Moonsighting for Dhul-Qi'dah 1432
1432 AH

The Astronomical New Moon is on September 27, 2011 (Tuesday) at 11:09 UT. On Sep 27 it can not be seen anywhere in the world. On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, it can be easily seen in New Zealand, Australia, Africa and Americas, but with difficulty in Indonesia, South East Asia. Europe will be able to see it on Thursday, September 29, 2011 (See visibility curves).

Sighting Reports

The earliest sighting of the new crescent was on Wednesday, Septmeber 28, 2011 in Malaysia.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011:

    No sighting reports from anywhere as expected by the Visibility Curve shown above.

    Wednesday, 28 September 2011:

    • Australia:

      1. Not Seen: Zahid Hafeez (MCW member) from Adelaide reported: The moon crescent was not visible this evening Wednesday, Sep 28 in Adelaide, Australia due to very heavy cloud cover.

      2. Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: The Hilaal of Dul Qa'dah 1432 has been sighted in Perth on Wednesday 28th September 2011. Therefore, the Hilaal Committee and Majlisul Ulamaa’ of Australia have declared that the month of Dul Qa'dah 1432 will start from Thursday 29th of September 2011.

    • Canada:

      1. Not Seen: Baig Muhammad Tamachi (MCW member) from Peterborough Ontario reported: Today, on Wednesday, September 28, heavy cloud cover and rain prevented sighting of the Dhul Qadah 1432 Hilaal in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

      2. Not Seen: HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from Toronto Ontario reported: Today, on Wednesday, September 28, after praying maghrib at home, I have spent about 10 minutes looking for the new moon. There were low hanging clouds in much of the western horizon, leaving only a sliver of clear sky above the treeline and rooftops. I could not see the new crescent in what little sky was showing.

    • Germany:

      1. Not Seen: Samy Khadem-Al-Charieh (MCW member) from Stuttgart reported: The crescent set three minutes after the sun at 19:13 MEST. With regard to the prediction map we were in a black area i.e. sighting was not possible. And that's how it was.

    • India:

      1. Not Seen: Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) from Godhra Gujrat reported: Crescent was not seen here in Godhra today on 28th September. The sky was almost clear. No positive report has reached from any other part of the country.

      2. Not Seen: Syed Thanveer Peeran (MCW member) from Coimbatore, Tamilnadu reported: On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, We could not see the MOON in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India. We tried to look from sunset 18:15 Hrs to moonset 18:54 Hrs, but could not see the moon. Skies were mostly clear; it was not totally cloudy here.

    • Indonesia:

      1. Seen: Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung reported: I, Adjie and team am reporting that the Hilal was SEEN today 28th September 2011 from the northern hills of Bandung despite haze of clouds and some dark clouds on the horizon. Five among nine of us saw the moon.

      2. Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Surakarta, Java reported: On Wednesday, 28th September 2011 M equal to 29 Syawwal 1432 AH, I with my friend around 10 people and 80 students of CASA (Assalaam Students Astronomy Club) hold the observation of DzulQi'dah 1432 AH Crescent in PPMI Assalaam Observatory Surakarta Central Java INDONESIA. We have seen the new crescent with naked eye, binoclar, and telescope. (07:33:11.69 S , 110:46:16.20 E). We saw the hilal at 17.43 (approx 10 minutes after Sunset) until 18.00 LT. After that, the hilal is hidden by the cloud. Moonset @ 18:20 LT.

    • Kenya:

      1. Seen: Mohamed Noorany (MCW member) from Mombasa reported: Alhamdulillah, the moon was clearly sighted immediately after Maghrib Salaah on Wednesday 28th September 2011 in Mombasa, Kenya, completing the month of Shawaal 1432 with 29 days. Today (Thursday 29th Spetember 2011) is therefore 1st day of Dhul Q'idah 1432.

    • Kuwait:

      1. Not Seen: Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: In Kuwait on Wednesday 28 Sep 2011 at Kabad desert I could not see the crescent even with 8" Telescope, the western horizon was cloudy.

    • Malaysia:

      1. Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Johor Bahru reported: On Wednesday, 28th September 2011 M equal to 29 Syawwal 1432 H, I with my friend (around 20 people) have split up around all place in Malaysia. Four of our friend (Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim bin Jamil, Mr. Mohammad Haniff bin Md Yusoff, Mr. Jamaluddin bin Abu Bakar, and Mr. Mohamad Khairul Anuar bin Mohsin) have seen the new moon with naked eye at Baitul Hilal, Teluk Kemang, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia (02:26:43.0 N , 101:51:16.0 E). They saw the moon at 7.15 until 7.31 pm. After that, the moon is hidden by the cloud.
        The second place is seen by Mr. Tengku Ramli at Parit Penyengat, Parit Jawa, Muar, Johor (02:03:00 N, 102:34:00 E). He saw the new moon around 7.40 pm. So, tomorrow is 1st Dhul-Qi'dah 1432 H. (Thursday, 29th September 2011 M)

    • Mauritius:

      1. Seen: Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: Hilal was sighted this evening Wednesday 28 September here in Mauritius despite some clouds over parts of the island. 1st Dhul-Qi’dah will be Thu 29 Sep.

