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Assalamaleykum Arahmatullahi va Barakatu. Welcome back to the proof that Islam is the Truth. And we are talking about a fascinating subject of the witnessing of the people of the book. And today also we are going to be dealing with Muhammad Sallalahu Alleyhem Va Salam in the Bible. But let’s continue where we left off last time in the last episode where we were taking about some stories of those people from the Jewish community who recognized the Prophethood of Muhammad, may Allah’s peace & blessings be upon him. And we talked about Abdullah Ibn Salam. He was very famous. I will tell you a story from my own personal experience.

Years ago I used to spend every Sunday afternoon in the place called Speaker’s Corner. Speaker’s Corner is on the corner of Hide park in London. And there is a place there where you can stand up & you can speak about anything you like. Well I for ten years used to go down there & speak about the religion of Islam. And in my years down there I got to know a Jewish Rabbi. He was a very nice man, he was always very polite & talked about Islam in a very nice way. And one day during one of our conversations after some years I thought that it was about time I should invite him to Islam. So I said to him: “You know, my friend, we have been talking now for many years & even you have admitted to me that Muhammad is a Prophet, so why then do you not embrace Islam?” And he said to me: “We Jews we never change our religion.” I said: “But half of the Rabbis of Medina became Muslim.” He said: “That is true. But still we Jews never change our religion.” I thought “What can I say to him?” So I said to him: “You know my friend, wouldn’t you like to go to paradise & to be married to one of the beautiful wide-eyed virgins of Paradise?” now he was a bit of an old man, but when I said that he got a bit of a twinkle in his eyes, I have to say & he looked like he might have been tempted. And then he looked at me & he said: “No.” He said: “All we Jews want to do is conquer.” I said to him: “Even if that’s what you want, is it not true that the victory is only from Allah & by obeying him?” He looked at me & said: “Listen to me, my friend.

God sent to us a Prophet Moses. And we didn’t even listen to him. Do you think we are going to listen to another Prophet after him from another tribe, from another people?” When he said that – I had nothing left to say. He knew that Muhammad was a Prophet. In fact another Rabbi also came up to me & he said to me: “We know that Muhammad is a Prophet.” And he quoted to me a passage from the Bible. And that’s something I going to get to right now because want I want to mention & what I want to talk about is some of the verses in the Bible that really seem to show & illustrate that direction that we’ve been talking about. Because one of the things we are interested in is saying: ok, that is clear that there were Jews & Christians in the time of the Prophet Muhammad & until today. And I have to say including myself that have been influenced by their reading of the Bible to accept Muhammad as a Prophet.

Now a person may say: How can that be? If we can accept that the Bible is not the actual word of God. If we accept a more accurate understanding of the Bible that it really is a mixture of things. It’s a mixture of history, it’s a mixture of some things that are clearly the words of God & it has been corrupted & distorted. And this is something that actually is quite agreed about even by some Christian scholars, may be we can call them secular Christian scholars, but they at least they stand from the Christian civilisation & some of them even do call themselves Christians. So if we accept that & we don’t say that the Bible is the word of God absolutely. Then we do have room for looking at some of the statements in the Bible that really do seem to indicate & very clearly point us in the direction that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah that has been foretold in that Scripture. So what we are going to do is we are going to go through a few of those statements in the Bible & lets see what you think about it.

Now first of all lets start with Abraham. We are starting with Abraham because Prophet Abraham may God’s peace & blessings be upon him is a Prophet that is recognised by both Jews & Muslims & Christians. That’s why some people call him the father of the three Abrahamic faiths. The one Prophet that all Muslims, Jews & Christians have in common is this great Prophet of God Abraham. And Abraham is mentioned many-many times in the Quran & his religion is mentioned as the true religion. And the Quran says: “Who turns away from the religion of Abraham except someone who is foolish & has become foolish? So the religion of Abraham & Abraham himself is pointed to as a very great example of how a person should live their life in obedience to God.

Now it’s interesting that in the book of Genesis where something of the Abraham’s, & the story is mentioned in the 12 chapter in Genesis in verses two to three it mentions: “And I will make thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make your name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” It’s a very interesting passage. Now this is before Abraham has any children God is promising that he is going to bless Abraham & bless the people who bless Abraham & that all the families of the Earth will be blessed through Abraham. First of all look at this great honour that God has bestowed upon his friend, Abraham. And the Quran says that Abraham is the “halil” of Allah like the close friend the intimate of Allah Subhana Wa Ta Allah. And how Allah has honoured Abraham, even though it is said that he was the only person on Earth who truly believed in God when he was alive.

