International Conference on:
the Role of Islamic Universities in Maturation and Promulgation of Aqīdah and its impact on the Unity of Ummah
(26-27 April, 2018)

Organized by
Department of Aqidah & Philosophy, faculty of Usuluddin
International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan
in Collaboration with
Al-Imam Muhammed Ibn Saud Islamic University Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
&
Higher Education Commission – Islamabad, Pakistan

Introduction of the Conference
The Muslim Ummah is undergoing various transformations and multiple challenges and crises, which are subjected to difficult choices and tough tests either to remain strong or maintain peace with prosperous environment or become subjected to dependency and indignation. Apparently, the latter choice seems to suit ground realities of Muslim Ummah today but it does not match with its glorious historical and civilizational heritage that remained for centuries, exemplifying progress in scientific and practical fields. The aforementioned challenges and choices demand vigilant approach from the Ummah to develop the human behavior with wisdom to promulgate the voice of peace and prosperity around the globe.
It is not surprising that there is unanimity of opinion among scholars for saving the Ummah from these integral crises, and strengthening its unity and cohesion which is possible only through guidance from the Quran and Sunah, and by making use of this guidance together with its intellectual fortunes and established scientific strongholds, operating in its research institutes and universities throughout the entire Muslim world. This inspires the intellectuals to preserve the Ummah from divisions, decadence of thoughts, discordance, and distortion in Aqīdah (Muslim creed).
Therefore it is important to set a course for engaging the role of Islamic Universities in consolidation and dissemination of the exact Aqīdah , to pioneer in its mission as its existence in premises of Muslim society constitute a prosperous academic environment for development and research enabling a platform for moral and civilizational growth.

Vision of the Conference:
To activate role of the universities in accordance with their mission and objectives in rooting exact doctrine among their students through formulation of methods and curriculum that reflect in their output and absorbing its benefits in the society and humanity, and demonstrate the reality of moderation in realm of Islam.

Conference Message:
To foster the exact doctrine nascent from the Quran and Sunnah, and to encompass a balanced scale for weighing words, actions, doctrines and ambitions, that become the landmark for progress and development, and intellectual platform to purify ideas from doubts of rigorous attitudes, thoughts, and extravagance, extremism and terrorism.

Objectives of the Conference
1 – To acknowledge and take up the efforts of the universities in the field of research and development to  consolidate the faith in the hearts of its students and members of society in order to prevent the polarization of extremist groups
2 – To highlight the centrality of the exact doctrine in the unity of Ummah that coincides with the objectives and mission of Islamic universities and to keep aside doctrinal differences and sectarianism.
3 – To provide an opportunity for scholars, thinkers and experts to share and exchange their experiences and views to repel the wave of suspicions that are falsely affixed to the Islamic faith.
4- To support and back up vision of the International Islamic University, Islamabad to cope with extremism, violence and terrorism and to promote a culture of tolerance and peaceful coexistence between Muslim groups and humanity as a whole according to the correct belief derived from the Quran and Sunnah.  
5 – To put forward visions about the importance of faith to individuals and society in achieving the desired differentiation and strive to build a civilization that is strong scholarly, academically, economically, politically and socially.

Major Themes of the Conference
Theme No. 1:     Methodology of Prophets and Messengers in promulgating and Maturating the Doctrine of Twahid

  1. Concerns of the Prophets and Messengers in accuracy of Aqīdah
  2. The Scope and mandate of the fundamentals of Aqīdah in the Quran and Sunnah
  3. The methodology of the Quran in originating the doctrine and its encounter with innate mind.
  4. Meccan period and its temporal and spatial significance in establishing the doctrine and methodology.
  5. Method of the companions of the Prophet and the predecessors in advocating the correct doctrine and its practical application

Theme No. 2:     The role of Islamic universities in actualization the exact doctrinal concepts

  1. Islamic Universities and their role in the dissemination of Islamic sciences in order to activate its mission and objectives.
  2. The curricula of the Islamic sciences in Islamic universities and their impact on awareness among young generation.
  3. The role of Islamic universities in the detection of the causes of deviation and methods of prevention.
  4. The curricula of Islamic universities and their impact on raising awareness of the fundamentals of the correct doctrine and its components.

Theme No. 3: The efforts of Muslim scholars in Determination of Aqīdah and its Defense.

  1. The efforts of the scholars in presenting the issues of Aqīdah according to the Quran and Sunnah
  2. The efforts of scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al Jama‘ah in negating the false Doctrinal ideologies.
  3. The efforts of scholars in dealing with modern theological issues in contemporary era.

Theme No. 4: The Exact Aqīdah and its Social-Methodological impact

  1. The Impact of Islamic faith rooted in the methodology of moderation and coexistence and rejection of extremism and terrorism
  2. The impact of the application of the doctrine of the Quranic approach and conduct in achieving unity and competing biased contemporary challenges.
  3. The Impact of exact belief in escaping individual and society from destructive themes.
  4. Common denominators between faith and civilizational progress.
  5. The correct doctrine protects the individual and society from destructive ideas, subversion and misguidance.

Guidelines for Submission of Research Papers

  1. The paper must contain one area of the conference as mentioned before.
  2. The research must track the comprehension and depth of the topic that strengthen by rules and methodology of the research.
  3. The research should be original and not already published in any periodical or academic journals.
  4. The researcher must be committed to write Arabic, English and Urdu papers that do not exceed 20 pages on A4 format in MS word, including bibliography and references.
  5. The research paper must be attached with abstract of two pages not exceeding 300 words along with providing title of the research, name of the researcher, designation, institutional affiliation, and email address on front page.
  6. The research will be subjected to review by the Academic Committee of the conference
  7. In case of acceptance of the abstract by the Academic Committee of the conference, an invitation will be sent to the researchers for participation.

Accommodation and expenses:
The International Islamic University Islamabad will provide accommodation and board logging to the selected participants.

Important Dates
Deadline for receiving research Abstracts December 30 , 2017
Deadline for approval of Abstracts January  8, 2018
Deadline for submission of complete research February 28, 2018
Conference Dates April 26 , 27 2018
Venue of the Conference:
Quaid e Azam Auditorium, Faisal Masjid Campus Islamabad
International Islamic University Islamabad

Contact Details: 0092 51 9257994,     0092 51 9258047
                        (female): 0092 51 9019862
Website:  www.iiu.edu.pk
Email: aqeedah.conference@iiu.edu.pk
Postal Address: Conference Secretariat: Room No. B021, Faculty of Usuluddin, Imam Abu Hanifa Block, International Islamic University (H/10) Islamabad, Pakistan

Conference Coordinators
For Males For Females
Dr. Muhammad Arif (00-92-312-5550446)
Deputy Head
Sajjad Ahmed (0092  300  7247728)   
Assistant Director (Male Campus)
Ms. Sajida Muhammad Jamil
Assistant Professor (0092-321-9569226)
Email of the Conference Secretariat:

Conference Sponsorship:
Under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Ahmed bin Yusuf Al-Draiweesh, President of the International Islamic University, Islamabad.