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1932-02-20 need for capable and enlightened souls

USBN #61 - April 1932 - page 2-3

Haifa, Palestine.

February 20, 1932.

Dear Mr. McDaniel:

Shoghi Effendi wishes me to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated

Dec. 8th, 1931. You mention the need of the Cause for capable and enlightened

souls who would arise and help the promotion of our beloved Faith and the carrying

through of its divine plans. This has been for long the earnest prayer of Shoghi

Effendi but for some reason or other it does not seem to be realized. It may be

because we have failed to do our best, in living the life, and promoting the

spread of the Message to the best of our ability. We have first to create the

material with which we have to work and then hope to succeed. In the Bayan the Bab

says that every religion of the past was fit to become universal. The only reason

why they fail to attain that mark was the incompetence of their followers. He then

proceeds to give a definite promise that this would not be the fate of the

revelation of "Him whom God would make manifest," that it will become universal

and include all the people of the world. This shows that we will ultimately

succeed. But could we not through our shortcoming, failures to sacrifice and

reluctance to concentrate our efforts in spreading the Cause, retard the

realization of that ideal. And what would that mean? It shall mean that we will be

held responsible before God, that the race will remain longer in its state of

waywardness, that wars would not be so soon averted, that human suffering will

last longer.

Shoghi Effendi will pray that the friends of God be helped in their task,

that the hand of divine mercy lead us on to victory and that we may win the

goodpleasure of our Lord.

Assuring you of his loving greeting, I remain,

Yours ever sincerely,

Ruhi Afnan.

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