Politics

Trump and ISIS Like To Use Torture. Washington and Muhammad Did Not.

Donald Trump recently told the world that he would absolutely use torture if he were the next President of the U.S. Actually, he stated that he would “approve more than that.” Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Donald Trump, the “going beyond torture” candidate for President. Whenever I think about torture, I turn to the late author Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens…… Continue reading Trump and ISIS Like To Use Torture. Washington and Muhammad Did Not.

Politics

The Difference Between “Anti-Islam” Patriots and Real Patriots

Muslims in America are bracing for a wave of anti-Islam mobs outside of their mosques on October 9 and 10. American bigots of various social backgrounds plan to utilize their Second Amendment right and arm themselves with deadly weapons in places where Muslims pray across the U.S.. This provocation, called “Global Rally For Humanity,” is a blatant act of intimidation…… Continue reading The Difference Between “Anti-Islam” Patriots and Real Patriots

History

George Washington Was a Friend of Muslims

Published on Huffington Post (April 20th, 2013) George Washington’s birthday, celebrated annually on Febr. 22nd, is an opportunity to reflect upon his exemplary character and the example he set for future generations of Americans. While much is known about Washington’s military service and political career, less is known about his attitude towards religious freedom and…… Continue reading George Washington Was a Friend of Muslims

Politics

An Unlikely Connection Between the Prophet Muhammad and George Washington

Published on Huffington Post (January 1st, 2013) In seventh century Arabia, a middle-aged man had a vision to create a new religious and social order for a largely pagan and tribal society. The man, Muhammad, told his band of followers to behave wisely and civilly. “The best among you,” he said, “are those who have…… Continue reading An Unlikely Connection Between the Prophet Muhammad and George Washington

Politics

If George Washington Ran Fox News, Bill O’Reilly Would be Fired for his Anti-Muslim Slurs

Author Richard Hine recently tweeted about my article on honoring Muslim American veterans on Memorial Day. Hine noted: I agree with Hine. General Washington would not be happy with the Irish American Fox News commentator who has compared the Quran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Bill O’Reilly has historical amnesia or deliberately ignores the contributions that Muslims…… Continue reading If George Washington Ran Fox News, Bill O’Reilly Would be Fired for his Anti-Muslim Slurs

Politics

Alabama, Islam, and the Founding Fathers’ Belief in Religious Tolerance

Published on Huffington Post Religion Recent comments made by the Chief Justice of Alabama shows that much work needs to be done in educating some of America’s most powerful figures on the history of religious tolerance in America, especially as it pertains to Muslims. Speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, which was sponsored by…… Continue reading Alabama, Islam, and the Founding Fathers’ Belief in Religious Tolerance

Politics · Religion

Revisiting the Connection Between Prophet Muhammad and George Washington

When I published the article – An Unlikely Connection Between Prophet Muhammad and George Washington – I had little idea of the impact it would have on Muslims and non-Muslims. The responses to my article varied from people being elated about the comparison to others feeling outraged. While some were pleased to see the similarities…… Continue reading Revisiting the Connection Between Prophet Muhammad and George Washington

Politics

How Would America’s Founding Fathers React to Syria?

In all likelihood, President Barack Obama will soon bomb Syria in the hope of dealing a blow to Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime. This dangerous act of war is a betrayal of the foreign policy vision of America’s founding fathers and will only serve to further weaken the US’s floundering moral credibility around the…… Continue reading How Would America’s Founding Fathers React to Syria?

Work

So What if a Christian Writes About Muhammad

Some critics find it odd that I am a Christian who writes about Muhammad. Haters see my articles as odd and even worse – sacrilegious – because I give praise to the founder of Islam, a religion often portrayed as “evil” around the world. However, as you will see in these articles, there is nothing…… Continue reading So What if a Christian Writes About Muhammad

Commentary

How to Respond to the “Islamophobia Industry”

About two weeks ago I finished an article that compared the concept of “jihad,” which literally means “to struggle” in Arabic, through the lens of Christianity and Islam. The article, which the Huffington Post Religion published, caused uproar in the “Islamophobia industry” for its attempt to build bridges between Christians and Muslims. Unfortunately, interfaith dialogue…… Continue reading How to Respond to the “Islamophobia Industry”

