Mohammed in the Bible: Jesus’ Prophecy

Dr. Jamal Badawi

The main reference for Muslims is the Quran as the last scripture and the last revelation of God that remains intact. In the Quran, it says, “And remember Jesus, the son of Mary, said: O children of Israel! I am the Apostle of God sent to you confirming the Torah, which came before me, and giving Glad Tidings of an Apostle to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad. But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said: this is evident sorcery.” (61:6) The name Ahmad and Mohammed come from the same Arabic root and in essence are the same name.

On the basis of this particular verse in the Quran, it is obvious that Prophet Jesus did actually foretell the advent of a prophet to come after him and actually even gave his name. This is confirmed further in one of the sayings of Prophet Mohammed; when asked about his birth he said, “I am the answer of the supplication of my father, Abraham, and the glad tidings given by Jesus.”

Paraclete

One of the most important of the prophecies in the New Testament appears in the writings of John. Prophet Jesus, may peace and blessings be upon him, speaks of the Paraclete that will come after him. In Greek, it’s Periklytos. This word has been translated, in the Gospel of John, to the ‘Comforter’ in the King James Version, the ‘Advocate’ in the Epistle, and the ‘Counselor’ by others. We’ll use the term Paraclete.

Descriptions of the Paraclete and his profile appear in the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth chapters of the Gospel of John and the Epistle of John. In chapter 14, verses 15-18 and 26, in chapter 15, verses 26 and 27 and in chapter 16, verses 7 through 15 particularly discuss him. The passage that discusses him, in the Epistle of John, is the first verse in the second chapter. To begin with, these are the main passages that deal with the Paraclete.

To the best of my knowledge, the common stereotype and interpretation of the Paraclete that Jesus foretold is a reference to the descent of the Holy Ghost on the disciples of Jesus on the day of Pentecost. Pentecost is a Jewish festival that used to be celebrated in the spring. It is claimed that about ten days after Jesus died, the Holy Ghost descended on the disciples so that they began speaking in different languages.

In fact, in the Book of Acts, in chapter 2 verses 12-13, describe the disciples as appearing to be drunk and intoxicated, saying things that are unintelligible to one another. Peter defended them and said that this was the Holy Ghost that made them able to speak in different languages. This is the most common interpretation that for hundreds of years has been supported by the official church. Muslim scholars however, take a different view all together from this. They claim that this Paraclete or Comforter about whom Prophet Jesus foretold is Prophet Mohammed. They say that the prophecy is not talking of something vague or a spirit but the prophecy talks of a human being, a person, who would come after Jesus.

Spirit or Human?

First of all, the words of Jesus, in the Book of John (in the verses noted above), talks of the Paraclete as someone who has not yet been sent by the Father and that the world did not know him. Going back, both to the Old and New Testament, you’ll see that the Holy Ghost is something that was already known before Jesus came. In the story of the baptizing of Jesus, John the Baptist says that he saw the Holy Ghost descending upon Jesus. Throughout the scripture of the Old Testament, the concept of the Holy Ghost, the Angel of Revelation, or Gabriel were known to the people whereas Jesus insists that the world does not know the Paraclete and that he was yet to be sent by the Father. The Holy Ghost was sent in a variety of occasions.

Secondly, Jesus also says that “It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” (John 16:7) This means that the going of Jesus is a prerequisite to the coming of the Comforter. He will not come unless Jesus goes. Then this is something that will happen in the future.

Jesus says, “And I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” (John 14:16) It is quite significant that he uses the term ‘another’ because if the Paraclete is the Holy Ghost then it is not another. According to the concept of the Trinity, the Son (Jesus), the Father, and the Holy Ghost are all one and the same. When he says another he’s talking about something different and independent.

Historically speaking, not all early Christians subscribed to this early theory that the Paraclete is the Holy Ghost. Those Christians were already familiar with what occurred during the Pentecost. However, we still find throughout Christian history, among Christians, many people have risen claiming to be the Paraclete prophesied by Jesus. If they believe that the Paraclete was a spirit, then there would be no point in doing this. In fact, Johann Mosheim says in his book, An Ecclesiastical History, some such as Saint Augustine and Father Tertullian, at some point in their lives, followed some of those who claimed to being the Comforter. This shows that the Comforter was not really regarded as a spirit but rather a person to come.

