Moonsighting for Ramadan 1436

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Old Crescent Moon (End of Sha'ban 1436 AH), June 15, 2015 (not the new moon to start Ramadan), (Photo on the right is provided by MCW member AR Sugeng Riyadi from Kartasura Sukoharjo - Surakarta - Central Java - Indonesia): This is decreasing moon that was sighted in Indnesia at 05:06 am. Click on the photo to see full size.


Another photo from India. Click on the photo to see full size.


The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on June 16, 2015 (Tuesday) at 14:05 UT. On June 16, it is almost not possible to see it anywhere. On June 17, the moon can be seen with difficulty in Australia, Indonesia, South-East Asia, Northern Africa, but can easily be seen in Africa, and all Americas (See visibility curves).

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Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on June 17, 2015 from Bali, Indonesia.


June 16, 2015 (Tuesday):

  • China:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Musa·Minhai from Linxia Gansu Province reported: This evening (June 16), I and ten Imams tried to see cresent from 20:15 to 20:45 (Beijing Time). We did not see it. Sunset time is 20:25 (I knew that creseng would not be seen today in China, becouse new moon time is Beijing is 22:05). There were some cloud in west sky. We tried to sight cresent with a 15*80 binocular and a telescope. So more Imams decided that 18 June is first day of Ramadan, but some Imams decided 17 June is first day of Ramadan.

  • Ghana:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Baba Abdulai, Sighting community, Sagnerigu, Tamale. reported: The crescent was NOT seen in this location. I was at the sighting post from about 18:07 to about 18:26 local time but I did not see the crescent. It was drizzling quite heavily for the most part of the period of my sighting effort. Moon age after conjunction (as at sunset in Tamale) was only about 4 hours, with a moon lag time of about only 3 minutes; hence I really did not expect to see the crescent.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Malik Salifu Shaban from Garu Bawku reported: The moon for the commencement of RAMADAN has not been seen in Garu and its ssurrounding areas of the upper East Region of Ghana. Though the weather is clear here today, sighting efforts were made between 5:45 and 6:30 local time. No moon was seen in any of the places here.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Siddik Nadvi (Nida-e-Haram), from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: Today Tuesday 16 June , 2015 = 28 Shaban 1436 Hijri , we tried to see the crescent of Ramdan 1436 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM at 7.15 pm to 7.35. The crescent was not seen.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java reported: On Tuesday, 16 June 2015, the New Crescent of Ramadhan 1436 AH was NOT SEEN from Assalaam Observatory, The Modern Boarding School of Islam ASSALAAM, Kartasura Sukoharjo-Surakarta Central Java INDONESIA.
      This event has been successfully held in this observatory. Many people came to this observatory to involve in crescent observation. Many reporters also came to report this event.
      Mrs. Siti Aminah as the founder of Yayasan Majelis Pengajian Islam Surakarta and Mr Uripto Yunus, M.Ed. as the director of PPMI Assalaam also attended on this great event. There were also some graduate students in astronomy from several universities who took part on this observation. Today, the crescent was set before sun sets. This results the crescent could not seen from this observatory.
      For educational reason, even the crescent was not seen, we told about crescent observation. We used Starry Night Pro 6 to simulate the position of the sun and moon when at the sunset. This event finished about one hour after sun sets. Many people stayed at the observatory in order to get more information regarding to the crescent observation. Some graduate students are planning to stay in this observatory till morning.

  • Kenya:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Mahmood Essa from Mombasa reported: I tried to look for the new crescent for the start of Ramadhan but could not see it. Alhamdullilah, we will complete 30 days of Sha'ban and inshaAllaah our first day of Ramadhan will be on Thursday 18/06/15.
      I take thus opportunity in wishing all Muslims , a Blessed, Fruitful and Happy Ramadhan. Aameen.

