Announcement:

Majlis al-Qada’ in Saudi Arabia has announced that Eidul Fitr will be on Tuesday, August 30, 2011.

Moonsighting for Shawwal 1432

The Astronomical New Moon is on August 29, 2011 (Monday) at 3:04 UT. On August 29, by naked eye it can be seen in Southern part of South America and Polynesian Islands. With binoculars it may be seen in Cape Town South Africa, Northern part of South America, and in Hawaii. On Tuesday, August 30, 2011, it can be easily seen everywhere except Northern Asia and Northern Europe (See visibility curves).


1432 AH
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Sighting Reports

The earliest sighting of the new crescent was on Monday, August 29 in Chile if we disregard Saudi Arabia sighting.


Monday, 29 August 2011:

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported: Shawal Crescent is not sighted in Australia today Monday 29/8/11.

  • Barbados:

    1. Not Seen: Suleman Manjra (MCW member) reported: The moon was not sighted in Barbados yesterday the 29th August. We in Barbados will be completing 30 days of Ramadhan, Inshallah. Eid Ul Fitir will be on Wednesday 31st August.

  • Canada:

    1. Not Seen: Syed Shahid Rashid (MCW member) from Mississauga Ontario reported: Today August 29, 2011, I was not able to sight the moon. The sky was clear but I did not witness any sighting. I also used binoculars. I continued the effort until 8:23 PM. The sunset in my city was at 8:00PM today.

    2. Not Seen: Rozyur Rahman (MCW member) from Scarborough Ontario reported: On August 29, I spend around 10 minutes after Magrib prayer searching for the crescent moon. With my bare eye I could not see moon - west sky was mostly clear with spots of cloud. Our local Masjid Jamie Abu Bakr Siddiqqie announced Eid to be on 31st of August in accordance with Greater Toronto Area Hilal Committee.

  • Chile:

    1. Seen: Fuad Musa (MCW member) from South Chile reported: Br. Fuad Musa made arrangements with his Sheikh to observe the Hilaal of Eid Ul Fitir 1432 AH on the beach several days before, he reported three persons (2 male and one female) saw the Hilaal on Monday, 29th August, 2011 after sunset from a beach in South Chile.

    2. Not Seen: Muhammad Sohail (MCW member) from Iquique reported: We have not seen the hilal in our area on August 29. To observe the hilal we have to drive almost 50 to 60 km form the sea side where in these days (winter in chile) mostly the sky is full of heavy clouds. Where we observ the hilal it is a very high deserst area and the conditions were mostly good. On August 29, to observe the hilal there were six men; we satrted at 19:32 up to 20:10 but there was nothing.

  • China:

    1. Not Seen, but Eid Declared: Dr. Musa·Minhai (MCW member) from Linxia, Gansu Province reported: I and some Imams of Mosque did not sight the hilal- for Shawwal by the naked eye and binocular on Monday, 29 August 2011 at Linxia city in China. There was not cloud at the horizon. Sky is very very clear. But some peoples declared that they sighted the hilal by the naked at other place in Linxia. So Imams of many Mosques have decided the first day of Shawwal is 30 August 2011 (Tuesday).

  • Dominican Republic:

    1. Not Seen: Ahmad Abdul Haqq (MCW member) from Santo Domingo reported: The hilal for Eid al-Fitr & the 1st of Shawwal was not seen in the Dominican Republic. Three (3) Muslims from EID (Entidad Islámica Dominicana/Dominican Islamic Entity) were out looking. Two in the city of Santo Domingo and one in the city of Higüey. The sky was clear with a slight bit of clouds in the East. The hilal was not seen. We add 30 days to blessed Ramadan, alhamdulillah!

