Personal: The drive

There’s this drive within me.  I think it’s in my soul.  It’s always been with me.  I didn’t create it, though I certainly create from it.  It was given to me, but I don’t know when or by whom.  This drive is a mystery, though I’m certain that it pushes me forward and never backward.…… Continue reading Personal: The drive


Personal: Wrapping up the summer of 2012

  I’m heading to Logan Airport in a bit to fly back to Dublin.  It’s hard to believe that I’m starting the third year of my Ph.D.  Time flies when you’re busy and having fun. The summer of 2012 was a great one. I spent it relaxing and chilling mostly with my family. I can’t…… Continue reading Personal: Wrapping up the summer of 2012


Poem: Akbar

*Dedicated to Professor Akbar Ahmed He serves esoteric and philosophic truths, across the traditions, in pursuit of those truths, so that the darkness can be lifted, and the light can shine through. © Craig Considine


The short speech I never read

I wrote this speech (with a few typos) before launching Journey into America, which was screened at the Washington D.C. Convention Center.  I ended up not even reading it.  I was under the impression that we (researchers) were going to be asked to say a few words in front of the audience.  This was never…… Continue reading The short speech I never read


(Video) Part 1: Glencolumbkille and beyond

Creative writing

Quoted: Whitman, Tagore, and Rumi

I just picked up Eboo Patel’s Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation at New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton, Massachusetts.  To be honest, I wasn’t searching for it; I pretty much stumbled across it randomly in the extremely small ‘Islam’ section (it’s small…… Continue reading Quoted: Whitman, Tagore, and Rumi


Rome Was Not Built Overnight

Something, though I can’t put my finger precisely on it, has come over my being within just a few days.  My hours, as of late, have been one’s dedicated to my studies and thoughts regarding morality, and more particularly, the life I have been striving to maintain for quite some time now.  Hardly any of…… Continue reading Rome Was Not Built Overnight


Personal: Manifesto from 2008

Lately, I have been engaged in learning about the life of one of America’s Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson.  His writings have inspired me to live a more moral and virtuous life.  Oftentimes, I cease to ponder on my character and conduct, so it is humbling to learn about my self through someone else. Last night,…… Continue reading Personal: Manifesto from 2008

Poems · Religion

Prophet Muhammad on the Importance of Mothers

After Sheikh Muzaffer A companion once asked the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him (PBUH)): Who is the most important person for the soul in Islam?’ The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) replied: ‘The mother’. The companion pressed the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for more information. ‘Who is the next most important person?’ Once more, the Prophet Muhammad…… Continue reading Prophet Muhammad on the Importance of Mothers


Religion: The science of the sociology of religion

Note: Christian Smith of the University of Notre Dama recently wrote an important piece in Footnotes of the American Sociological Association on the importance of taking the sociology of religion seriously.  Essentially, Smith wonders ‘why, when it comes to religion, do so many sociologists suddenly stop being sociological and become ideological and ignorant?’   The…… Continue reading Religion: The science of the sociology of religion


Mangia! Mangia!

A few pictures from a great homemade lasagna dinner.  Check the video as well.


‘It always struck me that…’

… in a way poetry is stronger than death but it’s like love in that somebody two hundred years later could know you somehow through your words. – Medbh McGuckian An amazing line.


Day trip to Dún Laoghaire

Mel and I decided to take a day trip to Dún Laoghaire, partly because we wanted to, but also because our buddy Robbie Fry (great photographer) had to give me a CD of pictures from an event last week.  Will blog about that soon. Mel had been to Dún Laoghaire, but this was my first time.  I…… Continue reading Day trip to Dún Laoghaire


Showcasing my photography

I’ve just created a new page to showcase some of the photographs I’ve taken throughout the course of my travels since 2007.  You can check it here or see above.


Photo-journal documenting trip to Athens and Santorini

I’ve done my fair share of traveling since graduating from college in 2007, from researching around the U.S. for one year with Ambassador Ahmed, to my own personal adventures throughout Europe and eastern Asia.  I’ve been to some amazing places, from the Château de Padiès in Southern France, to the hills of Honolulu, to the famous…… Continue reading Photo-journal documenting trip to Athens and Santorini


I’ll Take You There

My jam for the day.


Personal: 10 things successful people do

By Chad Howse from 1.  They didn’t use excuses. 2.  It wasn’t just about them. 3.  Early morning and late nights. 4.  The greatest commodity. 5.  Principles. 6.  Wavering, yet unbreakable faith. 7.  A reason. 8. They persevered when others didn’t. 9. Great people relentlessly studied their craft. 10. Risk. Read WHY at


8 spots I seek to visit around Greece

On May 5th, I’m packing my bags, which will absolutely include one of my all-time favourites, Plato’s Dialogues, for a much needed vacation away from the cold and rainy (but still beautiful!) island of Ireland. It has been a hell of a few months with fieldwork and editing this Journal, so this trip couldn’t have…… Continue reading 8 spots I seek to visit around Greece


Successful minds in question

Have you thought about who you are? About where you’ve been? Of what you’ve seen? If not, when will you start? Ever so gradually or now? And do you prepare yourself? Take stock of your soul? Do you know what drives you? Do you stray from that? Do you take shortcuts? And what about goals? Do…… Continue reading Successful minds in question