In Memoriam

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."

Thank you for your Condolence Messages

Dear All,

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude - on behalf of the Al-Furqan Family - for your kind messages and sincere condolences on the passing of our dear Chairman, HE Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani (may Allah have mercy on him).

May God bless and protect you all.

Kind regards,
Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation


  1. I had the honour of working for Sheikh Zaki for 18 years. It was a great privilege. We always felt we were in the presence of an extraordinary man. His actions on the world changed the world. It is a lesser place without him. I send my deepest condolences, and the condolences of my family.

  2. إنا لله وإنا اليه راجعون
    Truly saddened to hear of Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani's passing. May he rest in eternal peace and be rewarded for the good he did while here. He provided compassionate and intellectually sound leadership during his active service and through his philanthropic endeavors. Sincere condolences to the family and friends, and I pray that the work close to his heart will carry on insh'Állah. Al-Fateha!

  3. Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raaji'oun. I had the great honor of meeting Shk. Yamani when I was a young child, and only on a couple of occasions, but very clearly remember his humility, kindness and generosity, despite being who he was. My father, who worked for the Shk. back in the 80s and 90s would often seek to inspire us as kids by sharing stories of some of the Sheikh's many acts of kindness and philanthropy. On behalf of my father, Mr. Sohail Yousuf Bakhshi, and our family, we offer our deepest condolences to the family. May Allah raise the status of the Shk and enter him into His Firdaws Al 'Alaa. Aameen.

  4. .. إنَّا ِللهِ وإنَّا إلَيْهِ رَاجِعُوْن.. اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لَهُ وَارْحَمْهُ وَعَافِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنْهُ
    My Father worked for H.E since 30 plus years.. (still continuing in H.E's law firm) although I was not fortunate to meet H. E, All that while my father had nothing but good to say about him. Myself and my siblings were also benefactors of His Excellency kindness. It was with extreme sadness that I received this news. I can only pray that may Allah Almighty forgive all his sins and grant H. E the highest grade in جنۃ الفردوس.

    Rest in Peace Gentle Soul. The world lost a gem.

  5. Innalilahi wa innailayhirajiun. Our sincere condolences to Sheikh Yamani's family and loved ones. May his return journey be filled with light and peace. May his memory live on through his blessings including his publications.

  6. إنَّا ِللهِ وإنَّا إلَيْهِ رَاجِعُوْن.. May Allah SWT forgive Sheikh Zaki Yamani and grant him the highest place in جنۃ الفردوس. I never had the chance to meet him and wished one day when the lockdown ended to go meet him. Interestingly being a great fan of Allama Dr Muhamad Iqbal, I learned he was too. That explains is why he was able to do the work for Al Furqan Islamic Heritage after he left KSA.

    The statement by his daughter Dr Mai Yamani ‘He will be remembered for his loving picture of Islam, one which embraced all peoples regardless of religion, gender or race- he had a vision for modernity and progress,' parallels what Iqbal's vision for humanity and Muslims is but more strikingly more important are actions whereby he has even on this site with the book by Dr AnneMarie Schimmel, The Secrets of Creative Love, available for purchase at a very low price, but also the lecture on the youtube website.

    Lastly I learned there were parallels between these two giant politicians having a similar background. Both had as young children studied Islam deeply as their households very deeply religious but were educated as lawyers in the West and spent time in education, politics and other publically beneficial engagements prior to their final days reverting to Islamic revival for the benefit of humanity, thus going back to the early days of their Islamic education for that Ibadah done in 'jawani' or when a 'shabab' is the strongest as it serves the longest.

    The world will surely miss these two men whose Islamic and worldly contributions; despite having traveled the world they never bartered their spirits and souls for materialistic gain as they wished for a better world for all.

  7. إنا لله وإنا اليه راجعون
    A man's true stature may only be known by the void he leaves with his passing, not just in the hearts of his loved ones, but in the myriad areas of life that he touched.
    Like many great men, the world will only now note the absence of H.E. Sh. Ahmad Zaki Yamani, yet he will pass on to the Mercy of The Creator, where even an atom's worth of good is sufficient to move the scale, and true recompense is granted.
    May Allah accept Sh. Yamani in His Grand Mercy, and grant him abode next to our Noble Prophet, peace be upon him.

  8. Inna lillah Wa Inna Ellie rajeoon.
    He was a great man and humble servant of God . I meat him once in Bonn when he came in funeral of prof an Meri Schmil.
    I have written a article on sheik zaki which will published on Uk times London on 8th March .

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