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Register for continuing education courses at Respect Graduate School

on Oct 9 with two courses.

The objective of this virtual camp is to focus on reading selected texts from the Risale-i Nur collection and have short discussions on the fundamental topics in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere by experts who are grounded in their education heavily on Nursi’s tafseer collection the Risale-i Nur/ Epistles of Light.

Current Courses

Clinical Pastoral Education

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

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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.

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ACPE Accredited CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education)

It's time to enroll in the 10-Week accelerated intensive CPE unit, taught by Dr. Jawad A. Bayat, starting on January 16, 2024.

The Young Seekers

We present The Young Seekers as a compass to the perplexed minds.

Risale Academy

This program is a humble effort to introduce Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’s life and writings to the English speaking world through a series of certificate courses.

Past Courses

History of Islamic Science and Technology

This program aims to raise awareness among diaspora teenagers living away from Muslim-majority regions about Islamic technology and science.

Deen Intensive Program

Students will be provided with basics in Islamic Knowledge while learning what’s needed for a deeper understanding of Islamic Knowledge and Sciences.

Islam 101 Course

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

The Spirit from the Perspective of "Emerald Hills of the Heart"

The primary objective of this course is to develop a fresh understanding of the idea of the spirit.

Understanding the Muwatta as a Fiqh Book

This program will focus on a close textual reading of selected sections of the Muwatta in Arabic.

Certificate Program in Islamic Studies

This program has been designed for those who want to gain deep knowledge in Islamic Studies. There are no prerequisites.

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.

End-of-Life Certificate Program

The purpose of this course is to equip a person to accompany the dying and their family through any setting with skill and confidence.

The Challenge of Leadership

A three-week seminar series for aspiring leaders to learn from scholars and real-life leaders, empowering them to tackle challenges and seize opportunities in both spiritual and secular realms.

Dhu al-Hijjah Nights

It is a special program series that will take place on YouTube during the first 10 nights of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah.

Seminars in Spiritual Care

This course consists of weekly seminars focused on the developing learners who are, or aim to be, involved in caring for others on a spiritual basis.

Spiritual Counseling Support for Earthquake Victims

This project aims to provide spiritual and psychological counseling support especially to those affected by the Kahramanmaras -based earthquake in February 2023.

Spiritual Care for Disaster & Humanitarian Relief

This course is open to everyone who is interested in emotional and spiritual care – with a focus on disaster, humanitarian crisis, displaced refugee groups. Our pool of instructors have research, education, and/or on-the-ground experience with caring for people in crisis.

Sufi Characters from the Perspective of "Emerald Hills of the Heart

The primary objective of this course is to make the students familiar with Sufi characters. Furthermore, this course also aims to develop an understanding that morality and spirituality are essential ingredients for not only one’s personal moral self-cultivation but also for the betterment of our social structures.

Risale-i Nur Colloquium

In this colloquium we will discuss the relevance of the historical and modern context for a better understanding of the Epistles of Light of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.

Introduction to a Sufi Psychology

The primary objective of this course is to make the students familiar to Sufi epistemology. Could awakening the inner senses generate or initiate a transcendental spiritual experience in addition to sense experience?

Dhu al-Hijjah Nights

It is a special program series that will take place on YouTube during the first 10 nights of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah.

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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The Spirit from the Perspective of "Emerald Hills of the Heart"

The primary objective of this course is to develop a fresh understanding of the idea of the spirit.

Understanding the Muwatta as a Fiqh Book

This program will focus on a close textual reading of selected sections of the Muwatta in Arabic.

Certificate Program in Islamic Studies

This program has been designed for those who want to gain deep knowledge in Islamic Studies. There are no prerequisites.

quranic arabic

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.

end of life certificate program

End-of-Life Certificate Program

Registration is now open!

The purpose of this course is to equip a person to accompany the dying and their family through any setting with skill and confidence.

EVENTS

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