Moonsighting for Rabi-al-Awwal 1433
1433 AH

The Astronomical New Moon is on January 23, 2012 (Monday) at 7:39 UT. On Monday, January 23, it can not be seen anywhere in the world except in North America and even that with difficulty. On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, it can be easily seen in almost the whole world except in Australia (See visibility curves).

Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on January 24, 2012 from Northern Pakistan.

Monday, 23 January 2012:

  • Canada:

    1. Not Seen (Overcast): HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from Toronto Ontario reported: On Monday January 23 2012, after praying maghrib salat at home, I've walked to one of my usual moonsighting vantage points overlooking Christie Pits Park in Downtown Toronto. Unfortunately, due to overcast skies and light rain, it is not possible to search for the new moon this evening.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Not Seen: Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: Hilal was not seen evening Mon 23 Jan, here in Mauritius. Sky was clear but with some clouds near the setting sun.

  • Morocco:

    1. Not Seen: Ehsan H. Hajar (MCW member) from Casablanca reported: We could not sight RBA crescent Monday 23rd evening, WSW horizon was obscured with thin grey clouds which hampered my efforts for optical aid search of the new Hilal. I will update with local news when available.

      It was officially announced later that the moon was not seen and RBA will start on Wednesday 25th January 2012.
      أعلنت وزارة الأوقاف والشؤون الإسلامية أن فاتح شهر ربيع الأول لعام 1433 ه` سيكون بعد غد الأربعاء 25 يناير 2012 م، وسيكون عيد المولد النبوي هو يوم الأحد 12 ربيع الأول 1433 ه` موافق 5 فبراير 2012.
      وذكرت الوزارة، في بلاغ لها، أنها راقبت هلال شهر ربيع الأول لعام 1433 ه`، بعد مغرب يوم الاثنين 29 صفر 1433 ه` موافق 23 يناير 2012 م، واتصلت بجميع نظار الأوقاف ومندوبي الشؤون الإسلامية بالمملكة وبوحدات القوات المسلحة الملكية المساهمة في مراقبة الهلال، فأكدوا لها جميعا عدم ثبوت رؤيته

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Monday, 23 January 2012 (29 Safar 1433 AH) many people from throughout UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Rabiul Awwal after sunset. None of the groups were able to sight the Hilal, as most places were cloudy.
      We have not received any reliable sighting reports (Muhaqaq-Ruyat-Basari) from any countries east of UK/Morocco either. But, we have received negative sighting report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry.
      Therefore, the Wifaq/Batley Ulama have decided that the month of Safar 1433 AH will completed 30 days and the month of Rabiul Awwal 1433 AH will start from Wednesday, 25 January 2012, Insha-Allah.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Monday, January 23, 2012), the crescent moon of Rabi-al-Awwal was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37� 15' 40" N, Lng: 80� 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). I arrived at my sighting location at 5:30 pm EST (sunset: 5:35 pm) and started scanning the partly cloudy WSW horizon, using a pair of binoculars (10X50). I stayed there till 6:15 pm (moonset: 6:20 pm). At 5:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 46.4 F, 46.4 F, 100%, and 29.93 in, respectively.

    2. Not Seen: Mohammed Yahya Shaikh (MCW member) from Anaheim CA reported: I tried to look for the moon for Rabi-Al-Awaal today (Jan 23rd 2012) in Ananheim, CA but was unsuccessful even with the aid of binos. I attempted until 5:50 PM PST.

    3. Not Seen: Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) from Sanford FL reported: The Moon-sighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that there were no reports of sighting the new crescent for the month on Monday, January 23rd, and therefore WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 is established as the 1st Day of Mahe Rabi-ul-Awwal, 1433 AH.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012:

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, reported: On Tuesday 24th January 2012, the Hilaal of RABI�UL AWWAL 1433 has not been sighted anywhere in Australia. Hence, the Hilaal Committee and Majlisul Ulamaa� of Australia have declared that the month of RABI�UL AWWAL 1433 will start from Thursday 26th January 2012.

    2. Not Seen: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported: Melbourne horizen was perfect to sight the moon. It was hot day (40�C) in Melbourne. Crescent age was good enough but lag time was short. we were unable to sight Crescent in Melbourne. The crescent was also not been sighted anywhere in Australia on Tuesday 24th Jan 2011 evening, hence the 1st day of Rabbi ul-Awwal is Thursday, the 26th of January 2011.

  • Bahrain:

    1. Seen: Abdul Hameed Haji (MCW member) reported: I saw hiala on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 at 5:25 PM local time in Bahrain.

