Prophet Muhammad is the Comforter?
Let’s find out if the prophet Muhammad ﷺ is the prophet mentioned in the Bible.
“THE COMFORTER, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, WHOM THE FATHER WILL SEND IN MY NAME, HE WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS, AND WILL REMIND YOU OF EVERYTHING I HAVE SAID TO YOU”. [BIBLE – JOHN 14:26]
JESUS, THE SON OF MARY, SAID: “A MESSENGER WILL COME AFTER ME, CALLED AHMAD”. [HOLY QURAN 61: 6]
The chief priests and Levites asked John the Baptist: “If you are not the Christ (Messiah), and not Elijah – are you that Prophet?” [Bible – John 1:20]
When the chief priests and Levites asked John the Baptist who he was, they asked him in a very strange way. First, they asked him about whether or not he was the anticipated “Messiah” [Christ in Greek Koine]. He was not the “Messiah” he had hoped for. Then they asked if he was the prophet Elijah and again he says to them, “No”. Now comes the really strange part. Finally, they asked if he was “that prophet?”
- Are you Christ? – [No]
- Are you Elijah? – [No]
- Are you that prophet? – [No]
What did they mean by “That Prophet?” We, of course, know who the “Christ” is. After all, Christians should know that “Christ” is just an abbreviated form of the Greek word Koine, “christos”, which means the Hebrew word “Messiah”.
The Jews of two thousand years ago were definitely looking for the Messiah, who was announced in his books, would come and lead them to victory over their oppressors and thus gain dominion over this world with them. They were very oppressed under Roman domination and even their own Jewish kings were seen as nothing more than puppets or agents for unbelievers. Certainly, they would be happy to see someone come on the scene who would beat their Roman masters and slave drivers.
Then the priests and Levites asked John the Baptist if he could be the prophet Elijah, returning after they had disappeared hundreds of years. There was a notion among them that Elijah would return. But again, John the Baptist is denying that he is Elijah.
So, who is he? They wonder at this man who lives in the desert and abandons wealth, luxury and fasting, avoiding the material attractions of life.
Again, they ask John the Baptist who he is. “Are you that prophet?” And again he denies being “THAT Prophet”, but then he talks about someone who will go right after him, to whom he says he is not worthy to unbuckle his shoes.
However, this does not answer the question: “Who waited beyond the Messiah?” Were they looking for someone like Muhammad ? (It could be)
Who is this prophet?
Keep reading and learn who “This Prophet” is and what other evidence can be found within the sacred texts to support this idea.
For centuries, Muslims believed that Jesus, peace and blessings were upon him, it was “THAT The Prophet” mentioned in these words from the Gospel of John. The Qur’an states that one of the important characteristics of Jesus’ mission was to give “bashir” or “good news” of the coming of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, may peace and blessings be upon him. During his short missionary career, which lasted only three years, and which was overshadowed by the hostile attitude of his own people, Jesus gave them the good news of Ahmad (one of the forms of “Muhammad”) the last messenger of God, Who will perfect teaching divine both in theory and in practice. The Qur’an mentions that, Jesus says:
And when Jesus, son of Mary, said: “O children of Israel! Certainly, I am for you the Messenger of Allah, to confirm the Torah, which was before me, and to announce a Messenger, who will come after me, whose name is Ahmad. ” Then, when the evidence came to them, they said, “That is evident magic!” [Holy Quran 61: 6]
The Koran gives the name as Ahmad, one of several ways to say the name of Muhammad ﷺ. Just as we have the name Joseph in English, and we often use a shorter form like “Joe” or the familiar form, “Joey”, and other names like “Jonathan”, which becomes “John”; “Jack” or “Johnny”, then, in the same way that we think Arabic has similar shapes for a name. Muhammad ﷺ, Ahmad and Hamad are some of the names originating from the root word, “hamd” (meaning “praise”) in Arabic, and can be understood as “One who praises (God)”; “The praised”; “Praise”; Etc.
Abdullah Yusuf Ali in his translation of the meanings of the Koran to English, he states: “Ahmad or Muhammad ﷺ, the Praise is a translation of the Greek word by Koine Peracletos. In the present gospel of John 14:16, 15:26 and 16: 7, the Greek word Paracletos is translated in the NIV as Comforter. Paracletos can mean an Advocate, or “a call to help another”, “kind friend”. Muhammad ﷺ, peace and blessing are with him, he was known since birth as someone who brought comfort and reconciliation to family, friends and strangers, especially in bringing together the bonds of kinship and brotherly love.
Another nickname of the prophet Muhammad ﷺ, peace and blessing be on him, mentioned in the Bible (or at least what remains of him in the English language) is “The Spirit of Truth”. As-Saddiq means just that and it was another name given to Muhammad ﷺ, peace and blessing be upon him, by those who knew his penchant for honesty and integrity.
The New Testament Gospel according to John, Jesus, promises them that the Paraclete will come four times (John 14:16; 14:26; 15:26; 16: 7). Of course, Jesus, peace and blessings are with him, they did not return in his life or another prophet for that matter, so later thinkers came up with the notion that it was not Jesus “personally”, but Jesus returning “Spiritual form”. This led some Christians to affirm, this would be the Holy Spirit, who would descend on the disciples on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), to witness to Christ and lead them to the whole truth and be with the faithful forever, would die (John 3:16), but have eternal life. In addition, some verses added later (see footnotes for the Revised Standard Version of the Bible) up to the last chapter of Mark (16), in which, they have the Spirit coming upon them in such a way that they imagined that they could speak with new languages; Catching snakes, putting hands on the sick to heal them and even drinking poison and nothing would harm them. [Luke 23: 17-18]
Another point is, Paracletos, the Comforter or the Spirit of truth, would live with us from now on. Certainly, anyone could see the influence of Muhammad ﷺ and his message of worshiping only one god without partners has been prevalent long after earthly life.