ARMY OF LIGHT—Generally, the Bahá’í community, but more particularly the “heavenly armies”—“those souls", according to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, “who are entirely freed from the human world, transformed into celestial spirits and have become divine angels. Such souls are the rays of the Sun of Reality who will illumine all the continents” (TDP 8.2).
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 731)
Evidences of increasing hostility without, persistent machinations within, foreshadowing dire contests destined to range the Army of Light against the forces of darkness, both secular and religious, predicted in unequivocal language by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, necessitate in this crucial hour closer association of the Hands of the five continents and the bodies of the elected representatives of the national Bahá’í communities the world over for joint investigation of the nefarious activities of internal enemies and the adoption of wise, effective measures to counteract their treacherous schemes, protect the mass of the believers, and arrest the spread of their evil influence.
(Shoghi Effendi, Messages to the Bahá’í World - 1950-1957, p. 123)
In every case the army of light vanquished the powers of darkness on the battlefield of the world, and the radiance of the Divine Teaching illumined the earth. Those who accepted the Teaching and worked for the Cause of God became luminous stars in the sky of humanity.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 102-103)
Indeed, from this very hour until the eve of the Most Great Jubilee, each and every one of those enrolled in the Army of Light must seek no rest, must take no thought of self, must sacrifice to the uttermost, must allow nothing whatsoever to deflect him or her from meeting the pressing, the manifold, the paramount needs of this pre-eminent Crusade.
(Ministry of the Custodians, p. 105)
Indeed, from this very hour until the eve of the Most Great Jubilee, each and every one of those enrolled in the Army of Light must seek no rest, must take no thought of self, must sacrifice to the uttermost, must allow nothing whatsoever to deflect him or her from meeting the pressing, the manifold, the paramount needs of this preeminent Crusade.
(Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith, p. 119)
It is clear that the Guardian envisaged this Ten Year undertaking as no more and no less than a battle, the battle of the “worldwide, loyal, unbreachable army” of “Bahá’u’lláh’s warriors", His “army of light", against the entrenched battalions of darkness holding the globe. Its “Supreme Commander” was ‘Abdu’l-Bahá; behind Him stood His Father, the “King of Kings", His aid pledged “to every crusader battling for His Cause”. “Invisible battalions” were mustered “rank upon rank, ready to pour forth reinforcements from on high”. And so the little band of God’s heroes assembled, ready to go forth and “emblazon on their shields the emblems of new victories", ready to implant the “earthly symbols of Bahá’u’lláh’s unearthly sovereignty” in every country of the world, ready to lay the unassailable administrative foundation of His Christ-promised Kingdom of God upon earth.
(Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, p. 223)
No man can refuse or escape from the responsibility of decision: he must be on one side or the other, with God’s Cause or against it. Whichever side he espouses, the choice is his own. God does not coerce him to join the army of light nor yet prevent him from joining the army of darkness.
(George Townshend, The Heart of the Gospel, p. 54-55)
Our deep appreciation of the vital role which the pioneers play in the onward march of the Army of Light towards victory arouses in us the desire to comfort their hearts, upraise their spirits, and strengthen their loins by calling to their minds the stirring appeal which flowed from the Pen of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: “O that I could travel, even though on foot and in the utmost poverty, to these regions, and, raising the call of “Ya Bahá’u’l-Abhá” in cities, villages, mountains, deserts and oceans, promote the Divine teachings! This, alas, I cannot do. How intensely I deplore it! Please God, ye may achieve it.”
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 176)
Signal has been given by the Author of the Plan, its Supreme Commander. The Lord of Hosts, the King of Kings has pledged unfailing aid to every crusader battling for His Cause. Invisible battalions are mustered, rank upon rank, ready to pour forth reinforcements from on high. Bahá’u’lláh’s army of light is standing on the threshold of the Holy Year. Let them, as they enter it, vow with one voice, one heart, one soul, never to turn back in the entire course of the fateful decade ahead until each and every one will have contributed his share in laying on a world-wide scale an unassailable administrative foundation for Bahá’u’lláh’s Christ-promised Kingdom on earth, swelling thereby the chorus of universal jubilation wherein earth and heaven will join as prophesied by Daniel, echoed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: “on that day will the faithful rejoice with exceeding gladness.
(Shoghi Effendi, Messages to the Bahá’í World - 1950-1957, p. 44)
Sustained by our love for each other and given power through the Administrative Order—so laboriously erected by our beloved Guardian—the Army of Light can achieve such victories as will astonish posterity.
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 113)
The Army of Light has won its second global campaign; it has surpassed the goals set for expansion and has achieved a truly impressive degree of universal participation, the twin objectives of the Plan.
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1968-1973, p. 113)
The Báb, soon after His Declaration, sent an envoy to Haji Mirza Karim Khan informing him of His station as the Báb and summoning him to embrace His Faith. But he persisted in his denunciation of it, published some books against the Cause, and till the end of his life tenaciously persevered in his determination to uproot its foundation. In the eyes of the Bábís, Haji Mirza Karim Khan stood as the embodiment of all the forces of darkness opposing the Army of Light.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh v 1, p. 333-334)
The responsibility for directing the work will rest upon the shoulders of the National Spiritual Assemblies, the generals of the Army of Light, under the guidance of the Universal House of Justice.
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 16)
The stage is set. The hour is propitious. The signal is sounded. Bahá’u’lláh’s spiritual battalions are moving into position. The initial clash between the forces of darkness and the army of light, as unnoticed as the landing, two millenniums ago, of the apostles of Christ on the southern shores of the European continent, is being registered by the denizens of the Abhá Kingdom. The Author of the Plan that has set so titanic an enterprise in motion is Himself mounted at the head of these battalions, and leads them on to capture the cities of men’s hearts.
(Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith, p. 26)
The time has come when we must surge forward as one victorious army of light, each and every one of us aspiring for more glorious service than ever before, with our minds, our hearts, our resources, bent upon the single purpose of winning the sacred goals of the Crusade.
(Ministry of the Custodians, p. 130)
The time is ripe and the opportunities illimitable. We are not alone nor helpless. Sustained by our love for each other and given power through the Administrative Order—so laboriously erected by our beloved Guardian—the army of Light can achieve such victories as will astonish posterity.
(The Universal House of Justice, Wellspring of Guidance, Messages 1963-1968, p. 120)
Therefore, in the light of the warnings of the Guardian, the Auxiliary Boards for Protection should keep “constantly” a “watchful eye” on those “who are known to be enemies, or to have been put out of the Faith", discreetly investigate their activities, alert intelligently the friends to the opposition inevitably to come, explain how each crisis in God’s Faith has always proved to be a blessing in disguise, and prepare them for the “dire contest which is destined to range the Army of Light against the forces of darkness”.
(The Universal House of Justice, The Institution of the Counsellors, p. 16)
We are confident that the Army of Light, growing in strength and unity will, by 1973, the centenary year of the revelation of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, have scaled the heights of yet another peak in the path leading ultimately to the broad uplands of the Most Great Peace.
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1968-1973, p. 72)
We are moved therefore to express our warm commendation for your assertion of such qualities of leadership at a time when the Army of Light must of necessity be doubly mobilized to counter the march of forces of darkness that are wreaking fear and confusion in the hearts of people everywhere.
(Universal House of Justice, 2002 April 26, US NSA 5 Year Plan - Lines of Action a Welcome Integration.htm, p. 1)
You are a community of victors; you occupy the front ranks of Bahá’u’lláh’s invincible army of light; indeed, you must remain in the vanguard of its thrust.
(The Universal House of Justice, A Wider Horizon, Selected Letters 1983-1992, p. 25)