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Tolerance Is a Vital Part of the Islamic Faith

An important article in The News International was published today. It touches on whether Muslims should greet Christians with Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The author of the piece, Aijaz Zaka Syed, was taken aback by the convoluted logic that Muslims are “aping the West” by sending warm greetings to Christians. Syed claims that the…… Continue reading Tolerance Is a Vital Part of the Islamic Faith

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Quoted in “Two Cases of Terrorism”

A new Barbados Today article by Suleiman Bulbulia of the Barbados Muslim Association discusses my blog post titled “Why Celebrating Columbus Day Is like Celebrating ISIS.” He wrote the following. Terrorism in all its forms must be condemned. Whether by a group of radicals, fanatics or fundamentalists or by a group of men and women in uniforms.…… Continue reading Quoted in “Two Cases of Terrorism”

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From Islamic History, Lessons on Religious Freedom

Rice Magazine (Summer, 2016: p. 19) wrote a short piece on my research paper on Prophet Muhammad’s covenants with Christians. Author Amy McCaig wrote: “Prophet Muhammad believed that freedom of religion and civic rights were important components of a ‘Muslim nation,’ according to a new analysis of the prophet’s covenants with Christians. Research by Rice…… Continue reading From Islamic History, Lessons on Religious Freedom

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Panel Addresses Misconceptions of Islamic Faith

The Religion and Public Life Program held a panel in an effort to address common misconceptions about the Islamic faith on Thursday. The panel consisted of three guests: Imam Wazir Ali, the imam of two mosques in Houston; Craig Considine, lecturer of sociology at Rice University and M. Hasna Maznavi, founder and president of the…… Continue reading Panel Addresses Misconceptions of Islamic Faith

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9/11 Made Me Hate Prophet Muhammad, But Now He’s My Role Model, Says a Catholic

A big thank you to the Muslim Council of Hong Kong for shedding more light on my research and spiritual/intellectual growth. Here is what they have to say: Dr. Craig Considine, a Catholic Irish, is a well-known sociologist at Rice University in Houston, USA. Last year, he tweeted about 9/11 and Prophet Muhammad. A tweet…… Continue reading 9/11 Made Me Hate Prophet Muhammad, But Now He’s My Role Model, Says a Catholic

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New Documentary to Shed Light on Muslims in the U.S. Military

Antonia Bloomberg, who writes for The Huffington Post, cited an article I wrote last year in her new piece titled “Documentary To Shed Light On Untold Stories Of Muslims In The U.S. Military.” She wrote:

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Quoted in “Slain French Priest Was Attack on ‘All of Us'”

Father Jacques Hamel’s gruesome murder in northern France July 26 – by men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State – prompted sorrow and outrage from Muslim leaders around the world. Carol Zimmerman of Catholic News Service called me shortly after the murder to gain insight on how a Catholic like myself views Hamel’s murder. Here…… Continue reading Quoted in “Slain French Priest Was Attack on ‘All of Us'”

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Cited in “These Facebook Posts Reveal a Depressing Reality About What We Do When Terror Attacks Occur”

A Independent Journal Review piece by Conor Swanberg cites my recent Tweet on how social media profiles interpret so-called “terrorist” attacks. Swanberg writes: Dr. Craig Considine, a sociologist at Rice University, has noticed some trends in how people use social media to respond to tragedy. He notes four predictable stages that the average Facebook user goes through surrounding a…… Continue reading Cited in “These Facebook Posts Reveal a Depressing Reality About What We Do When Terror Attacks Occur”

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Cited in “Pauline Hanson’s Claims on Islam, Broken Down”

A new News.com.au piece by Emma Reynolds cites my article “Muslims Aren’t A Race, So I Can’t Be Racist, Right? Wrong”. Reynolds wrote the following: Sociologist Craig Considine points out in the Huffington Post that White and Black, Asian and Indigenous Americans are not races either. He says race is not a biological reality but…… Continue reading Cited in “Pauline Hanson’s Claims on Islam, Broken Down”

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Cited in “Trump’s Failure on ‘Heeby Jobbies'”

A new CNN piece by Dean Obeidallah cites my article “Saluting Muslim American Patriots.” Obeidallah wrote the following: Muslims fought to establish this nation, serving in the Revolutionary Army, fighting alongside George Washington, according to sociologist, Craig Considine, who assayed Muslims’ contributions in war in an article for the Huffington Post. The most famous was Peter Buckminster,…… Continue reading Cited in “Trump’s Failure on ‘Heeby Jobbies'”

