Moonsighting for Dhul-Qi'dah 1437
1437 AH
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The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on August 2, 2016 (Tuesday) at 20:44 UT. On August 2, there is no possibility of moonsighting anywhere. On August 3, the moon can be seen with difficulty in Africa, but will not be visible in Europe; it can be easily seen in South America; and with binoculars/telescope it can be seen in USA. On August 4, the moon can be easily seen in almost the whole world (See visibility curves).


The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on August 3, 2016 from Bogota, Colombia, South America (Seen w/Optical aid).


Al urjoonul qadeem of Shawwal 1437: August 1, 2016 (Monday):

On right is the old Crescent Moon (End of Shawwal 1437 AH). This photo was taken by Br. Mohamed Hussain of Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli, India on Monday, 28th of Shawwal 1437 (1st August 2016) from location - Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli; India (Lat: 08°42'51"N :& Long: 77°44'26"E ). Time: 05:34 am IST. The illumination was about 4%; the Altitude was 13° & horns were at 4 & 9 O'clock positions.

B>August 2, 2016 (Tuesday):

    Moon cannot be seen anywhere even with telescope.

  • Nigeria:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Wasiu Adedamola from Agege, Lagos reported: The crescent of the month of Dhul Qadda 1437AH could not be sighted in Ikeja Lagos Nigeria on the 2nd August 2016. The weather was cloudy though but no traces of the crescent.

August 3, 2016 (Wednesday):

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Engr Manzoor A Mian from Melbourne, VIC reported: On 3rd August 2016, Melbourne was cloudy, unable to do sight. Crescent was also not sighted anywhere is Australia, Therefore, the month of Dhul Qa'dah will commence from Friday, the 5th of August 2016.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Imam Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Juma Melbourne reported: The crescent was NOT sighted anywhere in Australia on 3rd August evening, therefore the 1st day of Dhul Qadah 1437 is Friday, the 5th of August, 2016.

  • Canada:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr HiMY SYeD from Vancouver, BC reported: On August 3, 2016, Sunset Time in Vancouver was 8:50 p.m. After praying Maghrib inside Granville Street Musalah in downtown Vancouver, I walked down to the Granville Street Bridge to get an unobstructed view of the sky. The evening sky was clear, but there was some haze hugging the horizon. I searched for about 10 minutes, the time it took to walk to the middle of the bridge and back again. I did not see the moon.

  • Colombia:

    1. Seen w/Optical Aid : Mr Victor Nasr Suarez from Bogota reported: Dhu al-Qa'dah. Crescent moon seen today, August 3, with optical aid at 6:37 p.m. from Bogota, Colombia. Right Ascension 9 hrs 45 mins 56secs. Declination 11 degrees 25mins 52 secs. See details Click here

    2. Not Seen (Cloudy): MCW member Ibrahim Herrera from Bogota reported: On 3rd August I tried hilal observation, however the horizon was very cloudy so it is a negative report.

  • Ghana:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Baba Abdulai from Tamale reported: Date of observation, Wednesday August 3, 2016. Time of observation: between 18:33 and 18:57 local time. The crescent was NOT seen in this area of my sighting effort. The sky was very cloudy along the western horizon and in many other parts of the sky. I actually had not too high hopes of seeing the crescent. I also contacted a friend of mine in Galwei village who confirmed that they too did not see the crescent, in-spite of the clear skies. Sighting location: Tampei-Kukuo Yepalsi (near Bi-water reservoir), Tamale.

  • Kenya:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Muhammad Nahdy from Mombasa reported: Tried to sight dhul Qaada Moon on Wednesday 3rd Aug but horizon was hazy. Could not see it even with binoculars.

  • Morocco:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Zakaria Guelzim from Rabat reported: In a statement, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs of Morocco said that the observation of the crescent of the month of Dh'ou-Al-Qi'da 1437 AH, was not confirmed in the evening of Wednesday 29 Shawal 1437 corresponding to 03 August 2016. Therefore, 1 Dhou Al-Qi'da 1437 AH corresponds to Friday, August 5, 2016.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Abdurrrahman Razeen from Colombo reported: Today, August 3, 2016AD = 29th Shawwal 1437AH is the sighting day for the month of Dhul-Qaedah. I was in Addalachenai to arrange a sighting group.This area is situated in eastern province of Srilanka. The co-ordinates of the Grand mosque of Addalachenai is lat=7deg 14' 56.5" N Long=81deg 51' 18.7"E. I arranged a sighting group at a place called "Mullaitivu Ashraff Nagar" which is very close to the grand mosque. I was with an Alim, Moulavi Masood (Rashady). We were their 20 minutes before the Sunset. The horizon was cloudy. The parameters are (at Addalaichenai) Sun set:6.23pm. Moon set:6:48pm. Lag=25minutes. The prediction of the astronomers were:
      According to Engr. Khalid Shaukat and Eng. Shawkat Odeh = It is visible to optical aid only.
      According to Eng. Bernard Yallop and SAAO=It is not possible even with telescope. The crescent was not sighted in any parts of Srilanka. Hence it was decided to complete the proceeding month as 30 days and to start the month of Dhul-Qaedah on Aug 5, 2016 by the president C.G.M.H.C. M.Riyadh (Baari) along with A.C.J.U.and M.R.C.A.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: The crescent moon of Dhul Qadah was not sighted in tiny island of Zanzibar on 3rd of August 2016, Skies were cloudy and therefore 5th August will be the first day of Dhul Qadah 1437 AH.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Umar Abdullah from Bon Accord, Tobago reported: In Trinidad and Tobago, the crescent moon to commence the month of Dhul Qadah 1437 AH was looked for after the sunset of Wednesday 3th July 2016. Reports from all committees locally and regional confirm that the moon was NOT SIGHTED. We have accepted these reports and has declared that the month of Shawal 1437 AH will complete 30 days and the 1st night of Dhul Qadah 1437 AH will be the night of Thursday 4th July 2016 and the first day of Dhul Qadah 1437 AH will be the day of Friday 5th June 2016.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Wednesday, Aug 03, 2016), the crescent moon was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). It was cloudy and rainy in our region. I checked the western horizon at 8:33 pm EDT (sunset: 8:26 pm). At 8:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 68.9 F, 68.4 F, 98%, and 30.17 in, respectively.

