one from which the others stemmed ... was of injuring the Islamic faith."
"During the trial, which began last December 10, the only evidence was that they practised their faith and ignored the faith of Islám."
"So far as we know, this is the only case in recent history in any country where members of a religion have been condemned to death solely for holding and expressing religious views regarded as heretical."

BAHÁ'ÍS CONFIDENT KING WOULD WISH WRONG CORRECTED
Since millions of people either heard or read the statement of King Hassan, it is only proper that the true facts of the case be placed before the public, in the interests of justice, and to protect the good name of the Bahá'í Faith, which is widely respected throughout the world. The Bahá'ís assume that His Majesty, King Hassan made his erroneous statement because of misinformation supplied to him about the Bahá'í Faith. It is this error alone they wish to correct.

KING TELLS PRESS HE DISAGREES WITH JUDGEMENT, WILL GRANT PARDON
The good-will of His Majesty has already been demonstrated by his statement in a Reuters dispatch dated April 2, New York, in which he promised a royal pardon for those condemned to death if the Supreme Court upholds the decision. Le Monde, April 3, 1963 quotes the King: "I am not personally in agreement with the condemnation to death of the Bahá'ís in Morocco." "If there is an appeal," he is quoted as saying, "if I am asked to pardon them, I shall do so."
Public opinion demands that since the men were arrested without due cause, imprisoned several months without trial, and condemned solely because of their religion, it is not in the interests of justice that they be given clemency or even a royal pardon. Men cannot be pardoned for a crime they did not commit. They should be completely exonerated. Furthermore, pardon for the prisoners cannot remove the damaging effect caused by the widespread misinformation made during the King's ill-advised television interview. It is for this reason that we are issuing this statement.


WORLD PRESS COMMENTS ON IMPRISONMENT
AND DEATH SENTENCES FOR RELIGIOUS BELIEF

ONE DAY'S IMPRISONMENT TOO MUCH SAYS U. N. APPEAL
United Nations, Geneva: J. Duncan Wood, writing on behalf of The Friends World Committee for Consultation, submitted a statement to the Human Rights Commission meeting in Geneva, stating: "In our view a


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sentence of even one day's imprisonment for religious belief is a clear form of religious discrimination." Wood also called attention to another astonishing breach of the human rights of the Bahá'ís in Morocco, a fact which had not been covered in earlier press releases. "Two Bahá'ís", he said, "have been detained in prison in that state for almost a year without ever having been brought to trial. Such an act of arbitrary arrest consti-tutes a further breach of human rights to which we call your attention. Because of the pressure of world opinion they have recently been interro-gated in camera and, instead of being liberated, have been returned to prison."

FAMOUS FRENCH NEWSPAPER QUOTES EDITORIAL FROM LEADING MOROCCAN PAPER
Le Monde, December 26, 1962 (Rabat) ---"Apparently, it would seem that the defendants might have been sentenced, and to what punishment ... without the 'cases and forms' having been expressly mentioned by law. For what written law, in Morocco, mentions attacks on religious faith and punishes such by a death sentence?" (From: Les Phares)

MOROCCAN PAPER APPEALS TO CONSCIENCE OF ALL MOROCCAN CITIZENS
Les Phares, Rabat, Morocco, December 29, 1962 ---"Yes, we wrote that the sentence of Nador seems to us redoubtable and stems from a severity which is outdated in this period of change. We wrote it and we repeat it and we once again appeal, because the judgement has not yet been made effective, to the conscience of all citizens."

MOROCCAN PRESS HIGHLIGHTS FREEDOMS GUARANTEED IN NEW CONSTITUTION
"ARTICLE 6: Islám shall be the official religion while the State shall guarantee the freedom of worship for all."
"ARTICLE 9: The Constitution shall guarantee to all citizens: the free-dom of movement through, and of settlement in, all parts of the king-dom, the freedom of speech in all its forms."
LEADING BRITISH JOURNAL SAYS: INCONCEIVABLE SENTENCES WILL BE CARRIED OUT
The Guardian, Manchester, Friday, December 21, 1963 ---"Now three men who profess Bahá'í have been condemned to death by a regional court at Nador, in Morocco, and five others sentenced to life imprisonment ... simply, so far as one can see, because of their religion. It is astonishing enough that the Courts should still be condemning men to


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death for their religion anywhere in the world; that this happens in Morocco is, as Le Monde put it, a matter for stupefaction. The people of that country just voted themselves a bright new constitution which 'guaran-tees freedom of worship to all.' The condemned men are appealing, and it seems inconceivable that the sentence will be carried out in a country of Morocco's standing."

