Chapter 9: Prophecy 9
Ali: Our next prophecy is from the Book of John, John Chapter 14 verses 15 to 16:
“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 forever”1
Now our Christian brothers say that it is about the Holy Spirit. Let us see whether it is indeed about the Holy Spirit. There are many verses about the advocate in the book of John, for example:
John chapter 16 verse 7 where Jesus says… “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.”2
Therefore, it becomes clear to us that the precondition for the Holy Spirit to come; is that Jesus has to go away. And we have clear verses in the Bible stating the presence of the Holy Spirit during the lifetime of Jesus Christ (a.s.) and even before his birth, which we already discussed in Prophecy number 7 of this book.
If we observe these verses, Jesus Christ (a.s.) always refers to the comforter as ‘he’ and not ‘it’, therefore we know that the comforter is a person and not a spirit. Finally, Jesus says ‘He’ i.e: the advocate will abide with you forever.
The comforter my dear brother is none other than Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.a.) who came with the last revelation of God almighty. Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.a.) is the last of the 124,000 prophets sent by Allah (s.w.t.) to guide mankind till the day of Judgement. The Holy Quran is the last revelation of God almighty for mankind. Since there will be no Prophets after Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.a.), God almighty has appointed twelve successors of Prophet Muhammed from his progeny to guide mankind after him. And as the prophecy in John says that the advocate will remain with him forever, the Holy Prophet of Islam (a.s.) says in the famous Hadiths Saqlain:
Narrated Zayd ibn Thabit:
Allah’s Apostle (s.a.w.a.) said:
“I will always leave among you two SUCCESSORS: the Book of Allah, a rope stretching between the heaven and the earth, and my progeny, my Ahl Al-Bayt. Both shall NEVER separate till they return to me at the Lake-Front.”3
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) has left the Holy Quran and his pure progeny the Ahlul Bayt to guide mankind till the day of Judgment. Now it is upto us whether we accept Jesus Christ (a.s.) advice and the guidance of the Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.a.) or reject it as those who rejected Prophet Noah, Abraham, Moses and other Prophets of God (a.s.).
Let us see a verse from the Holy Quran Surah Al-Baqarah that is chapter 2 verse 136
“Say: We believe in Allah and (in) that which had been revealed to us, and (in) that which was revealed to Ibrahim and Ismail and Ishaq and Yaqoub and the tribes, and (in) that which was given to Musa and Isa, and (in) that which was given to the prophets from their Lord, we do not make any distinction between any of them, and to Him do we submit.”4
John: Well brother, you said that Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.a.) had twelve successors, why then do most Muslims not accept them?
Dear brother, in many places The Holy Quran has said that the believers are very few compared to the unbelievers, let me quote you one such verse:
“Until when Our command came and water came forth from the valley, We said: Carry in it two of all things, a pair, and your own family-- except those against whom the word has already gone forth, and those who believe. And there believed not with him but a few.”5
Even the Holy Bible says:
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.6
Have you heard about the event of Karbala?
John: Not much.
Ali: The event of Karbala is the biggest proof that just because you are larger in number doesn’t mean you are on the right path. In 61 Hijri Imam Hussain (a.s.) the grandson of Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.a.) and his third successor courageously stood up against Yazid; the accursed son of Muawiya. This tyrant Yazid was openly committing corruption and destroying the pure religion of Islam and wanted Imam Husain (a.s.) to pledge allegiance to him. So that whatever he did had the implicit approval of the Imam. It was at such a time that Imam Husain (a.s.) refused to pay allegiance to him and stood up against this wretched tyrant. The Muslims very well knew about the status of Imam Husain (a.s.), even the Holy Quran testifies to his purity in Surah Ahzab (i.e: chapter 33 verse 33) and in many occasions the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) has said that “Hasan and Hussain are the leaders of the youth of Paradise” despite such a dignified status of Imam Husain (a.s.) How many people do you think accompanied the Imam when he stood up against Yazid?
John: How many?
Ali: 72, apart from his family members that included children.
These few but God-fearing companions of Imam Husain (a.s.) bravely faced Yazid’s 10,000 strong army on the banks of river Euphrates. Armed with unwavering faith in Allah (s.w.t) and love for his Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and his household (Ahlul Bayt) these companions of Imam Husain (a.s.) sacrificed their lives for truth and justice. History has recorded the atrocities committed on the Imam’s (a.s.) companions; they were deprived of water for three days and slaughtered in the most brutal way the world has ever known.
When thirst had become unbearable and the little children were crying for water, Imam Husain (a.s.) took his six months old Baby Ali Asgar (a.s) to the battle and spoke to Yazid’s army, he said
“Your fight is with me, what is the fault of this six month old child that you deprive it of water?”
While he was still speaking to them, the enemy’s hatred took the form of an arrow and pierced through the tender little neck of his six month old child. Husain (a.s.) stood alone in the battlefield with his last companion martyred. Finally, even Husain (a.s.) who grew up in the house of the Holy Prophet’s (s.a.w.a.) daughter Fatima (s.a.) was slaughtered hungry and thirsty.
This ruthless and atrocious event is also mentioned in the Holy Bible where God promises revenge against the killers of Husain (a.s.)
John: Where in the Bible?
Ali: In the book of Jeremiah chapter 46 verse 10:
“For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.”7
Therefore brother, numbers don’t have anything to do with the truth.
Shall we go to the next prophecy?
John: Yes sure.