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American Astronaut Neil Armstrong Became A Muslim

My Muslim friend recently told me that American astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, became a Muslim after hearing the Muslim Call To Prayer while standing on The Moon.

This is totally untrue. It is simply a Muslim myth.

Neil Armstrong did not become a Muslim after hearing the Muslim Call To Prayer while standing on The Moon.

Neil Armstrong is not a Muslim at all.

Neil Armstrong has never been a Muslim.

Armstrong himself repudiates this story in his own biography. Here is an excerpt:

I have found that many organizations claim me as a member, for which I am not a member, and a lot of different families — Armstrong families and others — make connections, many of which don’t exist. So many people identify with the success of Apollo. The claim about my becoming a Muslim is just an extreme version of people inevitably telling me they know somebody whom I might know

The myth that Armstrong became a Muslim is in fact denied in a Fatwa authourised  by the Muslim scholar Shaykh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid and published on his website, Islam Q&A.

Shaykh Al-Munajjid makes the obvious point that if Neil Armstrong became a Muslim after hearing the Islamic Call To Prayer on The Moon then he would go around telling everyone all about it and that they should become Muslims too. Since Neil Armstrong has  does none of these things it is obvious that he never became a Muslim or heard the call To Prayer on The Moon.

Here is the Fatwa:

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[…]

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.

You can read all about the Armstrong Myth here:

First Astronaut To The Moon Worshiped Jesus

In fact, what Armstrong did on the Moon was respectfully watch his crew-mate Buzz Aldrin worship Jesus. As the link above states:

Before Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. stepped out of the lunar module, the Apollo they observed a moment of silence whilst Aldrin read from the New Testament and administered Communion to himself. The Christian ceremony is described in an article by Aldrin in a 1970 copy of Guideposts magazine:

It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements which celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus and which are symbolically eaten in an act of worship to Jesus.

Astronauts Who Have Become Christians 

While there is no record of any person becoming a Muslim in outer space or on The Moon, there are several records of people coming to a deeper faith in Christianity and Jesus Christ while in outer space or on The Moon.

Astronaut James Irwin Became A Christian On The Moon

Apollo 15 astronaut James Irwin was what is termed a nominal Christian before his time on The Moon in 1971. A nominal Christian is a person who comes from a Christian family or who may even occasionally attend church, but who has no personal faith in God or true connection to Jesus. Such a personal is not actually a Christian, but James Irwin became a believer in God through Jesus Christ, a Christian, while on The Moon.

While James Irwin was on The Moon he was having trouble getting an experiment to work. He decided to pray God I need your help right now.

Suddenly Irwin experienced the presence of Jesus Christ in a remarkable way, unlike anything he ever felt on earth. “The Lord showed him the solution to the problem and the experiment erected before him like a little altar,” Mary Irwin, his wife, said.

“He was so overwhelmed at seeing and feeling God’s presence so close,” she says. “At one point he turned around and looked over his shoulder as if He was standing there.”

This unusual encounter with Jesus – some 238,000 miles from earth, changed Irwin’s life forever.

Within a year of Irwin’s return from space, he resigned from NASA and formed High Flight Foundation, which is a Christian Missionary organisation

“God decided that He would send His Son Jesus Christ to the blue planet,” James Irwin said, “and it’s through faith in Jesus Christ that we can relate to God. Jesus Himself said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes unto the Father except through me.’

“As I travel around I tell people the answer is Jesus Christ, that Jesus walking on the earth is more important than man walking on the moon.”

[Information about James Irwin from the article “Encounter with Jesus on the moon left astronaut changed”, GodReports website , March 7, 2011. Link here.]

 

Astronaut Becomes Christian Missionary After Walking On The Moon

Charles Duke, an Astronaut on Apollo 16 in 1972, had his faith in Jesus Christ immensely strengthened as a result of going to The Moon. He later became active in missionary work. As he explained:

“I make speeches about walking ON the moon and walking WITH the Son [of God].”