MOROCCAN PAPER LABELS VERDICT MEDIEVAL BARBARITY
The Economist, January 5, 1963 (Quotes leading Moroccan Journal) ---"Significantly, the newspaper attacked the verdict as a medieval barbarity, unworthy of modern Morocco. And many educated Moroccans have been shocked by what seems a reflection of their good name for religious tolerance ... a tolerance enshrined in their new constitution."

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WHY DID THE LOWER COURT CONDEMN
THE PRISONERS OF NADOR?

THE CHARGES:
1. The Bahá'í Faith incites rebellion. (False)
2. The Bahá'í Faith attacks public security. (False)
3. The Bahá'í Faith is an association of criminals. (False)
4. The Bahá'í Faith advocates the overthrow of all governments. (False)
5. The Bahá'í Faith attacks other religions. (False)
6. The prisoners studied Bahá'í books and were members of the Bahá'í Religion. (True)
We recommend to His Majesty, King Hassan 11, and to the Supreme Court of Appeals, to weigh another type of testimony regarding the Bahá'í Faith, the Bahá'ís, and what they stand for.


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IMPRESSIVE TRIBUTES TO THE BAHA'I FAITH
FROM WORLD LEADERS WHICH DEMONSTRATES
THE FALSE NATURE OF THE ACCUSATIONS

Historian Arnold Toynbee: Bahá'ísm is undoubtedly a religion. Bahá'ísm is an independent religion, on a par with Islám, Christianity, and other recognized world religions. Bahá'ísm is not a sect of some other religion;


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it is a separate religion, and it has the same status as other recognized religions.
Viscount Herbert Samuel, G.C.B., stated in August, 1959, that he had found the members of the Bahá'í Faith under his jurisdiction as a High Commissioner, to be "a valuable element in the population, intelligent, orderly, well-educated, and above all trustworthy. In government service and in commercial employment they were much esteemed as being free from corruptibility." The Bahá'í Faith, Samuel added, "command's the respect and goodwill of its neighbours."
Professor Benjamin Jowett, Oxford University, Master of Balliol described the Bahá'í Faith as "the greatest light that has come into the world since the time of Jesus Christ."
Sir Ramaswami Mudaliar, K.C.S.L, President, Economic and Social Council of United Nations: "The Bahá'í Faith gives us the great and precious message of unity in religion. How much the world needs such a spirit today."
Leo Tolstoy: "Bahá'u'lláh's teachings . . . now present us with the highest and purest form of religious teaching."
U. S. Supreme Court Justice, William O. Douglas: "They (the Bahá'ís) enjoy a fine reputation as merchants. The reason is that they maintain high ethical standards in all their dealings ... and as a result, they gain in prestige."
Eduard Benes,former President of Czechoslovakia: "The Bahá'í Faith is one of the great moral and social forces in all the world today."
Senator Kenneth B. Keating, N.Y. (in U. S. Senate, February 18, 1963): "Proclaiming the oneness of all the great world religions, the Bahá'í Faith accepts all their major prophets as equally inspired. It believes in the unity of all mankind. . . How far religious freedom under the Moroccan Constitution really applies, will be revealed in the coming weeks when the appeal before the Supreme Court (of Morocco) is heard."

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It is the hope of men of goodwill everywhere that the Moroccan Su-preme Court of Appeal will correct the grave injustice inflicted by its Lower Court, and completely exonerate all the Bahá'í prisoners who have suffered for more than a year a flagrant violation of religious freedom and human rights.


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"We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations . . . These strifes and this bloodshed and discord must cease, and all men be as one kindred and one family."
Bahá'u'lláh, Founder of the Bahá'í Faith

CONCLAVE MESSAGE
1963

BAHA'I WILMETTE
APRIL 9,1963

KINDLY CABLE FOLLOWING ALL NSAS EXCEPT PERSIA IRAQ ARABIA EUROPE QUOTE HANDS CAUSE GATHERED PRECINCTS MOST HOLY SHRINE URGE ALL BELIEVERS WORLD BAHAI COMMUNITY EITHER INDIVIDUALLY OR IN GROUPS UNITE HEARTS ARDENT PRAYERS BEGINNING SUNDOWN APRIL TWENTIETH FIRST DAY RIDVAN BESEECH BLESSED BEAUTY INSPIRE GUIDE DELEGATES RAISE UP LONG AWAITED AUGUST INSTITUTION FULFILLING GLORIOUS PROMISES SACRED WRITINGS STOP REQUEST ALL NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES INFORM FRIENDS HANDSFAITH UNQUOTE CHARGE COST VARGHA FUND.
[CABLE]HANDSFAITH

