Moonsighting for Dhul-Qi'dah 1438
1438 AH
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Shawwal 1438: July 22, 2017 (Saturday):

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Al Urjoonal Qadeem like phase of waning moon seen at 05:43 IST today, Saturday 28th of Shawwal 1438 (22nd July 2017) from Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli (India) by Br. Mohamed Hussain. Lat: 08°42'51"N :& Long: 77°44'26"E; Time: 05:43 am IST. The illumination was about 2.8%; the Altitude was about 1, and horns were at 4-9 O'clock position. Click on the photo on the right to see full size.


Abdurrahman Razeen from Colombo reported: Today, July 22, 2017 which corresponds 27 Shawwal 1438AH is the sighting day for the waning crescent (Urjoonal-Qadeem). On this day, I sighted the crescent very straight down Venus from 2nd floor of his house at 5.05am until the Sunrise 6.02am. The orientation was 4-10 O'clock at the start of the sighting but it decreased to 4-8 O'clock when it got close to the Sunrise time.
Positive sighting reports of waning crescent also came from Pottuvil by Moulavi Abdul Hai (Rashady), Thihariya by Moulavi Mazeen Al-Makhdoomy (Hasani), from Kinniya by Moulavi faizal (Rahmany) and from Galle by Bro. Abdullah. It is very clearly evident that tomorrow on Sunday morning sighting the waning crescent is impossible as well as the countries who are expecting to sight the waxing crescent after Sunset for the month of Dhul-Qadah has to think twice how they can ask the public to sight for the crescent on a day where the conjunction occurs very close to the Sunset time.


MCW Member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowsiya Observatory, Surakarta Central Java reported: This is decreasing moon that was sighted in Indnesia at Fajr time on July 22, 2017. Click on the photo on left to see full size.


The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on July 23, 2017 (Sunday) at 9:45 UT. On July 23, the moon can be seen with difficulty in Polynesian Islands only. On July 24, 2017 (Monday) the moon can be easily seen in almost the whole world except New Zealand (See visibility curves).


The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on June 24 from Parklea NSW, Australia.



July 23, 2017 (Sunday):

  • Canada:

    1. Not Seen: The Crescent Committee of Canada reported: The Crescent Committee of Canada received no reliable reports of the new crescent moon sighting for the month of Dhu al Qa’adah 1438 on the evening of Sunday July 23rd 2017 (29th Shawwal). Astronomical data also confirms sighting was difficult tonight. Therefore the month of Shawwal completes 30 days and the 1st of Dhu al Qa’adah is on Tuesday 25th of July, 2017.

  • Ghana:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Baba Abdulai from Tamale reported: Sighting location Sagnerigu; Tamale. On Sunday 23rd July 2017 between 18:04 and 18:37 the crescent was NOT sighted. Sky was generally clear but around the western horizon there was enough clouds to cover the sun completely even before sunset. With a moon age of only about nine hours after conjunction and a lag time of about 13 minutes I did not expect to see the crescent. And Allah SWT Knows best.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Umar Abdullah from Bon Accord, Tobago reported: The crescent moon to commence the month of Dhul Qa'dah 1438 AH was looked for after the sunset of Sunday 23th July 2017. 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 Shawwaal 1438 AH will complete 30 days and the first day of Dhul Qa'dah 1438 AH is the day of Tuesday 25th July 2017.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed from Sanford FL reported: The Moon-sighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that there were no reports of sighting the new crescent on July 23, 2017. Therefore, upon completion of 30 days, the 1st Day of Dhul-qa’dah, 1438 AH is established as TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017.


July 24, 2017 (Monday):

  • Afghanistan:

    1. Seen: MCW member Engr M Ibrahim Mayar from Kabul reported: I would like to mention that on July 24, Monday at 7:20 I could see the Hilal of Zulqaidah by naked eye. The orientation of horns was (from 1 O'clock to 7 O'clock).

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Abbas Aly from Annangrove NSW reported: On July 24 (Monday), the Zilqaad moon was sighted at 5.40 pm from Near Parklea NSW, in west of Sydney. It was very faint at about 4.5 degrees. We begin 1st day of Zilqaad on Tuesday 25th July.

    2. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Monday, the 24h of July. The Hilaal of DHUL QA'DAH 1438 has been sighted in Sydney and Brisbane a. A group of people have sighted the moon in the above mentioned locations. The sky was very clear and we were able to see the moon 25 minutes after the sunset. Therefore, moonsighting committee of Australia declared that the month of DHUL QA'ADAH will commence from Tuesday 25th of July, 2017.

    3. Seen: MCW member Imam Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Juma Melbourne reported: On July 24, Alhumdulillah moon has been sighted in Brisbane and Sydney therefore Inshallah Tuesday 25 July will be the 1st of Zilqad 1438 HIJRI.

    4. Seen: MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Monday 24th of July 2017, and we have sighted the moon in Sydney Australia. The weather was very clear and we sighted the crescent at 5:34 pm till 5.58 pm. So tomorrow Tuesday 25th of July is the 1st of zul qa'ada 1438 H.

  • Chile:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Muhammad Sohail from Iquique reported: On Monday, July 24, I saw the new moon of Zul-Qi'dah at 18:45 local time. The sky was clear.