Astronaut Becomes A Believer In God While Reading The Bible In Outer Space

Frank Borman was commander of the first space crew to travel beyond the Earth’s orbit, Apollo 8, in 1968. Looking down on the earth from 250,000 miles away, Borman radioed back a message, quoting Genesis Chapter One, the first words in The Bible “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

As he later explained,

“I had an enormous feeling that there had to be a power greater than any of us-that there was a God, that there was indeed a beginning.”

[Information about Frank Borman in this section comes from the article “Astronauts Who Found God” by Chuck Colson on the website ActsWeb. Link here.]

 

Summary

Neil Armstrong did not become a Muslim after hearing the Muslim Call To Prayer while standing on The Moon.

Neil Armstrong is not a Muslim at all.

Neil Armstrong has never been a Muslim.

Muslim scholars agree that Neil Armstrong is not and never has been a Muslim.

Muslim scholars describe the story of Armstrong becoming a Muslim as ‘lies’, ‘false’, ‘imagination’, ‘unreliable’ and a story designed to stop Muslims believing in Islam.

The first act of worship on the Moon was actually a Christian worship service in honour of   Jesus Christ.

The first Holy Book read in outer space was The Bible

The only Astronauts who came to believe in God while on The Moon became Christians, not Muslims.

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Holy Light From The Ka’aba

A Muslim friend recently told me that Holy Light coming out of The Kaaba is visible from outer space. Because of this, my friend said, humanity can know for sure that Islam is the true religion of God.

The source of his assertion appears to be the comments of some Russian cosmonauts on You Tube who saw Mecca from space and apparently said that the light from Mecca was cleaner and brighter than the light coming from European cities such as Paris

The comments of the Russian cosmonauts do not prove that Mecca has purer or brighter light than other cities of the world. In fact, the video shows a rotating Earth with all of the cities lit just as brightly or brighter than Mecca.

Also, it is obvious from the You Tube video that the light coming from Mecca is simply electrical light, the same as any other city in the world. There is no extra light coming from the Ka’aba at all, just the normal electrical lights of the city of Mecca.  In fact, no light at all comes from the Ka’aba because it is not supplied with electrical lighting.

If Holy Light is streaming from The Ka’aba one would expect a gigantic blinding, shining light to be pouring forth from The Ka’aba. This is what one expects when told Holy Light Comes Out Of The Ka’aba. But no light is visible from The Ka’aba at all as is plainly shown by the cosmosnauts photographs.

Why should anyone be surprised that light from electrical lamps located in Mecca, identical to that which exists in every other city in the world, emanates into outer space ?

According to the text written under the You Tube video, the cosmonaut says that the superior,  pure quality of the light from Mecca was only evident when he took photographs of Mecca.  It would be interesting to see if his result could be repeated by other people or if it could be explained by various settings on his camera such as exposure times, filters, angle of the picture or other camera settings or by relative levels of air pollution above these cities.

I would also note that the video is completely in Russian. It would be useful if the video could be translated and have subtitles so that the comments of the cosmonaut can be verified and understood in context.

I also note that the Cosmonaut who took these pictures,  Anton Schkaplerov, was born in the Crimea, which has a significant Muslim population. Is he a Muslim and if so, is he simply providing an Islamically-sourced expectation of what he hoped to see rather than an objective account of what he really did see ?

Also, to re-state, the only light in the cosmonauts photographs is the ordinary electrical light coming from street lights in the city of Mecca. No light at all is shown coming from the Kaaba itself, though, of course, the Grand Mosque in which The Ka’aba is situated is well-lit with electrical light.

Finally, if Holy Light really is streaming out of The Kaaba, why isn’t it visible from Mecca itself or any other place on Earth ? Why can’t people standing next to The Ka’aba see light streaming out of it ?

