The results of the continuous and rapid developments and their manifestations in various fields of life - especially in the fields of science and technology and concepts of freedom and human rights - reveal serious cultural, moral and religious problems that may be summed up in the undermining of religious and moral virtues and the role of foundational social institutions that persevered in preserving values, morals, culture and civilizational identity throughout the ages such as family, schools and places of worship. Moreover, the deviational behavioral patterns that continue to surface in all societies - and more so among the youth - portend a serious human catastrophe if not timely addressed. This situation is considered a major challenge for all religions.
It is, however, well known that ethics represents the foundation upon which the various religions' conception of human society is based and that is also true of Islam. The Messenger of God, Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), emphasized this idea through his saying: “I was sent to perfect morals.” Furthermore, there is little doubt that every problem, whether political, economic, social or behavioral, is in its origin a moral one.
Hence, the Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani Center for Muslim Contributions to Civilization decided to organize this conference in order to bring outstanding scholars to deliberate on how to reinstate the above-mentioned Prophetic role and his perennial teachings in the continuous process of reforming ourselves and our society in contemporary times. Since Almighty Allah sent our Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) as the best model for those who believe in Him, there can be no better way to human success and fulfillment except by returning to the exemplary Prophet.
This conference seeks to discuss means of utilizing the Sīrah of the Prophet (PBUH) to address contemporary problems. The conference will be held over two days at Hamad bin Khalifa University and will be attended by scholars from various parts of the world.