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Respect Graduate School offers online Master degree and certified programs in Islamic Sciences to its participants. The school supports students with scholarships and grants raised through donations and contributions from its supporters.


Nursi’s Theology on Prophethood

May 9, 2021

Prophethood is the backbone of the Islamic tradition and is the uncompromised tenet of faith; with the impact of modernity however many Muslim scholars were shaken by the ambivalent status afforded to both the prophet and the institution of prophethood in the contemporary period. Said Nursi’s discussion of nubuwwa prophethood was critical in the context and time that he wrote it. His discourse retains and is corresponding to much of the classical theology but also addresses the modern contentions of Prophethood. Nursi entails that prophets in the Islamic tradition provide an alternative historical, philosophical and theological account of the story of the human being and serve as archetypal models of moral and ethical excellence for Muslims around the world.

Speaker: Dr. Mahsheed Ansari

Ramadan Fundraising Event

May 2, 2021 – 2 PM (EST)

To join this great campaign, you can start by giving a monthly $50 scholarship for a student of Islamic Sciences at Respect. Help us reach our 500 scholarship goal in 2021 and create an opportunity for 500 students to get Islamic Sciences education! You can also help Respect reach its $500,000 endowment goal in 2021 to start work toward building a University of Islamic Studies in America.

Let's Build a University of Islamic Studies in North America Together!

May 2, 2021 – 2 PM (EST)

You are cordially invited to the “Respect Graduate School’s Ramadan Scholarship and Fundraising Event” this year. Follow this event to learn more about Respect Graduate School and its plans for the future. Supporting Respect means strengthening “Islamic Education in North America”; funding “Students of Islamic Studies with your scholarships” and building on to the “Respect Waqf with your endowments and charities.”

The Spirit of Ramadan

March 21, 2021

Fasting in Ramadan is one of Islam’s foremost pillars and greatest symbols. What is the wisdom behind the fasting of Ramadan? Demystifying the spirit of Ramadan from the perspective of the Quran through the lenses of the Risale collection of Nursi namely the Epistle of light. Said Nursi explains the spirit of Ramadan from a multi-layered perspective in nine categories such as in relation to God’s Lordship and giving thanks for His bounties, to humanity’s individual and collective life, self-training, and self-discipline.

Speaker: Dr. Zuleyha Keskin

The Self (Nafs) in Nursi

March 31, 2021

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi defines self (nafs) as a mirror to the manifestation of Divine Oneness. Owing to its function as a mirror, Nursi places the self (nafs) at the centre of man’s/ woman’s constant struggle to achieve a true understanding of God and the universe. If self (nafs) is employed by all other internal faculties, and especially by anā (which means I, self, ego in Arabic), as a mirror to reflect the names and attributes of God in the way defined by the Qur’ān and the Prophetic tradition (Sunnah), then man can rise up to the level of certainty in his/her belief. There are important key concepts in the writings of Nursi; other-indicative meaning (maʿná-yi ḥarfī) and self-referential meaning (maʿná-yi ismī) to understand the Qur’an through the lens of his collection of Epitomes of Light (Risale-i Nur).

Speaker: Dr. Omer Kuru

The Qur’an and Holistic Therapy: Does Qur’an read the reader?

March 21, 2021

Allah says: “ We are sending down the Qur’an in parts it is a healing and a mercy for the believer.” (17:82). Researches show that the Qur’an can be therapeutic, particularly for those who have psychological problems. However, many people are not aware of how this holistic therapy can be achieved. This conversation will focus on the Qur’anic healing and its holistic methodology.

Speaker: Dr. Salih Yücel

Beyond Death: Resurrection and Visions of the Afterlife in the Risale-i Nur

March 3, 2021

Is there an afterlife? Is there any evidence that afterlife exists? Is it possible for us to show some logical evidence about afterlife? How does Said Nursi provide evidence on the existence of the hereafter? Belief in resurrection and reality of the afterlife are necessities among the articles of faith that all Muslims must believe. In this talk, Dr. Saritoprak will examine Nursi’s understanding of these as found in his 10th Word (The Treatise on Resurrection) as well as other writings.

Speaker: Dr. Zeki Saritoprak

Support Islamic educatıon ın america

There are different ways to contribute to Respect Graduate School.

Onlıne Courses

Respect Qur’an School

Knowing that learning Qur’an is vital and it is an endless process, we are committed to preparing students to perform Islamic practices in the best way possible.

Introduction to a Sufi Psychology

The primary objective of this course is to make the students familiar to Sufi epistemology.

Qur’anic Arabic

This course aims to lay the foundational knowledge for the Qur’anic Arabic and is specifically designed to provide the elementary comprehension skills for the Qur’an.

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Knowledge of Maqamat

In this course students will gain basic maqam skills to beautify their recitation, learn voice management, and improve their sense of tonation through the help of an instrument called Oud.

Clinical Pastoral Education

We’re happy to launch a fully online Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program that offers 4 Units of Clinical Pastoral Education.

English Language Program

The English Language Program at RGS is an ESL program for students who wish improve their English speaking and writing abilities. 

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Student testımonıals

"I have found every class insightful, interesting and challenging."
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"It is so thrilling to know that the opportunity to obtain a graduate degree in Islamic studies exists through Respect."
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"I love about RGS is that the atmosphere is not just academic, but spiritual as well."
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Master of arts

Master of Arts in Islamic Studies

Respect Graduate School partners with the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA) in collaboration with Charles Sturt University (CSU) to offer a completely online Master of Arts in Islamic Studies degree program.  In this partnership, education is provided by RGS and ISRA with the degree being issued by Charles Sturt University.