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               Jesus points to Ahmad (Pbuh)

Readers of works on Biblical prophecies on Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) may recall that in New Testament John the Baptist foretold of a Prophet (Pbuh) so mighty that the Baptist was not worthy to stoop to untie his footwear string. Prophet (Pbuh) Jesus himself promised to go back to God and send down to the world the paraclete-a Greek noun meaning comforter (now unfortunately dismissed to be merely counsellor and even helper by modern versions of Bible).

Multilingual Bible expert Rev. Benjamin David Keldani, Bishop of Urmia, opines that paraclete does not grammatically fit the sentence; by consideration of various other factors, the word in question ought to be periqlytos: It means praiser which in Arabic is nothing but Ahmad, the other name of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh); also ancient Bibles in Syrian and other Semitic languages (Which ought to be more authentic than the Greek 'Original') use only terms that mean praiser. Incidentally, in Barnabas' Gospel only periqlytos is used. For this reason and for closely resembling Qur'anic account of Jesus' life this Gospel is rejected by all the Churches.

Jesus refers to 'Seal'

The numerous prophecies of Muhammad (Pbuh) including those sampled already in this article have all been misinterpreted by Christians in favour of Jesus.

This author was astounded to stumble upon a verse in New Testament pointing straight to Muhammad (Pbuh). It is therefore irrefutable. Moreover, it still remains 'virginal', free of prejudicial misinterpretations. This verse, Jn 6:27 reports Jesus as saying.

Labour not for the meat which perishes, but for that which endureth unto life everlasting which the son of Man shall give you. For, him hath God, the Father, sealed.

Since the son of man is referred to by Jesus in third person, he is not Jesus himself, as claimed by Christians. Only Muhammad (Pbuh) was son of a man named Abdullah, and of course also of Amina, a woman. But Jesus was son of woman only, Virgin Mary, by virtue of what Christians celebrate as Immaculate Conception. He was born of a miracle from God and for this reason God (in Qur'an), Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) and, after them, Muslims call him Roohullah-the spirit of God. They never refer to him by the common usage son of Adam i.e. son of man.

Seal of Prophets or Prophetic Seal

Coming to the key word of the verse sealed, what is meant by 'for him hath God, the father, sealed?' In simple English the sentence will be: Because, God, the father, has sealed him. i.e.., Everlasting meat will be given only by the son of man since he is the only one to have the most unique qualification of being sealed by God himself.

Finality of Prophethood

The idea of son of man being sealed requires careful appreciation. Seal has more than one meaning. Firstly, it means closing off with wax, plastic tape, metal cap, door lock and the like to avoid any further filling, tampering or entering. By extension, it also means the last or ending material, action or event. The words denoting seal in all Semitic languages like Aramaic (mother tongue of Jesus),

Hebrew (language of Jews) and Arabic all connote end. The same denotations and connotations are equally true in Indo-European and other languages.

Muhammad (Pbuh) was not only greatest of Prophets (Pbuh) sent next to Jesus, according to the Baptist. He was also, according to Jesus, the seal of Prophets (Pbuh) the very last the long line of some 1,24,000 God bestowed upon world's societies. Christ's allusion to finality of prophethood is indeed significant, which has been claimed only by Muhammad (Pbuh). On what authority can he be taken as the final Prophet? Towards the end of his life came the very last of Qur'anic revelation.

It read, "This day have I perfected your religion for you " (Sura Ma'ida, verse 3). Bible corroborates this. For, Christ had promised that: "But when he, the spirit of truth (i.e. paraclete), is come he will guide you into all truth .." (Jn 16:13).

Stamp of Authenticity

Execution of wills, agreements and transactions are not legally valid unless the documents are authenticated by appropriate judicial, non-judicial or revenue stamps, printed or affixed. Organisations have embossing type "common seals" for the purpose. They also use printed letterheads to communicate, authorize or order goods and services. Then only they will be believed, respected and responded to. Engraved finger rings were used from time immemorial by rulers, religious heads and authorities for authenticity and compliance. Imprint of them were made on decrees and communications. These rings were the forerunners of modern day metallic or rubber stamps.

Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) wanted to send epistles to emperors of Abyssinia, Egypt, Byzantine, Persia, etc., inviting them to Islam. His companions pointed out that communications without sender's seal had no value. So he got his seal made, a silver finger ring with his name and designation carved.

Muhammad, Apostle of God

Thus he became the first and the only 'sealed' Prophet (Pbuh) meaning; one who possessed designation seal. (in grammatical line with : horned bull, winged bird, etc.).

A side issue is whether The Prophet (Pbuh) was himself sealed by God? Authorized by Him? Well, every behaviour of his, commission or omission, was with express command or permission of God, as believed by his followers, as declared by himself and as confirmed by God in his Qur'an!

Prophethood seal imprinted

Let us come to yet another meaning of seal, the most direct and decidedly the most significant! It is its literal meaning i.e. physically stamping, affixing, imprinting or embossing. The Biblical Verse of the seal alludes to a bodily identification sign on The Prophet's (Pbuh) physique! The verse seeks to call attention to a mark put upon him by God in the same manner as ISI mark, Agmark, Woolmark, etc. which are guarantee of quality and quantity of goods.

Historical accounts found in authenticated hadith compilations of Bukhari, et al say that The Prophet (Pbuh) had a reddish protrusion on his right shoulder. It was the size of a pigeon's egg with hairs growing on it.

He has explained it as prophetic seal special to himself. It was a three dimensional identification "embossed" on him! It was most unique to him, not some sign common to all Prophets (Pbuh). Many of his holy companions had the good fortune to witness and kiss it!.




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