  • France:

    1. Not Seen, but Eid declared: Rida Roty (MCW member) from Caen (Normandie) reported: France: Official Announcement Eid el Fitr: Tuesday 30 August. See the link http://www.saphirnews.com/L-Aid-el-Fitr-2011-fixe-au-mardi-30-aout-en-France_a13100.html

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: Mohammed Mohsin Khan (MCW member) from Mumbai reported: Today Monday 29 August 2011 / 28 Ramadaan 1432 in India. Here in Mumbai Sunset was at 06:56 pm LT and Moonset was at 06:57 pm LT . So there was only 1 min difference . It was certain that the crescent would not be sighted anywhere in India today . I tried to sight the moon due to the 29th day according to the Ummul Qura calendar but Shawwaal crescent has not been sighted in India.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Surakarta, Java reported: On Monday, August 29, 2011, New Crescent of Shawwal 1432 AH was NOT SEEN, from any location in Indonesia. There are two reports from Jepara and Cakung that Hilal of Syawwal was SEEN, but the report was rejected. Religious Affairs Ministry of Indonesia decided that 1 Shawwal 1432 AH will be on Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

  • Kenya:

    1. Not Seen: Mahmood Essa (MCW member) from Mombasa reported: The crescent was not sighted in Kenya on Monday evening. Thus we completed 30 days of Ramadhaan. The cresent was easily observed this Tuesday evening (8/30/2011) and Insha Allah tomorrow Wednesday we will be be celebrating Eid Ul Fitr.

  • Namibia:

    1. Not Seen: Ahmed Mohamed Barakah (MCW member) from Windhoek reported: Monday 29th August 2011 the moon was not sighted in Windhoek nor anywhere else in Namibia Therefore Eid will be on Wednesday 31st August 2011

  • Netherlands:

    1. Not Seen: Sheriel Nabie (MCW member) from Amsterdam reported: On Monday, August 29, 2011, New Crescent of Shawwal 1432 AH was NOT SEEN. Therefore Royate Hilal Commitee Netherlands (RHCN) announced that that they will complete 30 days of fasting tomorrow and Eid will be on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 (1 Shawwal 1432 AH) Wassalaam,

  • New Zealand:

    1. Not seen: Sheikh Mohammad Amir, for Hilal Committee of New Zealand reported: On behalf of the Hilal Committee, I wish to inform that the new moon for Shawaal has not been sighted today. Therefore, the Hilal Committee would like to announce that we will complete 30 days of fasting tomorrow and Eid will be observed all over New Zealand on Wednesday, 31st August 2011.

  • Nigeria:

    1. Not Seen: Muhammed Yasin Qamardeen (MCW member) from Abuja, FCT, Nigeria reported: On Monday, August 29, though the western horizon is partially clear except for the North-western side where the Sun set. As at the time of sunset time 06:41pm LT, the sky look ok but eventually the cloud accumulate on the North-west of Sun Spot eventually cover the south-west of where the "crescent" should be. Likewise from other report across Nigeria from Reliable and experience people it was Negative (No crescent was visible).

  • Panama:

    1. Not Seen: Saleh Bhai Bhattay (MCW member) from Panama City reported: In Panama City the moon was not seen on Monday 8/29/2011.

  • Philippines:

    1. Eid declared: Dr. Mansoor Limba (MCW member) from Cotabato City reported: On August 29 ‘Id al-Fitr was declared amidst cloudy weather and occasional rain shower, Cotabato City-based Darul Ifta declared tomorrow (Tuesday/August 30, 2011) as ‘Id al-Fitr.

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen (Clouds): Ammar Tahir (MCW member) from Cape Town reported: Today, Monday 29th August 2011, I, Ammar Tahir, together with 3 other Muslim brothers have gone in front of the Mouille Point lighthouse facing the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Town South Africa at Maghrib time. We used a 60X magnification telescope and also a Canon 400 mm lense to locate the Shawaal crescent on the horizon. We observed that the sun fully set at 626pm as per your calculation. However we were not able to sight the new Shawaal Hilaal due to the cloudy conditions on the horizon. We stayed at the location until 1904 pm but the cloudy conditions continued to cover the horizon. The Islamic authority of South Africa has therefore declared that 1st Shawaal to be on Wednesday 31st August 2011.