He was the only Muslim, the only person who truly believed in Allah for a time. And even though he was all alone & there was no one else & then obviously his wife Sara & his cousin Lot & Hajar & his sons. You know so it didn’t end like that for a time, that’s how it was. If Allah honoured Abraham & until this day he is a person who is honoured & remembered. I think if we were to mention any actor from Rome or Greece or any singer from those times you would not be able to mention even one name of the Roman, Greek or Babylonian actors or singers, but if we mention the name of Abraham, his name is known almost everywhere. Look how Allah Subhana Wa Ta Allah bestowed honour & dignity upon his followers.

Anyway lets go back to that verse in genesis, those couple of verses in genesis 12, two to three. “I will make thee a great nation.” First of all when God is talking in the Bible or when God is talking at all about greatness? As I have already indicated greatness & honour does not mean merely in numbers, greatness & honour in the criterion of God means a nation of people who obey God & follow God’s commandment. This is what makes someone great with God. This is why Abraham is so honoured because he was so obedient to the Creator. And this is why Allah honoured him & elevated him until this day. So when God says to Abraham: “I will make a great nation” that means he will make him that nation great in respect to their obedience to God & their following the commands of God. It would be an illusion to think that God is only talking only great in terms of numbers. Numbers are not important when it comes to God. What is important is that people obey Him & worship him & follow his commands. That is what is important. And it’s interesting that He says, that God says: “I will make you a blessing & I will bless those that bless thee.” So let me ask you my dear viewers: What are the people who bless Abraham? Well I don’t know how much you know about the Muslims & the five daily prayers of the Muslims.

But one of the things that Muslims say in their prayer is “Allah humma sali ala Muhammad wa ala ali Muhammad, kama saleta ala Ibrahima wa ala ali Ibrahima innaka hamidun majeed” – “Oh Allah, bless Muhammad & the family of Muhammad as you blessed Abraham & the family of Abraham, verily You are the praised & the majestic.” So it is here in the Muslim prayer five times every day that we are sending blessings upon Abraham & the family of Abraham. And God says that he will bless those who bless Abraham in Genesis 12 verses two to three. And I don’t think you find any nation of people blessing Abraham quite as much as the Muslims, in fact every time we hear Abraham’s name or we say Abraham’s name we say “Allehi Salam” which means “may the peace & the blessings of God be upon him.” So this is one of the statements in Genesis & we are going to be going back to some more statements in the Bible that could lead us to understand how it is prophesying the coming of the final Messenger Muhammad may Allah’s peace & blessings be upon him.

As mentioned earlier in this article, we are talking about Muhammad Sallalahu Alleyhem Va Salam, the Prophet Muhammad in the Bible, some prophecies, some foretellings, some statements in the Bible that we think could have been those statements that lead Jewish Rabbis & Christian Priests & scholars to recognize that Muhammad until today, that Muhammad is what he claimed to be – the last & final Messenger of Allah. And we were talking about Genesis, chapter 12 verses two to three where God was saying how He will make a great nation out of the progeny & the offspring of Abraham, He will make them a great nation, & bless them, & bless the people who bless Abraham & I was telling how the Muslims regularly send blessings upon Abraham. In fact no one I don’t think sends as many blessing upon Abraham as the Muslims do. Now it’s very important to understand something in the story of Abraham & that is the birth of his two sons. Abraham had two sons. One was Ishmael & the other was Isaac.

Now the very first son of Abraham was Ishmael, & Ishmael was born to his wife Hajar. And I emphasize his wife because in fact Abraham was married to Hajar as is confirmed in the Quran & the teachings of the Prophet, & also in the Bible. The Bible also tells us that Abraham did marry Hajar, so Ishmael is in fact the very first son of Abraham. And in Genesis 17 in the forth verse it says: “my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.” And in Genesis 21 – 13 God promises that “of the son of the bondwoman will I make a great nation, because he is thy seed.” Lets do that again. Genesis 21 – 13. “the son of the bondwoman” meaning this is Hajar, this the bondwoman is Hajar. She was originally a slave to Sara, Sara gave Hajar to Abraham, to Mary as his wife & from that marriage came Ishmael & God says in Genesis 21 – 13 if indeed it is from God “of the son of the bondwoman will I make a great nation” And if you remember we were talking about what is a great nation in God’s terms.

