Who is the Comforter?
“He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the
word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which
sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being
[yet] present with you. But the Comforter, [which is] the
Holy Ghost, 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. Peace I
leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the
world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be
troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I
said unto you, I go away, and come [again] unto you. If
ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto
the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I
have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is
come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk
much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and
hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I
love the Father; and as the Father gave me
commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.” -
John 14 records the second occurrence of the
prince of the world. Jesus mentions here that the
Comforter will teach us all things and bring to our
remembrance the true teachings of Christ. Notice the
words “which is” in brackets. Why the brackets?
Because these words do not appear in the original koine
Greek of John. This is a gloss in the text that the
translators have added to make it easy for you to believe
what they are telling you to believe. The Comforter is
called the Holy Ghost here. In the Codex Sinaiticus (375
CE), the oldest living codex of the Bible on earth, the
Greek reads "Paraklaytos pneuma” or “the Comforter,
the Spirit.” There is no occurrence of the fabricated
“Holy” anywhere. Again, Christian scholars have tried
to pull one over on you by adding their own personal
flavor to a text that is supposed to be from the infallible
God. Indeed we are told in the Qur’an: “And remember
Jesus the son of Mary said ‘O Children of Israel, I am
the Messenger of God sent unto you, confirming the
Law which came before me, and giving you glad tidings
of a Messenger to come after me whose name shall be
Ahmad” (Qur’an 61:6).Why Ahmad and not
Muhammad? According to the sound hadith, the final
messenger of God’s name on earth is Muhammad and in
the heavens he is known as “Ahmad.” A spiritual name
indicative of his moqam (station), Moqama Mahmood.
Jesus, being a purely spiritual prophet, naturally uses the
heavenly name for this great Messenger who will teach
us all things. What is the Moqama Mahmood? In the
RCV (Roman Catholic Version) of the Bible, the
Paraklaytos is called “Intercessor.” Here is our answer.
The heavenly station of Muhammad is mutashaf'i, the
one who intercedes. The verse continues: “Hereafter I
will not talk much with you; for the prince of this world
cometh, and hath nothing in me.” What does “hath
nothing in me” mean? In other translations, this is
rendered “he has no power over me.” This simply means
that the prince will be similar to Jesus, of like nature.
Yusuf Ali says in note 5438:
“Ahmed”, or “Muhummed”, the Praised one, is
almost a translation of the Greek word Periclytos. In
the present Gospel of John 14:16, 15:26, and 16:7,
the word “Comforter” in the English version for the
Greek word “Paracletos”, which means “Advocate,”
“one called to the help of another, a kind friend,”
rather than “Comforter.” Our doctors contend that
Paracletos is a corrupt reading for Periclytos and
that in the original saying of Jesus there was a
prophecy of our holy Prophet Ahmed by name.
Even if we read Paraclete, it would apply to the
Holy Prophet, who is “a Mercy for all creatures”
(H.Q. 21:107) and “most kind and merciful to the
Believers” (H.Q. 9:128). See also note 416 to H.Q.
Jesus says: “If ye love me, keep my
commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall
give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you
for ever; [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world
cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth
him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and
shall be in you” (John 14:15-17). Notice the word
“another.” So who is the first Comforter? I John 2:1:
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye
sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with
the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Don’t be fooled
by the word “advocate.” The Greek is actually
Paraklaytos. Hence, Jesus is the first Comforter. The
next Comforter will abide with us forever, which means
that his teaching will be for all and it will never die.
Why do we as Muslims grow our beards, eat with our
right hands, and sleep on our right sides? The answer is
because we want to emulate the perfect and timeless
example of our Holy Prophet! And as long as we
continue to implement his shining life example
(Sunnah), he will remain eternally alive in the hearts and
minds of over a billion of our faithful worldwide. Every
time Christians are faced with an issue in which there is
no explicit answer found within their scripture, they ask
themselves, “What would Jesus do (WWJD)?” You can
find this tetragrammaton written on many bumper
stickers, t-shirts, and belt buckles. It’s time for us to
respond to this question by saying, “I have no idea what
Jesus would do but I can tell you what Muhammad did.”
“But [this cometh to pass], that the word might be
fulfilled that is written in their law, they hated me
without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, whom
I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of
truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify
of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have
been with me from the beginning.” – John 15:25-27.
There is no doubt that Jesus was hated by his
own people: “He came unto his own, and his own
received him not” (John 1:11). The Children of Israel
insulted, slandered, and even attempted to kill their
Messiah. Although Jesus was truly a Messenger of God,
the overwhelming majority of Jews rejected him, calling
him a false prophet and deceiver. Christ is redeemed by
the Comforter who testifies to the truth of the Jewish
Messiah and requires the Children of Israel to accept
him once and for all. Allah reveals the following through
His Holy Prophet regarding Jesus:
• Jesus was given “clear signs” and “strength from the
Holy Spirit.” – Qur’an 2:87, 253.
