(Baha’i World News Service)
Facsimile of Letter from Shoghi Effendi, written by his own hand, and Envelope (above) addressed to the Star of the West
Photograph of the original letter written by Shoghi, Effenili and, translation of same, sent to the Star of the West by his honor Mirza Hadi Shirazi, the noble father of Shoghi, Effendi, through Dr. Zia M. Baghdadi.
“He Is God!
This servant, after that grievous event and great calamity -- the ascension of His Holiness ‘Abdu’l-Baha to the Abha Kingdom -- has been so stricken with grief and pain and so entangled in the troubles (created) by the enemies of the Cause of God that I consider my presence here, at such a time and in such an atmosphere, is not in accordance with the fulfillment of my important and sacred duties.
For this reason, unable to do otherwise, I have left for a time the affairs of the Cause, both at home and abroad, under the supervision of the Holy Family and the headship of the Greatest Holy Leaf -- may my soul be a sacrifice to her – until, by the Grace of God, having gained health, strength, self-confidence and spiritual energy, and having taken into my hands, in accordance with my aim and desire, entirely and regularly the work of service, I shall attain to my utmost spiritual hope and aspiration.
The servant of His Threshold,
(Star of the West, vol. 13, no. 4, May 17, 1922)
Facsimile of Bahiyyih Khanum's handwriting
Translation:O Leaf of Paradise!
Loose your tongue at all times in gratitude for the blessings of the Beloved of the Worlds, for you are always mentioned in His Glorious and Sanctified Presence, and you are ever in the hearts of His maidservants. The pen is unable to describe the depths of our longing, nor can the tongue recount the love concealed within our hearts. Should you look into the mirror of your own heart, which is free from the defilements of this world of dust, you would clearly see the truth of what has been set forth.
From the time of your departure no day passes without mention being made of your name. Please God you may in your days and nights hold fast to the sure handle of detachment, and be occupied in the remembrance of God, the Wondrous, the All-Glorious.
There is no blessing greater than attainment unto His Holy Presence. Thank God you attained this bounty.
May the spiritually-minded son, Mirza Badi'u'llah, God willing, be always safe in the stronghold of God's care and protection. (Bahiyyih Khanum, ‘Bahiyyih Khanum The Greatest Holy Leaf’, p. 93)