  • Nigeria:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Zaid Ibrahim from Lagos reported: On June 16 (Tuesday) the moon was not sighted in Surulere, Lagos. The sky was partially cloudy. I tried to view the new crescent between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

  • Philippines:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Shaykh Amir from Quezon City reported: As of June 16, from 7:00 pm onward to 4:00 am June 17, the moon was not sighted in our region, the sky was clear and full of stars and the crescent moon was not sighted anywhere.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Not Seen: Mr Khurram Imtiaz from Riyadh reported: On 16 June 2015, I have tried to look out the Ramdan crescent after Maghrib here in Riyadh (Nahda district). Sky was clear but didn't find the crescent anywhere.

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  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen (Heavy clouds): MCW member Mr Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Panjtan Center from Caroline Springs, VIC reported: Moon was not sighted on June 17 in Melbourne. We tried to sight between 5:05 till 05:40. There were 7 people who tried. Sky was heavily clouded we checked from people in sydney, Brisbane adelaide and canberra it was not sighted . So inshallah 18 June Thursday will be 30th Shaban and inshallah Friday 19th will be first Ramadhanul Mubarak.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Abbas Aly from Annangrove NSW reported: Moon NOT sighted on 17th June 2015 in Sydney, Bella Vista NSW Sky was clear slightly above horizon although cloud cover above that area and had been raining all day. It was declared 1st Ramadhan as Friday 19th June after looking at all information provided and decided that no moon was sighted.

    3. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, The president of Al- Tadhkeer Society, Sydney, NSW reported: There were cloudy in many states of Australia and moon was not sighted, but finally Alhamdulillah, two brothers from Alice Spring have testified that they have sighted the moon at 6.30pm local time. According to Islamic jurisprudence as a coordinator of moon sighting in Australia I have accepted their testimony and declare that the Hilaal of RAMADAAN has been sighted on Wednesday 17th June, 2015. Therefore, the month of RAMADAAN will start from Thursday, the 18th of June, 2015.

    4. Seen in Northern Territory city Alice Spring in Australia: MCW member Engr Manzoor A Mian from Melbourne, VIC reported: Melbourne weather was cloudy on Wednesday evening 17/6/15 and we were unable to sight crescent in Melbourne. it was also not sighted in Sydney, Brisban and Adelaide, However It is sighted in Northern Territory city Alice Spring in Australia. Therefore the first day of Ramadan here in Australia is Thursday 18th June 2015. Fortunately all communities started Ramadan together in whole Australia.

    5. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today Wednesday 17th of June 2015, we were group of people trying to see the crescent of ramadan from 5 pm to 5:45 pm (Sydney local time) but unfortunately the weather didn't help us at all, it was very cloudy all over Sydney. So The moon was not sighted.

  • Bangladesh:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr ABM Ruhul Hassan from Dhaka reported: On June 17, the sun set behind the real horizon (nearly); the sky near the western horizon was Clear; the crescent was not seen by bare eye. Briefly sky was clear but crescent was not seen.

  • Barbados:

    1. Seen by neighboring Caribbean countries: MCW member Mr Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown reported: Today Wednesday, 17th June, 2015 crescent was not seen. Cloudy and overcast. Sighting attempted by many members our Jamaat at approx. 6:37 p.m. However the crescent was SEEN in the neighboring Caribbean countries. Today was the 29th of Sha'aban. Therefore 1st of Ramadan will be on Thursday 18th June, Insha'Allah.

  • Chile:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Muhammad Sohail from Iquique reported: On June 17, Wednesday, in iquique chile we have seen the moon of Ramadan so 18/06/2015 will be the first of Ramadan.

  • China:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Musa·Minhai from Linxia Gansu Province reported: Today evening (June 17), I tried to see cresent from 20:15 to 20:45 (Beijing Time). There were some cloud in west sky. I tried to sight cresent with a 15*80 binocular, but I did not see it. Sunset time was 20:25.

  • Fiji Islands:

    1. Not Seen: Mr Muhammed Shamim Ali Executive Education Officer, Fiji Muslim League, from Suva reported: Fiji Muslim League advises its members that moon was not sighted on June 17, so first day of Ramadan is 19th June, Friday.

