When we look back and review the events following the passing of the first Guardian Shoghi Effendi, we are faced with many questions of which the “Custodians” case is one of them. A general question stands out which is: were all the sequences from the first telegram of Ruhiyyih Khanum up to the creation of the man-made and bogus Custodians premeditated?
Ruhiyyih Khanum in the book called “The Ministry of the Custodians” didn’t mention anything about her first telegram in which she had announced that Shoghi Effendi was ill at a time when he wasn’t in this world anymore, and she copied her cablegram when she announced the passing of the first Guardian in which she said:
“.URGE BELIEVERS REMAIN STEADFAST CLING INSTITUTION HANDS LOVINGLY REARED RECENTLY REINFORCED EMPHASIZED BELOVED GUARDIAN.”
At that time the Baha’i Faith was well organized. There were many Local and National Spiritual Assemblies and at the International level there was the International Baha’i Council at the summit, which according to Shoghi Effendi’s Message of 23 November 1951 this “Central Body” had to direct the affairs of the National Assemblies. On the other hand, the Hands of the Cause did not have any administrative authority or responsibility. Baha’is did not have direct contact or communication with the Hands, they were in contact and in touch with their Local Spiritual Assembly. Why did Ruhiyyih Khanum tell the Baha’is to cling to the Hands? And why did she have to tell Baha’is that this institution:
“REARED RECENTLY [was] REINFORCED [and] EMPHASIZED [by] BELOVED GUARDIAN”?
In the next cablegram in which she announced the date of the funeral and invited the Hands of the Cause and Auxiliary Board Members and members of NSA’s to attend the funeral she stated:
“ANY PRESS RELEASE SHOULD STATE [that MEETING [of] HANDS SHORTLY [in] HAIFA WILL MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT TO BAHÁ’Í WORLD REGARDING FUTURE PLANS”
(Ministry of the Custodians, p. 7)
It is known that Ruhiyyih Khanum and other former Hands of the Cause ignored the fact that according to the sacred Will and Testament of the Master:
“It is incumbent upon the Guardian of the Cause of God to appoint in his own lifetime him that shall become his successor”. They also took no notice of the fact that the first Guardian had appointed his successor “in his own lifetime” by appointing him as the Head of the Embryo of the Universal House of Justice.
The deceased Guardian had in place a ten-year Crusade, yet most of it remained uncompleted, so there was not an immediate need for planning. Ruhiyyih Khanum did not have any authority to tell the Hands or anybody else what to do. When the first Guardian was alive she, as his secretary, had the duty of transmitting the Guardian’s orders, but upon the passing of the Guardian she had no authority to replace him as the Guardian, also the Hands did not have any authority for planning.
It is evident that the future plans of Ruhiyyih Khanum were to give birth to a bastard and bogus body called “The Custodians of the Baha’i World Faith” as a successor to the Guardian in opposition to the Master plan established by Abdu’l-Baha and to dissolve the International Baha’i Council and thereby abort the embryo of the Universal House of Justice.