ROWHANI CARE NAWNAHALAN TEHERAN (IRAN)
APRIL 9, 1963

HANDS CAUSE GATHERED PRECINCTS MOST HOLY SHRINE URGE ALL BELIEVers WORLD BAHA'I COMMUNITY EITHER INDIVIDUALLY OR IN GROUPS UNITE HEARTS ARDENT PRAYERS BEGINNING SUNDOWN APRIL TWENTIETH FIRST DAY RIDVAN BESEECH BLESSED BEAUTY INSPIRE GUIDE DELEGATES RAISE UP LONG AWAITED AUGUST INSTITUTION FULFILLING GLORIOUS PROMISES SACRED WRITINGS STOP REQUEST INFORM FRIENDS.
[CABLE]HANDSFAITH

BAHA'I LONDON
APRIL 9, 1963

KINDLY CABLE FOLLOWING ALL NSAS EUROPE QUOTE HANDS CAUSE GATHERED PRECINCTS MOST HOLY SHRINE URGE ALL BELIEVERS WORLD BAHAI COMMUNITY EITHER INDIVIDUALLY OR IN GROUPS UNITE HEARTS ARDENT PRAYERS BEGINNING SUNDOWN APRIL TWENTIETH FIRST DAY RIDVAN BESEECH BLESSED BEAUTY INSPIRE GUIDE DELEGATES RAISE UP


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LONG AWAITED AUGUST INSTITUTION FULFILLING GLORIOUS PROMISES SA-CRED WRITINGS STOP REQUEST ALL NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES INFORM FRIENDS HANDSFAITH UNQUOTE CHARGE COST OUR ACCOUNT
[CABLE]HANDSFAITH

To the International Bahá'í Council, Haifa
April 12, 1963

Beloved Friends:
All the Hands present at our meeting in Bahjf wish to express to the members of the International Bahá'í Council their deep appreciation of the services they have rendered the Cause of God since they assumed their duties after their election in 1961. Collectively and severally they have greatly contributed to strengthening the World Centre of the Faith and to carrying out those duties specified for that body by our dearly-beloved Guardian.
The Hands in the Holy Land wish, on their own behalf, to assure the Council members of their appreciation of the valuable assistance they have given them locally in so many ways, and to assure them our association has been not only a fruitful and pleasant one, but a source of comfort and strength to us.
There are two matters in connection with the Congress which we would like you to immediately convey to the Congress Arrangements Committee:
During the first session, all Hands of the Cause and the members of the Universal House of Justice will sit on the platform. During the remaining sessions the Hands, their wives and the companion of Amatu'l-Baha Rdbfyyih -Khanum, will occupy front row centre seats facing the platform; if space in the centre is insufficient, then two or more rows can be reserved for their use. Although we neither know if all the members of the Universal House of Justice will be present or where they would wish to be seated, we feel extra seats should be included in this block for them and for their wives, in case they desire to use them.
The Hands will arrange the devotional readings and readers for the opening session of the Congress on Sunday afternoon, the entire program of the Feast of Ridvdn, and the readings at the closing devotional session on May 2nd in the afternoon. However, the prayers for all other sessions, and those who are selected to read them, are left to the discretion of either your Committee or a sub-committee which you may wish to appoint.
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strictly adhered to: Prayers will be read at the opening and closing of every session. No prayers will be read at the time of the fifteen minute interval. The total time allotted for these readings is fifteen to twenty minutes. All sessions are carefully arranged as regards time allowed, chairman and speakers. It is therefore very important that the readers' prayers are approved beforehand by the Committee in order to be sure each person will read only a short prayer. If it is left to the individual's judgement, some very long prayer in a foreign language may be read and spoil the presentation of the different subjects the speakers have been asked to address the Congress on. There can be as many as three readers if so desired in each session.
It is our desire to have as many of the different ethnic groups present at the Congress read these prayers as possible. No Persian or Arabic prayers or readers should be arranged for these sessions, as they have already been amply provided for in the other sessions of the program. The major emphasis in choosing readers should be among those who belong to the tribes and races enrolled during the World Crusade rather than those ethnic groups of Europe. We give you below a sample program just by way of information. We leave the last choice of readers and languages and order on the program to you.
Monday Morning
OpeningPrayer in Tongan
Prayer in Gujrati, or Hindi, etc.
ClosingPrayer in Finnish
Monday Afternoon
OpeningPrayer in Quechua
ClosingPrayer in Samoan
Prayer in English read by an African
Tuesday Morning
OpeningPrayer in African language read by an African
Prayer in Finnish
ClosingPrayer in Chinese
Tuesday Afternoon
OpeningPrayer in Korean (Bill Smits' wife is Korean)
Prayer in English read by some other race
ClosingPrayer in Canadian Indian language
Wednesday Morning
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Wednesday Afternoon
OpeningPrayer in Vietnamese by native
Prayer in English read by another race
ClosingPrayer in Malayan, or some other South East Asian language
Thursday Morning
OpeningPrayer in Lapp or Gypsy if possible
Prayer in English by another race
ClosingPrayer in Navajo or other Indian language
In our letter to you of October 8, 1962, we conveyed to you our decision that the Hands of the Faith would not put themselves forward in any way at the time before the election of the House of Justice. The Hands of the Faith support this decision. They will, in any case, be in session up until the end of Ridvdn. We feel, however, that the ladies who are doing the guiding and receiving of the delegates must be extremely discreet in their remarks, and under no circumstances say the Hands are keeping out of sight on purpose. If anyone asks where the Hands--all or one-are, the answer should be: In session. They have no time at the moment for anything else but their own work, and hope after the first of Ridvdn to have time to enjoy meeting with their friends and all the delegates. They should, under no circumstances, become involved in discussions with the delegates, should they be asked by them on the subject of whether the Hands should or should not be on the Universal House of Justice.
With warmest Bahá'í love,
In the service of the beloved Guardian,
HANDS OF THE CAUSE IN THE HOLY LAND

