Moonsighting for Dhul-Qi'dah 1434
1434 AH
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The Astronomical New Moon is on September 5, 2013 (Thursday) at 11:36 UT. On September 5, the moon is not visible anywhere, except that there is a chance in Ploynesian Islands to see bt telescope. Telescopes may not be available to a small population of Muslims in those areas, so we do not expect any sighting reports. On September 6, it may be visible only in Africa, South & Central America and Polynesian Islands. On September 7, it will be visible almost everywhere except Northern latitudes in Asia and Europe. (See visibility curves).

Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on September 6, 2013 from Perth, Western Australia.


Thursday, 5 September 2013:

    No Sighting Reports are expected

  • Nigeria:

    1. Not Seen: Jinadu Yunusa (MCW member) from Kisi, Oyo State reported: We tried to sight new moon today Thursday 29th Sawwal 1434 /5th Sept 2013 between 6:45pm to 7:15pm, we could not see it due to bad weather and cloudy sky. Searching continues toworrow in sha Allah.

Friday, 6 September 2013:

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: On Friday, 6th September 2013, the Hilal of DHUL QA'DAH 1434 has been sighted in Perth WA. Therefore, the Hilal Committee and Majlisul Ulama' of Australia have stated that the month of DHUL QA'DAH will commence as of Saturday, 7th September 2013.

  • Barbados:

    1. Seen: Latif Dana (MCW member) reported: On 6 Sept 2013 the moon was seen in Barbados after Magrib in Makki Masjid and Juma Masjid after 6:30 pm. Many people saw it.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: Abdurrahman R. Shaikh (MCW member) from Patan, Gujrat reported: On the evening of Friday, 6th Sep. 2013, we tried to see the Hilal, but could not see. Several people tried, but could not see at Islamic Institute, Madrasa Kanze Marghoob Faize Safa, Patan, Gujarat.

    2. Not Seen: Molvi Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) from Godhra, Gujrat reported: Crescent for ZulQada was not seen here in Godhra on Friday, 6th September. I got all negative reports of sighting from various parts of India.

  • Lebanon:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Hadi Jaafar (MCW member) reported: I tried to sight the crescent this Friday evening with no result. Using my 7* 50 binocular, I scanned the fairly clear western horizon from 7 pm to 7 :15 local time. The winds were northerly helping reduce the humidity. Local sunset at 6:59 and local monset around 7:14 pm. Best,

  • Malaysia:

    1. Not Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia reported: On Friday, 6th September 2013 (29th Shawwal 1434 H), I with my friends (Mr. Mohammad Hasbarizal bin Hasan, Mr. Muhammad Zainal Abiden bin Mohamad Hani, and Mr. Ahmad Sufian) could not see the new moon either with telescope, or binoculars or by naked eye at Pantai Klebang, Melaka (02 15' N , 102 15' E). It because the horizon is very cloudy. Our government has announced that tomorrow (Saturday - Sep 7, 2013) is the first Dhul-Qi'dah

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: Nissar Ahmad (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: Alhamdulillah tonight Friday 6 September 2013 new moon was sighted in several locations in Mauritius by members of Jummah Masjid Hilaal Committee, hence Saturday 7 September 2013 will be the 1st day of Zil Qadh 1434. SKY was cloudy with few openings. Sunset was at 18hr03. Moonset was at 18hr55. First Visibility with Naked Eyes was at 18hr36 spotted between the clouds.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Not Seen: Rizwan Shah (MCW member) from Gujrat reported: Today, 06 September 2013 (29 Shawal) after sunset I tried to sight to moon but failed to spot it.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Not Seen: Luqmaan Williams (MCW member) from Makkah reported: On Friday, September 6th I did not witness the crescent in Makkah (Saudi Arabia). It was very cloudy.

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town reported: The Hilaal was easily seen by naked-eye in the Cape Town western sky this Friday evening, 06 September 2013 [the end of 29th Shawwaal 1424 AH] Dhul Qada will begin on Saturday = 7 September 2013.

