An Alig recounts Neil Armstrong journey to moon and how many did not believe it
OT, August 29, 2012 03:37 IST
Er. Ahmad Rais Siddiqi (Alig)
US astronaut Neil Armstrong is dead, but confusion still prevails over his conversion to Islam. Also, repots have been circulating for long time among Muslims that Armstrong, who died recently of complications developing from heart surgery as claimed by his family in the US, had heard azaan (Muslim prayer) as he had landed on moon.
But OT report has made it clear that nothing like this had happened.
In 1969 when there was no television in Aligarh where I used to reside with my mother and other family members I followed the historic moment through radio. Like many other all over the world, I too was delighted to know after Armstrong landed on the moon.
I still remember the moment in the evening of July 20, 1969 when I was hearing the Radio commentary of his landing on the moon in Inchauli House, Dodh Pur, Aligarh. My grandfather late Professor Omar Ali Siddiqi, formerly head department of Mathematics, Aligarh Muslim University, was on my side.
When I announced this news of a man landing on the moon to my 107-year-old grandmother, she took it with a pinch of salt and scolded me. “How is it possible for a man to land on the moon?” She didn’t believe it. I can understand as it was impossible for a person of her age to believe it.
But even today, I come across many Muslims who do not believe that a man could have ever landed on the moon. They say that it is all rumours. After Armstrong, nearly 12 persons landed on the Moon.
Over the years many developments have taken place. The latest being curiosity rovers landing on the Mars on August 6, 2012. Looking at such things one can say that it is possible that man can go to other planets in future.
Such things are predicted by the Quran and the development of science has made it easier for people to land on planets and the moon.
(The author an Alig is Chief Editor and owner of Nadia Times, New Delhi, www.nadiatimes.com and resides in Okhla)
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