A new course at RGS

An Introduction to Sufi Psychology: Sufi Characters

with Dr. Adnan Aslan

Where knowledge becomes wisdom.

Where knowledge becomes wisdom.

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.


Ibn al-Zaman or Ab al-Waqt: Is Bediuzzaman Said Nursi a Son of His Time?

June 20, 2021

Time: 4 PM (New York – EST) Houston – 3 PM California – 1 PM England – 21.00 Germany, France, Egypt – 22.00 Sydney: 06.00 (Next day)

Speaker: Kerim Balcı

Modern Interpretation of the Qur’an: The Contribution of Said Nursi

June 6, 2021

In this program we’ll focus on Qur’an and exegesis, new kalām movement, ihya’ (revival) and tajdīd (renewal) attempts in early Muslim modernism. A special focus is on Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The existing literature indicates Nursi’s multi-disciplinary approach in his collection. Nursi has a Qur’an-based methodology and combined the essence of what the Islamic disciplines included in a different form. This book emphasizes that Nursi’s revival of Islam and his renewal (tajdid) are based on Islamic systematic theology (kalām), and Nursi seeks to formulate an Islamic metaphysics and theology primarily based on the Qur’an by using multiple fields. Moreover, Nursi’s collection is a kind of spiritual exegesis (maʿnawī tafsīr), a commentary on the Qur’an’s meanings. In addition, while the main books of the collection can also be considered as a kind of thematic exegesis, he primarily developed the theory of the word-order (naẓm) in his one-volume commentary on the Qur’an.

Speaker: Dr. Hakan Coruh

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.”

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Onlıne Courses

Islam 101

Course date: June 22 – August 6

What Islam is All About. This is not an ilmihal class. For youth and adult.

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An Introduction to Sufi Psychology:
Sufi Characters

Course date: June 8 – July 27, 2021

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

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.

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.