On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of its Centre for the Encyclopaedia of Makkah al-Mukarramah and Madinah al-Munawwarah, Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation organised an event, which consisted of:
1. Lecture on The Discovery of the House of Khadeejah (may God be pleased with her) in Makkah al-Mukarramah, delivered by Dr Abbas Saleh Tashkandy, former Professor of Library & Information Science at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Secretary General and Chief Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Makkah al-Mukarramah and Madinah al-Munawwarah.
In his lecture, Dr Tashkandy gave an insight into the history of the house throughout different periods of history. He highlighted the fact that this blessed house stood for nearly fourteen centuries, until its remains became hidden under the ground sometime after 1344 A.H./1925 A.D. In the year 1989, with the support and supervision of HE Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, the Chairman of Al-Furqān, excavation works were undertaken to uncover this important site
The lecture was followed by several questions from the distinguished audience regarding various aspects covered by Dr Tashkandy.
2. Launch of the English version of the book “The House of Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid (may God be pleased with her) in Makkah al-Mukarramah”, written by HE Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani. The book is an architectural and scholarly study on the house belonging to Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (may God be pleased with her), the respected wife of the Prophet Muḥammad (peace be upon him).
The Arabic edition of this book was launched in the year 2013.
This book is part of the academic effort of the Al-Furqān Centre for the Encyclopaedia of Makkah al-Mukarramah and Madinah al-Munawwarah, which was established in Jeddah, on 4th November 1994.
The event took place on Wednesday 26th November 2014, at the Al-Furqān headquarters in London.