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Hands of the Cause of God – Volume 2: The Institution of the Hands of the Cause of God is the second part of a four-part documentary series about The Hands of the Cause of God.
This outstanding four-part documentary series recounts the lives of the Hands of the Cause of God within the historical context of the Baha’i Faith. Told through first-person interviews and incredible never-before-seen archival footage, their incredible lives and service come to life in a powerful way, and which will inspire future generations.
Volume 2: The Institution of the Hands of the Cause of God tells the story of the Institution of the Hands of the Cause of God. It came into being with the appointment of the contingents of the Hands of the Cause by the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, Shoghi Effendi, starting in 1951. Thirty-two individuals were honored and elevated to the rank of Hand of the Cause of God during their lifetime.
The role that the Hands of the Cause of God played as “Chief Stewards of Baha’u’llah’s embryonic World Commonwealth”, after the passing of their beloved Guardian in 1957, and their efforts in bringing into being the Universal House of Justice is legendary. They shepherded the Baha’i community through difficult years and completed their exalted leader’s “Ten Year Global Plan” victoriously in 1963.
Their story is recounted by three remaining Hands of the Cause in 1997 in a special interview taped for this production, and is supplemented with historical film footage and narration.
The Universal House of Justice extended into the future the dual function of “propagation and protection” of the Institution with the appointment of Counselors and the creation of the International Teaching Centre in the Holy Land. This production concludes with the historic announcements of the year 2001 by the Universal House of Justice, and with the celebrations marking the opening of the Terraces of the Shrine of the Bab on Mount Carmel.
Produced by Badiyan Productions, Baha’i Blog was graciously given the rights to publish the Hands of the Cause of God documentary series on our YouTube channel, and we’d like to express our deepest thanks to Fred Badiyan and Ramin Khadem for allowing us to share this precious series with others.
All four volumes of the Hands of the Cause of God documentaries can be found here:
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.
Hello, Baha’i Blog folks.
Thanks for all of your dedicated work, and you invaluable and inspiring resources. I use them often. If I may make one comment about volume 2 of the video series on the Hands, the sound is so completely garbled, with overlapping, and overly loud portions drowning out important voices, it should be removed until it is corrected. The version I viewed is of such poor quality, it seems almost an insult to the Institution it is trying to honour. My apologies for my directness, but I found it disturbing.
Kim Naqvi (July 7, 2021 at 4:44 AM)
Thanks for your message. We’ve managed to get a new version of the video and uploaded it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BlZSksxItY
Naysan Naraqi (July 7, 2021 at 10:54 PM)