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Justice
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Equity, fairness, righteousness.
Justice is the virtue which characterizes the Dispensation of Bahá'u'lláh. ‘The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice.'1 ‘Justice is a powerful force. It is, above all else, the conqueror of the citadels of the hearts and souls of men, and the revealer of the secrets of the world of being, and standard-bearer of love and bounty.'2
At the global level, justice is the guarantor for the establishment in the future of a world community based on the principle of the oneness of mankind. ‘No light can compare with the light of justice. The establishment of order in the world and the tranquillity of the nations depend upon it.'3 To uphold the standard of justice, Bahá'u'lláh has decreed that, ‘The structure of world stability and order hath been reared upon, and will continue to be sustained by, the twin pillars of reward and punishment.'4 Further, He states, ‘That which traineth the world is Justice, for it is upheld by two pillars, reward and punishment. These two pillars are the sources of life to the world.'5
At the individual level, Bahá'u'lláh states, ‘If thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour what thou choosest for thyself.'6 He further states: ‘Be fair to yourselves and to others, that the evidences of justice may be revealed, through your deeds, among Our faithful servants.'7 ‘Whoso cleaveth to justice, can, under no circumstances, transgress the limits of moderation. He discerneth the truth in all things, through the guidance of Him Who is the All-Seeing.'8
The Bahá'í Houses of Justice, the present-day spiritual assemblies, are to act with justice: ‘The administrators of the Faith of God must be like unto shepherds. Their aim should be to dispel all the doubts, misunderstandings and harmful differences which may arise in the community of the believers. And this they can adequately achieve provided they are motivated by a true sense of love for their fellow-brethren, coupled with the firm determination to act with justice in all the cases which are submitted to them for their consideration.'9
[BD 124-125]
 
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