    2. Not Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: The United Ulama Council of South Africa have declared Ramadaan 30 days, the Hilaal not having been sighted on August 29 anywhere in the country. Eid-ul-Fitr will be Wednesday.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Seen: Announced by Saudi Majlis Qada al-A'la:

  • Tanzania:

    1. Not Seen: Hamza Rijal (MCW member) from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On August 29, in tiny island of Zanzibar we have failed to observed for the month of Shawal as result we complete 30 days for the month of Ramadhan . Eid Fitri will be on Wednesday 31 August 2011.

  • Turkey:

    1. Not Seen (but Officially announced): Muhammed Cevad Turan from Istanbul reported: On August 29, Shawwal Crescent is not sighted in Istanbul, Turkey as expected. However Turkish Religious Affairs Office officially declareted that 30th of August is 1st of Shawwal (Eid-fitr) according to calculations. Now it is 21:25 and we still waiting for South America's reports to declare Eid-fitr.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Monday 29 August 2011 (29 Ramadan 1432 AH) many people from throughout UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Shawwal after sunset. The York group of observers included Maulana Hasib Mayet, Maulana Imran Lunat, Vasiullah Bodiyat and Yahya Tai from Batley, plus myself. None of the other groups were able to sight the Hilal, as most places were cloudy. We have not received any verified/confirmed sighting reports from any countries east of UK/Morocco either. There was a slight possibility of sighting in South Africa but the United Ulama Board of South Africa have declared negative sighting. Therefore, the Wifaq/Batley Ulama have decided that the month of Ramadan 1432 AH will complete 30 days and Eid ul Fitr will be on Wednesday 31 August 2011.

    2. Not Seen: Y. A. Miftahi from London reported: Muslims in UK will celebrate Eid on Tuesday 30th August 2011. No credible moonsighting reports were received in the UK and therefore news from Saudi Arabia of moon sighting have been accepted by Great Britain’s Central Moonsighting Committee.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Monday, August 29, 2011), the crescent moon of Shavvwal was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA. I arrived at my sighting location about 7:30 pm EDT (sunset: 7:55; actual 7:50) and started scanning the expected area for the crescent, using a couple of pairs of binoculars (10X50 and 7X50). I stayed there till 7:55 pm (moonset: 7:59 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy. At 7:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 73.4 F, 62.6 F, 69%, and 30.03 in, respectively.

    2. Not Seen: Muzzammil Dadabhoy (MCW member) from Huntington Beach CA reported: On Monday, Aug 29, it was very cloudy, foggy, and much overcast; No visibility whatsoever. I tried between 7:25-8:00 p.m. (Maghrib was 7:22 p.m.) Location of Observation: 'Top of the World Park', Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

    3. Not Seen: Mahfuz Rahman, (MCW member) from Atlanta GA reported: On Monday, Aug 29, 2011, I could not see the moon in Atlanta, GA, USA. I tried to look from 8:00pm to 8:15pm, but could not see the moon. We were four people. There were patches of clouds but the sky was mostly clear.

    4. Not Seen: Mohammed Yahya Shaikh (MCW member) from Anaheim CA reported: The moon for shawaal was not sighted in Huntington Beach, Manhattan Beach, Playa Del Rey and Rosemead CA on August 29th 2011. The lower horizon where the moon was most likely to be seen was excessively hazy.

    5. Not Seen: Temoor Shouib from Chicago IL reported: There were no sightings in North America. Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 30th will be Ramadan 30th. Eid-ul-Fitr will be on Wednesday, August 31st.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011:

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: On August 30, the Hilaal of SHAWWAAL 1432 has been sighted in Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra. In each place more than 10 people have seen the moon. Therefore, the Hilaal Committee and Majlisul Ulamaa’ of Australia have declared that the month of SHAWWAAL 1432 will commence from Wednesday, 31st of August 2011.

