Making Sense of Wahhabism – 2

Roots of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab

In part 1 and the entry entitled “Are Wahhabis Sunnis? Chechnya Conference and Saudi anger…“, we explained that the links and intermarriages between Saudis and Wahhabis run deep. We also explained that Saudis have a Jewish ancestry. (This in and of itself doesn’t mean much. What is significant however is the concealment of this ancestry and the fabrication of a different genealogy that is used publicly… as well as the real interests that are sought by Wahhabis and Saudis)

What is as interesting, but even less known, than the Jewish ancestry of Saudis, is that Muhammad bin Abd al-Wahhab’s ancestors were also Jews.

In the following excerpts, the author of the article is alluding to a 53 page report drafted in 2002 by Iraqi intelligence, declassified by the US in 2008, entitled “The Birth of Al-Wahhabi Movement And its Historic Roots.” In their remarks on the report, the US says :

The study aims at uncovering the links of this movement with the British Government and promoting Muhammad Bin ‘Abd-al-Wahab (the founder) and his meetings with the rulers of Al-Sa’ud to pass on their plans to target Islam and causing division among Muslims.

The actual document can be found here.

Please allow me to quote to quote from this article:

Although known to historians and religious experts, the centuries-old political and economic influence of a group known in Turkish as the “Dönmeh” is only beginning to cross the lips of Turks, Arabs, and Israelis who have been reluctant to discuss the presence in Turkey and elsewhere of a sect of Turks descended from a group of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition in the 16th and 17th centuries. These Jewish refugees from Spain were welcomed to settle in the Ottoman Empire and over the years they converted to a mystical sect of Islam that eventually mixed Jewish Kabbala and Islamic Sufi semi-mystical beliefs into a sect that eventually championed secularism in post-Ottoman Turkey. It is interesting that “Dönmeh” not only refers to the Jewish “untrustworthy converts” to Islam in Turkey but it is also a derogatory Turkish word for a transvestite, or someone who is claiming to be someone they are not.

The Donmeh sect of Judaism was founded in the 17th century by Rabbi Sabbatai Zevi, a Kabbalist who believed he was the Messiah but was forced to convert to Islam by Sultan Mehmet IV, the Ottoman ruler. Many of the rabbi’s followers, known as Sabbateans, but also “crypto-Jews,” publicly proclaimed their Islamic faith but secretly practiced their hybrid form of Judaism, which was unrecognized by mainstream Jewish rabbinical authorities. Because it was against their beliefs to marry outside their sect, the Dönmeh created a rather secretive sub-societal clan.

the article continues

In his book, The Dönmeh Jews, D. Mustafa Turan writes that Wahhab’s grandfather, Tjen Sulayman, was actually Tjen Shulman, a member of the Jewish community of Basra, Iraq. The Iraqi intelligence report also states that in his book, The Dönmeh Jews and the Origin of the Saudi Wahhabis, Rifat Salim Kabar reveals that Shulman eventually settled in the Hejaz, in the village of al-Ayniyah what is now Saudi Arabia, where his grandson founded the Wahhabi sect of Islam. The Iraqi intelligence report states that Shulman had been banished from Damascus, Cairo, and Mecca for his “quackery.” In the village, Shulman sired Abdul Wahhab. Abdel Wahhab’s son, Muhammad, founded modern Wahhabism.

The article actually also confirms what we said earlier about the Jewish roots of the Saudi family:

The Iraqi report also makes some astounding claims about the Saud family. It cites Abdul Wahhab Ibrahim al-Shammari’s book, The Wahhabi Movement: The Truth and Roots, which states that King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, the first Kingdom of Saudi Arabia monarch, was descended from Mordechai bin Ibrahim bin Moishe, a Jewish merchant also from Basra. In Nejd, Moishe joined the Aniza tribe and changed his name to Markhan bin Ibrahim bin Musa. Eventually, Mordechai married off his son, Jack Dan, who became Al-Qarn, to a woman from the Anzah tribe of the Nejd. From this union, the future Saud family was born.

The Iraqi intelligence document reveals that the researcher Mohammad Sakher was the subject of a Saudi contract murder hit for his examination into the Sauds’ Jewish roots. In Said Nasir’s book, The History of the Saud Family, it is maintained that in 1943, the Saudi ambassador to Egypt, Abdullah bin Ibrahim al Muffadal, paid Muhammad al Tamami to forge a family tree showing that the Sauds and Wahhabs were one family that descended directly from the Prophet Mohammed.


