(01-03 October 2022)

The Presidency of Religious Affairs brings important issues to the public’s agenda every year on occasions such as “Mawlid al-Nabi, Mosques and Religious Officials Week, and Month of Ramadan”. Considering the close dates this year, it has been decided to celebrate the Mosques and Religious Officials Week and the Week of Mawlid al-Nabi together. The theme of the week, as well as the “International Mawlid al-Nabi Symposium,” which will take place during the week, is “Our Prophet, Mosque, and Guidance.” Because we have the responsibility to develop an invitation and guidance model suitable for today’s conditions and to determine a future perspective for our mosque-centered services. At this point, the Prophet Muhammad is the best guide and example for us.

All the prophets sent by Allah showed the societies to which they were sent the way that leads to the truth and leads to happiness in this world and the Hereafter, and by walking on this path themselves, they became a guide and example for them. If we think in terms of Islam, guidance, conveyance and invitation constitute the essence of activities to bring Islam together with people. Conveyance and invitation are religious education and training for those who have not yet become Muslims, and guidance is for those who have accepted Islam. Our Prophet was tasked with inviting people to Islam with wisdom and good advice (Nahl, 16/25) starting from his relatives in the society he lived in (Shuara, 26/214). He (saw) struggled until strife and mischief were eliminated on earth, religion was completely Allah’s (Anfal, 8/39) and Islam prevailed over all religions (Fath, 48/28).

Undoubtedly, the prophetic method followed was effective in the success of the invitation and guidance activities of our Beloved Prophet, which continued under the guidance of the revelation. His faith and effort, sincerity and undisguised belief, reliability and truthfulness, patience and mercy, fluency and eloquence are the greatest helpers of our Prophet in this process. He valued his interlocutors, knew them well, and acted according to their mental and social levels and the conditions they were in. He was the first to experience what he conveyed, and he has always been a living example of what he said. That is why every word of his had an impact on people. He touched hearts with his compassion, mercy, and tolerance, his smiling face, soft words and encouraging style. He adopted the principle of correcting the mistakes without exposing people and tried to warn the interlocutors by expressing the mistakes in general terms. He said, “Facilitate things to people (concerning religious matters), and do not make it hard for them and give them good tidings and do not make them run away (from Islam).” (Bukhari, ‘Ilm, 11) and he made this a life principle. He took into account the willingness of his interlocutors and expressed his words in a short and concise manner at a time when they would not be distracted. With striking questions, he directed the attention of the interlocutors to what he would say and repeated his words three times in order to better explain the issues that he deemed important. In invitation and guidance, he applied the method of description, that is, representation, and told stories about faith, deeds, and morals. He paid special attention to all segments of society in his guidance activities.

During the Meccan period, Muslims did not have a separate place of worship. In the early years of prophethood, when Muslims did not encounter the obstacles of the polytheists, they prayed next to the Ka‘bah and at other times in secluded places. It is possible to say that Arqam ibn Abi’l-Arqam’s house was used for meetings, preaching, and worship. In the Madinah period of the prophethood of our Prophet, the masjid/mosque has an exceptional place, and the mosque is the center and heart of social life in Madinah. In addition to its functions such as a place of worship, administrative center, military headquarters, and council, Masjid al-Nabawi is also the center of guidance and education activities. Our Prophet used the mosque as a center to build the believer’s personality, to rebuild the hearts of believers, to nourish their minds, to reinforce their unity and brotherhood, to establish a bond of love and solidarity among them, and to develop the social dimensions of faith and Islam. His ummah, which took the Prophet Muhammad as an example, also built a mosque-centered civilization.

The duty of inviting people to Islam, our supreme religion, and of guiding Muslims, has been given to the ummah of Prophet Muhammad after our Prophet. That is why making this supreme duty the most important element of our religious service should be one of our primary goals. In today’s world, ways should be sought to update the language of invitation and guidance in Islam and to develop an effective and efficient method. In light of changing global circumstances, we must exchange ideas and develop a road map for rebuilding our mosques, transforming them into schools of guidance and wisdom, and reintroducing them to the center of life.

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Purpose of the Symposium

It is to try to develop a strategy in accordance with the spirit of the society and time we live in, based on our Prophet’s invitation and guidance method. It is to strongly emphasize the importance of the mosque in Islamic civilization, to evaluate mosque-centered guidance activities, and to try to determine a future perspective on this issue. It is to benefit from the ideas, thoughts and experiences put forward in terms of the language that should be used, the style and method that should be followed in the guidance activities carried out by our Presidency for different segments of society in today’s world.

  • Etymological and Semantic Analysis of the Concepts; Mosque and Masjid

  • The Historical/Sociological Dimensions and Basis of the Phenomenon; Place of Worship

  • The First Place of Worship; Ka’bah and Its History

  • The Phenomenon; Place of Worship and Its Functions in Divine Religions

  • Transformation of The Culture of Place of Worship In between Tradition and Modernism

  • On the Secularization and Rebuilding of the Culture of Place of Worship

  • Mosque and Turkish-Islamic Arts

  • The Place and Construction of Mosques in Social Life

  • Mosques and Masjids as Non-Formal Education Institutions

  • Mosque and Guidance from the Perspective of Education of Religion and Values

  • The Civilization of Foundation/Waqf and Mosque Foundations

  • The Basis of the Concepts of Mosque and Community in the Qur'an and Hadith

  • The Mosque and Its Functions in the Practice of the Prophet (The Example of Masjid al-Nabi)

  • The Role and Significance of Congregational Prayer in the Prophet's Community-Building Process