    2. Seen: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported: Melbourne and Sydney was cloudy this evening 30th Aug 2011. We were unable to sight moon but Shawwal cresent was sighted in NSW City New Castle. Therefore First Shawwal in Autralia will be on 31st August Wednesday. Turkish community has celebrated Eid today Tuesday 30th Aug 2011 but rest of majority will celebrate Eid tomorrow Wednsday.

    3. Seen: Abbas Aly (MCW member) from Annangrove NSW reported: On August 30, although cloudy, the new crescent was sighted at 6.00PM in Annangrove north west of Sydney by sheikh Idrees-ul Hassan of Imam Hasan Centre. It was also seen in Earlwood and Canberra. EID will be on Wednesday 31st August

    4. Seen: Habeeb Mohamed-Hussain (MCW member) from Gold Coast, QL reported: Gold Coast and Brisbane was cloudy 30th August 2011 evening. We were unable to sight the moon in Gold Coast but Shawwal new moon sighted other part of Australia. Therefore Council of Imam Queensland have declared Eid tomorrow Wednesday (31 August 2011).

    5. Seen: Zahid Hafeez (MCW member) from Canberra, ACT reported: Viewing conditions in Adelaide (South Australia) this evening (8/30/2011) was perfect and the hilal for Shawwaal was easily sighted about 20 minutes after sunset. The moon by then was 28 hours old and visible at street level. Unfortunately most of the mosques in Adelaide announced the start of Eid incorrectly 24 hours earlier even though the moon was NOT sighted anywhere in the world—thus causing many to damage their Ramadan by missing the last day of fasting. May Allah help us to become united in following the correct sunnah of naked-eye moon-sighting and to abandon the practice of relying only on sterile calculations devoid of the joy of witnessing a new moon being born.

  • Bahrain:

    1. Seen w/binocular & telescope, not by naked eye: Abdul Hameed Haji (MCW member) reported: In Bahrain The Halal was seen on Tuesday August 30, 2011 by WALASER Group using a 10" telescope and 25*100 binocular and seen by 15 people with us . The group tried their best to see the Moon by naked eyes but no luck!!!!

  • Bangladesh:

    1. Seen: Engr. Azizul Huq (MCW member) from Dhaka reported: The crescent moon of shawwal was seen in many places of Bangladesh. So tomorrow the Country will observe Eid al fiter. But in many places of Bangladesh group of people already observed EID today(30th August) following Saudi Arabia. They have been following Saudi Arabia for more than 100 years.

  • Brunei:

    1. Seen: Dr. Mohammed Hussain Ahmad (MCW member) from Brunei Darussalam reported: On August 30 (Tuesday), the Hilaal of SHAWAL 1432 has been sighted in Brunei. Therefore, the it was officially declared that the month of SHAWAL 1432 will commence from Wednesday, 31st of August 2011

  • China:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Musa·Minhai (MCW member) from Linxia city Gansu Province reported: I and four Iamms of Mosque did not sight the hilal- for Shawwal by the naked eyes and binocular on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 at Linxia city in China. There was a little cloud at the horizon.

  • Fiji Islands:

    1. Seen: M Shamim Ali (MCW member) from Samabula Suva reported: Fiji Muslim League advises its members that the new moon for the month of Shawwal 1432 has been sighted on 30th August 2011; therefore EID-UL-FITR will be celebrated Insha Allah on Wednesday 31st August, 2011.

  • India:

    1. Seen: Abdussubhan Dadan (MCW Member) from Mumbai reported: Mumbai Jamma Masjid Hilal Committee received reports of sighting of the moon after namaz-e-magrib from nearby locations ie Nallasopara, Bhivandi, Aurangabad, Surat, Ahmedadbad, Patna, Delhi, Kolkata, Assam through phone calls and faxes. So Mumbai Jamma Masjid Hilal Committee has declared Eid - ul - Fitr will be Inshaallah on 31st August 2011.

