The Bible Prophesied The Coming of
Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.)
The following passages of the New Testament lend further proof to the Prophethood of Holy Prophet Muhammad(S.A.W.): John 14:16, John 14:26, John 14:30, John 15:26, John 16:6-15.
A careful study of these passages will bring to light the following facts:
1. Jesus prophesied the coming of a 'Comforter' after him.
2. The coming of the Comforter depends on Christ's departure.
3. He is sent by Almighty God (Allah).
4. He will teach everything.
5. He will draw attention toward what Christ had foretold.
6. He will testify about Christ.
7. The world will follow his religion.
8. He will not speak of himself but of what he hears through revelation.
9. He will foretell future events.
10. He will glorify Christ.
11. He will stay with them forever.
If we glimpse the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad(S.A.W.) we will discover the amazing truth that these points tally perfectly with his mission and confirm, beyond doubt, that his is the 'Comforter' promised by Jesus. He glorifies Jesus and speaks not of himself but of what was revealed to him.
"...Nor does he speak out of desire. It is naught but revelation that is revealed..." Holy Qur'an (53:3-4)
Certainly his religion has spread all over the world and his Qur'an is alive, lasting forever. Our conviction will be firmer if we know that the word 'Comforter' is the mistranslation of the Greek word 'Periklytos' which was written in the New Testament from the original meaning of its exact translation Ahmad. The word has been changed in the Bibles during their translations to Parakletos which means the Comforter.
This confirms the verse in the Qur'an 61:6 which we quoted earlier. Whoever reviews the relevant history will find that Jesus' prophecy of the coming of an apostle after him was an unambiguous matter for the Christians during Jesus' era.
Before the advent of Islam, historians like William More, stated that there were among the pious of the Christian men those who pretended to be the promised Parakletos and many people followed them. This proves that the Christians remained waiting for the Messenger for centuries before the prophetic mission.
This belief led some to misuse it by pretending to be the promised apostle like Mintassy, a clergyman who pretended in 187 A.D.that he himself was the promised Messenger Jesus spoke about and whom a group of people followed. This certifies that the Christians of early centuries understood that Parakletos was simply a man and a messenger but not an angel or Divine Spirit, whereas some priests tried to interpret Parakletos as a Holy Spirit who came to his disciples and made them speak in tongues!
We do not find any historical opposition by the Christians to early Islam during the revelation of the Qur'an and its telling that the Torah and the Bible gave good tidings of the coming of the Messenger of Allah. The Qur'an conveys for us some well documented events like the discussion between the Jews and Christians concerning whether the promised messenger is this or another, certifying the prophet as a human messenger sent by Allah. Many Jews and Christians have embraced Islam because of these fixed prophecies in their Books.
The Qur'an refers to the same facts by saying:
"Those who follow the Apostle-Prophet the 'Ummi' whom they find ordained for them in the Torah and Evangel, he enjoins on them good and forbids them evil..." Holy Qur'an (7:157)
These facts are quite obvious to a rational thinker and any seeker of truth interested in finding the path of guidance, like Negus, the Christian kind of Abyssinia who positively responded to the call to truth. When the Messenger of Allah wrote to Negus citing proofs of his prophethood, foretold in the Torah and the Gospel and invited him to accept Islam, Negus immediately surrendered (became Muslim) to the testimony as a just man free from the effect of the environment or the pressures of obstinacy and bigotry. He said, "I call Allah as witness that he (Muhammad(S.A.W.)) is the Prophet awaited for by the followers of the Scriptures..."
The Messenger of Allah, Muhammad, peace be with him and his progeny, said: "I am the call of my father Abraham and the prophecy of Jesus, peace be upon them."