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Cited in “Terrorists Have Abandoned Islam”

A new Dallas Morning News piece by Huma Munir cites my article “Religious Pluralism and Civic Rights in a “Muslim Nation”: An Analysis of Prophet Muhammad’s Covenants with Christians.” Munir wrote the following: The Quran says that Prophet Muhammad was sent as a mercy to mankind. During his prophethood, Christians and Jews were granted full protection…… Continue reading Cited in “Terrorists Have Abandoned Islam”

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Quoted: Rice University Professor Sends Peaceful Message to Islamic Nations

A bishop shall not be removed from his bishopric, nor a monk from his monastery, nor a hermit from his tower, nor shall a pilgrim be hindered from his pilgrimage. That’s one of Rice University professor of sociology Craig Considine’s favorite verses from ‘The Covenant with the Christian Monks of Mount Sinai’. Dr. Considine recently published…… Continue reading Quoted: Rice University Professor Sends Peaceful Message to Islamic Nations

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Cited in “Loyalties to Islam, America Not Mutually Exclusive”

A new Duluth News Tribune article by M. Imran Hayee cites a few passages from my blog post titled “Documents Show Prophet Muhammad and US Founding Fathers Were Kindred Spirits.” Hayee wrote the following: On April 6, an Arab Muslim student from the University of California, Berkeley, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, was removed from a flight when he alarmed a fellow…… Continue reading Cited in “Loyalties to Islam, America Not Mutually Exclusive”

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Quoted in “Can a Killer Be a True Muslim?”

A new Huffington Post UK article by Meliha Hayat highlights my recent peer-reviewed article titled “Religious Pluralism and Civic Rights in a ‘Muslim Nation’: An Analysis of Prophet Muhammad’s Covenants with Christians.” Hayat wrote the following: When the Prophet Muhammad first established Islam in Medinah he drafted a charter entitled the Constitution of Medinah. It…… Continue reading Quoted in “Can a Killer Be a True Muslim?”

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Cited in “We’re Not Taking Islamophobia Seriously”

A new Salon article by Qasim Rashid cites a few passages from my recent piece titled “Muslims Aren’t A Race, So I Can’t Be Racist. Right? Wrong.” Rashid wrote the following: Some are quick to argue, “Muslims aren’t a race, so I can’t be racist.” Rice University sociologist Dr. Craig Considine repudiates this simplistic understanding of racism, writing,…… Continue reading Cited in “We’re Not Taking Islamophobia Seriously”

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Laugh, Think, Cry

There are three things that we should do everyday of our lives. Number one is LAUGH. You should laugh everyday. Number two is THINK. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is that you should have your emotions move you to tears. Think about it… If you laugh, if you think, and…… Continue reading Laugh, Think, Cry

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10 Inspiring Quotes to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As a little boy attending elementary school in Needham, Massachusetts, I always borrowed two books from the Mitchell School library. One of those books gave a history of the Boston Celtics, my favorite basketball team, and the other book was a biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the Civil Rights leaders of the 1950s…… Continue reading 10 Inspiring Quotes to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The audacity of Pope

Source: Huffington Post/Foreign Policy in Focus By John Feffer Pope Benedict caused a stir in 2006 when he quoted a Byzantine emperor’s unflattering description of Mohammed’s legacy as “evil and inhuman.” He subsequently apologized, but his views of Islam remained rather medieval. Pope Francis, by contrast, has immediately sought to repair ties with the world…… Continue reading The audacity of Pope

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Comments by Pope Francis Emphasize Bridge Building with Muslims

Here is a collection of quotes from Pope Francis directed towards Muslims. This post will be updated as Pope Francis continues to speak about dialogue, common ground, and mutual respect between Christians and Muslims worldwide. On dialogue “Turning to mutual respect in interreligious relations, especially between Christians and Muslims, we are called to respect the…… Continue reading Comments by Pope Francis Emphasize Bridge Building with Muslims

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Why is War Stupid?

“Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it compromises and develops the germ of every other. As the parent of armies, war encourages debts and taxes, the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of…… Continue reading Why is War Stupid?

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“I am part or particle of God.” – R.W. Emerson

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Rumi’s Advice on Tolerance, Compassion and Love

This picture was taken at the annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City in the fall of 2008. I did not take this picture in black and white. It has been doctored using some software.