    2. Seen: Mohammed Mohsin Khan (MCW member) from Mumbai reported: Tuesday 30 August 2011 / 29 Ramadaan 1432 in India. Here in Mumbai Sunset was at 06:55 p.m LT and Moonset was at 07:42 pm LT. So there was 47 mins difference, Sky was cloudy but Crescent has been sighted in Mumbai and in Most Parts of India. Official Moon-Sighting Committee have officially announced that Tuesday 30 August 2011 was 29th Ramadaan 1432 and 1st Shawwaal 1432 will fall on Wednesday 31 August 2011. So Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on 31 August 2011 in India.

    3. Seen: Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) from Gujrat reported: On August 30, crescent for Shawwal has been sighted in many parts of Gujarat as well of India. Weather was cloudy here in Godhra, so there was no general sighting, only some persons sighted. But there general sighting in nearby towns like Lunawada, Mora, Jhalod. and cities like Ahmedabad, Surat etc. Moon was easily sighted in some other states like Punjab, Bihar and Bengal. Shahi Imam Punjab and Imarate Shariya, Bihar have declared that Eid will be on 31st August.

    4. Seen: Abdul Gaffar (MCW member) from Manipur reported: On 30 August at about 5.50 pm moon is sighted at Imphal, Manipur India

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen but follow sightings from East (Fiji and Australia): Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung reported: I and team from Bandung, Indonesia, report that today is Ramadhan 29th for those who follow dating by moonsighting and the Hilal cannot be seen due to heavy clouds on horizon. However, we will follow eastern sightings of Fiji and Australia. Therefore 1st of Shawwal will be tomorrow, 31st August 2011.

    2. Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Surakarta, Java reported: On Tuesday, 30 August 2011, Hilal of Syawwal 1432 H was SEEN from Surakarta Central Java INDONESIA. The sky was very clear.

  • Kenya:

    1. Seen: Jaffar Suleiman Mosheh (MCW member) from Mombasa reported: The cresent was witnessed by myself and the whole of Mombasa resting above clouds in the horizon. The cheif Qadhi has announced that Eid ul Fitri will be celebrated tomorow 31st of August 2011. After compleating 30 days of Ramadhan. Some of our brothers in Mombasa followed the Saudi announcement and celebrated Eid today though we did not see the cresent yesterday.

  • Kuwait:

    1. Seen: Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: In Kuwait at Kabad desert on Tuesday August 30, 2011 I could see the crescent by 8" telescope and 20*60 binocular and seen by 11 people with us which means that it was very difficult to be seen by naked eyes

  • Lebanon:

    1. Seen: Dr. Hadi Jaafar (MCW member) reported: This evening I was able to see the moon of the month of Shawwal here in Tyr, Lebanon. I started scanning the partly cloudy western horizon with my 7*50 pair of binoculars at about 7:15 PM. I was able to see the moon very briefly at about 7:25 local time. I was barely able to see it with the "naked eye" ( I wear eye glasses) for a couple of seconds before it disappeared behind the clouds. The lighted portion was extremely thin, with crescent horns pointing between 1 and 5 o'clock. The moon was located at about 258 degrees magnetic azimuth ( as the compass of the binoculars pointed) and it was low at the horizon.

  • Madagascer:

    1. Seen: Shoayb Unia (MCW member) from Majunga reported: Alhamdulillah moon was sighted all over Madagascar today (8/30/2011) and the cressent was from 3 to 7o clock,however some people made Eid today on Tuesday because they claim that a few people saw the moon on Monday and they even gave the Shahadah of their sighting on Tv yesterday.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Johor Bahru reported: On Tuesday, 30th August 2011 M equal to 29 Ramadhan 1432 H, I with my friend (around 50 people) have split up around all place in Malaysia. And, two of our friend (Muhammad Sobri and Dr. Selamat) have seen the new moon with naked eye at Jerteh, Terengganu, Malaysia (05°20' N , 103°08' E) around 7.35 pm. They only saw the moon around 2 to 3 minutes. After that, the moon is hidden by the cloud. All places in West Coast Malaysia were cloudy and rainy. Only East Cost Malaysia had good condition to watch the hilal. However, our Government have announced the first Syawal 1432 H on 30th August 2011 M (Tuesday).