Politics

Understanding the Pluralism of the Founding Fathers

Over the years I have penned many articles to highlight the pluralist spirit of the U.S. founding fathers. Independence Day is an opportunity for Americans and people worldwide to celebrate human rights and religious tolerance. The founding fathers were by no means perfect, and neither is America, but their vision for the U.S. is something…… Continue reading Understanding the Pluralism of the Founding Fathers

Politics

Jinnah’s house: A symbolic hit in Pakistan

News this morning from Balochistan is not so great. The home of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founding father of Pakistan, has been attacked and pretty much destroyed by extremists. CNN reports: Assailants bombed the home of the Pakistani founding father early Saturday, killing a police officer who fought back and injuring an employee, authorities said.…… Continue reading Jinnah’s house: A symbolic hit in Pakistan

Politics

Representative Mike Pompeo Makes No Sense

I am very upset to hear of this shocking news coming from Capitol Hill. Representative Mike Pompeo suggested recently that all Muslim Americans are complicit in terrorist attacks. Representative Pompeo needs to read an article I wrote for the Huffington Post. There is no greater sacrifice for a citizen than to give his or her…… Continue reading Representative Mike Pompeo Makes No Sense

Religion

U.S. President George Washington – A Friend of Muslims in His Midst

By Craig Considine George Washington’s birthday, celebrated annually on Febr. 22nd, is an opportunity to reflect upon his exemplary character and the example he set for future generations of Americans. While much is known about Washington’s military service and political career, less is known about his attitude towards religious freedom and his relationships with Muslims.…… Continue reading U.S. President George Washington – A Friend of Muslims in His Midst

Commentary · Politics

How George Washington and Prophet Muhammad Would React to Hate Speech

In a recent article for Yahoo Contributors Network, Maryam Khan Ansari wrote about how internet postings with anti-Muslim hate messages may soon be subject to federal criminal laws. In her article, Ansari discussed how Bill Killian, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, has plans to use federal civil rights laws to curb hate speech,…… Continue reading How George Washington and Prophet Muhammad Would React to Hate Speech

Commentary

An Unlikely Connection Between the Prophet Muhammad and George Washington

In seventh century Arabia, a middle-aged man had a vision to create a new religious and social order for a largely pagan and tribal society. The man, Muhammad, told his band of followers to behave wisely and civilly. “The best among you,” he said, “are those who have the best manners and character.” More than…… Continue reading An Unlikely Connection Between the Prophet Muhammad and George Washington

News

Humanizing and Honoring Muslim American Veterans

By Sakina Al-Amin for Examiner Interfaith activist and contributor to Huffington Post, Craig Considine, sheds light on some of the Muslim Americans who took part in protecting Americas as patriotic citizens and lovers of this nation: Honoring Muslim American Veterans on Memorial Day. In the piece Considine mentions more than three Muslims by name and…… Continue reading Humanizing and Honoring Muslim American Veterans

Outreach

Honoring Muslim American Veterans on Memorial Day

On May 27th, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for the men and women who have died fighting in the United States armed forces. On this Memorial Day, I want to draw attention to the Muslim Americans who have died in battle for the United States. In doing so I hope to…… Continue reading Honoring Muslim American Veterans on Memorial Day

Commentary

Documents Show Prophet Muhammad and US Founding Fathers Were Kindred Spirits

Although they are typically seen to represent overwhelming opposites, the Prophet Muhammad and America’s founding fathers shared many common characteristics and beliefs, which can be seen in historical documents. By comparing the speeches and texts that they left behind, we can learn of the similar viewpoints that Muhammad and the founding fathers held on issues…… Continue reading Documents Show Prophet Muhammad and US Founding Fathers Were Kindred Spirits

Pictures

Is this the most important quote in American history?

