Guadeloupe – Charles Fitzsimmons speaks about Hand of the Cause of God, Colonel Khazeh

Charles Fitzsimmons speaks of the insight of Hand of the Cause of God, Colonel Khazeh during his visit to Guadeloupe in 1974.

“I’ll never forget that the first thing…we went to pick him up at the airport, and there were three of us who were there, three pioneers I believe. We met him at the airport and brought him to his hotel in Gosier, the EcoTel. No sooner did he get installed in his room, than he pulled out some duplicated sheets that he had in his briefcase, and began to deepen us in the Faith…the pioneers. He began to ask us questions like, “Who was Baha’u’llah’s father?” and a lot of people were coming up scratching their heads…we should know these things! He was answering questions. I think, actually, the first thing he did was tell a joke. The second thing he did was to deepen us in the Faith. He was very sick, even at that time. Now this was in 1974, and he only had 3 hours a day when he could be available at all.

There was another thing about him. The local Baha’i at the time in Guadeloupe who was considered the leading light by, well, me, for one, a woman…I thought she was the brightest prospect we had in the Faith. I will never forget, we had a Baha’i meeting at the hotel where Colonel Khazeh was. She was there, and we were all sitting around the table. Colonel Khazeh didn’t speak French, and I was translating for him as best I could…. He would say things in English to me. He was an extraordinary man. I mean, ordinary rules of normal behaviour, sort of slightly modified by Colonel Khazeh , but he can get away with it.

At one point during this meeting, he turned to me and he said, meaning the woman in question, he said, “Who is this woman? I don’t like her!” This he said in English. And God knows what effect this had (on the women). I don’t think this woman could understand him, but most of us, if we said something like that, we would be telegraphing something. I was appalled….But anyway, nothing happened, she didn’t react and the thing just went on. I couldn’t think of anything to say, so I didn’t say anything. But I never forgot that. In fact, I left Guadeloupe not too much longer after that because I found a job in an out island of Guadeloupe, so still technically in Guadeloupe as a pioneer, but not on the island physically.

But that woman, really was not a faithful Baha’i. She began to become very militant in her union, and she had less and less time for the Faith. She really was not…well she didn’t really pan out as a Baha’i, you know? She became more and more estranged. She’d had an awful lot of attention. Far more attention than anyone else I can think of. And here was Colonel Khazeh, being in the same room with her for fifteen minutes and didn’t like her. I thought of that years later when people would say, “Oh, we never see her any more. We go to see her. She doesn’t have time for us.” and so on.”