Did “Neil Armstrong” convert to Islam?
My friends & I received several emails claiming that Neil Armstrong converted to Islam. The emails included PowerPoint presentations the stated the assumption as a fact and advertised it to Muslims all over the world (not just in Saudi Arabia).
Here I share couple of “facts” from what i found
(and you may search for more. If you found something related to share with us, please do. I was looking for a Islamic Sites that corrected the assumption. Unfortunately, i couldn’t find one):
“An assumption widespread in Muslim countries is that when Armstrong (and Aldrin) were on the Moon, they heard a strange singing voice that they discovered was the adhan (Islamic call to prayer), and that this caused them to convert to Islam after their flight. In March 1983, the United States Department of State released a press statement for embassies and consulates in Muslim countries that attempted to dispel the myth noting that Armstrong had not moved to the country of Lebanon, nor converted to Islam.”
There was also a rumour in circulation that Armstrong had converted to Islam. It’s difficult to track down the source of the rumour, but it may have originated in comments uttered by Armstrong in a different context. The story goes that Armstrong heard the Muslim call to prayer while on the Moon, and upon hearing it later on Earth, promptly converted to Islam. Added to the confusion is that Armstrong’s official mailing address is in Lebanon, Ohio. Armstrong has several times respectfully but firmly attempted to correct the impression that he has converted to Islam.
So, Are you going to forward more stuff without authenticating the facts? Do you want to be responsible of spreading rumors or false fact about our religion? Isn’t it time to stop, think and make a change?
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