NAVIDI, BOITE POSTALE 114, MONTE CARLO (MONACO)
APRIL 15, 1963

KINDLY CONVEY IN PROPER MANNER FOLLOWING MESSAGE PRISONERS MOROCCO QUOTE ENTIRE BODY HANDS CAUSE MEETING PRECINCTS MOST HOLY SHRINE GREET YOU ONE AND ALL WITH DEEPEST LOVE AFFECTION STOP HAIL WITH PRIDE GRATITUDE YOUR HEROISM EXEMPLARY STEADFAST-NESS RECALLING IMMORTAL FEATS SPIRITUAL FORBEARS SHEDDING EVER-LASTING LUSTRE ANNALS CLOSING MONTHS BELOVED GUARDIAN'S MIGHTY CRUSADE BRINGING ABOUT UNPRECEDENTED SPREAD KNOWLEDGE FAITH ENHANCING ITS PRESTIGE DISTINCTION THROUGHOUT WORLD STOP PRAYING FERVENTLY SACRED THRESHOLD DIVINE PROTECTION VINDICATION.
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ROWHANI CARE NAWNAHALAN, TEHERAN (IRAN)
APRIL 15,1963

DEEPLY APPRECIATE RIDVAN MESSAGE JOIN YOU ARDENT PRAYERS DIVINE INSPIRATION GUIDANCE STOP EVE MOST GREAT JUBILEE WISH EXPRESS PROFOUND ADMIRATION GRATITUDE CONSECRATED HISTORIC SERVICES FRIENDS CRADLE FAITH STOP THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT MATERIAL RE-SOURCES PIONEERING SERVICES EVERY CONTINENT CONTRIBUTING SUCH LARGE MEASURE ATTAINMENT VICTORY BELOVED GUARDIAN's HOLY CRU-SADE ADDS YET ANOTHER BRILLIANT CHAPTER INVERISHABLE RECORD SERVICES SACRED THRESHOLD.
[CABLE]HANDSFAITH

ROWHANI CARE NAWNAHALAN, TEHERAN (IRAN)
APRIL 19,1963

HANDS GATHERED HOLY LAND REQUEST YOU APPOINT SUITABLE PERSON DELIVER FOLLOWING MESSAGE KAMIL ABBAS IN PERSON IMMEDIATELY QUOTE OCCASION MEMORABLE RIDVAN TERMINATION BELOVED's PLAN COINCIDING MOST GREAT JUBILEE ALL FRIENDS IRAQ LOVINGLY REMEM-BERED HOLY SHRINES STOP URGE JOIN US THANKSGIVING ASTOUNDING VICTORIES WON STOP YOUR ARDENT PRAYERS VISIT GREAT HOUSE GARDEN RIDVAN WILL CONNECT MADINATU'LLAH WITH WORLD CONGRESS CONVENED ACCORDANCE DIVINELY GUIDED PLAN FORMULATED BELOVED GUARDIAN STOP URGE FRIENDS SEND MESSAGE GREETING REACH WORLD CONGRESS OBSERVANCE NINTH RIDVAN DEEPEST LOVE.
[CABLE]HANDSFAITH

ELECTION OF THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

PROGRAM

FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
APRIL 21-23, 1963
'AKKÁ -HAIFA
WORLD CENTRE OF THE BAHÁ'Í FAITH

April 21
9:30 a.m.Election of the Universal House of Justice
4:00 p.m.Ridván Feast Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of Bahá'u'lláh