  • Ghana:

    1. Seen by others: MCW member Mr Baba Abdulai from Tamale reported: Date of sighting effort; Wednesday June 17, 2015. The crescent was SEEN by others in Wineba town. Personally, I did not see the crescent from my sighting post in Tamale. However, I have duly confirmed from Brother Bawah Suhununu who saw the crescent himself with his naked eyes in Wineba town, where he is presently attending school. Brother Suhununu is a former Imam of Tamale Polytechnic. Many reports have already come in about the sighting. It has also been announced on radio that the crescent was sighted in Accra and Wineba, by many people.

  • Guyana:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Fazal Mahmood from Corriverton, Berbice reported: On June 17, the moon was sighted at Corriverton, Guyana, After Magrib Salaah at 6.20PM. The sky was clear and the moon was high, all the brothers saw it.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Siddik Nadvi (Nida-e-Haram), from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: Today Wednesday 17 June , 2015 = 29 Shaban 1436 Hijri , we tried to see the crescent of Ramdan 1436 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM from 7.15 pm to 7.55. The crescent was not seen.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Mohammed Mohsin Khan from Mumbai reported: Today Wednesday 17 June 2015 / 29 Shabaan 1436 in India. Here in Mumbai Sunset was at 07:18 p.m LT and Moonset was at 07:58 pm LT. Lag : 40 mins, but Sky was cloudy hence Crescent has not been sighted in Mumbai and in most parts of India , Moon-Sighting Committee have officially announced that in India, Thursday 18 June 2015 will be 30th Shabaan 1436 and 1st Ramadaan 1436 will fall on Friday 19 June 2015.

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: Hilal of Ramadan 1436 hijri was not sighted today on Wednesday 17-June-2015 from 7:30pm to 8:00pm horizon was clear. Therefore 1st Ramadan will be Friday 19-June-2015.

    4. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Molvi Iqbalhusen Bokda from Godhra, Gujrat reported: Moon for Ramadan 1436 was not seen here in Godhra today on June, 17 2015. Weather was partly cloudy. Hilal Committees of all states of India including Central Hilal committee Delhi, Imarate Shariya Bihar, Hilal Committe Ahmedabad declared that moon was not seen in any part of India, so first Ramadan will be on Friday, 19th June.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Ahmad I. Adjie from Patra Beach, Denpasar, Bali reported: On 17 June 2015 - 29 Shaban 1436 (by naked eye calendar) sky conditions were Very sparsely-clouded at the horizon, should be easily sighted but exactly where the Hilal should be there were darker streaks of clouds. We started to sight the Moon from 18:20 gmt+8 upto moonset at 18:49 ~ the Hilal was seen intermittently transiting vertically downwards between light streaky clouds between 18:28 and 18:44 by myself and six witnesses who happen to be at the beach. ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS were two o'clock to seven o'clock. 1st day of Ramadhan will be 18 June 2015, this is the same as Indonesian official govt date based on MABIMS Criterion.

  • Israel:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Neria Haroeh from Ramlah reported: I was not able to see the new moon from Matsliach, Israel from sunset until moon set at 19:15.

  • Kenya:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Ali Mohamed from Mombasa reported: Today 29th of Shaaban 1436 (17th June 2015), After Maghrib Prayer, I my self saw The new moon with many Muslims when we were leaving Masjid Shibu, Mwembetayari, Mombasa, Kenya.

    2. Seen (w/binoculars): nahdym from Mombasa reported: Alhamdulillah, on June 17 I saw one of the thinest crescent. Managed to sight it with a binoculars.

  • Lebanon:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Hadi Jaafar from Beirut reported: On 17 June 2015, unfortunately I could not sight the moon in Beirut. Western horizon almost clear with some haze. Started scanning at 7:55 pm with a 7*50 binoc. Stopped at 8: 25. Sunset at 7 51. Moonset at 8:28 pm.