Apparently the Holy Light streaming from the Ka’aba is invisible when standing next to it in Mecca, invisible from Saudi Arabia, invisible from The Middle East, invisible from any and all places on Earth, invisible even from Outer Space, but only when someone takes a picture of Mecca from Outer Space, then the Holy Light becomes visible in the photographs. But the Holy Light does not actually come from The Ka’aba. Only electrical lights in the city of Mecca.

Imagine if I told my Muslim friends that Holy Light is continuously streaming out of the roof of The Vatican but that this light not visible from Italy or indeed any place on Earth and that this light is not visible from outer space either, but that an American Christian astronaut had taken a picture of The Vatican from space and that it was only visible in this picture. Furthermore no-one else had ever taken such a picture. And again furthermore, the picture of this light from The Vatican shows only the normal electrical lights and no special light coming from St. Peter’s Church itself or from any other place in The Vatican.

Would my Muslim friends then believe me that Holy Light is streaming out of The Vatican and that therefore Christianity is the true religion of God ?

Of course not.

In summary,

  • No light at all is emitted from The Ka’aba
  • Mecca emits electrical light, not Holy light.
  • The same kind of light is emitted by every other city in the world
  • Other cities are just as brightly lit as Mecca

Ka’aba Emits  An Infinite Amount Of Short-Wave Radiation

Another variation of the story that pure and holy light streams from the Ka’aba is described by Dr. Abd Al-Baset Sayyid of the Egyptian National Research Centre and shown on Saudi TV in January 2005.

Dr. Sayyid said that NASA has proven that The Ka’aba emits a gigantic amount of Short-Wave radiation which streams to an infinite distance from The Ka’aba. Dr. Sayyid said that NASA had observed this phenomenon during a Mars mission.

Unfortunately Dr.Sayyid gives absolutely no evidence for this assertion. Dr.Sayyid says that NASA put this information up on their website put then mysteriously pulled it down again after 21 days. Dr Sayyid does not provide any hard-copy of the report or, indeed, any evidence at all for this supposed NASA report.

Why should anyone believe him ? Quite simply, no light or radiation comes from The Ka’aba at all.

Since Dr. Sayyid does not provide any evidence for his assertion that The Ka’aba emits an infinite amount of short-wave radiation there is no evidence for anyone to believe. He is quite simply making up the story from his own imagination.

Imagine if I told my Muslim friends that The Vatican emits an infinite amount of Short-Wave radiation and that this was proven by Muslim scientists from the Egyptian National Research Centre during the first moon sighting of Ramadan of 2005. I then say that The ENRC put this report up on their website but then pulled it down 21 days later to try and conceal the fact that Christianity is the true religion of God. I then tell them that I have no hard-copy of the ENRC report and in fact no evidence at all.

What would my Muslim friends say to me ? Would they believe me ?

Of course not.

Muslims are eager to assert that Mecca is located in the center of the Earth. Mecca is, of course, of paramount importance to Muslims, being the location of the Ka’aba which is the large cubic structure which all Muslims face while reciting their five daily prayers.

The Ka’aba is highly venerated in Islamic thinking, for example said to be located directly under a heavenly Ka’aba at which uncounted thousands of Angels worship, also that the Ka’aba was created 2000 years before the rest of the Earth was created and that the city of Mecca was the first city on Earth which was created, the rest of the Earth spreading itself out from there as the process of creation took effect.

Proof via The Golden Mean

One way  that Muslims like to assert that Mecca is the center of the Earth is to say that the ratio of the distance from Mecca to the South Pole as compared to the distance from Mecca to the North Pole is exactly 1.618.

This ratio, 1.618, is a special number in Mathematics known as The Golden Mean, which appears many times in nature. For this reason, some people call The Golden Mean ‘The Divine Mean’ showing that God the Creator is the source of whatever object displays this ratio. For example, Flowers, sea-shells, pineapples, and even honeycombs all exhibit this ratio in their proportions.

