USA: Absurd Muslim fantasies: Neil Armstrong “converted” to Islam after landing on the moon at the “sound of Islamic prayers”

Islam survives on delusion and insanity spoon fed to a backward mentality that has lost all sense of reason. Muslims often base their conclusions on pure imagination rather than rational thought. As a result the Quran is a potpourri of so many contradictory ideas they have spent 1400 years trying to decrypt it.
In a similar vein for many years Muslims have invented a bogus story that astronaut Neil Armstrong “converted to Islam” after hearing the muslim “prayer” when landing on the moon. Again and again they have argued this story to be true even after Neil Armstrong published a message to say none of it was true.

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Besides everything that he obviously was, Neil Armstrong was a symbol of the high technological attainment of Western civilization, as well as of Islamic supremacist resentment and wish-fulfillment. I used to frequent an Afghan restaurant in the Washington, DC area that was run by observant Muslims; the wall decorations included Qur’an verses and a wonderful example of Islamic supremacist fantasy: a poster of an astronaut stepping out onto the lunar surface only to find a group of smiling Muslims already there. The caption was, “Houston, we have a problem.” In any case, the food was terrific, despite the agitprop.

Neil Armstrong was also the target of more Islamic supremacist fantasy: there was (and is) a persistent claim on Islamic apologetic websites that he had actually heard the adhan, the Muslim call to prayer, while on the moon, and had converted to Islam — a claim that this intensely private man was forced repeatedly to deny (details here).

Neil Armstrong did not hear the Muslim call to prayer while on the moon, and he never became a Muslim. He was, rather, a product of the West’s rational and scientific traditions — two disciplines that never flowered in an Islamic context because of the fundamental difference between Islamic cosmology centered around a God of pure will and the Judeo-Christian concept of God who is good and operates the universe according to consistent and observable laws.


In the following some statements about this issue, authorised by Mr. Armstrong, to speak on his behalf.

                                          NEIL A. ARMSTRONG
                                          LEBANON, OHIO 45036

                                          July 14,1983

Mr. Phil Parshall Director
Asian Research Center
International Christian
Fellowship 29524 Bobrich
Livonia, Michigan 48152

Dear Mr. Parshall:

Mr. Armstrong has asked me to reply to your letter and 
to thank you for the courtesy of your inquiry.

The reports of his conversion to Islam and of hearing 
the voice of Adzan on the moon and elsewhere are all 
untrue.

Several publications in Malaysia, Indonesia and other 
countries have published these reports without verifi-
cation. We apologize for any inconvenience that this 
incompetent journalism may have caused you.

Subsequently, Mr. Armstrong agreed to participate in a 
telephone interview, reiterating his reaction to these 
stories. I am enclosing copies of the United States 
State Department's communications prior to and after
that interview.

                              Sincerely

                              Vivian White
                              Administrative Aide

Comments: In our possession is a photocopy of this letter which is identical in text to the above, except that the street address and phone number of Mr. Armstrong contained in that copy are deleted. The above also shows where this idea came from, that Mr. Armstrong supposedly lives in Lebanon. Yes, Lebanon is true, yet this “Lebanon” is not in the Middle East, but in the Midwest of the United States of America.

A statement by the US State Department sent to all embassies and consulates in the Islamic world:

P 04085 0Z MAR 83 ZEX
FM SECSTATE WASHD C
TO ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS PRIORITY 
BI
UNCLAS STATE 056309

FOLLOWING REPEAT SENT ACTION ALL EAST ASIAN AND
PACIFIC DIPLOMATIC POSTS DTD MAR 02.

QUOTE:   UNCLAS STATE 056309
E.O.  12356: N/A
TAGS:  PREL, PGOV, US, ID
SUBJECT:     ALLEGED CONVERSION OF NEIL ARMSTRONG TO ISLAM
             ---------------------------------------------

REF: JAKARTA 3281 AND 2374 (NOT ..)

1.  FORMER ASTRONAUT NEIL ARMSTRONG, NOW IN PRIVATE 
BUSINESS, HAS BEEN THE SUBJECT OF PRESS REPORTS IN 
EGYPT, MALAYSIA AND INDONESIA (AND PERHAPS ELSEWHERE)
ALLEGING HIS CONVERSION TO ISLAM DURING HIS LANDING ON
THE MOON IN 1969.  AS A RESULT OF SUCH REPORTS, 
ARMSTRONG HAS RECEIVED COMMUNICATIONS FROM INDIVIDUALS 
AND RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, AND A FEELER FROM AT LEAST
ONE GOVERNMENT, ABOUT HIS POSSIBLE PARTICIPATION IN
ISLAMIC ACTIVITIES.

2.  WHILE STRESSING HIS STRONG DESIRE NOT TO OFFEND 
ANYONE OR SHOW DISRESPECT FOR ANY RELIGION, ARMSTRONG
HAS ADVISED DEPARTMENT THAT REPORTS OF HIS CONVERSION
TO ISLAM ARE INACCURATE.

3.  IF POST RECEIVE QUERIES ON THIS MATTER, ARMSTRONG
REQUESTS THAT THEY POLITELY BUT FIRMLY INFORM QUERYING
PARTY THAT HE HAS NOT CONVERTED TO ISLAM AND HAS NO 
CURRENT PLANS OR DESIRE TO TRAVEL OVERSEAS TO 
PARTICIPATE IN ISLAMIC RELIGOUS ACTIVITIES.

Click here to view the scanned photocopy of this above note from the US State Department.

Furthermore, the following letter to the editor was printed in the Journal Arabia, The Islamic World Review, Issue June 1985/Ramadan 1405, page 5:

A MUSLIM OVER THE MOON?

Arabia is by far the superior newsmagazine regarding what is going on in the Muslim world today. Your reporting is extremely thorough and seeks to be as objective as possible. Your willingness to criticise political policies as well as religious happenings in the Muslim world is refreshing. As an American I would feel your slant on the West is basically fair.

It would be most helpful if you would dispel a misconception prevalent in almost all Muslim countries. From Morocco to the Philippines it is commonly believed that Neil Armstrong heard the Azan on the moon, converted to Islam and is now engaged in the full-time propagation of the Muslim faith.

The US State Department has issued a memo saying that the story about Armstrong’s conversion was untrue. The memo said “While stressing his strong desire not so offend anyone or show disrespect for any religion, Armstrong has advised Department that reports of his conversion to Islam are inaccurate.” The memo further says, “if post receives queries on this matter, Armstrong requests that they politely but firmly inform querying party that he has not converted to Islam and has no current plans or desires to travel overseas to participate in Islamic religious activities.”

N.B. The memo was sent to all our diplomatic and consular posts.

Dr Phil Parshall Director, Asian Research Centre Manila, Philippines

Click here for a scanned image of this page in Arabia.


Sadly, as documented above, this rumor still goes round and round in the Islamic world, over a decade after it has been denied over and over again. Not only in mouth to mouth propaganda but it is even spread by Muslim radio stations.

Yet even when the Muslims tell their brothers that it is a false rumor, they are not convinced, the newest newsgroup tidbit is

Subject:      Re: Neil Armstrong -first man on the moon!
From:         Farzad <ccfarzad@showme.missouri.edu>
Date:         1997/01/17
Message-Id:   <32DF44F7.5655@showme.missouri.edu>
Newsgroups:   alt.religion.islam

> No it is false, it is a myth spread in Muslim world. Armstrong denies
> this story. He is not Muslim ...

    He perfomed prayers in Turkey in the same masjid where Malcolm X 
prayed and huge crowd prayed behind him.

salaams,
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