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April 22
10:00 a.m.The Victories of the World Crusade
3:00 p.m.Teaching the Faith
Mass Conversion
Home Front Teaching
Liberalization of Enrolment of New Believers
8:30 p.m.Status of Other Crusade Goals
(including the Mother Temple of Europe)
April 23
10:00 a.m.Consolidation of the Faith
Preservation of Local Assemblies -
The Spiritual Prizes
Importance of Pioneers Remaining at their Posts
Establishment of Administration and its Proper Use
The Nineteen Day Feast
3:00 p.m.Consolidation of the Faith (continued)
Protection of the Faith
Importance of Firmness in the Covenant
Public Relations of the Faith
Meeting Attacks
Making Friends for the Faith
Need for Caution in Critical Areas
8:30 p.m. Intensification of the Spirit of Teaching throughout the World
Closing of the Convention
Note: The election of the Universal House of Justice on Sunday morning, April 21, will be held at the home of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, 7 Haparsim Street, Haifa. The Ridvin Feast on Sunday afternoon will be held at Bahjf, in the garden surrounding the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh. The Convention sessions on Monday and Tues-day, April 22 and April 23, will be held at Beth Harofe Auditorium, 2 Wingate Avenue, Haifa.


BAHA'I WILMETTE
APRIL 21,1963

OCCASION WORLDWIDE CELEBRATIONS MOST GREAT JUBILEE COMMEM-ORATING CENTENARY ASCENSION BAHA'U'LLAH THRONE HIS SOVEREIGNTY WITH HEARTS OVERFLOWING GRATITUDE HIS UNFAILING PROTECTION OVER-FLOWING BOUNTIES JOYOUSLY ANNOUNCE FRIENDS EAST WEST ELECTION


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SUPREME LEGISLATIVE BODY ORDAINED BY HIM IN HIS MOST HOLY BOOK PROMISED BY HIM RECEIVE HIS INFALLIBLE GUIDANCE STOP MEMBERS FIRST HISTORIC HOUSE JUSTICE DULY ELECTED BY DELEGATES COMPRISING MEMBERS FIFTYSIX NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES ARE CHARLES WOLCOTT ALI NAKHJAVANI BORRAH KAVELIN IAN SEMPLE LOTFULLAH HAKIM DAVID HOFMAN HUGH CHANCE AMOZ GIBSON HUSHMAND FATHEAZAM STOP TO JUBILATION ENTIRE BAHA'I WORLD VICTORIOUS COMPLETION BELOVED GUARDIAN'S UNIQUE CRUSADE NOW ADDED HUMBLE GRATITUDE PROFOUND THANKSGIVING FOLLOWERS BAHA'U'LLAH FOR ERECTION UNIVERSAL HOUSE JUSTICE AUGUST BODY TO WHOM ALL BELIEVERS MUST TURN WHOSE DESTINY IS TO GUIDE UNFOLDMENT HIS EMBRYONIC WORLD ORDER THROUGH ADMINISTRATIVE INSTITUTIONS PRESCRIBED BY BAHA'U'LLAH ELABORATED BY ABDU'L-BAHA LABORIOUSLY ERECTED BY SHOGHI EFFENDI AND ENSURE EARLY DAWN GOLDEN AGE FAITH WHEN THE WORD OF THE LORD WILL COVER THE EARTH AS THE WATERS COVER THE SEA STOP CABLE ABOVE MESSAGE ALL NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES EXCEPT IRAQ ARGENTINA AIRMAIL LATTER STOP SEND CANADA'S CARE HARPER PETTYPIECE STOP CHARGE COST VARGHA FUND.
[CABLE]HANDSFAITH

RESOLUTION OF THE HANDS OF THE CAUSE OF GOD
PASSED AT THEIR MEETING IN LONDON ON MAY 9, 1963

The following principles shall apply to the relations between the body of the Hands and the Hands Residing in the Holy Land and to the activities of the Hands in the Holy Land:
1. Five of the Hands of the Cause are assigned to the Holy Land. They will be responsible for coordinating the international work of the institution of the Hands, in relation to the Continental Hands and to the Univer-sal House of Justice.
2. The quorum of the Hands in the Holy Land will be three, two of which must be from the original five elected to serve in the Holy Land. If necessary in order to maintain a quorum, the Hands in the Holy Land are authorized, after consultation with the Continental Hands, to request one of these Hands to serve temporarily in the Holy Land.
3. In the event of any vacancy occurring in the composition of the Hands in the Holy Land, the body of the Hands will fill such vacancy by election.
4. Meetings of the body of the Hands are to be called by the Hands in the Holy Land, after consultation with the body of the Hands.
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work of the Hands, in accordance with the general instructions of the body of the Hands.
[Signed as follows]
RúhíyyihCollis Featherstone
Ugo GiacheryAdelbert MiNschlegel
John FerrabyEnoch Olinga
Hermann GrossmannZikrullah Khadem
Agnes B. AlexanderA. Vargha
Paul HaneySh. Alai
William SearsJohn Robarts
A. FurutanJalal Khazeh
Tarázu'lláh SamandaríHasan M. Balyuzi
A.Q. FaiziR. Mohajer
RIDVAN MESSAGE
1963