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: Hilal for Shawwal was sighted in a clear sky this evening Tuesday 30 Aug here in Mauritius. We are therefore celebrating Eid on Wednesday 31st Aug.

    2. Seen: Khalid Chraibi (MCW member) from Casablanca reported: I like to inform you that eid al fitr was celebrated in Morocco, Wednesday 31 August, after a fast of 29 days of Ramadan (Morocco started Ramadan on August 2). Morocco decision is based on local moonsighting.

  • Mozambique:

    1. Seen: Ashif Mussa from Mozambique reported: I was looking at your site and noticed that you have Mozambique celebrating Eid-Ul-Fitr on Wednesday, 30 August 2011. However this is not true as we celebrated on Tuesday, 30 August 2011. The moon was signted by locals here. I would appreciate it if you could update your very informative site.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Seen: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported: Today (Tuesday 30th August 2011), our some observers sighted the moon and central official moon sighting committee of Pakistan also received many positive reports hence it has been announced officially that Wednesday 31st August 2011 is 1st Shawwal (Eid-ul-fitr) 1432 in Pakistan. Nearly whole Pakistan was cloudy or hazy.

    2. Not Seen: Dr. Fahim Hashmi (MCW member) from Islamabad reported: Not seen in Islamabad (Pakistan), with naked eyes and binoculars, weather was partially cloudy. Official announcement came based upon sighting evidences from elsewhere in the country for Eid on 31 August 2011.

    3. Not Seen: Talha Rafiq (MCW member) from Karachi reported: On August 30, 2011. I and my friends tried to see the moon but we were unable to see the moon due to clouds. The Ruet Hilal committee announced that the moon have been sighted in other parts of the country therefore tomorrow will be the Eid ul Fitr in Pakistan.

    4. Not Seen: Asif Hussain (MCW member) from Hyderabad reported: On Tuesday 30th August 2011, I with my fellows at two different places in Hyderabad, Pakistan, tried to see the moon from sunset 06:48 pm to moonset 07:28 pm. Moon was not seen by us, because it was raining since the time of namaz e asar. But moon has been sighted successfully at numerous places of Pakistan. Government officials declared through television media that hilal has been sighted therefore the 1st of Shawwal 1432 hijri will be on Wednesday 31st August 2011 inshaALLAH.

  • Russia:

    1. Not Seen: Ilham Fandas uly Mukharlyamov (MCW member) from Moscow reported: On Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011,I could not see the moon in Moscow, Russia. Skies were partly cloudy. I tried to look from 7:10pm to 7:55pm (Sunset at 8:30 pm, Moonset about 8:00 pm), but could not see the moon.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported: Today 29th. of Ramadan 1432H (30/08/2011) rainy evening in Colombo the western sky was covered with some black clouds anyway I was able to sport the New Moon of Shawwal 1432 "Mashallah" in between of two dark clouds at 6:42pm our sunset was 6:19pm. and I informed our Hilal committee regarding the sighting. The committee had received several calls from many parts of the Island. Hence the Hilal committee made an official announcement in local media to end the Ramadan Fasting with 29 days and celibrate Eid ul Fitr tomorrow Wednesday 31st August 2011.

  • USA:

    1. Seen 4 hours before sunset: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: Today (Tuesday, August 30, 2011), I sighted the moon in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meter). My first binocular (7X50) sighting was at 3:57 pm EDT followed by naked eye sighting. At 4:15 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 78.8 F, 60.8 F, 54%, and 30.17 in, respectively. The horns were at 12:30 and 5:00 O'clock (12:30;2:30;5:00). The sky was partly cloudy and hazy.