  • Egypt:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: On Monday, July 24th, I observed the Crescent of Dhi'l- Qa'da 1438, by the grace of Allah. I reached my observation point, the Shooting club, in a city, 0.252° in Longitude west of Giza (location 29.9997°N, 30.948°E, 158m elevation) at 17:35. Not surprisingly, sunset was at 18:55, one minute after sunset in Giza.
      I started my stopwatch @18:50 UTC (Atomic time). The Hilal appeared at 19:16:46, ie 26'48" later, albeit, as expected, barely. After all, it was just ~0.51 mag/arcsec^2 brighter than the point source visibility threshold. This also accounts for the Lunar length shortening, according to B. Schaefer. Fortunately, It was much clearer looking through my binoculars.
      In preparation, I had determined the lunar azimuth to be 283.3° at approximately 19:19. I plotted that using Google Compass, a useful tool. When I arrived at the observation point, it was 17:35, and the Sun was at azimuth 284°. The Hilal extended from 3 O'Clock to 6 O'Clock. It was barely visible. It disappeared while I was writing this email (before 19:30).

  • India:

    1. Not Seen (Rain & Cloudy): MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: Today Monday 24-July-2017 = 29-Shawwal-1438 Hijri. I tried to see the moon at my home from 07:15 pm to 07:45 pm, but the moon was not sighted because raining in delhi and horizon was too cloudy.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory in Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Kaba reported: The new crescent of Dzul-qi'dah 1438 SH has been sighted on Monday, 24th July 2017 from Rowasiya Observatory in Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Kaba Indonesia. The sky was very clear and I was able to see the moon 10 minutes after the sunset. The month of Dzul-qi'dah in Indonesia will commence from Tuesday 25th of July, 2017. Click on the photo on the right to see full size.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: The New Moon of Zil Qadh has been sighted tonight, Monday 24 July 2017 in Mapou (near Anjalay Stadium) Mauritius. Hence Tuesday 25 July 2017 will be the 1st Day of Zil Qa'dah. The Sky was mostly cloudy over the island expect in Mapou, Piton region had some openings. Sunset was at 17.50 and Moonset at 19.00hrs

  • Namibia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Ahmed Mohamed Barakah from Khomasdal, Windhoek reported: On July 24 (Monday), the moon was seen in Windhoek. Click on the photo on the right to see full size

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town reported: The Dhul Qada Hilaal was sighted per naked-eye this Monday evening (24/7/17) from Cape Town.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Monday 24th July 2017, the Hilaal WAS sighted in South Africa, at many locations. Therefore Zul Qa'dah 1438 will commence on Tuesday, 25th July 2017 in South Africa.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Not Seen in Nilaveli, but seen in other parts of the country: MCW member Mr Abdurrrahman Razeen from Nilaveli reported: Today 24-07-2017CE=29-10-1438AH is the sighting day for the month of Dhul-Qadah 1438AH in Srilanka. I was at Nilaveli a place situated in N. Eastern Province in Trincomalee District. I reached the place 8th mile post Nilaveli early morning on Monday and i was associated by Moulavi Muaad (Haleemi) and Moulavi Hisham (Meezani). We traveled later on that day and selected 2 sighting places. One at Kuchchaveli a point called Karadi Malai and the second point is Karachche at 8th Mile post, Nilaveli. I was at the point Karachche and the sky was totally cloudy in Karachche.
      The prediction of the astronomers=Easily Visible to the Naked eye. To avoid erroneous, Hilaal sighting groups was arranged right round the country. The crescent was not sighted at Nilaveli but positive sighting reports reached ColomboColombo Grand Mosque from Pottuvil By Moulavi Abdul Hai, and Moulavi Uwais and from Attalchenai by Moulavi Moulavi Masood and Moulavi Abdul Wadood and from Kattankudy and from Puttalam by Moulavi Sakeenath khan
      The Hilaal Committee conference at CGM which comprises CGM Trustees, CGM Hilaal Committee, ACJU Hilaal Committee, representatives of MRCA and Hanafi Jumuah Masjid decided under the leadership of the CGMH Committee president Moulana Abdul Hameed (Bahji) along with ACJU and MRCA to complete the proceeding month as 29 days and start the month of Dhu-Qadahl on 25-7-2017CE.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Zanzibar-Town, Saateni reported: On Monday, 24 July 2017, I sighted the moon from Zanzibar-Town, Saateni, at 18:45 EAT (15:45 GMT). I sighted the moon easily with the naked eye, although, the sky was partially hazy. Hilal sighting is also confirmed by Mufty Office. Insha'Allah 1st day of Dhul Qa'dah 1438 AH will be on Tuesday 25 July 2017.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Ishmael Khan from Princes Town, Trinidad reported: On July 24, Monday our weather condition was quite cloudy. However, the new moon for Dhul Qa'Dah 1438 was sighted at Maghrib time on Monday, 24 July 2017 by other brothers. This is accepted along with other Muslim Organizations. Therefore, fist day of Dhul Qa'dah is Tuesday 25 July 2017.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen in UK, but seen in Morocco: Wifaqul Ulama Administrator from UK reported: On July 24, Monday, tthe moon was not sighted anywhere in Britain. However, moon was sighted in Morocco, our closest Muslim country. Wifaqul Ulama have therefore decided that after 29 days of Shawwal, Dhul-Qa’dah 1438 will begin from Tuesday, the 25th of July 2017.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America reported: The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces that Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 will be the first day of the month of Dhu al-Qa'dah, 1438 A.H. for the entire region of North America. This determination is based on the fact that there were reported sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Monday, July 24th, 2017, from different regions in the United States.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Shahnoor Syed, On Behalf of Mahdavia Ruiyat e Hilal of Chicago IL reported: Alhamdulillah, Hilal of ZulQadah was sighted by our volunteers with naked eyes at multiple locations across mainland USA on July 24, Monday (29th of Shawwal). As such 1st of ZulQa'hah will be on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Ayub Mahomed from Harare reported: On July 24, Monday, the moon was sighted in Zimbabw. 1st zhul-qa'dah will be Tuesday 25/07/2017 inshallah.

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