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Why Did Jesus Called Prophet Muhammad as Ahmad Instead of Muhammad.

The Prophet who Jesus (peace be upon him) prophesized about is called Muhammad as well as Ahmad. He is our Prophet (peace be upon him).

This is based on an explicit hadeeth narrated by Jubair bin Mut`im that Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

[لِي خَمْسَةُ أَسْمَاءٍ أَنَا مُحَمَّدٌ، وَأَحْمَدُ، وَأَنَا الْمَاحِي الَّذِي يَمْحُو اللَّهُ بِي الْكُفْرَ، وَأَنَا الْحَاشِرُ الَّذِي يُحْشَرُ النَّاسُ عَلَى قَدَمِي، وَأَنَا الْعَاقِبُ].

[I have five names: I am Muhammad. I am Ahmad. I am al-Mahi (the effacer), by whom Allah effaces infidelity. I am al-Hashir (the gatherer), in front of whom people will be gathered. I am al-Aqib (the last) (i.e. There will be no prophet after me)] (Sahih al-Bukhari 3532).

And Allah the almighty says in the Qur'an:

{وَإِذْ قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ إِلَيْكُم مُّصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَمُبَشِّرًا بِرَسُولٍ يَأْتِي مِن بَعْدِي اسْمُهُ أَحْمَدُ ۖ فَلَمَّا جَاءَهُم بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ قَالُوا هَٰذَا سِحْرٌ مُّبِينٌ} (الصف: 6).

{And [mention] when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, "O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad." But when he came to them with clear evidences, they said, "This is obvious magic.} (Qur'an 61:6).

So, if anyone condemns claiming that the Prophet's name is only Muhammad, and saying that Jesus' prophesy of a prophet by the name of Ahmad was meant for another prophet instead of Muhammad, that person is only manipulating the proofs and willfully misunderstanding and distorting them.

Imam Al-Qurtubi said: "The Prophet (peace be upon him) was Ahmad before he became Muhammad, he praises his lord then HE made him a prophet and honored him, that's why the name Ahmad preceded the name Muhammad and Jesus (peace be upon him) mentioned when he said: 'his name is Ahmad'". (Al-Jami'e Li Ahkam Al-Qur'an 18/84).

Also, Al-Qadhi 'Eyad said: "As for the name Ahmad which was mentioned the previous scriptures and Prophets gave glad tidings of his coming; Allah in HIS wisdom He did not allow anyone to be name Ahmad before Prophet Muhammad; so that those who have weak minds will not have doubts and implications on the Prophet".

So, with the above mentioned notes and evidences, we now know why Jesus (peace be upon him) called Prophet Muhammad as Ahmad instead of Muhammad.

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad, his family and companions. 

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