It doesn’t just mean numbers. It must mean a pious nation, a nation of people who believe in God, because “he is thy seed”. And again in Genesis 21 verse 18 “Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.” And it is known that the Arabs are the descendants of Ishmael in fact the Bible calls the Arabs Ishmaelites, the Ishmaelites are the Arabs. So the Arabs are in fact cousins of the Beni Israel or the children of Israel – they are cousins & according to the Quranic tradition of course that we believe that Ishmael was a Prophet of God & Abraham & Ishmael together built the Kaaba as a place to worship the one God alone. So it seems that Jesus here is foretelling that the sceptre will pass from the children of Israel the stone that is rejected meaning Ishmael will in fact become the cornerstone, the very corner, the very thing that holds monotheism together.

Since the Jews have rejected him as the Messiah therefore the covenant will end with them & it will be passed onto the descendants of Ishmael. Now at the time of Jesus it seems very clear, at least according to the Gospels anyway that the Jews very expecting three particular personalities & they show this in their questioning of John the Baptist. And this is mentioned in the Gospel of John in the first chapter in the 21st verse. It’s, they ask “Are you the Christ?” they are asking John: “Are you the Christ? Are you Elias, are you that Prophet?” So it’s very clear that these three distinct individuals that they are asking about: The Messiah, Elias who was supposed to come again & that Prophet.

Now Jesus who was of course the Messiah, he says that John the Baptist was in fact Elias, he of course the Messiah, that only leaves “that Prophet”. Who is that Prophet? It means they were expecting a particular Prophet. And it is very-very clear that they were talking about who is not the Messiah & who is not Alias, he is a different personality is the Prophet referred to in the Prophesy of Deuteronomy chapter 18 verse 18: “And the Lord said to me, They have spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them & he shall command them”. So here God is telling Moses: “I’m going to raise up a Prophet who is like you, Moses, this Prophet will be like unto you & he, & “I will raise him up from amongst their brethren” & ” I will put my words in his mouth; and he will speak to them what I shall command them” & the prophesy continues with a very stark & severe warning: “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever does not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will take vengeance on him.” So God is warning severely that He is going to send a Prophet, he will be like Moses, he will speak in God’s name, he will say what he is commanded & the people that do not follow him then God will requite them & God will take vengeance on those people if they don’t follow him.

” This is Deuteronomy 18. So this is very clearly that prophet, this is the Prophet that they were expecting. So the Messiah had come, Elias had come but there’s one Prophet still left to come. That Prophet, the one prophesied in Deuteronomy 18. Who is that Prophet? Who is that Prophet that had been prophesied in the 18-18? Let’s ask a question. It says “from amongst their brethren”. Who are the brethren of Beni Israel? We get a clue to this in Genesis, chapter 16 verse 12, & also Genesis 25 verse 18, both of these reverses refer to the Israelites as brethren of the Ishmaelites. So in the Bible itself the Ishmaelites are referred to as the brethren of the Israelites.

And the Hebrew dictionary of the Bible, it defines brethren as personification of a group who were regarded as near kinsmen of the Israelites. So it is very clear that “from amongst your brethren” means that God is going to raise a Prophet who will be like Moses from the Ishmaelites & “he shall speak in my name & whatever he says he does what he is commanded”. Let’s just read a very interesting extract from a Collins Dictionary of the Bible. And it says here, & this is a very nice interesting book “What the Bible says about Muhammad”. You can see it on internet & you can get it from many different places. And lets read what it says here. “As a statesman and lawgiver Moses is the creator of the Jewish people. He found a loose conglomeration of Semitic peoples, none of whom had been anything but a slave, and whose ideas of religion were a complete confusion.

He led them out and he hammered them into a nation with a law and a national pride, and a compelling sense of being chosen by a particular God who was supreme.” Wait for it. “The only man in history who can be compared even remotely to him is Muhammad.” There it is. Dictionary of the Bible. The only person who can be remotely compared to Moses is Muhammad. From the brethren of the Israelites God is going to raise up a Prophet. Every time the Quran starts with a new chapter it begins “Bismillyahi Rahmani Raheem”. And what does Deuteronomy 18-18 say? “He shall speak in my name.” The words that I will say – he will speak them.” The Quran says the Prophet Muhammad does not speak from his own desire. It is nothing except a revelation that is revealed. When the Prophet spoke about Allah, when he spoke about God, he didn’t not speak from his mind, he didn’t invent things for himself, he spoke what God had commanded him, just as it had been prophesised in Deuteronomy 18-18.

