Moonsighting for Safar 1432
1432 AH
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The Astronomical New Moon is on January 4, 2011 (Tuesday) at 9:03 UT. On Jan 4 it is not expected to be seen anywhere in the world by naked eye. On Wednesday, Jaunary 5, 2011, it can be easily seen from Malaysia to Americas, including many parts of Europe (See visibility curves).

Sighting Reports

The earliest sighting of the new crescent reported to us was on Wednesday, 5 January 2011 in India.


Tuesday, 4 January

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town reported: The Safar Hilaal was not seen in Cape Town this Tuesday evening [04/01/2011 and the end of the 29th Muharrum 1432 AH]. The official first day of Safar will correspond with Thursday, 06 January 2011.

    2. Not Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: The Hilaal was not sighted this evening in S. Africa.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: Aziz Raje (MCW member) from Ilford Essex reported: We were not able to sight the Hilal in the UK due to heavy clouds in most places. Most of our colleagues up and down the country also reported negative sighting. We have not received news of any positive sighting from anywhere to the east of UK or Morocco. Wifaq ul Ulama have therefore decided that we will complete 30 days of Muharram and the Month of Safar 1432 will commence form Thursday 6th January 2011 Insha Allah.

    2. Not Seen: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Tuesday 4 January 2011 (29 Muharram 1432 AH) many people from throughout UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Safar after sunset. None of the groups were able to sight the Hilal as most places were cloudy. We have not received any reliable sighting news from countries in the east of UK/Morocco either. But we received negative sighting report from Jamiat-e-Ulama, South Africa.
      Therefore, the Ulama (including Wifaq/Batley) have decided that the month of Muharram 1432 AH will complete 30 days and the month of Safar 1432 AH will start from Thursday 6 January 2011 (i.e. sunset of the previous day), Insha-Allah.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: Omer Subhani (MCW member) from Fort Lauderdale FL reported: The moon was not visible on Jan. 4 from Davie, FL even with binoculars.

    2. Not Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Tuesday, January 04, 2011), the crescent moon of Safar was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37°11', Lng: -80°25', and elevation: 610 meter). I arrived at my sighting location prior to sunset (sunset: 5:17 pm EST) and using a pair of binoculars (7X50), started looking for the crescent in the expected area in a cloudless western horizon. I stayed there till 5:45 pm (moonset: 5:48 pm EST). At 5:20 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, pressure and wind speed were 39.2 F, 21.1 F, 49%, 29.92 in, and 8.1 mph, respectively. Earlier today, using the pair of binoculars, I attempted a daytime sighting around 1:00 pm for 30-45 min with no success. The sky was mostly cloudy with passing clearing patches. At 1:20 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, pressure, and wind speed were 39.2 F, 19.4 F, 45%, 29.95 in, and 9.2 mph (wind gust: 18.4 mph), respectively.

    3. Not Seen: Mohammed Yahya Shaikh (MCW member) from Anaheim CA reported: The moon for Safar was not visible today (Tuesday 4th Jan, 2011) in Anaheim, CA. The conditions were reasonably favorable to sight the hilal and i attempted without the use of any optical aid.

Wednesday, 5 January

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: The Hilaal of SAFAR 1432 has not been sighted anywhere in Australia. After receiving the confirmation of the moon not being seen in any state, the Hilaal Committee and Majlisul Ulamaa’ of Australia have hence declared that the month of SAFAR 1432 will commence from Friday 7th January 2011.

  • Canada:

    1. Seen: HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from Toronto Ontario reported: After praying maghrib at home, I headed out to see if it was possible to spot the new moon. Since it was the second possible day to be sighted, once I began searching the sky in ernest it took me less than a minute to easily sight the new moon.

  • Hungary:

    1. Seen: Dr. Mustafa Al-Majari (MCW member) from Baja reported: The hilal of Safar 1432 was seen Wednesday, 05 Jan., 2011 in Baja, Hungary by me and my wife. It was very thin.

  • India:

    1. Seen: Shahid Ali Farooqui (MCW member) from Amravati, India I at Amravati, Maharashtra, India saw the moon of Safar 1432H at exactly 18:06 Hrs(IST); one end of moon was at 3 and the other at 9 digit of watch. The moon was very thin.

  • Kuwait:

    1. Not Seen (Clouds): Abdulaziz Al-Sumait (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: On Wednesday evening Jan 5th 2011, unfortunately, we did not sight Safar Hilal due to clouds coverage all over Kuwait.

    2. Seen: Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: In Kuwait at Kabad on Wed 5 Jan 2011 desert I could see the crescent only with 8" tlescope because it was cloudy on the western horizon. The first sighting was at 17:29for almost 2 minutes so my 4 friends coould also see it and the second time for less than a minute so my fifth friend could also see it .

  • Madagascer:

    1. Seen in Morondva: Shoayb Unia (MCW member) from Majunga reported: The Hilal of Safar was not sighted in Majunga on Wednesday due to cloudy sky in the horizon but in a place called Morondava the Hilal was sighted by reliable sources and with their Shahadah Safar was announced in Madagascar to start on 6th January.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Not Seen: Muhammad Ibrahim Jamil (MCW Memeber) from Bangi, Selangor reported: On Tuesday, Jan 5, 2011, I (Muhammad Ibrahim Jamil) and my friend, Mr. Jamaluddin Abu Bakar could not see the moon in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia (02° 30' 00” N, 101° 49' 00” E). We tried to look from (sunset) 7:17pm to (moonset) 8:08pm, but could not see the moon. Skies were clear but its rainy.