The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, which is a very major and credible source for Christian theology, admits that the original Greek wording of the Gospel’s masculine pronoun and adjectives are used. The word another is used. And it shows that this Spirit is regarded as fully personal. Of course, the main point here is that there is recognition that this passage is talking of another and not something that is part of the trinity. (Pgs. 654-655)

In the New Testament, in the Gospel of John in the chapters mentioned earlier, it is mentioned, more than once, that this Paraclete or sometimes mentioned as the Spirit of Truth will “not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13) He will not speak from himself but whatever he hears from the Father he will say. This shows that this Comforter is receiving instruction, knowledge, and revelation from another source- God. If we say that the Comforter is the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost we know is part of God-hood, then he doesn’t need another source to receive revelation from. This, in itself, rejects the notion that the Paraclete is the Holy Spirit, and instead is talking of a human being.

Similarities with Mohammed

Indeed, when looked at the other way around, we can say that this is the exact description of the revelation as given to Prophet Mohammed, may peace and blessings be upon him. One of the main points we said was that Prophet Mohammed was not speaking of his own, the Quran itself says, “Nor does he say aught of his own Desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down to him: he is taught by One Mighty in Power.” (53: 3-5)

Furthermore, it is fully consistent with the nature of Prophet Mohammed and what the Quran, itself, says about his mission. First, the Quran makes it clear that it is the most complete scripture revealed by God. It says, describing the Quran as “explaining all things, a Guide, a Mercy and Glad Tidings.” (16:89)

One of the very last verses in the Quran says, “This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” (Quran 5:3) This shows conclusively something, which is not clear in any of the previous scriptures. Only the Quran makes it very obvious and very explicit that it is the last revelation from God and the completion of the message of all prophets.

In a sense, the mission of this prophet to come was to remind people of the truth that Jesus had preached. The Gospel of John uses similar terminology saying that the advent will ‘bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.’ (John 14:26) The Advent will remind the followers of Jesus that what he is teaching is simply that Prophet Jesus was a great messenger of God; Jesus was carrying the news of the final prophet to come after him and that is Prophet Mohammed.

 

Adapted, with permission, from transcribed audio lectures on www.jamalbadawi.org

 

 

 

 

 

14 Comments

  1. Holly Williams says:

    This article makes one big mistake. In the first quoted section it says that Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one and the same. That is not what Christians teach. We teach that they are three distinct Persons of the Trinity but yet those three persons are still one God.

  2. Holly Williams says:

    The article also makes the mistake of saying that at Pentecost when the Holy Ghost came down that the Apostles were saying things to each other and to others that were unintelligible. If you look in the Bible, you will see that this is not the case. The audience understood them perfectly fine. There is no indication in the Bible that the apostles did not understand each other either.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yt again, more Islamic propaganda that ONLY requires you to read the Bible: especially the SURROUNDING VERSES. These websites and apparently friendly organisations are simply rehashing old Ahmed Deedat and Zakir Naik's refuted arguments. Consider this… did you know… THREE PAGAN GODDESSES ARE MENTIONED BY NAME in the QURAN?! Yes.. go to Surah 53:19… you will see it.. *Muslim starts to panic and scurries for the context and surrounding verses* … Ofcourse anyone make make this wild claim. This shows the complete lack of respect Islam and Muslims have to Non-muslim beliefs. They do it in their lands but NEVER can we hear Jesus be called the son of God in ARABIA.. in public. Unbelieveable.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Watch Dr. Zakir Naik and Ahmed Deedat. Then watch Acts17 Apologetics. They destroy and expose these outdated claims of tolerance and Muhammad in the Bible. These people make the same claims about Hinduism. All have been exposed. The Muslims do not EVER side with the Truth. That is their downfall. If they did, they would have no problems. Notice how these arguments were made BEFORE 9/11 happened. Before ISLAMOPHOBIA. Intolerance galore.