Politics

Sultan Abdallah, George Washington and the Ties that Bind Morroco and the US

The recent development of the Moroccan government opposing the US-led initiative to extend the directive of UN peacekeepers in the Western Sahara to human rights monitoring has caused friction between Moroccans and Americans. This spat threatens to harm a relationship which has been based in mutual respect and cooperation for over 240 years. Continue reading

Religion

Prophet Muhammad and George Washington Agree on Treatment of Prisoners of War

In a recent Huffington Post article, Dr. Faheen Younus of the University of Maryland wrote about Prophet Muhammad’s philosophy and philanthropy towards prisoners of war. In summary, Dr. Younus suggests that “in Islam, the idea of equal benefits for the prisoners of war is not a joke — it’s a reality and a legacy.” To…… Continue reading Prophet Muhammad and George Washington Agree on Treatment of Prisoners of War

Religion

Short biography of Sambo Anderson

Excerpt from Washington Was a Friend of Muslims in the Huffington Post – Religion The most interesting story regarding Washington’s slaves is that of Sambo Anderson. Mary Thompson suggests that Sambo, whose name was common in modern northwestern Nigeria and southern Niger during the 18th century, was likely a descendent of the West African Hausa…… Continue reading Short biography of Sambo Anderson

Pictures

The roots of American toleration and religious freedom

Work

Comparing Muhammad and Washington

By now you may have read about the recent article in which I compared the Prophet Muhammad and George Washington through the Holy Quran and Rules of Civility respectively. I have been attacked by many people for making the comparison, but here is a kind remark which was left on the comments section of the…… Continue reading Comparing Muhammad and Washington

Politics

George Washington Quote on Bigotry and Discrimination

George Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, 17 August 1790.  Full letter

Quoted

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

Film-work

What would America’s Founding Fathers say about Islam?

I have started putting my research into video format on You Tube. These passages from Washington, Adams, Franklin and Jefferson have been taken from my Huffington Post article. I hope this message of peace and tolerance reaches more people around the world.

Outreach

Hate Mail From a Friend of “Jihad Watch”

Whoever sent this envelope misspelled my name. It is Considine, not Considerine. Go figure. Note the top-left hand corner says “‘Liberty’ is not found in Islam.” Sent in response to my latest article on the connection between the Prophet Muhammad and George Washington in the Huffington Post.

Film-work

Robert Spencer makes strange video in response to Muhammad – Washington article

He could have at least invited me to meet George Washington.

Personal

Wild response to latest article on Muhammad and Washington

The response to my latest article was one of general disgust and outrage. One commentator on the website of Fox Nation, which also published the article, said that he “would beat this Craig guy until the police locked me up for a long time.”  Another commentator on Fox Nation said that I must have “found…… Continue reading Wild response to latest article on Muhammad and Washington

Commentary

New article in Huffington Post on the Prophet Muhammad and George Washington

Huffington Post Religion In seventh century Arabia, a middle-aged man had a vision to create a new religious and social order for a largely pagan and tribal society. The man, Muhammad, told his band of followers to behave wisely and civilly. “The best among you,” he said, “are those who have the best manners and…… Continue reading New article in Huffington Post on the Prophet Muhammad and George Washington

Religion

George Washington Was a Friend of Muslims

George Washington’s birthday, celebrated annually on Febr. 22nd, is an opportunity to reflect upon his exemplary character and the example he set for future generations of Americans. While much is known about Washington’s military service and political career, less is known about his attitude towards religious freedom and his relationships with Muslims. Looking closely at…… Continue reading George Washington Was a Friend of Muslims

Religion

Prophet Muhammad Sculpture at U.S. Supreme Court Shows Respect for Islam

Since the events of 9/11 the Prophet Muhammad has been in the news the world over for all the wrong reasons.  Examples of this include the Prophet (PBUH) being mocked in political cartoons as a terrorist and depicted as a child killer, rapist, and adulterer in films such as The Innocence of Muslims. The Prophet…… Continue reading Prophet Muhammad Sculpture at U.S. Supreme Court Shows Respect for Islam

Politics

A quote for the Christian-American right

In a treaty with the Islamic nation of Tripoli initiated by George Washington, completed by John Adams, and ratified by the US Senate in 1797, the Founding Fathers declared that … the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion… So, for the love, please spread this around, especially…… Continue reading A quote for the Christian-American right