what is the Bahai view about the Finality of Prophethood?
In my earlier articles, I have provided verses from the Holy Quran and traditions which unequivocally state that Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) is the last and final of the God-sent Prophets and Messenger s. Moreover, it is established that Islam is the last divine religion and the Holy Quran the last Message from God for mankind.
Despite this explicit Quranic guidance, the Bahais somehow tend to insist that Bahaullah is the continuation in the chain of Messengers (Manifestation in the words of the Bahais). In order to address this Bahai misconception, I thought it worthwhile to cite Bahaullah’s own words acknowledging that Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) is the last Prophet and Messenger.
In Ishraqaat, p 293 Bahaullah writes: “Blessings and salutations be on the Holy Prophet of Islam (pbuh) – the leader of the universe, the nourisher of the nations, the one by whom Messengership and Prophethood was terminated and upon his progeny and his companions; a perpetual and never ending blessing and salutation.”
On page 293 of Badie, Bahaullah, writes: “Blessings and salutations be upon the Holy Prophet (pbuh), the leader of the universe, the nourisher of the nations, one by whom was terminated Messengership and Prophethood, and also upon his progeny and his companions.”
The great Bahai scholar Ishraq Khavari from the writings of Bahaullah has also conceded that Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) is the last Prophet.
“Surely Allah has, in the Holy Quran, named the Holy Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) as the last prophet and has terminated the series of Prophethood through his beloved existence (pbuh). In the chapter of Ahzab, it is revealed – Mohammed (pbuh) is not the father of any of your men, but his is the messenger of Allah and the last prophet. (Ref: Qamoose’ Tauqee Manee, volume 1, page 114)
Dr. Mohammed Alam Qurayshi