Who Is Muhammad Abdoh?

The most notorious of the victims who fell for Jamâladdîn Afghânî's propagations intended to demolish Islam from within under the cloak of a religious man, was Muhammad Abdoh, born in Egypt in 1265 [A. D. 1849], and dead there in 1323 [C. E. 1905]. Spending a part of his life in Beirut, he left for Paris, where he joined Jamâladdîn Afghânî's activities prescribed by masonic lodges. They began to issue a periodical named Al- urwat-ul-Wuthqâ. Then he came back to Beirut and Egypt, endeavouring to carry out in these places the decisions made by the Paris masonic lodge.

Backed by the British, he became the Muftî of Cairo and assumed an offensive attitude towards the Ahl as-sunna. The first step he took in this way was to defile and spoil the curricula in the Jâmi'ul az-har madrasa, thus hindering the teaching of valuable religious lore to the younger generation. He had the lessons being taught at the university level abrogated and put into their curricula the teaching of books that were currently being taught in the secondary level. Stripping the schools of their capacity as places of knowledge on the one hand, he, on the other hand, vituperated the Islamic scholars, pledged that these scholars hindered the teaching of scientific knowledge, and claimed that he would enrich Islam by adding this knowledge to it.

He wrote a book entitled Islam and Christianity, in which he says, "All religions are the same. They are different only in their outward appearance. Jews, Christians and Muslims should support one another." In a letter he wrote to a priest in London, he says, "I hope to see the two great religions, Islam and Christianity, hand-in-hand, embracing each other. Then the Torah and the Bible and the Koran will become books supporting one another, being read everywhere, and respected by every nation." He adds that he is looking forward to seeing Muslims read the Torah and the Bible.