  5. George Caco says:

    Mr. Adli,
    The Bible was written in Hebrew and Greek. Go learn Hebrew and Greek and then we'll talk. OK?

  6. Anas Ababou says:

    You just did the 1+1+1 =1

  7. Anas Ababou says:

    Do you need me to post you YouTube videos of people doing the bouya kasha mmmmm kikoukoula tongues? Maybe you'd understand what they say

  8. Youra Fag I haven't watched any of the videos. I don't really have an interest in them. However, I do want to say that there are different varieties of Muslims out there. Many of them are very peaceful and tolerant people. However, there are also radical/fundamentalist/extremist/terrorist Muslims too. The different Muslim sects have different beliefs on different points of theology.

    However, I liked your comment because you said Muslims do not EVER side with Truth. I don't strictly agree that they NEVER side with Truth. My belief is that some of their beliefs (such as monotheism except for the fact that they reject the Trinity) is Truth. However, they also have plenty of false beliefs such as the belief in Muhammad as a prophet. I do not believe Muhammad was a prophet. I believe he was a false prophet. I'm a Catholic Christian.

  9. Anas Ababou Here is the part of the Bible which shows when Pentecost happened. It is in the 2nd Chapter of Acts if you would like to look it up in your own Bible.

    Acts 2:1-47 RSV-CE When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. (2) And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. (3) And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (5) Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. (6) And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. (7) And they were amazed and wondered, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? (8) And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? (9) Par'thians and Medes and E'lamites and residents of Mesopota'mia, Judea and Cappado'cia, Pontus and Asia, (10) Phryg'ia and Pamphyl'ia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyre'ne, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, (11) Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God." (12) And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" (13) But others mocking said, "They are filled with new wine." (14) But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. (15) For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day; (16) but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: (17) 'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; (18) yea, and on my menservants and my maidservants in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. (19) And I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth beneath, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; (20) the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and manifest day. (21) And it shall be that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.' (22) "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know– (23) this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. (24) But God raised him up, having loosed the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. (25) For David says concerning him, 'I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; (26) therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will dwell in hope. (27) For thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades, nor let thy Holy One see corruption. (28) Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence.' (29) "Brethren, I may say to you confidently of the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. (30) Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne, (31) he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. (32) This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. (33) Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this which you see and hear. (34) For David did not ascend into the heavens; but he himself says, 'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, (35) till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet.' (36) Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified." (37) Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" (38) And Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (39) For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him." (40) And he testified with many other words and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation." (41) So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. (42) And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (43) And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. (44) And all who believed were together and had all things in common; (45) and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need. (46) And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts, (47) praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

    If you notice, in the first part of the chapter it mentions how the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples and He appeared on them like tongues of fire. It mentions that there are people from many nations there and that they heard the disciples speaking to them in their own language and proclaiming the mighty works of God. Notice that there were people of many languages present when this happened but yet all of them heard the disciples speaking in their own language. Some were skeptical and assumed that the disciples were drunk but Saint Peter, the first Pope, clearly refutes this by showing them that this event was prophesied long before this event known as Pentecost happened. How did this happen? It's simple. The Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit, Who is God, gave them this gift. It was miraculous in nature. And that is how and why it happened. It is all explained right there in the Bible passage that I posted above.

  10. Adli Zatul, in reality the translations of the Bible are extremely accurate and many say that they are far more accurate than any other ancient manuscript. Will you please take the time to read this article? It will not take you a long time to read it and it shows how extremely accurate the Bible we have today is. Here is the link:

    https://bible.org/article/how-accurate-bible

    Please tell me if you will read it or not.

  11. Anas Ababou, the Holy Trinity is much more complex than I think you think God is. God cannot be reduced to a math formula. If you would like, I can find a link (or few) which will help to explain this.

  12. Anas Ababou says:

    Why are you drifting from the main point. The Pentecost wasn't the subject anyway. It was just an example what the Holy Spirit meant to those people vs what the paraclete meant to Jesus pbuh

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