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The Universal House of Justice    

     "At the head of the Bahá'í administrative structure stands the Universal House of Justice, the international governing council of the Bahá'í Faith.  Composed of nine individuals, the Universal House of Justice is elected every five years by the combined membership of all of the world's National Spiritual Assemblies.
    The process of election is much the same as for local and National Spiritual Assemblies: there are no nominations, campaigning is forbidden, and the nine persons who receive the most votes are elected.  As with local and national elections, voters are expected to consider only individuals of recognized ability and spiritual capacity.
  The final election of the Universal House of Justice is just three steps away from the local level: every adult Bahá'í is eligible to participate in the election of a "district" delegate; district delegates in turn elect the members of their respective National Spiritual Assemblies; and the members of all National Spiritual Assemblies around the world in turn elect the Universal House of Justice.

Bahá'u'lláh Himself established the institution of the Universal House of Justice, and it occupies a unique position in the Bahá'í administrative order.  Bahá'ís  understand that its decision-making on spiritual matters is unerringly guided by God. houslite.jpg (32454 bytes)

   
    Bahá'u'lláh's teachings are the foundation of Bahá'í belief and practice.  The Universal House of Justice had the authority to legislate on all matters which Bahá'u'lláh Himself did not address.  If, for example, the development of some future technology poses a moral question which was unknown at the time of Bahá'u'lláh, it would fall to the Universal House of Justice to determine how to address that question.  In this way, Bahá'ís believe, the Bahá'í Faith will continue to be guided by God until such time as the next Manifestation of God appears--an event which Bahá'u'lláh said will not occur before the passing of no less than a thousand years." 

"The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men.  The ocean of divine wisdom surgeth within this exalted word, while the books of the world cannot contain its inner significance." - Bahá'u'lláh housface.jpg (79236 bytes)

    "It is important to note that, like members of national and local Assemblies, individual members of the Universal House of Justice have no power or authority on their own--however respected and honored as individuals they may be. 

Only when they are gathered together, meeting officially as the Universal House of Justice, are they considered to be divinely inspired.  The cult of personality has been entirely avoided." - Bahá'í Magazine
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Members of first Universal House Of Justice elected on 1963

 

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