  • Morocco:

    1. Announcement: MCW member Mr Khalid Chraibi from Casablanca reported: I am pleased to inform you that the Moroccan authorities have announced this evening that the 1st of ramadan 1436 will correspond to Thursday, June 18, 2015.With best wishes.

  • Morocco:

    1. Announcement: MCW member Mr Ehsan H. Hajar from Casablanca reported: It was announced by HABOUS ministry shortly after SS that HILAL RAMADAN WAS SIGHTED IN DIFFERENT POST & that the month of fasting will begin tomorrow Thursday. FYI, I was unable to spot the hilal from my location in Casablanca; Sky was clear but as usual the NW horizon was red high bright & humid.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: The New moon of Ramadan has been sighted in Mauritius tonight Wednesday 17 June 2015 in several localities. Hence 1st Day of Ramadan will be on Thursday 18 June 2015. 1st reported visibility was at 17hr 59. Sunset was at 17hr38 and Moonset was at 18hr36. Wish you all Ramadan Mubarak.

  • Namibia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Ahmed Mohamed Barakah from Windhoek reported: On June 17, Wednesday, the moon was sighted in Windhoek NAMIBIA at At 17:47.

  • Nepal:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Muhammad Aamir from Kathmandu reported: On Wednesday, 17th June 2015, the new crescent of Ramadan 2015 was not sighted in Kathmandu. There are some patches of cloud in the sky. The time was 19:00 while sighting report was being prepared. The given time of the moonset has already past. There is no sign of possibility in Kathmandu. Official announcement has not been made by Masaajid in Kathmandu yet.

  • New Zealand:

    1. Not Seen because of thick clouds: MCW member Mr Arief Syamsulaksana from Auckland reported: I've perfomed crescent observation at suburb Dannemora, Auckland New Zealand on Wednesday 17 Jun 2015 from 16:00 to 17:55 GMT +12, the sky was covered by thick clouds at the western horizon therefore the crescent could NOT be seen. Therefore, the Hilal Committee has decided that tomorrow will be 30th of Sha'ban and Friday, 19 June 2015 will be 1st of Ramadhan 1436H.

  • Nigeria:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Zaid Ibrahim from Lagos reported: I was unable to sight the moon on Wednesday, 17th of June, 2015 at Apapa, Lagos. The sky was partially cloudy. I tried to view the new crescent between 7:00 p.m. and 7:37 p.m.
      The Nigerian Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs has directed Nigerian Muslims to commence their Ramadan fast on Thursday, June 18. The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, who is the President-General of the Council, on Wednesday gave the directive while announcing the sighting of the new moon heralding the month of Ramadan 1436AH.
      Mr Abubakar said with the sighting of the moon, Thursday, June 18 is equivalent to Ramadan 1, 1436 AH.
      The Sultan announced the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan in a broadcast to the Muslim Ummah in Sokoto on Wednesday night.
      Mr Abubakar said various reports for the sighting of the new moon were received from Muslim leaders and organisations across the country, which were duly verified and authenticated by the National moon sighting committee.
      The Sultan implored the Muslim Ummah to devote themselves to worship and offer fervent prayers for the new leadership in Nigeria to succeed in steering the affairs of the country.
      Mr Abubakar also called on Muslim faithful to use the Holy month of Ramadan to re-dedicate themselves to the teachings of Islam and continue to live peacefully with one another irrespective of religious and tribal differences.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Jinadu Yunusa from Kisi, Oyo State reported: I and some peaple setout today Wed 17/06/15~36\8\29 to sight for the nwn Crescent for the month of Ramadan we cpuldn't see it. Sunset:7:04pm LT. Duration: between 6:45pm-7:15pm. Sky condition: OBSCURED with patches of clouds. Moon age 28hrs 20minutes.
      Remark: Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs deciared tomorrow Thursday as 1st of Ramadan because of sighting the new Moon in many places accross the Country.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Asif Hussain from Hyderabad reported: I tried to see that moon today, on Wednesday, 17th June 2015, 29th sha'ban 1436 hijra, but no success. Same was announced by central moon sighting committee of rge country. Therefore the first of ramadhan will be on Friday 19th June InshaALLAH. Happy Ramadhan e Kareem to all.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Rizwan Shah from Gujrat reported: Today 17 June 2015 (29 Sha'ban) sunset in gujrat was 7:16 and moonset was 7:49pm. The sky was clear. I and my friend trid to sight the moon but failed to spot moon in the sky. It is also officaly annouced that moon was not sighted and 1st Ramzan will be on Friday 19 June 2015.