    2. Seen w/Binoculars only: MCW member Mr Mohammed Yahya Shaikh from Anaheim CA reported: The Moon for Dhul-Qidah 1437 was seen today August 3rd at 7:58 PST in Anaheim

    3. Seen w/Binoculars only: MCW member Mr Mirza Shahid Basravi from Anaheim Hills, CA reported: On August 03, 2016, along with two other friends, I arrived at one of the highest locations in Orange County, in Anaheim Hills, Ca. about 7 minutes before sunset. There were no clouds but the haze was thicker and higher than normal. Definitely much thicker than the day we sighted the Ramadan crescent (June 6, 2016). We visually marked the spot in the horizon where the Sun set and then started scanning the area where the Moon was supposed to be according to MoonCalc data. We were using two binoculars; one 7 x 35 and the other 10 x 50. Finally, between 20:10 and 20:15, I was able to spot the new crescent at least 3 times with my 10 x 50 binoculars, but could not spot it with the 7 x 35. The slightest deviation of the binoculars from perfect focus would make the Moon not visible. Both my friends, who were with me, were NOT able to sight the new moon with either of the binoculars.

August 4, 2016 (Thursday):

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today 4th of August 2016 we sighted the crescent for more than 20 min The moon was quite high and the weather was partly cloudy but the sighting was so easy and clear.

  • Canada:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr HiMY SYeD from Vancouver, BC reported: On Thursday Evening, August 4 2016, Sunset in Vancouver was at 8:49 p.m. After praying Maghrib, and for the second night in a row, I searched for the new moon by walking along the Granville Street Bridge in Downtown Vancouver so as to get an unobstructed view of the horizon. It did not take long to spot a very thin new crescent moon. Alhumdulillah, the crescent was easily seen tonight. See photo I took from the bridge.

  • Egypt:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: I am pleased to bring to your attention that a colleague of mine and myself have together seen the new crescent of Dh'ilQa'da, after the sunset of Thursday, 4th of August, 2016. Apparent sunset was at 18:46, and the crescent was seen, by my colleague within ~20 minutes of sunset. I saw it on my return from Maghrib, around 19:09. Mercury first appeared at 19:17. We also noted that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn were all clearly visible. Temperature was ~33'C, Humidity: 48%, Pressure: 1007.00 mb, Visibility: 16 km

  • India:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: I, Yusuf Idara from New Delhi, India Reporting the moon of Dhu al-Qa‘dah 1437 hijri. Today Thursday 04-August-2016 = 29-Shawwal-1437 Hijri. I & my friends tried to see the moon at my home from 07:15 pm to 07:30 pm alhamdulillah moon was easily sighted. Horizon was clear.

    2. Not Seen But seen in other parts of the country: MCW member Dr Sayyed Mohd Arshi from Dehradun reported: In Dehradun, on August 4, 2016 was 29 Shawwal 1437 hijri (Thursday) I & my family tried to see the moon of Zul-Qadah at my home from 07:25 pm to 07:45 pm but moon was not sighted because Horizon was too cloudy. On the Basis of Delhi Observation, August 5, 2016 (Friday) is the First day of Zul-Qadah 1437 hijri in the country.

  • Kenya:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Mahmood Essa from Mombasa reported: I am happy to report that , alhamdulillah the new crescent moon was easily visible today. Thus tomorrow, Friday will be the first day of Dhul Qi'dah 1437.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Not Seen: But seen in other parts of the country: MCW member Dr Ismail Dehwar from Balochistan reported: On August 4, it is quite late 10:20 pm here in village Pringabad Balochistan Pakistan. Sky is fully covered with black clouds, hence the "DHUL QAIDA" moon not sighted locally but from other parts of country according to latest reports moon has been sighted in various cities of Pakistan.

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