Moonsighting for Jumada-al-Thani 1429

1429 AH

The Astronomical New Moon is on June 3, 2008 (Tuesday) at 19:22 Universal Time or GMT (i.e., 3:22 pm EDT, and 12:55 pm PDT). It cannot be seen anywhere in the world on June 3. It will be easily visible on June 4, all over the world except New Zealand and Australia, Insha-Allah. On June 5, it will be visible in New Zealand and Australia. The crescent moon was actually seen on Wednesday, June 4 in Senegal (Affrica), England, Morocco, and several places in USA. It was seen in Australia and Pakistan on June 5, Thursday. Sightings matched the calculations.

Sighting Reports
June 3, 2008 (Tuesday):

Jim Stamm (MCW member) from Tucson Arizona reported: Not Seen Even by Telescope
June 3, 2008 was a rare chance to attempt the observation of both an “Old Moon” and a “New Moon” with elongations of about 5.5 degrees, with relative altitude about the same. Although the atmosphere was not perfect (haze and moderate humidity), I was offered a chance to test for two lower limits of visual observation from Mt. Lemmon. I would estimate a 95% chance of correct field of view, and a 90% chance of correct focus for both observations. The visual impression through the eyepiece above the obvious layer of haze (2-3 degrees) was that I (thought) should have seen the crescent, but I didn’t.

Comment by No sighting reports were expected. Observation by Jim Stamm with telescope confirmed the visibility curves shown above.

Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) from Hapuna Beach, Hawaii reported: Not Seen
Although all indications were that the crescent would not be visible on the evening of June 3rd - I still attempted sighting. I was positioned on the west coast of the big island of Hawaii - at Hapuna Beach: N 19.99389, W -155.82806, with no obstructions - and did not see the moon. Sunset time was 7:00pm and moonset time was 7:29pm - and I attempted to look for the moon between 7:00pm and 7:20pm. Insha'Allah I will try to look for the new moon on June 4th and send my sighting report.

June 4, 2008 (Wednesday):

ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) from Dhaka Bangladesh reported: Not Seen
The moon was not seen in Bangladesh on Wednesday, 4th June. The sky was cloudy throughout the country

Capt. Tahir Gul Hasan (MCW member) from Lahore Pakistan reported: Not Seen
The crescent moon was NOT sighted at Lahore on the evening of 4 June 2008.

Method: visual and binoculars
Weather: Haze
Pressure: 1001 hPa
Temperature: 35 Celsius
Observation Time: sunset (20:06:34 LT) until 20:40 LT
Moon Azimuth: 299 degrees
Moon Altitude: 4.5 degrees

Maulana Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi Pakistan reported: Not Seen
On 4 June 2008, I requested many members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" and many of my friends all over Pakistan to sight the moon but the moon could not be sighted. The names of the reporters are as follows:

1. Muhammad Sultan Alam + 20 ulama and students (Nazimabad 4, Karachi. 8 degrees pollution + partially cloudy)
2. Maulana Shahbaz + 50 ulama and students (Ahsanabad, Karachi, 5 degrees pollution + partially cloudy)
3. Maulana Khushtar (Masroor Base, Karachi, Sindh. sky was partially cloudy)
4. Maulana Ihsan Tabassum + Maulana Mubashshir + 25 ulama and students (Abbotabad, N.W.F.P. Partially cloudy)
5. Maulana Noor Wahid Shah + 3 persons (Battal, N.W.F.P. sky was clear)
6. Maulana Rustam + 9 persons (Hango, N.W.F.P. SKY was clear)
7. Maulana Ahsan Zafar + 40 ulama (Korangi, Karachi, partially cloudy & polluted)
8. Maulana Ilyas Adil + 6 persons ( Mareepur, Karachi- partially cloudy & polluted)
9. Major(R) Nasir + one person ( Clifton, Karachi, Partially cloudy & polluted)
10. Maulana Abdul-Qahhar + one person (Pishin, Baluchistan. sky was clear)
11. Maulana Shafee-ullah + 30 ulama & students (Kohat, N.W.F.P. sky was clear)
12. Maulana Abdul-Hakeem + 2 Ulama (Texela, Punjab. 10 degrees clouds)
13. Maulana Husain (Charsaddah, N.W.F.P. very cloudy)

Note: Chairman of central official moon sighting committee of Pakistan "Mufti Munee-bur-Rahman" told me on my personal mobile phone that because he did not receive any positive report of moon sighting from all over the Pakistan, therefore he has officially announced that Thursday June 05, 2008 is the 30th Jumadal-oola and 1st Jumadath-thaniah 1429 will fall on Friday June 06, 2008 in Pakistan.

Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: Seen
In Kuwait on Wednesday 4 Jun 2008, the events of sighting went as follows: Sun disc disappeared behind haze at 18:37, sunset at 18:45, crescent first seen with 10*50 binocular by my friend Dr Hussain Dashty at 19:02, first seen with 20*60 binocular by me at 19:05, glimpsed the crescent for few seconds at 19:16, last seen with binocular at 19:23. Actually we were 5 persons and only 2 of us confirmed seeing the crescent for sure. For me I think what I saw was the memory image of the crescent in my mind after seeing it with the binocular. The western Horizon was hazy up to 5~6 degrees.

Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis Mauritius reported: Not Seen
Hilal was NOT sighted evening Wednesday 4 June in Mauritius,despite clear sky.

Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban S. Africa reported: Not Seen
The Hilaal was not sighted this evening (June 4) in SA. Another very low moon.

Imam Majolagbe Monsuru (MCW member) from Lagos Nigeria reported: Not Seen
I strived to sight the crescent yesternight 04-06-2008 from 6:55 pm till 7:58pm, but my efforts proved abortive because the atmosphere was very cloudy.

Ibrahima Thierno LO (MCW member) from Dakar Senegal reported: Seen
In Senegal, Oustaz Mouhamed Diop and Mbalo KHOUMA (two members of our Network observers of the crescent moon) have seen the crescent moon in Dakar, precisely in Thiaroye Azur, by naked eyes, Wednesday, June 4, 2008 (29 jumada al awwal). The crescent was very thin and the sky was partly Cloudy. The sun's rays were barely visible few minutes before sunset. It looked like the full moon. However, the National Commission of the crescent moon was informed after making his statement. It announced that the crescent moon has not been sighted anywhere in Senegal. We have contacted the president of national the commission only around 22:00 because his phone was closed.

Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti (MCW member) from Oxford UK reported: Seen
Positive sighting in London. A group of us, including a filming crew, sighted the Jumada al-Akhira crescent at Croydon Mosque at the end of the 29th day of Jumada al-Ula (Wednesday, 4 June 2008). The western horizon is partly cloudy and the new crescent was difficult to sight. However, a number of people sighted it around 22.00 (position: approximately 300 degrees West; altitude around 10 degrees). The orientation of the crescent was 150 degrees. This local UK sighting is further supported by reports of positive sightings in Fez, Morocco, which confirms that the first day of Jumada al-Akhira in the UK is tomorrow, Thursday, the 5th of June (beginning from today's Maghrib). Allahu akbar, hilAlu khayrin wa-rushdin!

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg Virginia reported: Seen
This evening (Wednesday, June 04, 2008), we sighted the moon at 9:08 in Blacksburg Virginia (local sunset 8:38). It was rather large with its horns on 3:00 and 7:00 O'Clock. We had to wait for the clouds and the moon movement to make the sighting possible.

Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) from Florida reported: Seen
Moon was sighted in Orlando Area as well. Thus, the FIRST DAY of Mahe Jumada-al-Aakhir 1429 AH is established as THURSDAY, JUNE 05, 2008.

Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) from Baton Rouge Louisiana reported: Seen
The new moon silver was sighted at 8:15 p.m. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Wednesday, June 4. Sighted by one adult witness, it was well up above the horizon, very small.

Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) from Hapuna Beach, Hawaii reported: Seen
Local sunset time was 7:00pm and moonset time was 8:35pm at Outrigger Waikoloa Beach in Waikoloa, Hawaii. Just after sunset, the crescent was not visible, and clouds appeared on the horizon. A group of four of us prayed Salat-ul-Maghrib, overlooking the coast, and shortly after the prayer was finished (7:30:41pm, GMT-10), the new crescent appeared in the sky just above the clouds, with elbows at 3:00 and 8:00. No optical aids were used.

June 5, 2008 (Thursday):

Dr. Shabbir Ahmed(MCW member)Imam of RootyHill Mosque Sydney Australia reported: Seen
Al Hamdu Lillah the Hilaal of Jamaadiyul Ukhraa 1429 has been sighted in Adelaide and other states on Thursady, June 05, 2008 . Therefore the moon-sighting committee of Australia and Majlis ul Ulamaa of Australia have declared that the month of Jamaadiyul Ukhraa 1429will start from Friday, 06th June, 2008.

Syed Muhammad Jafar Kharazmi (MCW member) Imam Hasan Centre Sydney reported: Seen
Alhamdulillah, today 5TH June at 5:30-6:10 pm we saw the first moon of the Jamadiul Sani. Although it was cloudy throughout the day and raining in the morning and afternoon, but incredibly at 5:30 pm the clouds gathered away giving a beautiful scene of the first moon. Me, Syed Muhammad along with my son Hussain and daughter Fatima Zahra, watched the new moon and prayed for the Muslim Ummah and the humanity.

Engr Manzoor A Mian from Melbourne Australia reported: Not Seen
We were unable to sight moon in Melbourne on 5th June 2008 Thursday evening as weather was overcast, dark cloudy. I have got report that it was sighted in Adelaid. Hence 1st day of Jamadi-ul-Thani commneces 6th June 2008 Friday.

Capt. Tahir Gul Hasan (MCW member) from Lahore Pakistan reported: Seen
The Jamadi al-Sani 1429 crescent moon WAS sighted at Lahore on the evening of 5 June 2008.

Method: visual AND binoculars
Weather: Cloudy (after recent rain)
Pressure: 997 hPa
Temperature: 32 Celsius
Observation Time: sunset (20:07 LT) until 20:25 LT
Moon Azimuth: 289 degrees
Moon Altitude: 19 degrees

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