    2. Not Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Johor Bahru reported: On Wednesday, 05th January 2011, I with my friend (Mr. Muhammad Salim b. Azham, Mr. Muhammad Noor Aidil Hakim b. Mohd Noor, Mr. Muhammad Faliq bin Muhammad Isa, and Muhammad Muinuddin) cannot see the new moon, because the Horizon is very cloudy. Our Ru'yah location is at Pontian Kechil, Johor, Malaysia (1° 29' 20.9” N, 103° 23' 8.64” E) from around 6.45 pm until 8.10 pm. So, tomorrow, Jan 6 is still 30th Muharram 1432 H.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: Hilal was seen evening Wednesday 5 Jan 2011 here in Mauritius. 1st Safar is Thursday 6th Jan 2011.

    2. Seen: Dr. Abdulateef Usman (MCW member) from Sokoto reported: I tried to look out for the moon on wednesday, 5 January 2010 here in Sokoto (Nigeria) at sunset but could not see it but after Maghrib prayer i went back again and Alhamdulilah I saw the new moon of Safar 1432 few minutes after 7pm (local time) and it set at about 7.21pm. I was so excited when i saw the new moon.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Seen: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported: On my request, Today (Wednesday 5 January 2011 = 29 Muharram 1432 in Pakistan) nearly 100 persons (Members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" + my friends + their companions) tried to sight the moon all over Pakistan at more than 33 places. As it was clear or little cloudy at following places therefore moon was easily sighted there, as it was expected astronomically: Ghotki, Battal, Deer, Quetta, Zhob, Pishin, Turbat. Due to clouds, the moon was not sighted in whole Punjab and many other places of other three provinces. Note : Chairman of central official moon sighting committee of Pakistan mufti Munee-bur-Rahman told me on my mobile phone that after receiving the positive reports, the moon sighting committee officially announced that 1st Safar 1432 will be on Thursday 6th January 2011 in Pakistan after ending the 29 days of Muharram 1432.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen by others: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported: Today 29th Muharram, 1432 H,(5/1/2011) I went up to my roof top to observe the Crescent of Safar, 1432, but the Colombo sky was cloudy and I couldn't see a think till 7:15 pm from the time of sunset 6:08. The announcement made in our local media at 8:50pm.the Hilal committee of Sri Lanka have received the sighted report from other cites, hence the month of SAFAR, 1432H, on Thursday, 6th January, 2011. "INSHAALLAH"

  • Sweden:

    1. Not Seen: Muhammad Shafiur Rahman Chowdury from Stockholm reported: I, Muhammad Shafiur Rahman Chowdury and Muhammad Sohag Chowdhury, members of Anjuman-e Al Baiyinaat, Sweden tried today (Saturday, 05 January, 2011) to sight the crescent moon from Slussen, Stockholm for starting the new arabic month Safar 1432 hijri. We could not sight the crescent moon, because the sky was totally cloudy and temperature was +0 degree celsius. So, Anjuman-e Al Baiyinaat, Sweden has declared that the 1st day of Safar, 1432 Hijri will be on Friday, 7 January, 2011 in Sweden and the Akheri Chahar Shomba (Last Wednesday of Mahe Safar) will be celebrated on 2nd February, 2011 Inshallah."

  • UK:

    1. Seen: Maulana Samiruddin Quasmi from London reported: On January 5, the crescent moon was seen in London.

    2. Seen: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Wednesday 5 January 2011 (30 Muharram 1432 AH) I have tried to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Safar 1432 AH after sunset from York Astronomical Society Observatory.
      It was quite difficult to sight the 31 hours old Hilal by naked eye at 16.46 GMT as it was so thin and dim and unless the precise location was known, it could have been easily missed.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Dr. Abdul Hamid from Connecticut reported: On January 5, 2011 the crescent moon of Safar was sighted in East Lyme, CT.

    2. Seen: Imam Salim Chishti (MCW member) from New Lebanon NY reported: I, Imam Salim Chishti saw the Hilal of Safar, 1432 in New Lebanon, New York at 5:25PM on Wednesday, January 5.

    3. Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: Today (Wednesday, January 05, 2011), my daughter, and I were able to sight the moon in Blacksburg, VA. We arrived at our sighting location at 4:48 pm EST (sunset at 5:18 pm). Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I saw the crescent at 5:09 pm followed by naked eye sighting at 5:16 pm. Without using binoculars, my daughter spotted the crescent at 5:14 pm, earlier than when I did. At this time, the crescent was about 14-15 degrees above the horizon. The horns were at 3:00 and 7:00 O'clock (3:00;5:00;7:00). At 5:20 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 32.0 F, 19.4 F, 60%, and 29.81 in, respectively. We left around 5:45 (moonset at 6:50 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy with some haze.

      Earlier in the day (before noon, on and off for about 2 hours) , I tried a daytime crescent sighting with no success. The sky was partly cloudy and hazy turning to mostly cloudy. At 11:00 am, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 33.8 F,19.4, 56%, and 29.96 in, respectively.

    4. Seen: Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) from Baton Rouge LA reported: Despite partly cloudy skies, the new moon sliver was clearly sighted in Baton Rouge, LA at 5:43 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5th. It was well up in the sky and very well defined.

    5. Seen: Ms. Lyana Snow (MCW member) from Little Rock, Arkansas reported: Today, Jan 5, at 5:40pm my husband, friend, daughter, and I saw the new crescent of Safar.


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