Moonsighting for Rajab 1432
1432 AH

The Astronomical New Moon is on June 1, 2011 (Wednesday) at 21:02 UT. On June 1 it can not be seen anywhere in the world. On Thursday, June 2, 2011, it can be easily seen in North America, Central America, and North-western regions of South America. On June 3, it will be visible all over the world (See visibility curves).

Sighting Reports

The earliest sighting of the new crescent was on June 2 in Florida USA.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011:

    No sighting is expected.

Thursday, 2 June 2011:

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported: Just to inform you that Rajab crescent has been sighted in Perth Australia. Moon was not sighted in Melbourne, Hence Saturday, June 4 will be 1st Rajab in Australia according to moonsighting.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) from Godhra, Gujrat reported: Moon for the month of Rajab was not seen today on 2nd June here in Godhra. I could get only negative reports from other parts of the country from my friends.

  • Lebanon:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Hadi Jaafar (MCW member) reported: I tried to sight the moon of Rajab this evening in here Beirut with no result. The sky was fairly clear, but as most of the times, the western horizon was a little bit hazy, with haze increasing as you look lower in the sky, which made me miss the clear skies of Fort Collins and Logan. I started sighting at around 7:50 local time, and I quit at 8:15. Sunset was at around 7:44 PM, at a geodetic azimuth of 297 degrees, while moonset was at around 8:25, at an azimuth of 298.5 from geographic north. Temp = 23 Celsius. RH = 75%.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Not Seen: Asif Hussain (MCW member) from Hyderabad reported: Not Seen: On Thursday 2nd June 2011, I with my fellows at two different places in Hyderabad, Pakistan, tried to see the moon from sunset 07:13 pm to moonset 06:49 pm but moon was not seen. Skies were haze and cloudy too. Moon also not been sighted at any place of country. Government officials declared through television media that moon has not been sighted therefore the 1st of rajab 1432 hijri will be on saturday 4th june 2011 inshaALLAH.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Not Seen: HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from Makkah, Saudi Arabia reported: Alhumdullilah, this moonsighting report is coming from just outside the Kigh Fadh gate of masjid-al-haram in Makkah. I am performing Umrah today and staying here into the weekend. Will try to report as I can. Tonight, standing in the plaza area between the Haram and the giant clock tower, scanning the sky as best as I can, I cannot see any new crescent moon. InshAllah, will keep you Br. Khalid and your ongoing project in my duas.

  • United Arab Emirates:

    1. Not Seen: Luqmaan Williams (MCW member) from Abul-Dhabi reported: It was cloudy in Abu Dhabi, UAE and was unable to spot the crescent, Thursday, June 2nd.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Thursday 2 June 2011 (29 Jumada Al-Ukhra 1432 AH) many people from throughout UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Rajab after sunset. None of the groups were able to sight the Hilal, even though most places had absolutely superb clear sky conditions (see attached photos). SMS received from Morocco stated negative sighting. Therefore, the Ulama have decided that the month of Jumada Al-Ukhra 1432 AH will complete 30 days and the month of Rajab 1432 AH will start from Saturday 4 June 2011, Insha-Allah.

    2. Not Seen: Aziz Raje (MCW member) from Ilford Essex reported: We had beautiful clear skies for a change in most of England on Thursday evening (2nd June) but sadly none of us were able to observe the Hilal of Rajab. We have received confirmation from Morocco of negative sighting and other countries east of UK. Wifaqul Ulama have therefore decided that we will complete 30 days of Jumad ul Ukhra and the 1st day of Rajab 1432 in the UK will be on Saturday 4th June 2011 Insha Allah.

  • USA:

    1. 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 in Orlando, FL and other locations also and thus the 1st Day of Rajab 1432 is established as FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd, 2011.

    2. Seen w/Binocular only: Dr. Hussain Dashti (MCW member) from Gainesville FL reported: Today, June 2nd 2011, I was able to sight the crescent from Gainesville, Florida. The sky was partially cloudy, thus, I was only able to see it with a 10X50 binocular before it disappeared behind the clouds. In addition, smoke filled the air, that might be due to farms burning in the area, which made sighting the crescent more difficult.

    3. Not Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Thursday, June 02, 2011), because of a mostly cloudy western horizon in Blacksburg, VA, the crescent of the month of Rajab was not sighted. My son and I arrived at the sighting location at 8:18 pm (sunset: 8:36 pm EDT) and looked for the crescent in the clear patches in the west/northwest horizon; I was using a pair of binoculars (7x50). We left at 9:14 pm (moonset: 9:35 pm EDT). At 8:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 69.8 F, 53.6 F, 56%, and 30.20 in, respectively.

