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Did Jesus fortell of Muhammad?

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Quran 61:6:

And [mention] when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, “O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad.” But when he came to them with clear evidences, they said, “This is obvious magic.”

The following excerpt is from “The Holy Quran in Today’s English” Note #2370:

Ahmad means praise, and the name Muhammad, which is derived from it, means the one who is praised. (Muhammad once also called himself Ahmad in a tradition recorded in Bukhari, which is like a person named Jonathon calling himself John, Jon, Johan or Johnny.)  Did Jesus foretell such a man with that name (Ahmad) in the New Testament?  Jesus spoke in the Aramaic language.  His later followers wrote his words down in Greek.  The possibilities for misinterpreting or miswriting his words are thus endless.  In the New Testament, John 14:16 has Jesus predicting that someone like him (Greek: allos) will come after him to complete God’s religion for his followers.  Thus, the essential difference and main point of contention between Islam and Christianity: if Jesus was a god, then the one who will come after him will be another god, like him (i.e., the Holy Spirit).  If Jesus was a man blessed of God, then the one who will come after him will be a man blessed of God, as well.  Now turning to the Greek word used for that future being, paracletos, we find that this term is often translated as advocate or comforter.  This ‘person’ is then held by Christian theologians to be the third part of the Trinitarian God, or the Holy Ghost.  However, the Holy Ghost (whom Muslims believe is Gabriel) was already present and working in the world before this, as evidenced by verses such as Luke 2:25 and others like it, including some in the Old Testament.  Now there is another Greek word, pariclytos, that is nearly identical, which means, ‘highly praised.’ There is only one vowel sound of difference!  Muslims hold that Jesus foretold the coming of Muhammad, based on this verse in the Qur’an [61:6], and they also look upon the New Testament book of John as a kind of confirmation.  John 16:7-14 even stipulates (specifically in verse 13) that this one who will come after Jesus will “…not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak, and he will show you things to come…”  The first word of revelation to Muhammad was, “Read,” and the frequently used command, qul, or say, (or tell them), repeatedly orders Muhammad to preach what is told to him.  In verse 2:252 we even read, “These are the revelations of God.  We recite them truthfully to you, for you,(Muhammad), are one of His messengers.”  (Also see 53:3 where it is said of him, “…and he doesn’t say anything on his own.”)  If the comforter (or highly praised one) were one of the three equal parts of the godhead, would he be a mute slave who had to wait for instructions on what to tell people from a superior?  Furthermore, Muhammad said he was the completion of God’s revealed religion until the end of time; he witnessed to the truth of Jesus as a righteous servant of God and he prophesied of the End Times (quite often).  Clearly, the one Jesus foretold was not yet another ‘part’ of Almighty God coming into the world, but a man who would wait upon the instructions of his Master.  Muhammad, himself, once said that he was the result of “…the invocation to God of Abraham and of the glad tidings that Jesus conveyed.”  He also said that his mother dreamt of him before he was born and that the mothers of all the prophets had dreams about their sons, as well.  (Ahmad)


Emerick, Yahiya. The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an in Today’s English (p. 827). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

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