Moonsighting for Sha'ban 1432
1432 AH

The Astronomical New Moon is on July 1, 2011 (Friday) at 8:54 UT. On July 1 it can not be seen anywhere in the world except Polynesian Islands. On Saturday, July 2, 2011, it can be easily seen in Australia, South-East Asia, Middle East, Africa and Americas. Most of Europe will see it on July 3 (See visibility curves).

Sighting Reports

The earliest sighting of the new crescent was on Saturday, July 2, in Australia.

Friday, 1 July 2011:

    There were no positive hilal sighting reports received from anywhere in the world. Negative sightins were reported from many places.

  • Canada:

    1. Not Seen: Baig Muhammad Tamachi (MCW member) from Peterborough Ontario reported: Clouds dominated the South-Westerly horizon in Peterborough; therefore, it was not possible to see the Hilaal. Attempt to sight the moon will continue tomorrow, Insha`Allaah.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Friday, July 01, 2011), the crescent moon of Sha'ban was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA. I arrived at our sighting location at 8:37 pm EDT (sunset: 8:45) and started scanning the NW horizon, using a pair of binoculars (7X50). I stayed there past moonset (moonset: 9:04 pm). At 8:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 73.4 F, 62.6 F, 69%, and 30.14 in, respectively.

    2. Not Seen: Jim Stamm (MCW member) from Tucson AZ reported: I was NOT able to see the crescent, even through a telescope. Mercury, Venus and Procyon were easily visible before sunset. Focus and location were almost 100% certain.

Saturday, 2 July 2011:

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: The Hilaal of Sha'baan 1432 has been sighted in Sydney and other states. After sighting the moon, the Hilaal Committee and Majlisul Ulamaa’ of Australia have therefore affirmed that the month of Sha'baan 1432 will start from Sunday 3rd July 2011.

    2. Not Seen, but seen in Sydney: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported: We were unable to sight crescent on Saturday, July 2 in Melbourne because of overcast weather but was sighted in Sydney. Hence 1st Shaa’ban is 3rd July, Sunday in Australia according to local moonsighting.

  • Bangladesh:

    1. Not Seen: ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) from Dhaka reported: Due to cloudy sky the crescent of Sha'ban was not seen from anywhere in Bangladesh. 4th July (Monday) will be the first Sha'ban

  • Canada:

    1. Not Seen: HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from Toronto Ontario reported: After praying Maghrib in the Dawah Centre in Toronto, I looked for the new moon for about 10-15 minutes. Due to combination of humidity and hazy skies, in addition to gathering dark storm clouds in the western horizon, no moon was sighted.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) from Gujrat reported: The sky was very cloudy here in Godhra and other parts of Gujarat (India) as it is the season of monsoon here. I could not get any positive sighting report yet from any parts of Gujarat (and India).

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen: Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung reported: Moonsighting team reports that the crescent for the month of Shaban was SEEN today, Saturday 2 July 2011, 29 Rajab 1432, in the northern hills of Punclut, Bandung.

    2. Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Surakarta, Java reported: Hilal of Shaban 1432 AH was seen from Klaten and Surakarta Indonesia, on Saturday, 02 July 2011.

  • Malawi:

    1. Seen: Yusuf M. Lambat (MCW member) from Blantyre reported: On Saturday, July 2, we sighted the hilaal of Shabaan clearly after Magrib Salaat. The sky was clear with little red haziness. From our Jamat we were three of us. We also had reports of sighting within the country.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Johor Bahru reported: On Saturday, 02 nd July 2011 M equal to 29 Rajab 1432 H, my friend (Mr. Muhammad Fahmi bin Zakaria and Mr. Muhammad Nasir bin Othman) see the new moon with the naked eye at 7.35 pm. Our location is Baitul Hilal, Teluk Kemang, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia (02:26:43.0 N , 101:51:16.0 E).

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: Hilal was easily sighted in a clear sky on evening Saturday 2 July in Mauritius. 1St Shab’aan will be Sunday 3rd July.

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: The Hilaal was sighted this evening in many places. An easy sighting. Allahuma-Baarik-Lanaa-Fee-Rajaba-Wa-Sha'baan, Wa-Baligh-Na- Ramadaan. Ameen.