      Later in the evening, the crescent was spotted at 8:26 pm in a hazy and partly cloudy western horizon (sunset: 7:53 pm EDT; apparent sunset: 7:49 pm). I arrived at my sighting location at 7:32 pm and using the pair of binoculars started scanning the expected location in the clearings. The first sighting was at 8:16 pm when the crescent appeared in an opening; at this time the crescent was about 2-3 degrees above horizon. It soon disappeared behind the clouds only to reappear again and set around 8:27 pm (actual moonset: 8:33 pm EDT). At 8:15 pm, the temperature, dew point temperature, relative humidity, and pressure were 71.6 F, 60.8 F, 69%, and 30.19 in, respectively.

    2. Seen: Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) from Sanford FL reported: The Moonsighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that the new crescent for the month was sighted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 in Miami, Florida as well, and thus EID-UL-FITR – 1st Day of Mahe Shawwal, 1432 is established as WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31ST, 2011.

    3. Seen: Dr. Mir Omar Ali from Raleigh, NC reported: Hilal seen Raleigh, NC. for about 15 minutes; Near vertical (above sunset); Naked eye and binoculars; Very fine. 4 witnesses:
      Khateeb, Imam, Naaib Qazi Dr. Mir Omar Ali
      Fareeduddin
      Hesham
      Dr. Mir Mumtaz Ali

    4. Seen: Dr. Aunali S Khaku (MCW member) from Gainesville FL reported: Just wanted to report a personal sighting for tonight. Dr. Aunali S Khaku, and Dr. Mahdi Razafsha sighted the moon in Gainesville, FL with the naked eye at approximately 8:10 - 8:20 on the western horizon from Shands Hospital, South Tower 10th floor. Dr. Mahdi, and myself are part of the Ahlul Bayt Society of Gainesville.

    5. Seen: Mohammad Majibur Rahman (MCW member) from Houston TX reported: The crescent moon is seen today evening on 30 August, Tuesday. The sky was clear. The Eid ul Fitr in Texas will be held on tommorrow on 31 August, 2011.

    6. Seen: Muzzammil Dadabhoy (MCW member) from Huntington Beach CA reported: On August 30, Tuesday, Time of Observation: 7:05-8:10 p.m. (Maghrib was 7:21 p.m.) at the highest point overlooking all of Long Beach and surrounding area; it was completely clear without a cloud in the sky. Some haze immediately over the horizon, but Hilaal was quite a bit over horizon/haze. Number of Observers: 2 (one is a qualified Islaamic Scholar) The Sunset was at 7:21 and moonset was 8:11. It was not until the sky got dark and we had prayed Maghrib, did we see the hilaal. We prayed around 7:45, and after concluding our Salaah, we saw the hilaal. At around 8:00, the hilaal was no longer visible to us. It was quite big and curved to the left from what I remember. In other words, it was a concave crescent opening to the left.

    7. Seen: Zahid Khakoo (MCW member) from Anaheim CA reported: The moon was sighted on Tuesday 8/30/11 in Los Angeles at approximately 7:33 pm.

OFFICIAL 1st Day of Shawwal in Different Countries

August 30, 2011 (Tuesday):

