Muhammad and George Washington kindred spirits?

New stories say George Washington and Muhammad were one in the same. Where do they get this stuff? Photo: Muhammed - George Washington

CHARLOTTEJanuary 13, 2013 ― The National Enquirer used to report that aliens had abducted Elvis, and that aliens had actually infiltrated the United States government.

It appears that aliens have also infiltrated The Huffington Post and are writing its stories. That is the only logical explanation for this headline: “An Unlikely Connection Between the Prophet Muhammad and George Washington.” The story’s implication is that Muhammad and George Washington were two of a kind. To most humans, all sheep look alike. Perhaps to an alien it is hard to distinguish between Washington and Muhammad.

At the end of December, the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Nihad Awad, went on television in Saudi Arabia and claimed that Muslims were in America before Columbus and, as a consequence, the values of the United States are linked with those of Islam.

The logic of that comment is entirely alien, but it would make some sense if Muhammad and Washington were peas in the same pod, as alien pod-people would see them. Because the prophet’s people were on American soil first, it it stands to reason that Washington was influenced by the founder of Islam.

By the rule of equivalencies, if Washington and Muhammad are the same, then Muhammad was the first president of the United States. So in what ways does Washington’s behavior reflect that of Muhammad?

Craig Considine, a PhD candidate at Trinity College in Dublin and an Interfaith activist, posted the article in The Huffington Post on January 10. He wrote, “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.”

“Civilly” means “in accordance with civil law,” or “politely; courteously.” 

In the year 627, five years after Muhammad had moved from Mecca to Medina to establish the religion of Islam, he fought a battle against his pagan home city that came to be known at the Battle of the Ditch (Trench). Following the Muslim victory, 600 to 900 (depending upon the account) of Muhammad’s male captives, including prepubescent boys, were lined up and civilly beheaded. The women were divided up as spoils of war and allowed to be civilly raped by the prophet’s soldiers.

There are no known records of George Washington displaying this same civil behavior by beheading hundreds of his enemies.

The noted French philosopher, historian and writer Voltaire was an outspoken advocate for freedom of religion. In 1736 he wrote a five-act play whose title (in translation) was “Fanatiscism, or Mahomet the Prophet.”

Washington, who was only five years old at the time, probably did not hear the message of Voltaire’s drama, which focused upon Muhammad’s religious fanaticism. In discussing the play Voltaire commented about the “civility” of the prophet, saying his play was “written in opposition to the founder of a false and barbarous sect to whom could I with more property inscribe a satire on the cruelty and errors of a false prophet.”

Voltaire said of Muhammad’s brutality that it was “assuredly nothing any man can excuse.” He also observed that superstition and lack of enlightenment had a profound influence on the prophet’s followers.

Because the United States did not exist in 1736, there was no way for Voltaire to know that Washington would exemplify Muhammad’s core principles some half a century later when he became president.

Considine further wrote, “The connection between Muhammad and Washington can be explored further in the Holy Quran, the Islamic Scripture which documents God’s revelations to Muhammad, and “Rules of Civility,” a book which outlines Washington’s advice for the proper conduct of young American gentlemen. Muhammad and Washington taught their peers to improve relations with others by using kindness and positive words.”

We sometimes hear stories about school teachers having sexual encounters with under-aged students. After the initial furor dies down, life goes on as before.

Contrast that with Muhammad who married Aisha when she was just seven. Being the “polite” and respectful “civil” gentleman he was, the prophet did not consummate the marriage until Aisha was nine.

Every American grows up learning that George Washington was the “father of his country” but even he never went to those extremes. Being slightly more traditional, Washington married his wife, Martha Custis, when they were both 28.

Considine concludes his treatise saying, “Ultimately, Muhammad and Washington were gentlemen of the highest degree. This is no more evident than in the connection between them in the Holy Quran and ‘Rules of Civility.’ Perhaps Muslims worldwide and American could forge better relations if each group adhered to the advice Muhammad and Washington provided.”

A few decades after the death of George Washington, the French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, “I studied the Kuran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad.”

Obviously Tocqueville did not read the same Koran as Considine.

Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.


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