TO ANNUAL BAHA'I CONVENTIONS

BAHA'I WILMETTE
MAY 19,1963

HANDS CAUSE WISH EXPRESS LOVING APPRECIATION HEROIC DEDICATED EFFORTS FRIENDS EVERYWHERE ASSURING TRIUMPHANT CONCLUSION BE-LOVED GUARDIAN'S MIGHTY CRUSADE STOP ENTIRE BODY HANDS DESIROUS DEVOTE ALL THEIR EFFORTS PROTECTION PROPAGATION FAITH ACCORDING FUNCTIONS LAID DOWN HOLY TEXTS AND SUSTAINED UPLIFTED ESTABLISHment SUPREME EDIFICE UNIVERSAL HOUSE JUSTICE INTEND CONCENTRATE ACTIVITIES ALL IMPORTANT TEACHING WORK THIS GLORIOUS PERIOD EX-PANSION FAITH STOP OUR BELOVED GUARDIAN ASSOCIATED FIVE HANDS WITH WORK HOLY LAND HIS LIFETIME STOP FOLLOWING THIS PATTERN FIVE HANDS NOW ASSIGNED HOLY LAND THUS ENSURING AT ALL TIMES PRES-ENCE HANDS WORLD CENTRE FACILITATE INTERNATIONAL WORK INSTITUtion HANDS ASSIST HOUSE JUSTICE ANY WAY DEEMED ADVISABLE THAT EXALTED BODY STOP FIVE CHOSEN SERVE HOLY LAND ARE AMATU'L-BAHA RUHIYYIH KHANUM LEROY IOAS ALI AKBAR FURUTAN PAUL HANEY ABU'L QASIM FAIZI STOP CHANGES ASSIGNMENT HANDS CONTINENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY STOP CONFIDENT SPIRIT RELEASED MOST GREAT JUBILEE WILL INSPIRE FRIENDS ARISE ENSURE CONTINUATION UNPRECE-DENTED TIDE VICTORIES TEACHING FIELD.
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To the Hands of the Cause of God Residing in the Holy Land
May 26,1963

Beloved Friends,
We have been most grateful for the consultations we were able to have with you over the past two days, and look forward to others in the coming weeks as the process of our taking over the administrative work of the Cause progresses.
As we explained on Friday, there is one decision made by the House of Justice in London which we feel we should communicate to you without delay: our decision to adopt 10 Haparsim Street as the offices of the Univer-sal House of Justice and to terminate the other uses of the building....
Our members will be arriving in the Holy Land during the course of the next few weeks and by Ist September eight of the members will be here. As it will take a little time to prepare the premises for use as offices we would therefore be grateful if we could have them as soon as possible.
The alternative accommodation for the western pilgrims has not yet been finally decided, but we are investigating the possibility of housing them in the Eastern Pilgrim House and the two houses adjoining....
With loving greetings,
Yours in His service,
THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE


To the Hands of the Cause of God
May 27, 1963

Beloved Co-workers:
We hasten to send you the enclosed copy of our message to the Annual Conventions. You will note that it incorporates the points approved at our meeting in London.
Very heartwarming acknowledgements have been received by cable from a large number of the National Assemblies and Conventions, containing expressions of appreciation of the services of the Hands in bringing the beloved Guardian's Crusade to a successful conclusion. When the file is complete, we plan to share these messages with you.
We shall be writing you again shortly in connection with various actions approved at our recent meeting.
With warmest loving greetings,
In the service of the beloved Guardian,
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To the Universal House of Justice
June 7, 1963

Dearly Beloved Friends:
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 1963

