One hundred years have passed since the arrival of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Egypt in September, 1910. He remained in Port Said for one month and then moved to Alexandria in August, 1911. Then he continued His journey to Europe from August, 1911 then returning to Egypt in December, 1911. Subsequently he left Egypt going to New York, on March, 1912 and then coming back to Egypt in June 1913 and then returned to Haifa. His visit was welcomed by the government of Egypt and its leaders. Destiny determined that Alexandria become a home for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and a stopover for His comings and goings during His travels in western countries over a period of three years. From the time of [‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s arrival in Egypt], he resides in Alexandria. His presence attracted the attention of many Egyptian political leaders, leaders of thought, writers, journalists and clergy, who hastened to pay Him their respects. The news items and articles that were published by His visitors and reporters from various journals were like a proclamation of the Bahá’í Faith.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá (known in the literature of Egypt as Abbas Effendi) received a warm welcome and expressions of appreciation from the Egyptian government and population, when upon His arrival He was able to dispel the misconceptions and doubts that a vicious consul of Iran had disseminated in government circles and among Muslim scholars to tarnish the good name of the Bahá’í Faith and suppress its truth. During His stay, He gave bountifully to all of that boundless knowledge, magnanimity and love, of which He was the unique bearer.
In 1910, on the 19th of September, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram published news of the unannounced visit to their country of the “leader of the Bahai Faith”. The news article stated: “Abbas Effendi left His residence in the city of ‘Akká a few days ago for Port Said, an event that has precipitated His Persian followers residing in Egypt to hasten to that city to be blessed by visiting Him. This surprise visit has given rise to speculation and controversial claims between His opponents and supporters about its motive.