Posted on 03/11/2012 by __socrates

AHMAD أحمد.
The name under which Muhammad professes that Jesus Christ foretold his coming. Vide Qur’an, Surah lxi. 6, “And remember when Jesus the son of Mary said ‘O children of Israel! of a truth I am God’s Apostle to you to confirming the law which was given before me, and to announce an apostle that shall come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.”‘ Muhammad had, no doubt, heard that Our Lord had promised a Paraclatos, John xvi.7. This title, understood by him, probably from the similarity of Sound, as equivalent to Periclytos, he applied to himself with reference to his own name Muhammad, the praised or glorified one. Muir thinks that in some imperfect Arabic translation of the Gospel of St. John, the word may have been translated Ahmad, or praised. (Life of Mahomet, vol. i., 17.)

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam