The Holy Quran: The Final Message
Dr. Mohammed Alam Qurayshi
Allah (swt) sent Prophets to guide mankind to His path. He revealed to them books with His commandments. The Torah (The Last Testament) was revealed to Prophet Moses, the Injeel (Bible) to Prophet Jesus (pbuh). The Holy Quran is His last testament to mankind, and a living miracle of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh).
The Bahais declare that the Bab abrogated the Holy Quran with his revelation - The Bayan, while Bahaullah's Aqdas abrogated the Bayan. What does the Quran say on this issue? Let us find out.
Islam is the last religion Allah the Almighty revealed in the 3rd verse of Chapter Maidah of the Holy Quran,
"This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion."
The religion of Islam is perfect and complete and so is the Quran. The Quran contains everything.
At another place, in the chapter of Nahl, verse 89 Allah declares:
"… and We have sent down to thee the Book explaining all things, a guide, mercy, and glad tidings to Muslims."
Yet again, we are reminded in the chapter of Anaam, verse 89
" … Nothing have We omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end."
The above verses point out to the fact that the divine message is complete and perfect.
Interestingly, the Bab died leaving the Bayan incomplete (both Arabic and Persian were incomplete). It was for this reason that Subhe Azal (the successor appointed by Bab), was commanded by the Bab in his will to complete it and establish their claims. Does the Bahai God need patch up work to be done to His Message? Do the Bahais want to say that Bab's enemies were more powerful than God, that they did not let God even complete His religion? Is the Bahai God impotent? With no Bab, Bahaullah and his all works are fraudulent.
Secondly, the Bayan was abrogated within 10 years. What was the need for the Bahai God to send a new revelation so soon even when the Bayan's edicts were not known to its adherents? Also the Bahais claim that the writings of the Bab are "lost".
This aspect is ironical - one one hand the Babi revelation claims to have abroagted Islam, a religion that was in force for more than 1,200 years (at the time of the Bab and still going strong today) and at the same time, neither was the dispensation complete, nor did it reach the hands of its followers, nor did it last more than 10 years!
Let me draw your attention to another aspect of Bayan and Aqdas. Bayan was written in Arabic and Persian both, while Aqdas was in Arabic. While all Prophets have brought the divine message in their native languages (Torah and Bible were in Hebrew, the Quran in Arabic), what prompted the two to write their books in erroneous Arabic? Does not Allah declare in the Holy Quran, You will NEVER find a change in the system of God?
There are so many deviations in Babi and Bahai religions that one cannot help but conclude that they are not of divine origin; that Bab's and Bahaullah's message did not come from God. Simply put, the Message of God for this era is still the Holy Quran - God's last testament to mankind.
Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) in his last sermon had prophecised that after him, religion would be altered. In his Khutbatul Wida (his Last Sermon), he warned his commuity thus, "So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone. People, no prophet or apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well therefore, O people, and understand the words which I convey to you."
(Ref: Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Masnad-e-Hambal)
Dr. Mohammed Alam Qurayshi