    4. Not Seen: Imam Salim Chishti (MCW member) from New Lebanon NY reported: On Thursday, 2 June 2011 I attempted to see the crescent for the month of Rajab in New Lebanon, NY, USA. I observed from 8:15PM to 8:40PM and although the sky at my location was clear above me, there was quite a bit of haze on the western horizon and I was not able to see the moon.

    5. Not Seen: Mohammad Majibur Rahman (MCW member) from Houston TX reported: Date: 2 June 2011 Sunset Time: 08:17 PM Moonset: 09:17 PM Sky Condition: Cloudy No of persons present: 5 Result: The crescent moon was not sighted.

    6. Not Seen: Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) from Baton Rouge LA reported: Despite almost completely clear skies, an hour's difference between sun and moonset, and an approximately 30 hour old moon, a cloud bank obscured the area where the new moon should have been sighted - no sighting possible in the Baton Rouge area on June 2, 2011.

Friday, 3 June 2011:

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: The Hilaal of Rajab 1432 has been sighted in Sydney, Brisbane and other states on June 3. After obtaining the verification of the moon being sighted, the Hilaal Committee and Majlisul Ulamaa’ of Australia have therefore affirmed that the month of Rajab 1432 will start from Saturday 4th June 2011.

  • Bangladesh:

    1. Seen: ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) from Bandarban reported: The crescent was seen first just at sunset time from Bandarban of Bangladesh. The sky was clear. 4th June, Saturday, will be the 1st Rajab.

  • Fiji Islands:

    1. Seen: M Shamim Ali (MCW member) from Samabula Suva reported: The New Moon for the month of Rajab was sighted in various parts of Fiji Islands on Friday 3rd June 2011.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Johor Bahru reported: On Friday, 3rd June 2011 (29 Jumadal Akhir 1432 H), I with my friend (Mr. Mohd Hazwan bin Hassim, Mr. Zainal Abidin bin Hani, Mr. Muhammad Saif bin Sadali, Mr. Noor Mazli bin Ismail) saw the new moon (hilal) of Rajab 1432 H at 7:50 pm using naked eye. Our location is Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (01:38:0 N, 103:40:0 E).

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: Hilal was easily sighted this evening a few minutes before sunset in Port Louis. 1st Rajab will be Saturday 4th June.

  • Netherlands:

    1. Seen: M.D. Karamatali (MCW member) from Lelystad reported: On Friday June 3, 2011 moon is seen in lelystad Holland at 22:15 local time.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Seen: Luqmaan Williams (MCW member) from Ta'if reported: I saw the crescent with a fellow believer and colleague in Ta'if, Saudi Arabia on Friday, June 3rd.

    2. Seen: HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from Makkah, Saudi Arabia reported: On June 3, after praying maghrib on the second floor of the Masjid-al-Haram in Makkah, I walked to balcony viewing area to search the sky for the new moon. From the second floor no new moon was seen, I could indeed see much of the sky yet could not see 100 percent of the sky. The flood lighting may have played some visual interference. I made my way to the rooftop of the Haram and alhumdulillah, the moment I exited the stairs and looked to my left, there it was: a hairline thin silver new moon crescent. In short, this is a Positive New Moonsighting report from the rooftop of the Masjid-al-Haram in Makkah for Friday June 3 2011.

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: The Hilaal was sighted in many locations in S. Africa this evening, June 3, 2011. It was very clear.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported: Today 3rd. June 2011( 29th.of Jumada-al-Thani 1432) just after maghrib (sunset today was at 6:24 pm) I went up to my roof top to observe the new moon of Rajab 1432. Mashaallah, I sighted the crescent through the moving black clouds on western sky. Immediately I called and informed Mowlawi Riyal, the head of Hilal committee here in Sri Lanka. Inshaallah the first day of Rajab 1432, will start on Saturday, 4th June 2011.

  • UK:

    1. Seen: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Friday 3 June 2011 (30 Jumada Al-Ukhra 1432 AH) many people from throughout UK have been able to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Rajab after sunset. A large group of observers from York Astronomical Society (YAS) Observatory were easily able to sight the Hilal by naked eye soon after sunset at 21:35 hrs BST (see attached photo).
      The above group comprised of Maulana Imran Lunat, Vashiullah Bodiyat, Abubakr Mulla and Yusuf Mulla, all from Batley. From York, Maulana Yusuf Mota, Qamar Uddin, Yusuf Foster and about fifteen astronomers (following a fortnightly astronomy seminar).
      The UK Ulama (including Wifaq and Batley) have already decided yesterday to start the month of Rajab from Saturday 4 June 2011 by completing the month of Jumada Al-Ukhra 1432 AH as 30 days, Insha-Allah.

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