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bullet.gif (837 bytes) The Bahá'ís
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Unity in Diversity
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Bahá'u'lláh
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Social and Moral
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Spiritual Beliefs of
the Bahá'í Faith
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) A System for
Global Governance
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) A Century of
Growth and
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) New Approaches
to Old Problems
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Towards the New
World Order

A matter of faith

Although both women and men are eligible to serve in the elective and appointive institutions of the Bahá'í Faith at all other levels, the membership of the Universal House of Justice is limited to men. Bahá'u'lláh Himself outlined this stipulation, and it is therefore an unchangeable aspect of the Bahá'í Faith, as is the responsibility of the House of Justice to promote the full equality of the sexes.

Bahá'u'lláh gave no clarification of this feature of Bahá'í administration. Accordingly, although individual Bahá'ís speculate on reasons, there is no official position on the issue. All that can be said at this time is that it is a matter of faith.

`Abdu'l-Bahá said that the wisdom behind this stipulation would become clear in the future. It will, He said, "ere long be made manifest as clear as the sun at high noon."

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