Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education

The Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education (NFIE) is a non-profit, tax exempt, religious and educational organization dedicated to serve Islam with a special focus on Tasawwuf(Sufism),

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Shaykh Ahmed Zaki Yamani passed away on Monday 22nd February,2021 - Obituary

In Memoriam

His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

It is with great sadness and deep sorrow that the Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation announces the passing of our Chairman, His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani. He passed away yesterday evening, Monday 22nd February, in a London hospital, at the age of 90, after a long illness.


His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani

At this difficult time, the Foundation’s Managing Director, its Board of Directors, its Employees, Boards of Advisors and Experts, and all those who worked alongside him, offer their deepest condolences and sincere sentiments of sympathy to his family and loved ones. He will be very sadly missed.

Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani was born on 30 June 1930, in Mecca. His life was a full and ground breaking one, of political, economic, social, cultural and scientific activities.

He studied law in the 1950s at Cairo University, then New York University, and Harvard University. In 1955 he received a Master's Degree in Comparative Jurisprudence; then, later on, a Doctorate from the University of Exeter.

In 1960, His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani assumed the position of Minister of State and Member of the Saudi Cabinet. Then he became the Saudi Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (1962-1986), and the first Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani was also the Founder and President of the Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation and its three centres: the Centre for the Study of Islamic Manuscripts, the Centre for the Encyclopaedia of Makkah and Madinah, and the Centre for Studies of the Objectives of Islamic Law.

He received throughout his career many awards and decorations, and was a member of many scientific societies around the world.

His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani left with  us several books and studies, including “The House of Khadija Bint Khuwaylid (Radiyallahu Anha) in Makkah Al-Mukarramah - A Historical Study of Its Location, Building and Architecture”, and “Islam and Women”, which was translated into several languages. He also published dozens of articles in Arabic and English in various fields.

Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani will be buried in the Al-Mualla Cemetery in Makkah.

May his soul rest in peace, and may God bless his family.

"Verily we belong to Allah, and verily to Him do we return."

A Short Film about Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation


Al-Furqān Foundation was established initially with the aim to document and preserve the Islamic written heritage, principally through its work in surveying, imaging, cataloguing, editing, studying and publishing Islamic manuscripts. But, with time, its scope of activity has expanded, and it has become a Foundation, consisting of three centres under one umbrella:

1. The Centre for the Study of Islamic Manuscripts (Manuscript Centre), which deals with studying the Islamic written heritage. 2. The Centre for Compiling the Encyclopaedia of Makkah and Madinah (Makkah and Madinah Centre), which publishes the Encyclopaedia of the two holy cities (Makkah and Madinah), acknowledging their scientific and cultural role throughout history. 3. The Centre for the Study of the Philosophy of Islamic Law (Maqāṣid Centre), which focuses on the study of Māqaṣid (the philosophy of the Islamic law).

The Mother of the Faithful Khadījah bint Khuwaylid (رضي الله عنها) - Shaykh Ahmed Zaki Yamani


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