Early in 1433 H, His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, by Grace of the Almighty was cured from his illness, during which he was visited by the Crown Prince (may Allah protect him) and other dignitaries of his acquaintances.
Thanks to God’s guidance His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Zaki ibn Hassan ibn Sa’eed Yamani has dedicated his third book to the souls of his grandfather, his parents and to the Islamic library. It is titled: “The House of Khadija bint Khuwaylid (God bless her) in Makkah”. It is a historical study of the house, its location and architecture.
The book, released recently by Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation, is prestigiously bound and includes rare photographs, maps, documents, indices and appendixes.
In the dedication the author writes: “Thank God Almighty for the completion of this essential work, which documents the most revered of Islamic sites in Makkah, the house of Lady Khadijah (the mother of the Believers), where the best of God’s creation, the Prophet Muhammad, (peace be upon him), his sons and daughters lived”
The book's introduction highlights the significance of its theme: "For all Muslims, Dar Khadijah” is a great Islamic milestone, it is the house where Muhammad, (peace be upon him), married Khadijah, and was frequented by the angel of revelation Jibreel,carrying messages of the Lord and verses of the Holy Quran, and there were revealed:
“O you (Muhammad) enveloped (in garments)! arise and warn!, and your Lord (Allah) glorify! and your garments purify!
In the rooms of “Dar Khadijah”, the great lady gave birth to the Prophet’s sons and daughters and he spent 28 years of his life in there. Thus Imam Tabari and others were not exaggerating to state that this house is the best place in Makkah after the Grand Mosque. In the same house, Islam entered the hearts of Khadijah, the Prophet’s cousin Ali and the Prophet’s servant Zayd ibn Haritha. The Night Journey (al-Isra’ wal-Mi’raj) started here also.
This significant work is the first and most important scientific and architectural study dealing with the history of the house since its establishment and its architecture through the different ages, until it was discovered a quarter of a century ago.
The book is not a mere survey of historical sources on Makkah, but goes further, to cover the narrations and description by various Muslims and Orientalist travellers, who visited the place throughout history, starting with the journey of Ibn Jubayr, through trips of Ibn Battuta and ‘Ayashi, Evliya Celebi, Burckhardt, Burton, Ayyub Sabri Pasha, Snook , Ibrahim Rif’at, El Batanoni and Eldon Ritter, down to the travels of Mohamed Hussein Heikal, Ibrahim Habib and Muhammad Lutfi Jum’ah, as the building collapsed, turned to rubble, and no longer had any presence, while they tried to visit and search for it.
Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani (may God reward him), capably managed through his valuable and documented work, to establish historical information about the house, provided its description through different periods of history, and found out the repairs, renovations and annexes introduced to it and the social and cultural contexts surrounding these operations. His research lead to dozens of significant results, in addition to the fact that early scholars of Islam had not denounced the visit of archaeological sites in Makkah, most notably those linked to the Prophet (peace be upon him).
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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 1 September 2013