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Title: Citadel of Faith
Author: Shoghi Effendi
Release Date: September 2006 [Ebook 19254]
Language: English
***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK CITADEL OF FAITH***
Citadel of Faith
by Shoghi Effendi
Edition 1, (September 2006)
Baha'i Terms of Use
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Contents
Baha'i Terms of Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Believers’ Generous Response to Temple Fund . . . . . . Call to Fuller Participation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Consolidation in Europe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Participation in Second Seven Year Plan [MESSAGE TO 1947 CONVENTION] . . . . . . . . NSA Must Control Credentials of Foreigners . . . . . . . The Challenging Requirements of the Present Hour . . . . CROWNING FEATURE OF ADMINISTRATIVE OR-DER: THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE . . . FOURFOLD OBJECTIVE TO PRESENT REQUIRE-MENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOALS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ALASKA . . . CANADA TO FORM SEPARATE NATIONAL ASSEM-BLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TASKS IN LATIN AMERICA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TWO REGIONAL NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES A VITAL OBJECTIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IMPORTANCE OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS . . . . . BAHÁ’U’LLÁH’S SUMMONS TO THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SPIRITUAL CRUSADE TO BE LAUNCHED IN EUROPE EVOLVING STRONGHOLDS IN TEN INITIAL COUN-TRIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . INITIATING NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS AND ADAPTING TEACHING METHODS . . . . . . . . . EUROPE FEELS STIRRINGS OF SPIRITUAL REVO-LUTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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DIVINE PLAN CHALLENGES NORTH AMERICAN BELIEVERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DETACHMENT FROM THE PHYSICAL WORLD . . . CONTRIBUTION OF THE WEST TO WORLD ORDER THE WORKINGS OF TWO SIMULTANEOUS PRO-CESSES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A PARALLEL BETWEEN THE AMERICAN BAHÁ’Í COMMUNITY AND THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC . THE UNITED STATES IS SIGNALLY BLEST . . . . . TRIBULATIONS ARE INEVITABLE . . . . . . . . . . . AMERICA TO EVOLVE UNTIL LAST TASK IS DIS-CHARGED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . European Pioneers and Temple Contract . . . . . . . . . . Evidences of Notable Expansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Effective Prosecution of Sacred Tasks . . . . . . . . . . . HEART-WARMING PROGRESS IN EUROPEAN ENTERPRISE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TRIPLE CAMPAIGN OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE Recognition of Preeminent Services . . . . . . . . . . . . Critical Stage of Task on Home Front . . . . . . . . . . . No Sacrifice Too Great . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prevailing Crisis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emergency Teaching Campaign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marvelous Acceleration [FIRST MESSAGE TO 1948 CONVENTION] . . . . Brilliant Achievements [SECOND MESSAGE TO 1948 CONVENTION] . . . Support the National Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Temple Interior Ornamentation and Arcade of the Báb’s Sepulcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . My Appeal to This God-Chosen Community . . . . . . . . Urge Special Attention to Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Praying for Added Fervor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Completed Tasks Release Outpouring of Grace . . . . . .
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Appeal to Entire Community to Persevere . . . . . . Scale Nobler Heights of Heroism . . . . . . . . . . . The Citadel of the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh . . . . . . . . STAUNCHNESS OF AMERICAN BELIEVERS
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CEASELESS EFFORT ESSENTIAL . . . . . . Budget Approved for 1949–1950 . . . . . . . . . . . Preliminary Temple Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . Arcade for the Shrine of the Báb . . . . . . . . . . . Drastic Budget Reduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Further Budget Reduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Curtailment of Some Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . Divert Contributions to Temple Fund . . . . . . . . . Suspend World Order Magazine . . . . . . . . . . .
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Arcade of the Báb’s Shrine Begun . . . . . . . . . . One Remaining Objective Hangs in the Balance . . . Process of Expansion Accelerates [MESSAGE TO 1949 CONVENTION] . . . . . Welcome Initial Victory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Supplicating Blessing for American Activities . . . . Corners of Shrine Arcade Under Construction . . . . This Hour, Crowded With Destiny . . . . . . . . . . Praying For Increasing Success . . . . . . . . . . . . Majesty of the Báb’s Shrine Unfolding . . . . . . . . Faithless Brother Hussein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maintain Momentum in Triple Field . . . . . . . . . Shrine Parapet Completed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sacred Task of Present Hour . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shrine Arcade Nearing Completion . . . . . . . . . . Centenary of the Martyrdom of the Báb . . . . . . . A Worthy, Five-Fold Offering . . . . . . . . . . . . AN HOUR LADEN WITH FATE . . . . . . . . . . Ruhi and Family Show Open Defiance . . . . . . . .