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“To go forward is to move towards perfection” – Khalil Gibran

Taken while hiking An Spinc (“Pointed Hill”) in Glendalough, Ireland in 2011. That’s me in the picture.

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10 Great Non-Muslim Quotes on Islam

“I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind… I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity,…… Continue reading 10 Great Non-Muslim Quotes on Islam

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Carry beauty

Flying into Dublin over a year ago, our plane glided through a majestic sky that was truly awe inspiring. I use a quote from Boston native Ralph Waldo Emerson, a transcendental philosopher, poet, and humanitarian for inspiration.

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Walid Shoebat somehow equates me with “leftists,” “racists,” and Sam Bacile, director of “The Innocence of Muslims”

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A few good tweets

Professor John Esposito is one of the top scholars of Islam in the United States. He had recently Tweeted my Huffington Post article on what the Founding Fathers would say about Islam. In addition, the United States Embassy in London had Tweeted my article on the screening of Journey into America and the importance of…… Continue reading A few good tweets

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Quoted: Inspiring quotes on finding your purpose

‘Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life… Therein he cannot be re­placed, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it’. – Viktor Frankl ‘There’s no next time. It’s now or never’. – Celestine Chua ‘My life is my message’. – Gandhi…… Continue reading Quoted: Inspiring quotes on finding your purpose

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Malala Yousafzai: hero and inspiration

Source: New York Times At the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai took on the Taliban by giving voice to her dreams. As fighters swept through her town in northwestern Pakistan in 2009, the schoolgirl spoke out about her passion for education — she wanted to become a doctor, she said — and became a symbol of defiance…… Continue reading Malala Yousafzai: hero and inspiration

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Quoted: On anger and being angry

‘Anger is never without reason, but seldom with a good one’. – Benjamin Franklin ‘Anyone who angers you, conquers you’. – Anonymous ‘There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot’. – Plato ‘Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the…… Continue reading Quoted: On anger and being angry

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Quoted: ‘Love is wise, hatred is foolish’ in Bertrand Russell video interview

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Quoted: Thoreau on Success

‘I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal…… Continue reading Quoted: Thoreau on Success

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Quoted: Solara An Ra

The great spiritual teachers who have graced your planet have spoken of beingness – the state of being fully immersed in the present, and in the world. Take note – fully in the present and IN THE WORLD. Many of you seek elsewhere for your salvation and peace of mind – seeking through meditation to…… Continue reading Quoted: Solara An Ra

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The Difference Between Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs

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Ralph Waldo Emerson on thought and the prison

Truth is our element of life, yet if a man fasten his attention on single aspect of truth, and apply himself to that alone for a long time, the truth becomes distorted and not itself, but falsehood; herein reassembling the air, which is our natural element, and the breath of our nostrils, but if a…… Continue reading Ralph Waldo Emerson on thought and the prison

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Every Thought is a Prison – R.W. Emerson in Intellect

Truth is our element of life, yet if a man fasten his attention on a single aspect of truth, and apply himself to that alone for a long time, the truth becomes distorted and not itself, but falsehood; herein resembling the air, which is our natural element, and the breadth of our nostrils, but if…… Continue reading Every Thought is a Prison – R.W. Emerson in Intellect

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Quote: On intellect

Intellect separates the fact considered from you, from all local and personal reference, and discerns it as if it existed for its own sake … Intellect is void of affection and sees an object as it stands in the light of science, cool and disengaged.  The intellect goes out of the individual, floats over its own personality,…… Continue reading Quote: On intellect

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New survey confirms quote on sexuality in University Times

In February, a journalist from TCD’s University Times asked me a few questions on Irish youth and their position towards sexuality.  Rachel Levin paraphrased our conversation: Sociology Lecturer Craig Considine explains this silence. ‘Now that people are turning away from the Catholic Church, who is the authority on sex? Who has the credibility to advise?…… Continue reading New survey confirms quote on sexuality in University Times

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Quoted in Teenage Kicks

A few weeks ago I posted about being quoted in the University Times Magazine at Trinity College Dublin.  At the time I didn’t have a copy of the article.  It has just been released online.  Here is an interesting excerpt: There is a given code of conduct which everyone seems to unquestioningly abide to. As…… Continue reading Quoted in Teenage Kicks