Let me issue a disclaimer right here before we begin: The RRR Group is the one making claims about Muhammad and aliens. I am not. Please direct all messages about such claims to the RRR Group.
Anyway, Renyolds or the RRR Group or InterAmerica or whoever they are began by describing his viewing of PBS’s recent broadcast of the Life of Muhammad, at which point it struck him that George Adamski’s encounter with the Venusians was very much like Muhammad’s visit from Gabriel, or Joseph Smith’s visits with Moroni. In discussing the post-Qur’an Islamic story of Muhammad’s assumption to heaven at Jerusalem astride his horse (attested in the earliest hadiths), he writes: “How does that differ, substantively, from Adamski’s alleged trips in his extraterrestrial scout ships to Venus or the other side of the Moon?”
Interestingly, in the Sahih Muslim, a collection of much later material about the life and sayings of Muhammad that Islamic scholars claim is one of the two most authentic such collections, Muhammad allegedly said that his nighttime trip to heaven occurred
...in a state midway between sleep and wakefulness, (an angel recognized me) as the man lying between two men. A golden tray full of wisdom and belief was brought to me and my body was cut open from the throat to the lower part of the abdomen and then my abdomen was washed with Zam-zam water and (my heart was) filled with wisdom and belief. (1.309)
But this isn’t the direction that RRR Group wants to go with this. Ancient Aliens, on much flimsier evidence, declared all the Abrahamic faiths false cults of alien worship, so it shouldn’t have surprised me that RRR Group took a turn in that direction. First, the writer asks a sensible question:
Who is to say that George Adamski was not riddled [sic] by the same force or “external agent” that interacted with Ezekiel or Joseph Smith? Or can we conclude that the major progenitors of religion were all just mentally afflicted? (brackets in original; no, I don’t know why—it isn’t marked as a quote)
So perhaps, we shouldn’t be too quick to dismiss Professor Adamski. He may have been fooled by the very same “divinities” that fooled Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, and Joseph Smith, among many, many other lesser lights.
But RRR Group isn’t so certain that unidentified flying objects are piloted by alien beings. According to a post from a week before:
When we UFO buffs get into a mysterious presence at the heart of the UFO phenomenon, we are entering a theological-like mind-set, and I don’t think UFOs are worthy of such. UFOs are a manifestation of an odd, as yet unknowable series of things-seen or interacted with, a phenomenon for the quirky.