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Theological Musings of a Former Muslim: 9

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Recently, we ran the testimony of a former Muslim who turned to Christ. Now in a new series, we have decided to share the theological details of his conversion, quoting both the Qur’an and the Bible. We ourselves do not claim to be experts in either, but we do feel it could be of great value for others to see the scriptural issues and conclusions that “Sam” went through during this process.

Here is his discovery of…

THE COMING OF MUHAMMAD

Holy Spirit

Yet this question perplexed my mind: What about Muhammad whose coming, according to the Qur’an Jesus had prophesied?

And when Jesus son of Mary said: O Children of Israel! Lo! I am the messenger of Allah unto you, confirming that which was (revealed) before me in the Torah, and bringing good tidings of a messenger who cometh after me, whose name is the Praised One. Yet when He hath come unto them with clear proofs, they say: This is mere magic.” (Sura al-Saff 61:6)

The Arabic for “Praised One” is ahmad, which has the same root meaning as Muhammad . Does this passage not mean that Jesus prophesied the coming of Muhammad? That is what I had been taught and believed.

I examined the Bible to see what it says about Muhammad, but I could find nothing. I asked my professors the same question and they too said that there is nothing. But when I looked into a Muslim commentary on the Qur’an, it quoted several Bible passages in support of this understanding of Sura al-Saff 61:6. The main passage quoted was:

 “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another counselor, to be with you forever.” (John 14:16)

The Greek Word for Counselor is Parakletos. (Greek is the original language of the New Testament.) The commentator said that the original Greek word was periklutos, which means “Praised One”. Christians, he said, substituted parakletos for periklutos to remove the reference to the prophet Muhammad.

I did not know Greek, and since it was really difficult for me to give up faith in Muhammad, I felt really troubled. Muhammad still held a great place in my heart, and I found it hard to give up the belief in him as a prophet. I asked the Greek professor about these words. He replied that the word periklutos is not the Greek text of St. John. He then explained clearly the original Biblical word, parakletos, and how the promise of Jesus (John 14:16) was fulfilled by the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts :1-11) who lives always with God’s people as their Comforter and Guide.

I placed the problem before God and asked Him to give me clear understanding. One night, after I had prayed and gone to bed, I could not sleep. I heard a voice or felt as though I had heard a voice. It said, “Get up and read!” I thought it was only my imagination. But I heard it again and again. I got up and opened my Bible. Several times I read the passage in John 14:15-17:

 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you for ever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.”

As I read these verses many questions came into my mind. Did you read in the Qur’an or Hadith, I asked myself, that Muhammad is the Spirit of truth who is always with you, a Counselor whom the world cannot see or know, or who lives inside you? Then I realized that these words do not contain any prophecy of a coming prophet and cannot possibly be applied to any human being. Moreover, I remembered the fulfillment of that prophecy in Acts 2:1-11, during the life of the first believers in Christ. Now I understood this great truth. The Counselor whom Jesus promised is the Holy Spirit, the eternal Spirit of the Living God, not the angel Jibra`il.

 Next:  FINAL CONCLUSIONS

To see the full series click here.

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