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham Hamed from Riyadh reported: On Wednesday, June 17: From Riyadh, KSA. Moon Crescent was Not visible at sunset, or at best time, or thereafter.
      Visibility was less than good, it seems. Venus first appeared at ~18:41:30, and sunset was at 18:44. This may have been due to high altitude clouds, to be honest. For a crescent on the Eve of the 31st night since the last confirmed sighting, it would be expected to be seen at sunset, or very shortly thereafter. The western horizon was overcast, the lower 8 degrees completely obscured by dark clouds.
      In Riyadh, KSA, on Wednesday, June 17th, best time was around 19:06, and the sun was at 5' depression at 19:04 (MICA2.22), taking into consideration that Delta T = 1min 7.184s according > to IERS bulletin A, Jun 11th, 2015. At that time, twilight brightness was ~1 magnitude/arcsec2 brighter than the crescent, which means it would need a hefty 8" refractor to be seen. Naked Eye sighting was thus out of the question. Note that this was a 1.5% illuminated crescent at 3.446' of true altitude (Topocentric), with relative altitude < 8.5'. Temperature was ~40'C, Pressure ~1003.00 mb, and humidity ~ 8%.

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: Mr Waheed Amanjee from Port Shepstone, KwaZulu/Natal reported: On June 17, the moon has been sighted in Port Shepstone, KZN, South Africa. Various people have sighted the moon.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Wednesday 17th June 2015, the Hilaal WAS sighted in South Africa. Ramadaan 1436 will commence on Thursday, 18th June 2015 in South Africa.

    3. Seen: MCW member Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town reported: The Ramadaan Hilaal was sighted this Wednesday evening (17 June 2015, and the end of 29 Shabaan 1436H) in many parts of Southern Africa:- South Africa – Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria: Swaziland – Mbanbane: Lesotho – Maseru: Botswana – Selebwe Pikwe: Namibia – Windhoek: Zimbabwe – KweKwe:
      The official 1st of Ramadaan will correspond to Thursday, 18 June 2015.

  • South Korea:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Zain Abbas from Seoul reported: Korean Islamic Cultural Exchange Association (KICEA) made two moonsighting teams. One from Seoul lead by Mr Yaqoub Al Sulemani (Saudia), Mr Abu Ammar, Mr Iftikhar Shah (Pakistan), Mr Ertiza Abbas (Pakistan). The other from Out of Seoul (BARAN, SOUTH KOREA), Mr Safdar Hussain Jafry (Pakistan) and Zain Abbas (Pakistan). On Wednesday, June 17, in Seoul, it started to rain and thunderstorm, hence moon was not sighted. In Baran, weather was full of clouds, and Out of Seoul team tried to sight from 7:45-8:17 pm as the sunset was 7:55 and moon set was 8:17 pm. But Moon was not seen anywhere.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Not Seen (Thick clouds): MCW member Mr Suhail Patel from Colombo reported: The entire sky was covered by thick clouds in Sri Lanka therefore the crescent could NOT seen. Therefore, the Hilal Committee has decided that tomorrow will be 30th of Sha'ban and Friday, 19 June 2015 will be 1st of Ramzan 1436H.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Nular Bary from Colombo reported: Today 29th.Shahban 1436 (17/06/2015) cloudy evening in Colombo and almost entire country's sky was covered with cloud and it's a rainy day too. All the Moon sighting members right around the country reported negative sighting of Ramadan Hillal. Hence Our Colombo Grand Mosque Hillal Committee decided to complete the Month of Shahban with 30 days and start the Holy Month of Ramadan on Friday 19th.June 2015. "In Sha Allah"