    2. Seen: Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town reported: The Shabaan 1432 AH Hilaal was easily visible this Saturday evening (2 July 2011 and the end of the 29th day of Rajab 1432 AH). Hilaal first sighted by human eye at 18h13 local South African time from my sighting station at the Green Point lighthouse, Cape Town. The official first day of Shabaan 1432 AH will correspond to Sunday, 3rd July 2011 in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, and Angola.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: Hamza Rijal (MCW member) from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: In number of spost in the tiny island of Zanzibar Shaaban Hilal has been sighted and tomorrow 3 rd of July will be the first of Shaban 1432 AH

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen, but seen in Morocco: Aziz Raje (MCW member) from Ilford Essex reported: Despite clear conditions in most of UK, we were unable to find the Hilal of Sha’ban on Saturday evening. However we have received written confirmation from Ministry of Awqaf in Morocco that they have been able to observe the Hilal. Wifaqul Ulama have therefore decided that we will commence the Month of Sha’ban 1432 in the UK from Sunday 3rd July 2011 Insha Allah.

    2. Not Seen, but seen in Morocco: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Saturday 2 July 2011 (29 Rajab 1432 AH) many people from throughout UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Shaban after sunset. None of the groups were able to sight the Hilal, even though most places had clear sky conditions (see attached photos). However, the fax received from Morocco Awqaf Ministry stated positive Hilal sighting (Muhaqaq-Ruyat-Basari) as well as from other countries including South Africa. Therefore, the Ulama have decided that the month of Rajab 1432 AH will complete 29 days and the month of Shaban 1432 AH will start from Sunday 4 July 2011, Insha-Allah. The York group of observers included Maulana Imran Lunat, Vasiullah Bodiyat and Ebrahim Mamaniat from Batley, plus Qamar Uddin and three astronomers from York Astronomical Society. Alhamdulillah; Members of Wifaq ul Ulama tried to sight the Hilal of Sha’baan throughout the UK. All reported negative. However we have received reports of positive sighting (Muhaqqaq Ru’yat e Basaree) from Morocco and South Africa, hence the Wifaq ul Ulama hereby announces that Rajab had 29 days and the 1st of Sha’baan will be on Sunday the 3rd of July 2011 in the UK.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Saturday, July 02, 2011), the crescent moon of Sha'ban was sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meter). We arrived at our sighting location before sunset (sunset: 8:45 pm EDT). The western horizon was partly cloudy and very hazy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I sighted Mercury at 8:56 pm then the crescent, followed by naked eye sighting (my son sighted the moon with naked eye as well). At 9:01 pm the crescent elevation was about 7.5 degrees. We left at 9:20 pm when the moon was still about 4.5 degrees above horizon (moonset: 9:45 pm EDT). The horns were at 1:30 and 5:30 O'clock (1:30;3:30;5:30). At 8:55 pm, the temperature, dew point temperature, relative humidity, and pressure were 75.2 F, 66.2 F, 73%, and 30.11 in, respectively.

    2. Not Seen (Cloudy): Luqmaan Williams (MCW member) reported: I did not spot the hilal on Saturday, July 2nd in Cleveland, Ohio (USA). It was cloudy. Luqmaan Williams

    3. Seen: Mohammad Majibur Rahman (MCW member) from Houston TX reported: On 02 July 2011, we, 2 persons, have seen the crescent moon with bare eyes from Houston, TX-77079. The sky was clear. Sunset was at 08:25 PM in Houston city.

    4. Seen: Haudi Dehdashti (MCW member) from Tucson AZ reported: On July 2, I saw the moon here in Tucson, AZ at approximately 7:40 pm local time.

    5. Seen: Ms. Mary Singer Spokane WA reported: The new lunar crescent was Seen from Spokane, WA (USA) on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 9:04pm Pacific daylight time. Left of sunset, approx. 8 degrees above western horizon. Perfect seeing conditions. Temp. 72 degrees F, humidity 38%. Seen first with 12x50 binoculars. Then seen easily naked eye.

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