Certainly Jesus is not like Moses. Jesus was born miraculously without a father. Muhammad & Moses both had natural fathers. Jesus was cared for by his mother. Both Moses & Muhammad were orphans from the young age. Jesus was actually a follower of the Mosaic law, whereas Moses brought a new law. And also Muhammad Sallalahu Alleyhem Va Salam may God’s peace & blessings be upon his, both of these Prophets all of these Prophets him, they also, he also brought a new law. Moses was expelled, Muhammad was expelled. Moses was both a leader of his people & a one who was receiving revelation – a Prophet. Similarly Muhammad was also a leader of his people & also a Prophet.

And so we, I’m just giving a few examples, but when we compare Moses & Muhammad we can see that both these Prophets are so similar. Who else fits that description? From the brethren, from the Ishmaelites, like unto Moses. And of course both of them preach that there is only One God, you should only worship the one God, God is not like anything in His creation & you should submit yourselves to God’s divinely revealed law. This is what Moses taught, this is what Muhammad taught & as we believe of course this is what Jesus taught. Here are some amazing statements to show you indeed that Muhammad is the one foretold in the Bible. So don’t forget to join us for our next episode of the “Proof that Islam is the Truth” Until then Assalamaleykum Arahmatullahi va Barakatu, may the peace & blessings of Allah be upon all of you & may he guide all of us closer to the Truth.

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In this article we can now discuss the famous “Paraclete” of the Fourth Gospel. Jesus Christ, like John the Baptist, announced the advent of the Kingdom of God, invited the people to repentance, and baptized them for the remission of their sins. He honorably accomplished his mission, and faithfully delivered the message of God to the people of Israel. He was not himself the founder of the Kingdom of God, but only its herald, and that is why he wrote nothing and authorized no one to write the Holy Gospel that was inscribed in his mind. He revealed the Gospel which meant the “good news” concerning the “Kingdom of God” and the “Pereiklitos” to his followers, not in writing, but in oral discourses, and in public sermons. These discourses sermons, and parables were transmitted by those who had heard them to those who had not.

Later on it was that the sayings and teachings of the Master were reduced to writing. Jesus was no longer the Rabbi, but the Logos – the Divine Word; no longer the Forerunner of the Paraclete but his very Lord and Superior. His pure and true words were adulterated and mixed with myth and legend. For a time he was expected at any moment to come down from the clouds with legions of angels. The Apostles had all passed away; the second coming of Jesus Christ was delayed. His person and doctrine gave rise to a variety of religious and philosophical speculations. Sects succeeded one another; Gospels and Epistles under different names and titles appeared in many centers; and a multitude of the Christian scholars and apologists combated and criticized each other’s theory. If there had been written a Gospel during the lifetime of Jesus, or even a book authorized by the College of the Apostles, the teachings of the Prophet of Nazareth would have preserved their purity and integrity until the appearance of the Periqlit – Ahmad. But such was not the case. Each writer took a different view about the Master and his religion, and described him in his book – which he named Gospel or Epistle – according to his own imagination. The high-soaring flight of thought concerning the Word; the prophecy about the Periqlit; the inexplicable discourse of Jesus upon his flesh and blood; and a series of several miracles, events, and sayings recorded in the Fourth Gospel were unknown to the Synoptics and consequently to a great majority of the Christians who had not seen it at least for a couple of centuries.

The Fourth Gospel, too, like every other book of the New Testament, was written in Greek and not in Aramaic, which was the mother-tongue of Jesus and his disciples. Consequently, we are again confronted with the same difficulty which we met with when we were discussing the “Eudokia” of St. Luke, namely: What word or name was it that Jesus used in his native tongue to express that which the Fourth Gospel has translated as “the Paraclete” and which has been converted into “comforter” in all the versions of that Gospel?