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Abdurrrahman Razeen from Colombo reported: Sighting day for the month of Ramadan was on 17th evening of June 2015. The parameter's were Sunset: 6:27pm; Moonset: 7:12pm; Elongation: 11deg 57mnt; Altiutude: 9deg 13mnt; Illumination:1.09%; Distance 386000km.
      I went to my sighting place 20 minutes before Sunset and the groups organized around our country were also asked to be in there respective places 20 minutes before Sunset in order to track the exact sighting place and to justify whether sighting will be possible after Sunset. According to the v/curve map I guided them that if the crescent has to be sighted then the western horizon should be 100% clear without any obstruction and the sighter should have an experience in Moonsighting. The reason for these conditions was though the above parameters show that the crescent can be seen by everyone but in today's sky condition it need's to be more careful due to the moon's distance from the earth. But eventually the weather in all around our country was not favorable for sighting. Some places it was raining and some it was covered with thick clouds. So it was decided by the Colombo Grand Mosque Hilal Committee headed by Al-Alim Riyadh along with ACJU and MRCA that the month of Shaban will be completed 30 days and the 1st of Ramadan falls on Friday.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On Wednesday 17 June 2015 the weather in Unguja-Zanzibar was very cloudy between 1600-1950 (1300-1650 UTC) so we couldn't sight the crescent at this time, however we have received information that Hilla has been observed in sister Island of Unguja, Pemba in various places include Macho Manne, Wete and Michiweni to list the few spots. Mufti office verify that the month of Ramadhan will officially commence from Thursday, 18 of June 2015.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    1. Seen: MCW member Umar Abdullah from Trinidad and Tobago reported: On June 17, the moon to begin Ramadhaan 1436 AH has been seen. The crescent moon to commence the month of Ramadhaan 1436 AH. Reports from the committees locally and regionally confirm that the moon WAS SIGHTED. Ramadhaan Mubarak!

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Mohammad Ali Javed from Luton, Bedfordshire reported: The new moon was not sighted anywhere in the UK and Europe. But Markazi Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnah UK & Europe have decided 1st Ramadan 1436 will be on Thursday 18th June.

    2. Seen by others: MCW member Mr Mohammad Ramtoola from Preston reported: On June 17, I did not see the moon. Sunset was at 9.44pm and moonset at 10.02 pm. Just found out at the mosque that 2 people have seen the moon at 9.55 PM around Bolton. Local masjid is doing 1st Ramadan tomorrow.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed from Sanford FL reported: The Moon-sighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that the new crescent for the month of Mahe Ramadhan has been sighted in Orlando, Florida, as well as other cities on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Imam Salim Chishti from New Lebanon NY reported: Imam Salim watched for the crescent on the evening of June 17 but the sky was too cloudy and the crescent was not sighted. June 18 will be the first day of fasting in New Lebanon, NY following the decision by the Fiqh Council of North America. Ramadan Mubarak to all and may Allah accept your fast this Ramadan, insha'allah!

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Khalil Homafar from Houston TX reported: On June 17, due to heavy cloud on sky, Moon was not sighted, but based on the other moon sighting reports in our region the community will start the Ramdan on Thursday June 18th 2015.

    4. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Wednesday, June 17, 2015), the crescent moon was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). I arrived at my sighting location (Blacksburg Middle School) at 8:30 EDT (sunset: 8:44 pm EDT). The western horizon was mostly cloudy; I left the area in 10 min. In hopes of finding clearings, I ended up traveling about 20 miles in the northwesterly direction (near Pearisburg, VA). Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the partly cloudy western horizon with no success; I was there till moonset (8:36 pm). At 9:15 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 77.0 F, 73.0 F, 88%, and 30.13 in, respectively. The weather data is for the Dublin Airport about 18 miles to the south of Pearisburg. Khoda-hafez.