  • Man-Woman, Old-Young-Child, Disabled-Healthy in the Prophet's Mosque

  • References of Conveyance/Tabligh and Guidance in the Qur'an and Sunnah

  • The Method of the Prophet for Conveyance/Tabligh and Invitation

  • The Prophet as a Conveyor/Muballigh and Inviter

  • Human Psychology and Reactions to the Invitation of the Prophet

  • The Sociological Foundations of the Prophet's Invitation and His Power in Transforming Society

  • Companions’ Experience of Conveyance/Tabligh and Invitation

  • The Position and Importance of Masjid al-Nabi in the Conveyance of Islam

  • Etymological and Semantic Analysis of the Concepts; Invitation, Conveyance, Guidance

  • The Importance and Methodology of Invitation and Guidance in Divine Religions

  • The Quality, Institutionalization and Method of Invitation and Guidance in Islamic Societies

  • Status of the Interlocutor in the Conveyance and Invitation: Need, Expectation, Ability

  • The Role and Importance of the Phenomenon “Place” in Terms of Guidance Services

  • Competencies and Training Methodologies for Religious Officials in the Providing Invitation and Guidance Services

  • The Role and Method of Guidance in Society's Transformation and Value Transfer

  • The Modern Individual, Modern Society and the Conveyance of Islam

  • The Effect of Modernization on Religious Life and the Strategies of Invitation in the Globalized Age

  • Obstacles to Conveyance and Invitation to Islam in Our Age and Suggestions for Solutions

  • Contemporary Strategy of Conveyance

  • The Language, Content and Method of Guidance in Written, Visual and Social Media

  • Guidance in the Digital Age: What? When? How?

  • Place, Time and Opportunity of Guidance Activities in Societal Life

  • Presidency of Religious Affairs Mosque and Guidance Services: Proposals and Expectations

  • Objectives, Principles, and Statements of the Presidency of Religious Affairs Concerning Mosque and Guidance Services

  • Language, Style, Content, and Method of Diyanat's Services: The Language and Strategy of Guidance

  • The Quality of Guidance in the Printed and Periodical Publications of the Presidency of Religious Affairs

  • The Quality of Guidance in Visual, Audio and Digital Publications of the Presidency of Religious Affairs

  • The Role and Importance of the Mosque in the Abroad Services of the Presidency of Religious Affairs

  • Spiritual Counseling and Guidance Activities of the Presidency of Religious Affairs

  • Analysis of Activities Such as Sermons and Lectures in Mosques etc. in Terms of Their Quality and Institutional Purposes

  • Sermon Services by the Presidency of Religious Affairs: Evaluation and Proposals

  • Guidance Services Provided by the Presidency of Religious Affairs in Hajj and Umrah


Honorary President of the Symposium

Prof. Dr. Ali ERBAŞ, President of Religious Affairs


Scientific Committee of the Symposium

Prof. Dr. Abdurrahman HAÇKALI, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Huriye MARTI, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Prof. Dr. İbrahim Hilmi KARSLI, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Selim ARGUN, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Abdullah KAHRAMAN, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Ali AVCU, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Enbiya YILDIRIM, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Hacı Mehmet GÜNAY, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Halis AYDEMİR, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Prof. Dr. İhsan ÇAPCIOĞLU, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Metin ÖZDEMİR, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Ömer KARA, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Soner GÜNDÜZÖZ, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fatih KURT, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey

Doç Dr. Abdel Karim A.Y. ALWREİKAT, Katar University, Katar

Prof. Dr. Abdussalam Ahmad MOYİKKAL, Al-Jamia Al-İslamiya, Hindistan

Dr. Aqil ŞİRİNOV, Azerbaijan Institute of Theology, Azerbaijan

Prof. Dr. Ali Osman KURT, Ankara Social Sciences University, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Eyup BAŞ, Ankara University, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Hasan Kâmil YILMAZ, İstanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Merdan GÜNEŞ, Osnabrück University, Germany

Prof. Dr. Mohammed İbrahim Khalil AL-SAMARRAE, Tikrit University, Irak

Prof. Dr. Muhammet Şevki AYDIN, Erciyes University, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Muhyuddin HASHMİ, Allama Ikbal Open University, Pakistan

Prof. Dr. Mustafa AĞIRMAN, Atatürk University, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Mustafa SİNANOĞLU, İstanbul 29 Mayıs University, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Raşit KÜÇÜK, Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (TDV) Centre for Islamic Studies (ISAM), Turkey

Prof. Dr. Saffet KÖSE, İzmir Kâtip Çelebi University, Turkey

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sultanmurat ABJALOV, Ahmet Yesevi University, Kazakhstan

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zaylabidin ACİMAMATOV, Osh University, Kyrgyzstan


Organization Committee of the Symposium

Dr. Burhan İŞLİYEN

Dr. Şaban KONDİ


Cemalettin GEZGİÇ

Ömer Faruk ARSLAN

Cemalettin NAZLIOĞLU




Symposium Calendar


Symposium Date: 01-03 October 2022

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts             : 29 July 2022

Announcement of Accepted Abstracts            : 15 August 2022

Deadline for Submission of Papers                 : 19 September 2022

Announcement of the Symposium Program   : 28 September 2022

Printing of Symposium Papers                        : 2023


The Language of the Symposium

It is Turkish, Arabic and English.

Symposium Place


Conditions of Participation

  • Paper abstracts should be in Turkish, Arabic or English.
  • Abstracts should summarize the subject of the paper with outlines and be on the range of 300 - 400 words.
  • Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to by using accession form.
  • The papers should be scientific, authentic and on the range of 5000-7000 words.

Invitation to Paper Presentation

We are honored to see esteemed scientists and researchers among us at the International Mevlid-i Nebi Symposium titled "Our Prophet, Mosque and Guidance".



Symposium Program



Contact information

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