  1. Afghanistan (Follow Saudi)
  2. Albania (Follow Saudi)
  3. Armenia (Follow Saudi)
  4. Austria (Follow Saudi)
  5. Azerbaijan (Follow Saudi)
  6. Bahrian (Follow Saudi)
  7. Bangladesh (Some areas follow Saudi)
  8. Belgium (Follow Saudi)
  9. Bolivia (Follow Saudi)
  10. Bosnia and Hercegovina (Follow Saudi)
  11. Bulgaria (Follow Saudi)
  12. Canada - Fiqh Council of North America/Islamic Society of North America OR follow news from other countries
  13. Chechnia (Follow Saudi)
  14. Chile (Local Sighting)
  15. China (Local Sighting that we believe erroneous this time)
  16. Cosovo (Follow Saudi)
  17. Denmark (Follow Saudi)
  18. Egypt - Moon Born before sunset & moon sets at least 5 minutes after sunset
  19. Finland (Follow Saudi)
  20. France (Follow Saudi)
  21. Georgia (Follow Saudi)
  22. Hungary (Follow Saudi)
  23. Iceland (Follow Saudi)
  24. Iraq (Follow Saudi)
  25. Ireland (Follow Saudi)
  26. Italy (Follow Saudi)
  27. Jordan (Follow Saudi)
  28. Kazakhstan (Follow Saudi)
  29. Kuwait (Follow Saudi)
  30. Kyrgizstan (Follow Saudi)
  31. Lebanon (Follow Saudi)
  32. Luxembourg (Follow Saudi)
  33. Malaysia - Age > 8 hours, altitude > 2°, elongation > 3°
  34. Mauritania (Follow Saudi)
  35. Montenegro (Follow Saudi)
  36. Mozambique (Local Sighting)
  37. Netherlands (Follow Saudi)
  38. Nigeria (Announced)
  39. Norway (Follow Saudi)
  40. Palestine (Follow Saudi)
  41. Philippines (Follow Saudi)
  42. Qatar (Follow Saudi)
  43. Romania (Follow Saudi)
  44. Russia (Follow Saudi)
  45. Saudi Arabia (Local Sighting - Official Announcement)
  46. Spain (Follow Saudi)
  47. Sudan (Follow Saudi)
  48. Sweden (Follow Saudi)
  49. Switzerland (Follow Saudi)
  50. Syria (Follow Saudi)
  51. Tajikistan (Follow Saudi)
  52. Taiwan (Follow Saudi)
  53. Tatarstan (Follow Saudi)
  54. Tunisia - Criteria of age, or altitude, or sunset-moonset lag
  55. Turkey - Altitude > 5°, elongation > 8°
  56. Turkmenistan (Follow Saudi)
  57. U.A.E. (Follow Saudi)
  58. UK (Follow Saudi) [Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London]
  59. USA - Fiqh Council of North America/Islamic Society of North America. The criteria are Moon must be born before Sunset in Makkah, and moonset after sunset in Makkah. These criteria are not applicable for Eid-al-Adha, for which it is relied on Saudi Announcement of Hajj.
  60. Uzbekistan (Follow Saudi)
  61. Yemen (Follow Saudi)

August 31, 2011 (Wednesday):

  1. Australia (Local Sighting)
  2. Bangladesh (One group - Local Sighting)
  3. Barbados (30 days completion)
  4. Brunei (Local Sighting)
  5. Fiji Islands (Local Sighting)
  6. Guyana - Local Moon Sighting
  7. India (Local Sighting)
  8. Indonesia (30 days completion - Official Announcement)
  9. Iran (Local Sighting)
  10. Kenya (Local Sighting)
  11. Libya - Moon must be born before Fajr in Libya
  12. Madagascer (Local Sighting)
  13. Malawi (Local Sighting)
  14. Mauritius (Local Sighting)
  15. Morocco (Local Sighting)
  16. Namibia (30 days completion)
  17. Netherlands (30 days completion)
  18. New Zealand (30 days completion)
  19. Oman (30 days completion, since not possible on August 29)
  20. Pakistan (Local Sighting)
  21. South Africa (30 days completion)
  22. Sri Lanka (Local Sighting)
  23. Suriname - News from Guyana if not seen in Suriname
  24. Tanzania (30 days completion)
  25. Trinidad & Tobago (Local Sighting)
  26. UK (30 days completion) [Wifaaqul ulama), (Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat], OR (Sighting from countries east of UK)
  27. USA (Local Sighting) [Shi'aa Community, Houston Hilal Committee, Chicago Hilal Committee]
  28. Zambia (Local Sighting)
  29. Zimbabwe (Local Sighting)

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