• The revelation of Jesus (Gospel) was truly from
God. – Qur’an 2:136.
• The Gospel of Jesus was a true guide for mankind. –
• The mother of Jesus was “chosen above the women
of all nations.” – Qur’an 3:42.
• Jesus is “a word from God” and “held in honor in
this world and among those nearest to God in the
next.” – Qur’an 3:45.
• Jesus was in the company of the most righteous. –
• The mother of Jesus was a virgin. – Qur’an 3:47.
• Jesus was taught “the Book and wisdom, the Law
and the Gospel.” – Qur’an 3:48.
• Jesus could perform miracles such as healing the
blind and lepers and even raise the dead. – Qur’an
• The disciples of Jesus were righteous submitters
unto God’s Will. – Qur’an 3:52.
• The Gospel of Jesus is described further as
“guidance”, “light,” and “an admonition for those
who fear God.” – Qur’an 5:46.
• Jesus and his cousin John the Baptist are “in the
ranks of the righteous.” – Qur’an 6:85.
• Jesus defended his mother’s honor and chastity
against her enemies. – Qur’an 19:30.
• Jesus is “blessed wheresoever he is.” – Qur’an
• Jesus was “granted favor” by God and “made an
example to the Children of Israel.” – Qur’an 43:59.
• Jesus will be a “sign of the coming hour of
judgment.” – Qur’an 43:61.
• The true followers of Jesus exhibit “compassion and
mercy in their hearts as ordained by God.” – Qur’an
Holy Spirit cannot be the Comforter
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you
that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will
not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto
you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of
sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin,
because they believe not on me; Of righteousness,
because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of
judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I
have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear
them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,
he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of
himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he
speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall
glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew
[it] unto you.” – John 16:7-14.
The Spirit of Truth (al-Ameen), the Comforter
(al-Mutashaf'i), and the prince of this world (rahmatal-
lil ‘alamin) all find prophetic fulfillment in the person of
Muhammad. Here the prince is again identified with the
Paraklaytos. Compare the words, “he shall not speak of
himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he
speak” to “and I shall put my words into his mouth, and
he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him”
(Deuteronomy 18:18). In verse 13 Jesus uses an
unprecedented seven masculine pronouns to drive to
point home that the Comforter is going to be a man.
Now the coming of the Paraklaytos is conditional in the
above verse. Therefore, it can never be the Holy Ghost
or Spirit which the Christian claims. Jesus must go in
order for the Comforter to come. The Gospels, however,
tell us that the Holy Ghost (Spirit) was already present in
the world prior to and during the earthly ministry of
• “For he (John the Baptist) shall be great in the sight
of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong
drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost,
even from his mother’s womb.” - Luke 1:15.
• “And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the
salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb;
and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.” –
• “And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy
Ghost...” - Luke 1:67.
• “And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape
like a dove upon him, and a voice came from
heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in
thee I am well pleased.” - Luke 3:22. Also see Matt
3:16; Mark 1:10; John 1:32.
• “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned
from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the
wilderness.” – Luke 4:1.
All of these occurred before Jesus’ statement,
“for if I do not go, he will not come unto you.” The
prince of this world is “judged?” What does this mean?
Again, there are some word-games being played here.
The Greek kreeno here rendered “judged” also has
primary and secondary definitions of “to select, pick out,
choose, prefer, esteem, approve” according to the LSC.
Back to Isaiah 42: “Behold my servant, whom I uphold;
mine Chosen One, [in whom] my soul delighteth; I have
put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to
the Gentiles.” This verse should read: “Of judgment,
because the prince of this world is chosen.”
For your information: There was actually a mid-
second century sect of Christians (150 CE) called
Montanists whose founder, Montanus, claimed to be the
Paraklaytos foretold in the Gospel of John! – Don’t
forget that John’s Gospel was written around 100 CE.
This is a pretty good indication of how early Christians
viewed the nature of the Comforter.
What about the “Pentecostal experience?”
You may hear from many Christians that Jesus
(in John 14, 16) was actually referring to the Day of
Pentecost described in Acts 2. In verse 16, however,
Peter makes a comment that it was actually the Prophet
Joel who prophesied this event and not Jesus.
Interestingly, this crucial tidbit has been quietly
expunged from many modern translations including the
Revised English Bible. Furthermore, the Comforter was
supposed to “guide us unto all truth” (John 16:13). Ask
your Christian friend for just one piece of truth that he
has gained from the Day of Pentecost. Just one. What
exactly did we learn from the mysterious ranting of these
men? Nothing! Their words are not even recorded. In
fact, the bystanders who witnessed this event thought
that they were listening to the alcohol induced ramblings
of drunken fools (Acts 2:13)! How did the Day of
Pentecost “reprove the world of sin, of righteousness,
and of judgment?” This Christian claim grossly
undermines the nature of the mission of the true