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John 14:16, John 15:26: Is Muhammad the Comforter?

Some Muslims are trying to prove the coming of Muhammad with the Gospel: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:16 – NKJV).
“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.” (John 15:26 – NKJV).
Note that the Helper is the Comforter.

1. Muhammad cannot be the Comforter

Suppose that Muhammad was the Comforter, then:

  1. Muhammad was not a Comforter for the followers of Jesus, because he did not keep the guidelines and lifestyle of Jesus.
  2. The promise has not been fulfilled after Jesus left, because Muhammad appeared more than 500 years later. Jesus promised the Comforter immediately when he left our world.
  3. There is no record in Islam that Muhammad is alive and an active worker today. Muhammad lived from 571 AD – 632 AD and became only 61 years. He is still in the grave.
  4. Jesus gave the Comforter, which means that Muhammad is following the commandments of Jesus. This is not in the Qur’an.
  5. “… and he will be with you forever" (John 16:7). Muhammad cannot be forever with someone, because he is a physical body and soul as anyone else. Nowhere is said in Islam that Muhammad has divine qualities.
  6. When Muslims believe this, also the rest of Gospel must be the believed, which means Muslims must follow Jesus.

2. Comforter is not Ahmad

The suggestion of Muslims is that after Jesus, “another Comforter” (John 14:16), “the Helper” will come in the person of Muhammad. Comforter and Helper are the same word in the original Greek text: παράκλητος (Paraclete). According to some Muslims, the original Greek word for Paraclete was “Periklytos” and explained as praiseworthy, admirable or glorified. The corresponding word in Arabic is Ahmad, which refers to Muhammad. The name Ahmad doesn’t occur in the time before Muhammad. Only after the death of Muhammed, the name Ahmad becomes popular. The oldest biography of Muhammad, written by Ibn Ishaq, also doesn’t mentions the name Ahmad, although it mentions the Muhammed claim on John 15:26. It is likely a Greek speaking Muslim with knowledge of the Gospel “invented” the change of Paraclete into “Periklytos”. Later the corresponding name Ahmad was introduced [1]. Then some Muslims accuse Christians of changing Periklytos into Paraclete. However, there are no Greek texts to prove this.

3. Comforter is the spiritual Helper

Muslims cannot deny that all Gospel text mention the Comforter (Paraclete) in Greek: παράκλητος (paráklētos). The meaning is helper, comforter, and advocate". The character of this Comforter is described by Jesus as follows: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you” (John 16:13-14). This character is also mentioned in John 15:26: “the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me”. Jesus identifies the Comforter as the Holy Spirit. In the same way Jesus predicted the coming of the Comforter as the Holy Spirit: “But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26).

4. Conclusion

Conclusion: Muhammad is not the Comforter or Paraclete in the Gospel. The Comforter or Paraclete is the Holy Spirit.


Notes:

[1] W. Montgomery Watt, ‘His Name is Ahmad’, in: The Muslim World, 1953, 43.