For the records of your august Body, we wish to provide you with the following statement concerning the First International Bahá'í Convention held in Haifa, Israel, on April 21-22-23, 1963.
This Convention was called by the Hands of the Cause residing in the Holy Land, acting on behalf of the entire body of the Hands of the Cause, the Chief Stewards of the Faith.
The delegates to this Convention were the members of the fifty-six existing National Spiritual Assemblies of the Bahá'í world. In accordance with the Bahá'í Sacred Writings these delegates or electors cast their ballots for the election of the first Universal House of Justice, All fifty-six National Assemblies participated in the election, either through having their members present in person at the Convention in Haifa, where they cast their ballots individually, or through the casting of absentee ballots sent by mail by those members of the various National Assemblies unable to be present in person in Haifa at the Convention.
The Convention itself was under the supervision of the Hands of the Cause, who appointed the eighteen tellers responsible for tabulating the ballots and announcing the result of the election of the Universal House of Justice. These tellers were in all cases themselves members of National Spiritual Assemblies, and therefore delegates to the Convention. A list of the names of the eighteen tellers is attached.
The casting of ballots for the members of the Universal House of Justice took place on the morning of April 21, 1963 at the Home of 'Abdu'l-BahA, Number 7 Persian Street, Haifa. The results of the election were announced by the tellers at the Convention session held on Tuesday morning' April 22, 1963 at Beth Harofe Auditorium, Number 2 Wingate Avenue, Haifa. The tellers' report indicated that the following nine Bahá'ís received the highest number of votes, and comprise the member-ship of the Universal House of Justice:
Charles WolcottIan C. SempleHugh E. Chance
'Ali NakhjavaniLutfu'llah HakimAmoz E. Gibson
H. Borrah KavelinDavid HofmanHushmand Fatheazam
On motion made and duly seconded the Convention approved and adopted the report of the tellers.
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report, the nine members of the first Universal House of Justice were presented as a group and individually to the Convention.
With loving greetings,
In the service of the beloved Guardian,
HANDS OF THE CAUSE IN THE HOLY LAND

TELLERS
SUPERVISORY BOARD OF THREE
(TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN CHAIRMAN TO MAKE REPORT TO THE CONVENTION)
Ernest GregoryHusayn MahboubiJames Facey

FIVE TEAMS OF THREE TO COUNT THE BALLOTS

First Team
Jamshid MonajjemLloyd GardnerLeong Tat Che
Second Team
Michitoshi ZenimotoMax Seepe Alejandro Reid
Third Team
Salim NounouLisiate MakaEugen Schmidt
Fourth Team
Hassan SabriNoel BluettAthos Costas
Fifth Team
Soheil Ala'iDempsey MorganCharlotte Linfoot


To the Hands of the Cause of God Residing in the Holy Land
June 7, 1963

Beloved Friends,
Pursuant to the several discussions which we have had with you rel-evant to the transfer of the "functions, rights and powers" vested in the Custodians of the Bahá'í World Faith by virtue of the Declaration of the Hands of the Cause of God made at Bahjf on November 25th, 1957, please be advised that the Universal House of Justice has decided that the office of Custodians of the Bahá'í World Faith ceases to exist upon your receipt of this communication.
With loving greetings,
THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE


To the Hands of the Cause of God
June 14, 1963

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your behalf under the general authority approved at our recent meeting in London, is self-explanatory. It was worked out in consultation with the Universal House of Justice and with Dr. Weinshall, our attorney in Haifa.
Thus action has been taken to terminate the legal entity of the Custodians, in accordance with the language of the original document executed by the Hands of the Cause on November 25, 1957, which provided that the body of the Custodians would continue to exercise their functions, subject to such directions and decisions as might be given by the entire body of the Hands, "until such time as the Universal House of Justice, upon being duly established and elected in conformity with the Sacred Writings and the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá may otherwise determine." The actual date of termination of the Custodianship was June 7, 1963. From that date the Hands in the Holy Land will function under the terms of the document approved in London.
In the course of other meetings and conferences during the last three weeks documents have been executed designating the members of the Universal House of Justice as the members and managers of the eleven Israel or Palestine branches of the various National Spiritual Assemblies, in successorship to the Hands in the Holy Land.
We shall be writing you again shortly concerning other matters growing out of our recent meetings, but we feel we should share with you immediately certain facts which have just come to our attention. The National Assembly of the United States has sent us clippings from news-papers published in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in Florida, in the United States, describing the recent annual convention of the "Bahá'ís of the United States Under the Guardianship", which was held in Santa Fe. At this convention, "a National Assembly of the United States" was established, and one of the newspaper articles stated that in addition to the "National Assembly" of the United States, two other national assemblies under the guardianship were elected this year, one in Pakistan and one in India. The news item published in Santa Fe stated that eventually the Universal House of Justice would be elected by these national assemblies under the hereditary guardianship, with the guardian as its head, in accor-dance with the Bahá'í sacred writings.
Appropriate steps are of course being taken to alert the National Assemblies of India and Pakistan, and we shall report to you any further significant developments which may occur.
We would also like to inform you that representatives of the Universal House of Justice and of the Hands in the Holy Land met with the head of the Bahá'í Department of the Ministry of Religions in Jerusalem on May 30th. At that meeting they were shown the originals of a number of communications sent in April and May of this year by Mason Remey to



