The Baha’is quote the following verse of Holy Qur’an to justify their claim that the chain of Prophethood hasn’t ended with the departure of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.a.s.).
“O children of Adam, verily apostles from among you shall come unto you, who shall expound my signs unto you: whosoever therefore shall fear God and amend, there shall come no fear on them, neither shall they be grieved.”(Qur’an 7:35)
The Baha’is claim:
i) Appearance of future Apostles of God is explicitly mentioned in the above verse.
ii) These Apostles (more that one Apostle -i.e. Mahdi and Isa bin Maryam) must come from among the Muslim ummah.
iii) These Apostles SHALL COME in the future.
The Baha’is have got it horribly wrong. They are very clearly quoting Qur’an out of context. Please read the verses before the above verse (7:11-35). Particularly see verses 11, 19, 26 and 27. All of them are the commands of Allah to Prophet Adam (as) who was the first Prophet. Allah is saying O’ sons of Prophet Adam, there shall come many prophets after Prophet Adam (a total of 123999 prophets after Prophet Adam).
About Jesus (as): He was a Prophet and came BEFORE prophet Muhammad (S). Prophet Jesus will return but he is not a new Prophet for he is older than Prophet Muhammad. Prophet Jesus also does not bring any new law for people. Christianity was abrogated when Prophet Muhammad came. Prophet Jesus will come as a follower of Imam Mahdi and will be his assistant. He will pray behind him. So Jesus (as) is not a new prophet. He is an old one who has lived long.
Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance) is going to establish a world-wide government and all people throughout the world will live peacefully under his Government. Baha’is believe that “the Bab”(Mirza ‘Ali-Muhammad) was the Imam Mahdi who claimed as such in May 1844 A.D. (1260 AH). He was executed in Iran shortly after (in July 1850 AD).
The above paragraph is enough for an elementary-school-age child to reject the Baha’is. Because if he was really Imam Mahdi, then when did he establish the world-wide government in all corners of the world? “The Bab” could not even govern the city in which he was living! He was executed by people for his blasphemy six years later.
Imam Mahdi brings neither new religion nor new religious law. He does not cancel any regulations set by Prophet Muhammad. However there are some authentic traditions which state that although Imam Mahdi does not bring any new law when he comes, some people say: he is bringing a new religion.
Those traditions further explain that it is as a result of many innovations set by pseudo-scholars into to the religion of Islam. Imam Mahdi comes to reject any innovations and to revive the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad which was corrupted by people after him. As a result of ignorance of people to the true Sunnah of Prophet, they think he is bringing a new religion.