    • Pakistan:

      1. Not Seen: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported: Today (Wednesday, 28 September 2011 = Pakistan: 29 Shawwal 1432) on my request, more than 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 19 places but the moon could not be sighted.
        Note: Chairman of central official moon sighting committee of Pakistan mufti Munee-bur-Rahman told me on my mobile phone that as they also did not receive any positive report hence they officially announced that Thursday is 30th Shawwal and Friday September 30, 2011 is 1st Zul-qa'dah 1432 in Pakistan

    • Panama:

      1. Seen: Saleh Bhai Bhattay (MCW member) from Panama City reported: In Panama, the moon was seen on Wednesday, September 28.

    • Saudi Arabia:

      1. Not Seen: Luqmaan Williams (MCW member) from Ta'if reported: It was average to good sky conditions, but did not see anything from Ta'if, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, September 28th.

    • South Africa:

      1. Seen in Johannesburg: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: Today, on Wednesday, September 28, there were sightings of the Hilaal in several places around Johannesburg this evening. Durban and Cape Town were cloudy.

    • Sri Lanka:

      1. Seen by others: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported: Today, 29th Shawwal 1432H.(28/9/2011) evening the Colombo western sky was clear, I couldn't spot the New Moon I observed from 6:14pm. till 6:55pm the sunset today was at 6:05pm in Colombo, but our Hilal committee and Grand Mosque had received several positive sighting calls from many parts of country (Dhul-Qi'dah Hilal) "Mashaallah". Hence the Committee made an announcement in the local media at 8:30pm today to start the month of Dhul-Qi'dah 1432 tomorrow 29th.Thursday 2011 Inshallah.

    • UK:

      1. Not Seen in UK, but seen in Morocco and South Africa: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Wednesday 28 September 2011 (29 Shawwal 1432 AH) many people from throughout UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Dhul Qaidah after sunset. None of the groups were able to sight the Hilal, even though many places had clear sky conditions.
        However, we have received reliable/verified sighting reports (Muhaqaq-Ruyat-Basari) from both Morocco and South Africa (see attached fax from Morocco Awqaf Ministry). Therefore, the Wifaq/Batley Ulama have decided that the month of Shawwal 1432 AH will have 29 days and the month of Dhul Qaidah 1432 AH will start from Thursday 29 September 2011, Insha-Allah.

      2. Not Seen in UK, but seen in Morocco: Aziz Raje (MCW member) from Ilford Essex reported: Today, on Wednesday, September 28, we had beautiful clear skies in almost all of UK but despite the efforts of many people up and down the Country, We were unable to observe the Hilal of Dhul Qa’dah.
        However we have received written confirmation from Ministry of Awqaf in Morocco that they have positive Sighting news.

    • USA:

      1. Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: Today (Wednesday, September 28, 2011), I was able to sight the moon in Blacksburg, VA. I arrived at my sighting location at 6:47 pm EDT (sunset at 7:09 pm). Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I saw the crescent at 7:10 pm followed by naked eye sighting a bit later at 7:21 pm. The horns were at 1:30 and 5:30 O'clock (1:30;3:30;5:30). At 7:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 66.2 F, 60.84 F, 83%, and 29.90 in, respectively. The crescent disappeared behind clouds near the horizon at 7:32 pm (moonset at 7:42 pm). The western horizon was mostly clear and hazy.

        Earlier in the day, I tried a daytime crescent sighting when I sighted the crescent at 2:25 pm only with a pair binoculars (7X50). The horns were at 12:00 and 3:00 O'clock (12:00;1:30;3:00). The sky was partly cloudy and hazy turning to mostly cloudy. At 2:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 73.4 F,57.2, 57%, and 29.91 in, respectively.

      2. Seen by others: Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) from Baton Rouge LA reported: Our weather in Baton Rouge was completely overcast and rainy on Sept. 28, preventing any hope of a moon sighting, but it has been reported by three reliable adult witnesses in Converse, LA., that the moon was sighted at approximately 7:30 p.m. on that date. These witnesses are totally reliable in my opinion and I wanted to pass this information along to you.

    Thursday, 29 September 2011:

    • Germany:

      1. Seen: Samy Khadem-Al-Charieh (MCW member) from Stuttgart reported: Today, September 29th, I could see between some clouds near the horizon after sunset (19:07) the crescent from 19:10 until 19:30 with my binocular (8x56) and inbetween from 19:15 until 19:20 even with my eyes. Moonset was at 19:47 but the crescent vanished behind some far mountains at 19:30.

    • India:

      1. Seen: Syed Thanveer Peeran (MCW member) from Coimbatore, Tamilnadu reported: On Thursday, September 29, 2011, We sighted the MOON in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Skies were not cloudy it was totally clear here. VASSALAM.

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