Respect Graduate School

The Young Seekers

Course date: October 20 – November 24, 2021

When information and data is the prime asset, young brains are the most deserved customers. Atheism, deism, spiritualism, Wicca, environmentalism, veganism, ideologies replacing established religions and the traditional religions compete for the same fresh minds. Respect Graduate School presents The Young Seekers as a compass to the perplexed minds. In three semesters of double courses the participating young minds will be able to cover issues from monotheism to resurrection, from the duty to worship to the office of prophethood.

Respect Graduate School

The Young Seekers

Course date: October 20 – November 24, 2021

When information and data is the prime asset, young brains are the most deserved customers. Atheism, deism, spiritualism, Wicca, environmentalism, veganism, ideologies replacing established religions and the traditional religions compete for the same fresh minds. Respect Graduate School presents The Young Seekers as a compass to the perplexed minds. In three semesters of double courses the participating young minds will be able to cover issues from monotheism to resurrection, from the duty to worship to the office of prophethood.

Objectives of the Program

Discussing challenges of the post-modern era to the faith and identity of younger generations

Finding answers to existential problems from the treasures of the Quran

Responding to the alternative narratives of non-Islamic ideas and ideologies

Equipping the young participants with abilities to analyze and respond to future challenges

Nurturing a love and passion for truth in the hearts and minds of the new generation

In The Young Seekers six courses are going to be delivered in three seasons. The courses will take place on Wednesday evenings, with each one taking an hour a week and six weeks only. The courses will be supported with Kahoot games and a final Kahoot Challenge will crown the courses on the day of the graduation ceremony each term.

Faculty

Dr. Hakan Gok

Risale-i Nur Academy

Said Nursi’s Arguments
for the Existence of God in Risale-i Nur

Course Time: Saturday 11 AM – 1 PM (EST)

Dr. Omer Kuru

Risale-i Nur Academy

Contemporary Sufism: The Relation between Self and Ego
from Nursian Perspective

Course Time: Sunday 11 AM – 1 PM (EST)

Student Learning Outcomes

Encouraging students to write a summary of the discussion before and/or after each class

Interactive and motivating discussion sections for the students

A positive and constructive attitude to help students to be motivational and have creative engagement with the class

To improve writing skills

Program Content

Quest of the Tenets

by Dr. Hakan Gok

Course Abstract

Belief: What, Why, How?

An atheist, a deist and a spiritualist visited Said Nursi. They all had questions and their own answers. These were about Existence of God, Angels, Prophets, Revelation, Resurrection and Predetermination… Based on this scenario, this course will inquire the differences between the answers of religions, non-religious ideologies and Islam on several existential issues.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
* be able to demonstrate the truth of the basic tenets of the Islamic faith
* be able to analyze truth claims of non-religious and atheistic positions on existential issues
* be equipped with knowledge and argumentative material on the truth of our belief system
* be able to refute criticism brought to the basic tenets of the Islamic faith

Prescribed Text

There is no prescribed text and the students are not supposed to read anything before the courses. However, they will be distributed notes to go over in order to succeed in the Kahoot tests.

Weekly Schedule

Week 1: The Source of all Existence: God
Week 2: Do angels really exist? What about fairies?
Week 3: Why does God speak to us through human prophets?
Week 4: The Book of God? In human language?
Week 5: Who will give life to rotten bones?
Week 6: Why am I responsibility for what was predestined?

If He was in my shoes?

by Dr. Omer Kuru

Course Abstract

How would the Perfect Human behave if he was in my shoes?

We make hundreds of decisions a day. Some of these are trivial, others, quite important. While deciding on what to do, we appeal to reason and experience. Best of all experiences to receive guidance from is that of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Whenever we need that guidance, our intellect searches for similarities between our experiences and those of the Prophet. We simply go to his times, and try to find inspiration there. Instead, in this course, we will learn how to bring the Muhammadan Essence to our times and learn from him, on how to act, react or behave. We will imagine the Prophetic Exemplary Ideal in six different circumstances: At home, at school, at work, in social events, in the streets and in the internet — including social media… How would He perceive our realities, and how would he respond?

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
* be able to make comparisons between the realities of modern life and the time of the Prophet
* be able to extract wisdom from comparisons made between the two cultural contexts
* be equipped with knowledge and argumentative material on the importance of following the example of the Prophet
* rekindle their love and respect for the Beloved Prophet of Islam

Prescribed Text

There is no prescribed text and the students are not supposed to read anything before the courses. However, they will be distributed notes to go over in order to succeed in the Kahoot tests.

Weekly Schedule

Week 1: At Home: Knocking on the door; Privacy; Kitchen manners; Respect to Parents and Grandparents; Hosting Guests; Tidying Room; Intra-family Quarrels
Week 2: At School: Learning and knowledge; Bullying; Keeping secrets; Respect for Teachers
Week 3: At Work: Time management; Labor Rights; Helping Others; Rivalry and Jealousy; Equality and Justice
Week 4: In the Streets: Street Gangs; Drug Use; Traffic Rules; Cleanliness; Environmental Responsibilities; Public Goods
Week 5: At Social Events: Respect to Line; Noise control; Conflict Resolution
Week 6: In the Internet: Hacking; Spamming; Using Technology for Good; Identity Theft and Identity Hiding

Do you have interest for other courses at Respect GS?

Risale-i Nur Academy, Respect Qur’an School, Qur’anic Arabic and more.

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The Young Seekers

$30

Total min. 12h
Virtual Classroom Support
Certification of Attendance

Do you have a question? Contact us: youth@respectgs.us

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