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Unfolding Destiny

  • Author:
  • Shoghi Effendi

  • Source:
  • UK Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1981 edition
  • Pages:
  • 490
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Pages 277-278

Letter of 4 March 1952

4 March 1952
Africa Committee of the National Spiritual Assembly.
Dear Bahá’í Friends:
Your letter of the 18th of February, with enclosures, has reached the beloved Guardian; and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.
He is very pleased over the progress being made, particularly in Uganda; and the recent pilgrimage of the dear Banánís, he feels sure, will add a great impetus to the work there.
Regarding the matters of policy you raised in your letter, he sees no objection to the Persian Bahá’ís,—as long as there are so many of them, and it is unwise to concentrate too many applicants on one country at one time as you point out,—going to countries under the jurisdiction of other National Spiritual Assemblies, such as Egypt and India.
He considers that it is of the greatest importance that pioneers should have upright characters, as well as some considerable knowledge of the Teachings. We cannot expect that every pioneer will be a person of importance; but we must hope that each one will be a person of worth, in his own character. This should be pointed out to the Indian friends. 278
India should likewise make an effort to send pioneers primarily to the territories embraced in its own part of the Plan; but if they can make available to your committee for British territory, some qualified Indian Bahá’ís, who for some reason cannot go to one of the Indian National Assembly’s assignments, then there is no objection.
The Guardian thinks that it is wise not to influence … by sending him material which he does not at present wish to receive. He is, judging from his letter, a sincere but immature believer….
P.S. Your National Assembly is not responsible for Eritrea but you may encourage any believers there.
[From the Guardian:]
May the Almighty bless your high endeavours, guide and sustain you continually, and aid you to win great victories in the service of His Faith.
Your true brother,