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various officials of the Govermnent of Israel, including the President. In these communications Remey reiterated his claims, and in the one to the Ministry of Religions, asked them to advise him as to how he could gain recognition by the Government of Israel as the second Guardian of the Faith in successorship to Shoghi Effendi.
The above developments emphasize the need for exercise of the utmost vigilance here at the World Centre in connection with any possible further moves by Remey or his supporters. Steps have been taken to formally notify the proper officials of the Government of Israel, including the Prime Minister, of the establishment of the Universal House of Justice, and that Body is taking steps to strengthen its position with the Government.
Our beloved fellow-Hand Enoch Olinga has reported that a former believer in the Cameroons, Mr. Joseph Pamo, has joined the Remey group, and is attempting to undermine the House of Justice and the Institution of the Hands. He has been sending communications to the Local Assemblies, groups and isolated believers in the Cameroons, urging them to get in touch with Mason's group in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and to accept Mason Remey as the second Guardian and the, proper head of the Universal House of Justice.
On the basis of this information furnished by Enoch we have expelled this individual, and have taken steps to wam the believers in the Cam-eroons that all association with him is forbidden. Needless to say, we immediately met with the Universal House of Justice and informed them of these developments.
As you know, our dear fellow-Hand Collis Featherstone planned his return journey to Australia in such a way as to visit a number of centres in Africa. He has cabled us from Mauritius that there is an individual there, a Mr. Seechum, who does not accept the Universal House of Justice and questions the integrity of the Hands. He states that he is openly attempting to cause division amongst several communities in Mauritius. Collis met with the believers in these communities to combat his poisonous attacks, and we are awaiting further information before taking final action.
It is of course essential that we prevent the spread of the poison of Covenant-breaking in the African continent and surrounding islands which, with the exception of Réunion, have so far been relatively free from this disease.
Our thoughts are with you all, and our prayers, and we ask you to pray for us constantly and to keep in close touch with us, so that we will be informed of the progress of the work in all continents, and of your own activities, and thus be in a position to pass on this news to all the Hands.
With warmest and deepest love to you all,
In the service of the beloved Guardian,
HANDS OF THE CAUSE IN THE HOLY LAND




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DECLARATION
BY THE CUSTODIANS

RELEASING ALL THEIR FUNCTIONS, RIGHTS AND POWERS CONFERRED UPON
THEM BY THE DECLARATION OF THE HANDS, NOVEMBER 25, 1957,
TO THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

Haifa, Israel
June 7, 1963

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, DULY NOMINATED AND APPOINTED AS CUSTODIANS OF THE Bahá'í WORLD FAITH BY THE DECLARATION OF THE HANDS OF THE CAUSE OF GOD MADE AT BAHJf ON NOVEMBER 25TH, 1957 "to exercise-subject to such directions and decisions as may be given from time to time by us as the Chief Stewards of the Bahá'í World Faith-all such functions, rights and powers in succession to the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, His Eminence the late Shoghi Effendi Rabbani, as are necessary to serve the interests of the Bahá'í World Faith, and this until such time as the Universal House of Justice, upon being duly established and elected in conformity with the Sacred Writings of Bahá'u'lláh and the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, may other-wise determine", do now declare that the Universal House of Justice was so established and elected by action of the International Bahá'í Convention held at Haifa on April 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 1963 and we hereby release all the said functions, rights and powers which were conferred upon us under the said Declaration of November 25th, 1957 as determined by the Universal House of Justice in its communication of June 7th, 1963, and we declare that all the said functions, rights and powers now devolve rightfully and in full accordance with the Sacred Writings of the Bahá'í Faith upon the Universal House of Justice. We make this statement for the full body of the Hands of the Cause of God in accordance with the powers conferred upon us by the Declaration of November 25th, 1957, and the office of Custodians of the Bahá'í World Faith has thus ceased to exist
HANDS OF THE CAUSE RESIDING IN THE HOLY LAND
[Signed as follows]
Rúhíyyih Rabbani
Paul E. Haney
A. Furutan
Djalal Khazeh
William Sears



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This book opened with the tribute to the Hands of the Cause of God from the Universal House of Justice. Let it close with a tribute to them from the National Spiritual Assembly of a small community:
Your dedication, love and example to the Bahá'í world from the time of the passing of our beloved Guardian until the culmination of his Ten Year Crusade with the establishment of the Universal House of Justice will forever be in our memory and hearts.



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