A title given to the foremost disciples of Bahá'u'lláh, recognized by their outstanding contributions to the spread and establishment of the Bahá'í Faith internationally. The Hands of the Cause, while not in any way authoritative or infallible, were nevertheless called to a life of heroism and sacrifice. As such, their stories are a source of inspiration for Bahai's today.
The Hands of the Cause of God were exemplary disciples of Bahá'u'lláh, appointed for their dedication in promoting the Bahá'í Faith and exemplifying its principles through their lives of service.
The Hands were tasked with protecting and propagating the Bahá'í Faith, offering guidance to communities, and upholding the unity and integrity of the Faith's structures.
Hands of the Cause were appointed by Bahá'u'lláh, 'Abdu'l-Bahá, or Shoghi Effendi, based on their spiritual qualities, service to the Faith, and capacity to inspire others.
No, the formal institution of the Hands of the Cause ceased to exist with the passing of the last Hand; however, their legacy continues to be honored in the Bahá'í community.
The Hands are remembered through their writings, recorded talks, and the stories of their selfless service, which continue to inspire Bahá'ís around the world.
While respected for their experience and wisdom, the Hands did not hold legislative authority but were significant advisors and protectors of the Faith.
The Hands worked in support of the Universal House of Justice, the governing body of the Bahá'í Faith, in its formative years, ensuring a smooth transition of leadership.
Many Hands traveled extensively, establishing Bahá'í communities, translating texts, and fostering international connections that contributed to the Faith's growth.