Since the Golden Mean is observed in the ratio of Mecca’s distance between the Poles this, Muslims say, is proof that Allah created Mecca as the perfectly located and holy city, first of all cities and the so-called Navel Of The Earth.

Unfortunately for Muslims, the ratio of Mecca’s distance to the poles is not the Golden Mean. It is close, but not exact, being approximately 20 kilometers distant from the Golden Mean point. Since Muslims like to claim that the location of Mecca is a miraculous location exactly exhibiting the Golden Mean, it is not good enough for Mecca to be actually 20 km distant from this point. If the ratio is supposed to miraculous and exact, then let it be miraculous and exact.

Unfortunately Mecca’s location is not exactly on the Golden Mean, so it is not miraculous by that criteria.

Provably, There is no miracle in the location of Mecca. Mecca does not lie on a Golden Mean ratio point between the North and South Poles.

Detailed Proof

The fact that Mecca does not lie on the Golden Mean point is only the beginning of the problems with the Islamic assertion of a miracle in the location of Mecca.

Firstly, because the Earth is a sphere, all cities on the same latitude as Mecca are also on the Golden Mean point, especially allowing for the plus or minus 20km error exhibited by Mecca. So, in the Northern Hemisphere, cities such as Honolulu in Hawaii and Cancún in Mexico also satisfy the Golden Mean Ratio within the same error tolerance as Mecca. This means that all these cities are equally miraculous in their location, or in fact, equally non-miraculous.

Secondly, since the Earth has both a Northern and a Southern Hemisphere, then there are cities in the Southern Hemisphere which also satisfy the Golden Mean Ratio within the same error tolerance as Mecca. Francistown in Botswana is one such city.

Do Muslims accept that the location of Honolulu, Cancun and Francistown are also miraculous since they satisfy the Golden Mean ratio just as well as Mecca does ?

Finally, a moment’s thought shows that there are actually an infinite number of points on the Earth’s surface which satisfy the Golden Point Ratio, these points being all points  on the Earth’s circumference on the same Northern or Southern Latitudes as Mecca.

Do Muslims accept that there are an infinite number of miraculous locations on the earth’s surface of equal miraculous validity as Mecca ? If not, why not ?

Doubly-Miraculous Proof

If the Golden Mean point of Latitude is miraculous, then the Golden Mean Point of Longitude is also miraculous. Since the Earth has both an Eastern and Western Hemisphere, there are two Golden Mean points of Longitude in the Northern Hemisphere, one East of zero degrees Longitude and one West of zero degrees Longitude.

These doubly-miraculous points, exhibiting the Golden Mean in both Latitude and Longitude are far away from Mecca, the closest one being some 277 kilometres distant from Mecca.

Of course, there are also two more doubly-miraculous locations exhibiting the Golden Mean in both Latitude and Longitude in the Southern Hemisphere. Examining these, we find the city of Rio De Janeiro in Brazil is closer to the doubly-miraculous Golden Mean location than is Mecca. The most prominent feature in Rio De Janeiro is a huge statue of Jesus. This in combination with its doubly-miraculous location must indicate that Rio De Janeiro is the holiest place on earth and that the true religion of God is Christianity.

Jerusalem Is The Center Of The Earth

Muslims are obliged to accept the authority of The Tawrat since the Qu’ran tells them to believe that The Tawrat was written by God.

The Tawrat says that Jerusalem is the Center Of The Earth, hence Muslims are obliged to believe this. Here is the scripture which states Jerusalem’s centrality in the Earth:

Ezekiel 5:5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: This is Jerusalem, which I have set in the center of the nations, with countries all around her. 

By inspection of any map, you can see that Israel lies at the intersection of four significant land masses –  Africa, Asia, Europe and Arabia – and acts as a bridge or crossing point between all of them. This ideal location made Jerusalem a perfect launching point for the propagation of God’s final and completed message, the Injeel of Jesus.

