31 Facts About Shoghi Effendi


Shoghi Effendi was succeeded by an interim arrangement of the Hands of the Cause until the election of the Universal House of Justice in 1963.


Shoghi Effendi appointed 32 living individuals to the rank of Hand of the Cause, a prominent position that oversaw teaching the faith and protecting it from attacks, and oversaw the expansion of the religion from 1,034 localities in 1935 to 2,700 localities in 1953, and 14,437 localities in 1963.


Shoghi Effendi was born Shoghi Rabbani but published and is commonly known as Shoghi Effendi.


Shoghi Effendi learned prayers from his grandfather, who encouraged him to chant.


Shoghi Effendi then set out to memorize a number of prayers, and chanted them as loud as he could.


Shoghi Effendi received his early education at home with the other children in the household, then attended a French Christian Brothers school in Haifa, and later boarded at another Catholic school in Beirut.


Shoghi Effendi was to accompany his grandfather on his journeys to the West but was unable to proceed after port authorities in Naples prevented Shoghi Effendi from continuing due to illness.

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Shoghi Effendi later attended the Syrian Protestant College for his final years of high school and first years of university, where he earned an arts degree in 1918.


Shoghi Effendi was protected from World War I due to the neutrality of the Syrian Protestant College.


Shoghi Effendi was acquainted with future British prime minister Anthony Eden but they were not close friends.


In public, Shoghi Effendi was variously described as composed and highly informed in international affairs.


Shoghi Effendi was short in stature, with dark hair, an olive complexion and hazel eyes.


Shoghi Effendi had a great love for the English language.


Shoghi Effendi was an avid fan of English literature, and enjoyed reading the King James Bible.


Shoghi Effendi was noted for speaking English in clipped received pronunciation, and Persian in an Isfahani dialect, inherited from his grandmother.


Shoghi Effendi held Iranian nationality throughout his life and travelled on an Iranian passport, although he never visited Iran.


On March 24 1937, Shoghi Effendi married Mary Maxwell, entitled Ruhiyyih Khanum, a Canadian.


Shoghi Effendi had first met Mary as a girl when she came on pilgrimage with her mother in 1923.


Shoghi Effendi made another pilgrimage as a teenager with two of her mother's close friends.


Shoghi Effendi wrote to Mary and her mother in 1936, inviting them to visit Haifa.


Shoghi Effendi's leadership focused on two aspects: developing the administration of the religion and spreading it around the world.


Shoghi Effendi was mourning the death of his grandfather to whom he had great attachment.


However, despite his youth, Shoghi Effendi had a clear idea of the goal he had for the religion.


Correspondence and pilgrims were the way that Shoghi Effendi conveyed his messages.


Shoghi Effendi's talks are the subject to a great number of "pilgrim notes".

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Shoghi Effendi requested that he be referred in letters and verbal addresses always as Shoghi Effendi, as opposed to any other appellation.


Shoghi Effendi recovers from it, but it causes him untold suffering and it was from such things that the Master described Himself in His Will as 'this broken-winged bird.


Shoghi Effendi says he will fight it out to the last round.


Shoghi Effendi's death came unexpectedly in London, on 4 November 1957, as he was travelling to Britain and caught the Asian Flu, during the pandemic which killed two million worldwide, and he is buried there in New Southgate Cemetery.


Shoghi Effendi beloved of all hearts sacred trust given believers by Master passed away sudden heart attack in sleep following Asiatic flu.


Shoghi Effendi learned that he had been designated as this when he was still a small child.