After World War I, the British facilitated the coming to power of the Saud regime in the former Hejaz and Nejd provinces of the Ottoman Empire. The Sauds established Wahhabism as the state religion of the new Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and, like the Kemalist Dönmeh in Turkey, began to move against other Islamic beliefs and sects, including the Sunnis and Shi’as. The Wahhabi Sauds accomplished what the Kemalist Dönmeh were able to achieve in Turkey: a fractured Middle East that was ripe for Western imperialistic designs […]

stay tuned for part 3

see all the articles of Making Sense of Wahhabism series:

Are Wahhabis Sunnis? Chechnya Conference and Saudi Anger

Making Sense of Wahhabism – 1: Links between the House of Saud and Wahhabism

Making Sense of Wahhabism – 2: Roots of Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab

Making Sense of Wahhabism – 3: History of the House of Saud

Making Sense of Wahhabism – 4: Wahhabism and Kharijism 1

Making Sense of Wahhabism – 5: Wahhabism and Kharijism 2

Making Sense of Wahhabism – 6: Québec City Shooting

Making Sense of Wahhabism – 7: Wahhabism and Kharijism 3

Making Sense of Wahhabism – 8: Wahhabism and Kharijism

10 thoughts on “Making Sense of Wahhabism – 2

  1. Document prepared in ‘Iraq’ and only recently discovered ? Wow the Shi’ahs must think Sunnis are really stupid to believe such rubbish. Btw still waiting for your claim to have read first hand the works of Muhammad ibn Abdil Wahhab and Shaykhul Islam ibn Taiymiyya. Ibn Taimiyya had students who were given the title al-Hafidz (great Muhaddithin) such as the SHAFI’I scholars ibn Kathir, al-Dhahabi, al-Mizzi, etc. If you haven’t even memorised the arba’in of al-Nawawi, I suggest you keep your butt-hole shut. It would be better for you


  2. I had linked the document for all to consult directly, and on it, you can see the dates and the rest of the official information. Unless you have some evidence that the document (which is easy to find on many sites now) is a fake, that somehow you have evidence that the American DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) did not have (in which case I’m sure that they would be interested in your amazing talents and services), then you are the one who is saying “rubbish.”
    As for waiting for my “claim to have read first hand the works of Muhammad ibn Abdil Wahhab” and Ibn Taymiyyah, I hope that my busy schedule is not interfering with your wait and suspense. I do not remember saying that I have read first hand the works of either of them, but since you are asking for it, when I have time to write on my blog, I assure you that you will have no doubt in your mind that I own the collected works of both ibn Abd al-Wahhab and almost 200 works of Ibn Taymiyyah, and that even someone like me who has only read a few volumes of each of them, who is not an expert on either of them, can extract and highlight the passages of their works that are incompatible with the beautiful religion of Islam. I do plan on writing many entries, so be patient, but by the end, it should be easy for anyone in today’s world to link the barbaric Wahhabi movements such as Boko Haram, Caucasus Emirate, ISIL, Al Qaeda, etc. to the writings of Ibn Taymiyyah and ibn Abd al-Wahhab, and the teachings of the current Wahhabi scholars.
    And I don’t understand the rest of your statement: I don’t think I ever said that ibn Taymiyya was ignorant. I agree with everyone else that Ibn Taymiyya had knowledge, but knowledge on its own means nothing, and in fact, makes it worse because he knows what he’s doing. As a Muslim, I am sure you know that Iblis was more knowledgeable than the angels, but what good did that do him? If you carry knowledge but are filled with hatred and misguidance, and your beliefs are so distorted and you are so narrow-minded that you think that you alone hold the absolute truth and everyone else must therefore be killed, and you only cause corruption and destruction on earth, what good is your knowledge?
    And since my butt-hole is of interest to you, I happen to be a memorizer of the Holy Qur’an in addition to Nawawi’s 40, so perhaps it would be better for you to keep your butt-hole shut? Your lack of manners are typical of those of the Wahhabis in general. By the way, now that we are getting intimate, let me ask you, have you read the book entitled “Qamus Shata’im al Albany – Wa Alfadhuhu al Munkara Allati Yutliquha Fi Haqqi Ulema al Umma Wa Fudalauha wa Ghayruhum” (Translation: Dictionary of Albany’s Insults and the Indecent Terms He Attributed to the Scholars of the Islam and Others)?
    [Al Albany is huge Wahhabi scholar, with his own twist on the ideology]
    Do you realize that nowadays, you can put thousands of works on a little USB key? so I guess by your logic, we should all sit in silence before the “pious USB key” because it has “memorized” ahadeeth?
    If you are trying to present yourself as someone who has a bit of religious studies under your belt, then I advise you to refrain from engaging in ad hominem attacks, and concentrating on the actual topic instead…


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