Before discussing the etymology and the true signification of this unclassical or rather corrupt form of the Paraclete it is necessary to make a brief observation upon one particular feature of St. John’s Gospel. The authorship and authenticity of this Gospel are questions which concern the Higher Biblical Criticism; but it is impossible to believe that the Apostle could have written this book as we have it in its present shape and contents. The author, whether Yohannan (John) the son of Zebedee, or someone else under that name, seems to be familiar with the doctrine of the celebrated Jewish scholar and philosopher Philon concerning the Logos (Word). It is well known that the conquest of Palestine and the foundation of Alexandria by Alexander the Great opened up, for the first time, a new epoch for culture and civilization. It was then that the disciples of Moses met with those of Epicurus, and the mighty impact of the spiritual doctrines of the Bible on the materialism of the Greek paganism took place. The Greek art and philosophy began to be admired and studied by the Jewish doctors of the law both in Palestine and in Egypt, where they had a very numerous community. The penetration of the Greek thought and belles-lettres into the Jewish schools alarmed their priests and learned men. In fact, Hebrew was so much neglected that the Scriptures were read in the Alexandrian Synagogues in the Septuagint Version. This invasion by a foreign knowledge, however, moved the Jews to make a better study of their own law, and to defend it against the inauspicious new spirit. They endeavored, therefore, to find a new method for the interpretation of the Bible in order to enable the possibility of a “rapprochement” and reconciliation of the Biblical truths with the Hellenic thought. For their former method of a literal interpretation of the law was felt to be unworkable and too weak to stand against the fine reasoning of Plato and Aristotle. At the same time the solid activities of the Jews and their profound devotion to their religion often aroused against themselves the jealousy and hatred of the Greeks. Already, under Alexander the Great, an Egyptian priest, Manetho, had written libels or calumnies against Judaism. Under Tiberius, too, the great orator Apion had resuscitated and envenomed the insults of Manetho. So that this literature poisoned the people who, later on, cruelly persecuted the believers in the One true God.

The new method was accordingly found and adopted. It was an allegorical interpretation of every law, precept, narration and even the names of great personages were considered to conceal in them a secret idea which it attempted to bring to light. This allegorical interpretation soon arrogated to itself the place of the Bible, and was like an envelope enclosing in itself a system of religious philosophy.

Now the most prominent man who personified this science was Philon, who was born of a rich Jewish family in Alexandria in the year 25 before the Christian Era. Well versed in the philosophy of Plato, he wrote his allegorical work in a pure and harmonious Greek style. He believed that the doctrines of the Revelation could agree with the highest human knowledge and wisdom. What preoccupied his mind most was the phenomenon of the dealings of God, the pure Spirit, with the earthly beings. Following Plato’s theory of the “Ideas,” he invented a series of intermediary ideas called “the Emanations of the Divinity,” which he transformed into angles who unite God with the world. The fundamental substance of these ideas, the Logos (Word), constituted the supreme wisdom created in the world and the highest expression of the Providential action.

The Alexandrian School followed the triumph of Judaism over Paganism. “But,” as rightly remarks the Grand-Rabin Paul Haguenauer in his interesting little book Manuel de Litterature luive (p. 24). “mais d’elle surgirent, plus tard, des systemes nuisibles Li l’hebraisme” indeed noxious systems, not only to Judaism but to Christendom too!

The origin of the doctrine of the Logos is to be traced, therefore, to the theology of Philon, and the Apostle John – or the author of the Fourth Gospel, whoever he be – only dogmatized the theory of the “ideas” which had sprung up first from the golden brain of Plato. As remarked in the first article of this series, the Divine Word means the Word of God, and not God the Word. The word is an attribute of a rational being; it belongs to any speaker, but it is not the rational being, the speaker. The Divine Word is not eternal, it has an origin, a beginning; it did not exist before the beginning except potentially. The word is not the essence. It is a serious error to substantialize any attribute whatever. If it be permitted to say “God the Word,” why should it be prohibited to say, God the Mercy, God the Love, God the Vengeance, God the Life, God the Power, and so forth? I can well understand and accept the appellation of Jesus “the Spirit of Allah” (“Ruhu l-Lah”), of Moses “the Word of Allah” (“Kalamu ‘I-Lah”), of Muhammad “the Messenger of Allah” (“Rasul Allah”), meaning the Spirit of God, the Word of God, the Messenger of God respectively. But I can never understand nor accept that the Spirit, or the Word, or the Messenger, is a Divine Person having divine and human natures.

Now we will proceed to expose and confute the Christian error about the Paraclete. In this article I shall try to prove that the Paraclete is not, as the Christian Churches believe, the Holy Ghost, nor does it at all mean the “comforter” or the “intercessor;” and in the following article, please God, I shall clearly show that it is not “Paraclete” but “Periclyte” which precisely signifies “Ahmad” in the sense of “the most Illustrious, Praised, and Celebrated.”

1. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS DESCRIBED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AS OTHERWISE THAN A PERSONALITY

A careful examination of the following passages in the New Testament will convince the readers that the Holy Spirit, not only is it not the third person of the Trinity, but is not even a distinct person. But the “Paraclete” foretold by Jesus Christ is a distinct person. This fundamental difference between the two is, therefore, a decisive argument against the hypothesis of their being one and the same person.

(a) In Luke xi. 13 the Holy Spirit is declared to be a “gift” of God. The contrast between the “good gifts” which are given by wicked parents and the Holy Spirit which is bestowed upon the believers by God entirely excludes the idea of any personality of the Spirit. Can we conscientiously and positively affirm that Jesus Christ, when he made the above contrast, meant to teach his hearers that “God the Father” makes a gift of “God the Holy Spirit” to His earthly “children”? Did he ever insinuate that he believed the third person of the Trinity to be a gift of the first person of the Trinity? Can we conscientiously admit that the Apostles believed this “gift” to be God the Almighty offered by God the Almighty to mortals? The very idea of such a belief makes a Muslim shudder.

(b) In 1 Cor. ii. 12 this Holy Spirit is described in the neuter gender “the Spirit from God”. Paul clearly states that as the Spirit which is in man makes him know the things that appertain to him so the Spirit of God makes a man know the things divine (1 Cor. 11). Consequently, the Holy Spirit here is not God but a divine issue, channel, or medium through which God teaches, enlightens, and inspire those whom He pleases. It is simply an action of God upon human soul and mind.

Just as the philosophy of Plato is not the Plato, and the Platonist Philon not the creator of that specific wisdom, so Peter was not God because of his enlightenment by the Spirit of God. Paul clearly sets forth, in the passage just quoted, that the human soul cannot discern the truths concerning God but only through His Spirit, inspiration, and direction.

(c) Again, in 1 Cor. vi. 19 we read that the righteous worshipers of God are called “the temple of the Holy Spirit” which they “received from God.” Here again the Spirit of God is not indicated to be a person or an angel, but His virtue, word, or power and religion. Both the body and the soul of a righteous believer are compared with a temple dedicated to the worship of the Eternal.

(d) In the Epistle to the Romans (viii. 9) this same spirit that “lives” within the believers is called alternately “the Spirit of God” and the “Spirit of Christ.” In this passage “the Spirit” means simply the faith and the true religion of God which Jesus proclaimed. Surely this spirit cannot mean to be the Christian ideal of the Holy Ghost, viz. another third of the three. We Muslims always wish and intend to regulate our lives and conduct ourselves in accordance with the spirit of Prophet Muhammad, meaning thereby that we are resolved to be faithful to the religion of Allah in much the same way as the Last Prophet was. For the holy Spirit in Prophet Muhammad, in Prophet Jesus, and in every other prophet was no other than the Spirit of Allah – praised be His Holy Name! This spirit is called “holy” to distinguish it from the impure and wicked spirit of the devil and his companions. This spirit is not a divine person, but a divine ray that enlightens and sanctifies the people of God.

(e) The Gospel formula, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” even if authentic and truly prescribed by Christ, may be legitimately accepted as a formula of faith before the formal establishment of Islam, which is the real Kingdom of God upon earth. God Almighty in His quality of Creator is the Father of all beings, things, and intelligences, but not the Father of one particular son. The Orientalists know that the Semitic word “abb” or “abba,” which is translated as “father,” means “one who brings forth, or bears fruit” (“ibba” = fruit). This sense of the word is quite intelligible and its use legitimate enough. The Bible frequently makes use of the appellation “Father.” God, somewhere in the Bible, says: “Israel is my first-born son”; and elsewhere in the book of Job He is called “the father of the rain.” It is because of the abuse of this Divine Appellation of the Creator by Christendom that the Qur’an refrains from using it. From a purely Muslim point of belief the Christian dogma concerning the eternal birth or generation of the Son is a blasphemy.

Whether the Christian baptismal formula is authentic or spurious I believe there is a hidden truth in it. For it must be admitted that the Evangelists never authorize the use of it in any other ritual, prayer, or creed other than that of Baptism. This point is extremely important. St. John had foretold the Baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire by the Prophet Muhammad, as we saw in the preceding articles. The immediate Baptizer being God Himself, and the mediate the Son of Man or the Barnasha of the vision of Daniel, it was perfectly just and legitimate to mention those two names as the first and second efficient causes; and the name of the Holy Spirit, too, as the causa materialis of the Sibghatullah! Now the Divine Appellation “Father,” before its abuse by the Church, was rightly invoked. In fact, the Sibghatullah is a new birth, a nativity into the Kingdom of God which is Islam. The Baptizer who causes this regeneration is directly Allah. To be born in the religion if Islam, to be endowed with the faith in the true God, is the greatest favor and gift of the “Heavenly Father” – to use the evangelistic expression. In this respect God is infinitely more beneficent than an earthly father.

As regards the second name in the formula, “the Son,” one is at a loss to know who or what this “son” is? Whose son? If God is rightly addressed “Father,” then one is curious, inquisitive, and anxious to know which of His innumerable “sons” is intended in the baptismal formula. Jesus taught us to pray “Our Father who art in heaven.” If we are all His sons in the sense of His creatures, then the mention of the word “son” in the formula becomes somehow senseless and even ridiculous. We know that the name “the Son of Man” – or “Barnasha” – is mentioned eighty-three times in the discourses of Jesus. The Qur’an never calls Jesus “the son of man” but always “the son of Mary.” He could not call himself “the son of man” because he was only “the son of woman.” There is no getting away from the fact. You may make him “the son of God” as you do, but you can’t make him “the son of man” unless you believe him to be the offspring of Joseph or someone else, and consequently fasten on to him the taint of illegitimacy.

I don’t know exactly how, whether through intuition, inspiration, or dream, I am taught and convinced that the second name in the formula is an ill-fated corruption of “the Son of Man,” viz. the Barnasha of Daniel (vii.), and therefore Ahmad “the Periqlytos” (Paraclete) of St. John’s Gospel.

As to the Holy Spirit in the formula, it is not a person or an individual spirit, but an agency, force, energy of God with which a man is born or converted into the religion and knowledge of the One God.

2. – WHAT THE EARLY FATHERS OF THE NASARA (CHRISTIANITY) SAY ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT.

(a) Hermas (Similitude v. 5, 6) understands, by the “Holy Spirit,” the divine element in Christ, namely the Son created before all things. Without entering into the useless or rather meaningless discussion whether Hermas confounds the Holy Spirit with the Word, or if it is a distinct element belonging to Christ, it is admitted that the latter was created before all things – that is to say, in the beginning – and that the Spirit in Hermas’ belief is not a person.

(b) Justin – called the “Martyr” (100?-167? A.C.) – and Theophilus (120?-180? A.C.) understand by the Holy Spirit sometimes a peculiar form of the manifestation of the Word and sometimes a divine attribute, but never a divine person. It must be remembered that these two Greek fathers and writers of the second century A.C. had no definite knowledge and belief about the Holy Ghost of the Trinitarians of the fourth and the succeeding centuries.

(c) Athenagoras (110-180 A.C.) says the Holy Spirit is an emanation of God proceeding from and returning to Him like the rays of the sun (Deprecatio pro Christiarus, ix, x). Irenaeus (130?-202? A.C.) says that the Holy Spirit and the Son are two worshipers of God and that the angels submit to them. The wide difference between the belief and the conceptions of these two early fathers about the Holy Spirit is too obvious to need any further comment. It is surprising that the two worshipers of God, according to the declaration of such an authority as Irenaeus, should, two centuries afterwards, be raised to the dignity of God and proclaimed two divine persons in company with the one true God by whom they were created.

(d) The most illustrious and learned of all the ante-Nicene fathers and the Christian apologists was Origen (185-254 A C.). The author of the Hexepla ascribes personality to the Holy Spirit, but makes it a creature of the Son. The creation of the Holy Spirit by the Son cannot be even in the beginning when the Word – or the Son – was created by God.

The doctrine concerning this Holy Spirit was not sufficiently developed in 325 A.C., and therefore was not defined by the Council of Nicea. It was only in 386 A.C. at the second Ecumenical Council of Constantinople that it was declared to be the Third Person of the Trinity, consubstantial and coeval with the Father and the Son.