Jesus, in the The Injeel, spoke of the centrality of Jerusalem as follows:

In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem! (Jesus, Luke 13:33, Holy Injeel)

Muslims also recognise the high significance of Jerusalem. Mu’awiyah, the first Umayyad caliph, for example, proclaimed himself caliph in Jerusalem, rather than in Damascus, his capital. Why did he not proclaim his caliphate in Mecca when he controlled both Jerusalem and Mecca ? Obviously the proclamation of the caliphate had to be done in the city he judged to be most significant on The Earth.

Mohammed himself said that the Islamic conquest of Jerusalem is a sign of the last day and many Muslims believe that Jerusalem will become the capital of the final Islamic caliphate. This being the case, a more important city than Jerusalem cannot be imagined.

Jerusalem, City Of The Great King

As it happens, Muslims are correct that Jerusalem will be the seat of God’s eternal Kingdom and that therefore Jerusalem will be the capital city of The Earth and the center of the world, the focus and destiny of all nations.

But the Kingdom that will be established in Jerusalem and Israel will not be an Islamic Caliphate but the Kingdom Of Jesus Christ, Messiah and Lord, King Of The Jews and Gentiles. This Kingdom will be ruled according to the principles of The Bible, not The Qu’ran.

There are many Bible prophecies which associate the Messiah as King ruling from Jerusalem in Zion and many scriptures which identify Jesus as this King. Good examples are Psalm 2:2-6 and Psalm 132:13-18, though there are many more in addition to these.

Psalm 2:2-6 says:

The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his Messiah, saying,
 “Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”

 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.
 He rebukes them in his anger
    and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
 “I have installed my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.”

Psalm 132:13-18 Speaks of God’s fulfillment of the God’s promises to David. When the Messiah,“anointed one…the horn of David” who “reigns from Zion:. God says
“His crown will shine, and He will make Zion His “resting place forever”for He will dwell there. This Psalm and prophecy is especially significant because the Messiah is identified as The Lord God Himself.

 

The New Testament identifies Jesus as this Messiah, who (by definition) is the promised ruler from David’s line who will establish the eternal kingdom of God in Zion (Jerusalem). Since Jesus is The Messiah, then He obviously fulfills all the attributes of The Messiah which means that Jesus Messiah is God Himself.
Here is Luke 1:31-33, just one place in the New Testament where Jesus is identified as The Messiah who rules God’s eternal kingdom. In this scripture, the angel Gabriel is describing to Mary that she has found great favour with God and will give birth to The Messiah:
You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,  and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
So, the Tawrat and Injeel testify that Jerusalem is the spiritual center of Earth, the city of God, Lord, King and Messiah whose name is Jesus. Jesus will rule all nations from Jerusalem and all nations will worship and serve Him there.
Conclusion
Just to recap, one of the ways that Muslims wish to assert that Mecca is the center of The Earth is to state that Mecca lies at the Golden Mean ratio point of Latitude between the North and South Poles.
But it doesn’t. Mecca is 20 kilometers distant from the Golden Mean point.
So there is no miracle whatsoever in the location of Mecca.
If Muslims insist that Mecca is miraculously located because of its proximity to the Golden Mean point they must also accept that Honolulu in Hawaii, Cancun and Francistown in Botswana all share the shame proximity to the Golden Mean point and are equally (non-) miraculous in their location.
Similarly, Rio De Janeiro in Brazil should be considered to have greater credentials as the holiest city on Earth as it is the city closest to the doubly-miraculous Golden Mean of both Latitude and Longitude.
Finally, Islamic scholars point to Jerusalem as the city which will host the final Islamic Caliphate. Surely this makes Jerusalem the holiest city on Earth. The identity of Jerusalem as the spiritual center of Earth would bring Muslims in line with the true books of God which are the Old and New Testaments of The Bible, which clearly state that Jerusalem is the center of the Earth and the capital of God’s Earthly Kingdom from which His Messiah, Jesus, will reign forever.
As Isaiah 9:6-7 puts it:
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.