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Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ in the Bible


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Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ in the Bible



إِذْ قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ إِلَيْكُم مُّصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَمُبَشِّرًا بِرَسُولٍ يَأْتِي مِن بَعْدِي اسْمُهُ أَحْمَدُ 

And (this happened, too,) when Jesus, the son of Mary, said: “O children of Israel! Behold, I am an apostle of Allāh unto you, (sent) to confirm the truth of whatever there still remains of the Torah, and to give (you) the glad tiding of an apostle who shall come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” (Aṣ-Ṣaff, 61:6)


Muhammad Asad writes: “This prediction is supported by several references in the Gospel of St. John to the Parklûtos (usually rendered as “Comforter”) who was to come after Jesus. This designation is almost certainly a corruption of Peraklytos (“the Much-Praised”), an exact Greek translation of the Aramaic term or name Mawhamana. (It is to be borne in mind that Aramaic was the language used in Palestine at the time of, and for some centuries after, Jesus, and was thus undoubtedly the language in which the original—now lost—texts of the Gospels were composed.) In view of the phonetic closeness of Peraklytos and Paraklûtos it is easy to understand how the translator—or, more probably, a later scribe—confused these two expressions. It is significant that both the Aramaic Mawhamana and the Greek Peraklytos have the same meaning as the two names of the Last Prophet, Muḥammad and Aḥmad, both of which are derived from the verb ḥamida (“he praised”) and the noun ḥamd (“praise”).”


An even more unequivocal prediction of the advent of the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ—mentioned by name, in its Arabic form—is in Gospel of St. Barnabas, which was accepted as authentic and was read in the churches until  the year 496 of the Christian era, when it was banned as “heretical” by a decree of Pope Gelasius.

Taken from Qur'an Reflections


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