No. he was a deist
No he was a deist. That is a commonly circulated myth.
The following letter was sent to all US embassies, 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 US state of Ohio, near Cincinnati.
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
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
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.
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
N.B. The memo was sent to all our diplomatic and consular posts.
Dr Phil Parshall
Director, Asian Research Centre Manila, Philippines