    5. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Hamid Quraishi Imam Islamic Center of Winona (ICW) Winona MN reported: It was very cloudy in Winona this evening therefore was unable to see the Ramadan moon, even after several tries. However, ICW, Inshallah, will start Ramadan on June 18th based on Fiqh Council of North America.

    6. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Faisal Ahmed from Bronx NY reported: Today, June 17 2015, the sunset was at 8.30pm at 302 degree Northwest, The Moonset was at 9.16pm at 294 degree Northwest. Angle of Elevation was 7 degree and 2.6% illumination.
      I reached at the place of moonsighting 10 min before sunset and waited for 30min after sunset. But due to cloud in the sky the crescent could not be visualized with Bare Eye in the Eastern sky.

    7. Seen: MCW member Mr Sayyed S Rahman from Phoenix AZ reported: Sayyed S Rahman from phoenix AZ 85032 usa. i saw the moon in ramadan 1436 hijri, on 06/17/2015, wednesday with naked eye me and my family. the sky near western horizon the sky was clear but part of cloud. Inshallah we start 1st ramadan on 18th June. Click on the photo to see full size.

    8. Seen: MCW member Mr Jim Lockyer from Wildomer CA reported:Location: Wildomar, CA 92595 reported: Date: June 17, 2015: Sky: Hazy but Clear: First Sighting with Binoculars: 2021 PST: First Sighting by Naked Eye: 2022 PDT
      Height of Sighting (above horizon): 2.0 degrees (elevation from the top of the mountain)
      Orientation of Horns: (Photos will show the degrees of Horn orientation)
      "The moon was not very “bright as you can see from the photos and video. If one had not been looking for it, it could have been easily missed."
      Click on the photo to see full size.

    9. Seen: MCW member Mr Mirza Shahid Basravi from Irvine CA reported: I went to the Turtle rock area in Irvine, Ca., about 400 feet above sea level, to sight the crescent. I arrived there about 10 minutes before Sunset. There were some very thick local clouds in on the western sky, making the chances to sight the new moon very slim. However, I was able to spot it at about 8:20 pm and take some picture, just before the new moon went down behind the clouds. Mr Abid Mirza, President of Jafaria Islamic Society saw it in Anaheim, Ca. and my brother Mr Habib Basravi was able to see it in Glendale, Ca.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Ayub Mahomed from Harare reported: Tonight, June 17, the Moon was sighted in Zimbabwe. 1ST Ramadan on Thursday 18 June.

  • 1st Day of Ramadan in Different Countries

    Wednesday, 17 June 2015:

    1. Hijri Committee of India, a small minority in India (The day after conjunction is the first day of the month)

    Thursday, 18 June 2015:

    1. Afghanistan (Follow Saudi)
    2. Albania (Follow Saudi)
    3. Algeria (Follow Saudi)
    4. Armenia (Follow Saudi)
    5. Australia (Local Sighting)
    6. Austria (Follow Saudi)
    7. Azerbaijan (Follow Saudi)
    8. Bahrian (Follow Saudi)
    9. Bangladesh (Some areas follow Saudi)
    10. Barbados (Local Sighting)
    11. Belgium (Follow Saudi)
    12. Bolivia (Follow Saudi)
    13. Bosnia and Hercegovina (Follow Turkey)
    14. Bulgaria (Follow Saudi)
    15. Canada (FCNA/ISNA - 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.
    16. Chechnia (Follow Saudi)
    17. Chile (Local Sighting)
    18. China (Following MeccaCalendar.org)
    19. Cosovo (Follow Turkey)
    20. Croatia (Follow Turkey)
    21. Denmark (Follow Saudi)
    22. Egypt (Moon Born before sunset & moon sets at least 5 minutes after sunset)
    23. Finland (Follow Saudi)
    24. France (ECFR: European Council for Fatwa & Research: Somewhere on the globe Altitude > 5°, elongation > 8°)
    25. Georgia (Follow Saudi)
    26. Ghana (Local Sighting)
    27. Guyana (Local Sighting)
    28. Hungary (Follow Saudi)
    29. Iceland (Follow Saudi)
    30. Indonesia (Local Sighting)
    31. Iraq (Follow Saudi)
    32. Ireland (ECFR - European Council for Fatwa and Research: Somewhere on the globe Altitude > 5°, elongation > 8°)
    33. Italy (ECFR - European Council for Fatwa and Research: Somewhere on the globe Altitude > 5°, elongation > 8°)
    34. Jordan (Follow Saudi)
    35. Kazakhstan (Follow Saudi)
    36. Kenya (Local Sighting)
    37. Kuwait (Follow Saudi)
    38. Kyrgizstan (Follow Saudi)
    39. Lebanon (Follow Saudi)
    40. Libya (Local Sighting or Complete 30 days)
    41. Luxembourg (ECFR - European Council for Fatwa and Research: Somewhere on the globe Altitude > 5°, elongation > 8°)
    42. Macedonia (Follow Turkey)
    43. Malaysia (30 days completion - Official Announcement)
    44. Mauritania (Follow Saudi)
    45. Montenegro (Follow Turkey)
    46. Morocco (Local Sighting)
    47. Netherlands (Follow Turkey)
    48. Norway (Decsion of Islamic Council of Norway http://www.irn.no according to agreed upon method, to follow annoncement from any Muslim country, and reject annoncement if they are before Calculations of easy sightabilty)
    49. Norway (Some follow Saudi)
    50. Nigeria (Announced)
    51. Palestine (Follow Saudi)
    52. Philippines (Follow Saudi)
    53. Poland (Calculation)
    54. Qatar (Follow Saudi)
    55. Romania (Follow Saudi)
    56. Russia (Follow Turkey)
    57. Saudi Arabia (Official Announcement)
    58. Senegal (Local Sighting)
    59. Serbia (Follow Turkey)
    60. Slovania (Follow Turkey)
    61. South Africa (Local Sighting)
    62. South Korea (Shi'a - KICEA registered NGO announced)
    63. Spain (The Union of Islamic Communities of Spain [ucide.org], announced)
    64. Sudan (Follow Saudi)
    65. Suriname (News from Guyana if not seen in Suriname)
    66. Sweden (Follow Saudi)
    67. Switzerland (Follow Saudi)
    68. Syria (Follow Saudi)
    69. Taiwan (Follow Saudi)
    70. Tajikistan (Follow Saudi)
    71. Tanzania (Local Sighting)
    72. Tatarstan (Follow Saudi)
    73. Tunisia (Criteria of age, or altitude, or sunset-moonset lag)
    74. Turkey (In Turkey Altitude > 5°, elongation > 8°)
    75. Turkmenistan (Follow Saudi)
    76. U.A.E. (Follow Saudi)
    77. UK - Announcement by most Masajid including Markazi Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnah UK & Europe
    78. UK (Follow Saudi) [Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London]
    79. USA (FCNA/ISNA - 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.
    80. USA (Some follow Local Sighting) [Shi'aa Community, Houston Hilal Committee, Chicago Hilal Committee]
    81. Uzbekistan (Follow Saudi)
    82. Zimbabwe (Local Sighting)
    83. Yemen (Follow Saudi)

    Friday, 19 June 2015:

    1. Australia (Panjtan Center from Caroline Springs, VICTORIA)
    2. India (Local Sighting)
    3. New Zealand (Local Sighting)
    4. Pakistan (Local Sighting)
    5. South Korea (Local Sighting)
    6. Sri Lanka (Local Sighting)

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