3. – The “Paraclete” does not signify either “consoler” or “advocate”; in truth, it is not a classical word at all. The Greek orthography of the word is Paraklytos which in ecclesiastical literature is made to mean “one called to aid, advocate, intercessor” (Dict. Grec.-Francais, by Alexandre). One need not profess to be a Greek scholar to know that the Greek word for “comforter or consoler” is not “Paraclytos” but “Paracalon”. I have no Greek version of the Septuagint with me, but I remember perfectly well that the Hebrew word for “comforter” (“mnahem”) in the Lamentations of Jeremiah (i. 2, 9, 16, 17, 21, etc.) is translated into Parakaloon, from the verb Parakaloo, which means to call to, invite, exhort, console, pray, invoke. It should be noticed that there is a long alpha vowel after the consonant kappa in the “Paracalon” which does not exist in the “Paraclytos.” In the phrase (He who consoles us in all our afflictions”) “paracalon” and not “paraclytos” is used. (“I exhort, or invite, thee to work”). Many other examples can be cited here.

There is another Greek word for comforter and consoler, i.e. “Parygorytys” from “I console.”

As to the other meaning of “intercessor or advocate” which is given in the ecclesiastical word “Paraclete,” I again insist that “Paracalon” and not “Paraclytos” can convey in itself a similar sense. The proper Greek term for “advocate” is Sunegorus and for “intercessor” or “mediator” Meditea.

In my next article I shall give the true Greek form of which Paraklytos is a corruption. En passant, I wish to correct an error into which the French savant Ernest Renan has also fallen. If I recollect well, Monsieur Renan, in his famous The Life of Christ, interprets the “Paraclete” of St John (xiv. 16, 26; xv. 7; 1 John ii. 1) as an “advocate.” He cites the Syro-Chaldean form “Peraklit” as opposed to “Ktighra” “the accuser” from Kategorus. The Syrian name for mediator or intercessor is “mis’aaya,” but in law courts the “Snighra” (from the Greek Sunegorus) is used for an advocate. Many Syrians unfamiliar with the Greek language consider the “Paraqlita” to be really the Aramaic or the Syriac form of the “Paraclete” in the Pshittha Version and to be composed of “Paraq,” “to save from, to deliver from,” and “lita” “the accursed.” The idea that Christ is the “Savior from the curse of the law,” and therefore he is himself too “Paraqlita” (1 John ii. 1), may have led some to think that the Greek word is originally an Aramaic word, just as the Greek sentence “Maran atha” in Aramaic is “Maran Athi,” i.e. “our Lord is coming” (1 John xvi. 22), which seems to be an expression among the believers regarding the coming of the Last Great Prophet. This ‘Maran Athi,” as well as, especially, the baptismal formula, contains points too important to be neglected. They both deserve a special study and a valuable exposition. They both embody in themselves marks and indications otherwise than favorable to Christianity.

I think I have sufficiently proved that the “Paraclytos,” from a linguistic and etymological point of view, does not mean “advocate, consoler, or comforter.” For centuries the ignorant Latins and Europeans have been writing the name of Prophet Muhammad “Mahomet,” that of Mushi “Moses.” Is it, therefore, small wonder that some sturdy Christian monk or scribe should have written the true name in the corrupted form of Paraklytos? The former means the “most Illustrious, Praiseworthy,” but the corrupted form means nothing at all except a standing shame to those who have for eighteen centuries understood it to signify an advocate or a consoler.

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THE GOOD SHEPHERDS : Choosing the Correct Path for Our Children

It is narrated that a man came to a knowledgeable person from among our pious predecessors and asked him, “I just had a child, what should I do?” The answer came, “If you are just now asking this question, then you have already lost.”

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First Baptist kicks off Holy Week

First Baptist kicks off Holy Week
Sharon Trimble joined First Baptist of Decatur in 1964. For her, she said, Holy Week is the best week of the year. “It centers on what the true meaning of Easter is, the resurrection,” said Trimble, 66.

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Obviously not one. So where a people getting the idea that Christians are expecting anything special to happen on that date? What is prompting people to post questions on R&S like the following:

“Christians, if the rapture doesn’t happen on May 21st 2011 will you stop believing in fairy tales?”

Where is this nonsense coming from? (I’m a Christian author, speaker, and professor and I’ve not heard ANYTHING about this except through a few tabloid headlines at the checkout counter.)

Community Notes

Community Notes
* The Greene County Reality Store, an economic simulation for all county 8th graders, is in need of 30 adult volunteers. The all-day annual event will be May 5 at the Greene County 4-H Community Building.

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