Neil Armstrong; Does his faith important for the Muslims?

I am due to attend a discussion “Islam and Cosmology, Universe” this weekend.

When started goggling by typing the words “Islam and Universe, Astronauts” the old hoax spreading in Internet alleging that Neil Armstrong, the first man landed on the moon, reverted to Islam was keep on popping up on so many links.

Most of the links were Christian links that politely ridiculed the Muslims for not knowing the truth that Neil Armstrong is a faithful Christian.

We are bombarded by these kinds of news by the media to weaken our faith. I have found the following Question and Answer will be useful for the today’s Muslim youths.

I would like to remind that status of Islam will never be changed because of a famous celebrity’s reversion into Islam. If someone embrace Islam we should say ” Allhamdu Lila” for the person as he he is on the right path.

Allah knows the best,


Kyaw Kyaw Oo

Is the story that the astronaut Neil Armstrong became Muslim true?

I’m interested regarding NIL AMSTRONG.we know he had embraced he alive ? if so, pls reply about him.
Some of my friends don’t belive regarding his embracing islam.

Praise be to Allaah.

The story about Neil Armstrong, who they say was the first man to step onto the surface of the moon, becoming a Muslim is one of the stories that are passed around among people. We have researched this story and we did not find any reliable source for it.

We have got used to hearing stories like that which then turn out to false, and it seems that this is a deliberate attempt to shake the faith of the ordinary Muslims, especially since they fabricated this story with some exciting details, that seem to affirm the superiority of this religion over all other religions.

So they spread the news that famous people, such as artists, sportsmen and others have become Muslim, and they quote something with the story that affirms the truth of the Messenger and his message, then after a while they hasten to disprove these stories. Perhaps the story about Armstrong becoming a Muslim is of this type, because he is one of the most famous people in the world. Moreover the reason why he supposedly became Muslim – as they say – is that he heard the adhaan (call to prayer) on the Moon then he heard it again in Egypt.

If the story of such a famous person becoming Muslim was really true, you would see him calling people to Islam and you would see the scholars and daa’iyahs and the Islamic media meeting him and talking to him, none of which happened in this case.

If you compare the story of Armstrong supposedly becoming Muslim with the story of Yusuf Islam (the former Cat Stevens, the famous British singer), you will see the difference between lies and truth, imagination and reality.

Yusuf Islam is one of the most famous of those who have really converted to Islam, so you see his picture in the Islamic media and he has his schools in Britain, and he travels in the Muslim world and performs Hajj and ‘Umrah. What has Neil Armstrong done of such things, even though he is far more famous?

Whatever the case, we do not need to hear the adhaan on the Moon in order to prove that our religion is true. If this man or anyone else becomes Muslim, he is the one who will benefit from that, and if he goes astray and disbelieves, then he is the one who will be harmed by that.

We remind you of the words of Allaah (interpretation of the meaning):

“Say: O you mankind! Now truth (i.e. the Qur’aan and Prophet Muhammad), has come to you from your Lord. So whosoever receives guidance, he does so for the good of his own self; and whosoever goes astray, he does so to his own loss; and I am not (set) over you as a Wakeel (disposer of affairs to oblige you for guidance)”

[Yoonus 10:108]

“Verily, We have sent down to you (O Muhammad) the Book (this Qur’aan) for mankind in truth. So whosoever accepts the guidance, it is only for his ownself; and whosoever goes astray, he goes astray only for his (own) loss. And you (O Muhammad) are not a Wakeel (trustee or disposer of affairs, or guardian) over them”

[al-Zumar 39:41]

And Allaah knows best what the truth of the matter is. May Allaah send blessings on our Prophet Muhammad.


3 thoughts on “Neil Armstrong; Does his faith important for the Muslims?

  1. navedz says:

    Very good post. btw, there is a second version of this which goes that when Armstrong was scouting the moon for information, he noticed a large and long (from one end to other end) crack on the surface of the moon. According to Neil Armstrong this crack matched with and was a confirmation of the story of the dividing of the moon in half by Prophet Muhammad. He was so stunned with the proof that he himself saw that immediately on return to earth he converted to Islam.

    Whatever, as you rightly stated, that the status of Islam will never be changed because of a famous celebrity’s reversion into Islam. Alhundolillah. We are the only Deen in the sight of Almighty.

    And Allah knows the best.

  2. kyawkyawoo says:

    Salam Brother,
    Thank you for the second version. I have heard from a Mufti that during the USSR period Soviet Astronauts admitted seeing cars, trains on the rail track from the 700 km above from atmosphere with naked eyes.
    An Astronaut said seeing a blue bus driving on the road in the forests of Brazil.
    The news according to the Mufti was published in Sputnik Magazine (Volume ? 1989 :I can’t recall but can find out later)
    The Mufti quoted Surah 15:14 and 15.
    Scientific explanation from the Soviet scientists
    1. Visible by naked eye to these objects was not due to normal reflection of light from the object but probably due to electromagnetic field from the object on the earth picked up by the eyes of Astronauts in the orbit of the earth.
    2. Due to the different physiological changes in the eyes in Zero G.
    Us Astronauts has agreement with Nasa not to reveal anything without its permission.
    Surah 15:15 says
    ” They would only say, ” Our eyesight is befuddled!(dazzled)Nay we are a people bewitched”.
    Allah knows the best,

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