  • Dominican Republic:

    1. Seen: Ahmad Abdul Haqq (MCW member) from Santo Domingo reported: The moon of Rabi' al-Awwal 1433H was sighted with the naked eye in Higuey, Dominican Republic, by one Muslim of the Entidad Isl�mica Dominicana (Dominican Islamic Entity), in the clear North Eastern sky, at 18:50hrs (6:50pm), on 24th of January 2012.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen (Cloudy): AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Surakarta, Java reported: Today (Tuesday) on January 24, 2012 The New crescent of Rabiul Awal 1433 AH was NOT SEEN from Asssalaam Observatory Surakarta Central Java Indonesia. The sky was cloudy. We are all members of CASA and students from SHS Al-Islam 1 Surakarta (about 50 persons).

  • Kuwait:

    1. Seen: Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: In Kuwait at Kabad Desert 37 Km ssouth east of Kuwait city on Tuesday 24 Jan 2012, I saw the crescent in the following order:
      First Seen with 8" telescope at 16:55(27 minutes before sunset); First seen with 10*50 binocular at 17:21; Sunset was at 17:22; First seen with naked eyes at 17:26(4 minutes after sunset). The western horizon was clear afer a cold front that we could see setting of upper limb of the sun at the western horizon up to last second.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Seen (by others): Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Johor Bahru reported: On Tuesday, 24th January 2012 M equal to 29 Safar 1433 H, my friends (Mohd Saiful bin Saidi, Mohd Redzuan bin Pandil, Muhammad Afiq bin Mohd. Safri) from Kuala Kedah, Kedah (06:6:0.6289 N , 100:17:22.0585 E) have seen the new moon with naked eye at 7.44 pm.
      I with my friends (Mr. Nik Mohd Ridzuan bin Shaharuddin, Mr. Mohd Asrol bin A. Bakar, Mr. Lokman, Mr. Mohammad Haniff bin Md Yusoff, Mr. Asmanizam, Mr. Mohd Azrai, Mr. Muhammad Zainal Abidin bin Mohamad Hani, Mr. Azhar, Mr. Muinuddin, Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim bin Jamil, Mr. Azizi) could not see the new moon with naked eye nor with telescope at Baitul Hilal, Teluk Kemang, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia (02:26:43.0 N , 101:51:16.0 E). It was because the horizon was very cloudy. So, tomorrow, 25th January 2012 (Wednesday) is 1st Rabi-al-Awwal 1433 H.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Seen: Mufti Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported: Alhamdolillah, today (Tuesday 24 January 2012= 29 Safar 1433 in Pakistan), on my request, nearly 200 persons (members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" + my friends + their companions) easily sighted the moon at more than 10 places in 3 provinces (Balochistan, Punjab and Khebar-pakhtoon-khwa). As it was fully cloudy or rainy in province Sindh therefore I could not sight it in Karachi and there is no positive report from any part of province Sindh.
      Note 1: Chairman of central official moon sighting committee of Pakistan mufti munee-bur-Rahman told me on my mobile phone that as he also received positive reports therefore he announced officially that Wednesday 25 January 2012 is 1st Rabee-ul-Awwal 1433 in Pakistan. Safar month finished on 29th day.

  • Panama:

    1. Seen: Saleh Bhai Bhattay (MCW member) from Panama City reported: Today, Jan 24, 2012, we saw the moon in Panama City.

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: The Hilaal for Rabi-ul-Awwal has been sighted this evening (Tuesday, January 24) - reports from the North East of the country.

    2. Seen: Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town reported: Confirmed Hilaal sightings from the northern areas of South Africa. In Cape Town thre was a negative sighting also the conditions were fair to satisfactory. I shall have to go back to the drawing board and research certain parameters and conditions which affect local Cape Town sightings.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported: Today 29th.of Safer 1433 H (24/01/2012) the western sky was clear and the New Moon of Rabi-al-Awwal 1433 was sighted in several places in Sri Lanka just after maharib (sun set was at 6:16PM) Hence our Hilal committee made an announcement in the local media to start the month of Rabi-al-Awwal on the 25th.Wednesday January 2012. Inshallah.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: Hamza Rijal (MCW member) from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On January 24, sky condition was hazy, however I have managed to observe a very thin crescent around 18:45 East African time (1545 GMT).

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Roanoke VA reported: This evening (Tuesday, January 24, 2012), the crescent moon was sighted in Roanoke, VA (Lat: 37� 18' 42" N, Lng: 79� 59' 40" W, and elevation: 358 meters). The first naked eye sighting was at 5:40 pm EST (Sunset: 5:35 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy. The horns were at 3:30 and 8:00 O'clock. At 5:54 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 54.0 F, 28.9 F, 38%, and 30.17 in, respectively.

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