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Non-Bahá’í Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teaching in Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comforted by Messages of Devotion . . . . . . . . . . . . Relieved by Intensified Activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Badí’u’lláh Has Miserably Perished . . . . . . . . . . . . Requirements for Temple Completion . . . . . . . . . . . Summer Schools to Reopen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistance to Epoch-Making Enterprise in Africa . . . . . Status of Bahá’ís Regarding Military Duty . . . . . . . . . Spiritual Conquest of the Planet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NO SACRIFICE TOO GREAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE CENTER OF NINE CONCENTRIC CIRCLES . THE CHOSEN TRUSTEES OF A DIVINE PLAN . . First American Pioneer to Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Message to 1951 State Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . The Last and Irretrievable Chance . . . . . . . . . . . . . A PERIOD OF HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE . . . . . . . OBJECTIVES OF SECOND SEVEN YEAR PLAN LARGELY ATTAINED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SCOPE OF THIRD SEVEN YEAR PLAN WIDENED . . Funds for International Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Forty-Fifth Annual Convention: U.S. Tasks in World Crusade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intending Pioneers Urged to Scatter . . . . . . . . . . . . A Turning Point in American Bahá’í History . . . . . . . . RECENT SERVICES DESERVING MENTION . . . . . ADDED RESPONSIBILITIES IN PROPAGATING THE DIVINE PLAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A LASTING INFLUENCE ON AMERICAN COMMU-NITY AND NATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MOST VITAL OBJECTIVE IN THE CRUSADE’S OPENING YEAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AN APPEAL TO ALL ENGAGED IN THE CRUSADE . Safeguarding American Primacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Temple Site Purchased in Panama . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293 Assemblies Must Be Maintained . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295 American Bahá’ís in the Time of World Peril . . . . . . . 297 CHIEF EXECUTOR OF DIVINE PLAN . . . . . . . . . 299 AMERICA PASSING THROUGH CRISIS . . . . . . . . 301 AMERICAN BAHÁ’ÍS STAND AT CROSSROADS . . . 305 WORLD CRUSADE TASKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307 CHALLENGE TO EACH INDIVIDUAL BAHÁ’Í . . . . 311 APPEAL FOR DEDICATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313 Nine-Pointed Star for Headstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315 Send Appeals to President Eisenhower . . . . . . . . . . . 317 A Mysterious Dispensation of Providence . . . . . . . . . 319 PERSECUTION OF THE BAHÁ’ÍS OF ÍRÁN . . . . 321 A PREMEDITATED CAMPAIGN OF PERSECUTION323 APPEALS TO THE AUTHORITIES OF ÍRÁN AND TO THE UNITED NATIONS . . . . . . . . . . 325 A WHOLLY DEDICATED, INFLEXIBLE RESOLVE 327 “SAVE THE PERSECUTED FUND” . . . . . . . . . 329 THE FIRST HOUSE OF WORSHIP IN AFRICA . . . 331 A BLESSING IN DISGUISE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333 UNPRECEDENTED PUBLICITY . . . . . . . . . . . 335 WORLD RECOGNITION OF THE FAITH . . . . . . 339 Revitalize Entire Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341 Greater Consecration to Pressing Tasks . . . . . . . . . . 343 Praying for Great Victories on Home Front . . . . . . . . 345 Inestimable Prizes Within Our Reach . . . . . . . . . . . . 347 AID ACCORDED TO THEIR OPPRESSED BRETHREN IN PERSIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 349 A NOBLE RECORD OF SERVICE . . . . . . . . . . . . 351 FRUITFUL EFFORTS OF HANDS OF THE CAUSE . . 353 STUPENDOUS WORK ACHIEVED BY MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL BAHÁ’Í COUNCIL . . . . . 355 REVITALIZATION OF THE HOME FRONT . . . . . . 357 THE INDIVIDUAL BAHÁ’Í MUST ARISE . . . . . . . 359