    2. Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: On the evening of Friday 6th September 2013, the Hilaal was sighted in South Africa (in almost all major cities). The 1st Zul Qa'dah 1434 corresponds to Saturday, 7th September 2013.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Not Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported: Today 29th. of Shawwal 1434H (6/09/2013) rainy evening in Colombo,I tried to see the Hilal of Dhul-Qi'dah even with my binocular I couldn't trace a thing, Our moonset was at 6;50pm. & Sunset was at 6;16pm.and the Moon age was 26h.10m.at the time of Sunset,and no positive sighting was reported to the Hilal committee of Sri Lanka who assembled at the Colombo Grand Mosque.Hence the committee decided to complete the month of Shawwal with 30 days and start the month of Dhu-Qi-dah on Sunday the 8th. of September 2013.
      The Colombo Grand Mosque, All Ceylon Jemmiyathul Ulemah and various Islamic Organization in Sri Lanka will hold a meeting on 8th. September 2013. to deliberate and decide on an acceptable National Policy on Islamic Calendar and put an end to the confusion face by Muslims here in Sri Lanka.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen in UK, But Seen in South Africa: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Friday 6 September 2013 (29 Shawwal 1434 AH) many people from throughout the UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Dhul Qaidah after sunset. None of the groups were able to sight the Hilal as many places had cloudy sky conditions.
      However, we have received a reliable sighting report (Muhaqaq-Ruyat-Basari) from Jamiat-e-Ulama South Africa of positive sightings see attached Hilal photo from Cape Town by Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim.
      Therefore, the Wifaqul Ulama have decided that the month of Shawwal 1434 AH will have 29-days and the month of Dhul Qaidah 1434 AH will start from Saturday 7 September 2013, Insha-Allah.
      Note.
      Saudi Arabia also started Dhul Qaidha from Saturday 7 September 2013 according to their Ummul Qura calendar that may not match the visibility of the crescent moon. Ref: http://www.ummulqura.org.sa/president_address.aspx

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Friday, September 06, 2013), we were unable to sight the crescent moon of Dhul-Qi'dah in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37 15' 40" N, Lng: 80 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). My daughter and I arrived at our sighting location (The Blacksburg Middle School) at 7:47 pm EDT (sunset: 7:42 pm). Using binoculars (10X50 and 7X50), we scanned the western horizon with no success. The lower part of the western horizon was cloudy. The atmospheric condition was very hazy. While Venus was easily seen by naked eye, Mercury was not visible even through the binoculars. We left the site after moonset (moonset: 8:09 pm). At 7:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 66.2 F, 60.8 F, 83%, and 30.21 in, respectively.

    2. Not Seen: Mohammed Yahya Shaikh (MCW member) from Anaheim CA reported: I was not able to sight the hilal today September 6th 2013 from Anaheim, CA. I tried to sight the hilal without any optical aid from 7:20 PM PST to 7:40 PST. The conditions were reasonably favorable to sight the hilal.

    3. Seen with binoculars only: Mirza Shahid Basravi (MCW member) from Irvine CA reported: I was able to site the New Crescent, with binoculars, in Irvine, California, on Friday September 6, 2013, for Zul-Qadh, 1434 Hijri. I went to a spot in Turtle Rock area to try to spot the New Crescent. This was a hilly location 300 to 400 feet above sea level. The western sky was quite clear of obstruction from trees and buildings, and the coastal haze was no more than 3 degrees above the horizon and that too very thin. I used a pair 7 x 35 binoculars, and all the necessary data from the program, MoonCalc. Sunset in Irvine was around 7:10pm and I was able to sight the crescent with my binoculars as early as 7:13pm. But never once this evening was I able to see the Crescent with my bare eyes or with my regular glasses. The visible tips of the crescent were oriented 1:30 and 5:30 as it would be on an imaginary clock. However the crescent was pleasantly visible with the binoculars, even through the coastal haze, right up to almost moonset. I have attached 3 photographs, which were taken at 25 zoom, without a tripod, and pretty much guessing the position of the crescent with respect to other more visible objects in the sky.

    4. Seen: Kazim Mamdani (MCW member) from San Diego, CA reported: I, my wife and my son saw the crescent moon in San Diego, CA. First sighted with binoculars at 7:10. We all also saw it with naked eye around 7:15 to &7:25(PST). It was from 1 O'clock to 7 O'clock on a dial of an imaginary clock in the sky.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Seen: Ayub Mahomed (MCW member) from Harare reported: On September 6, Friday, the moon was sighted in Zimbabwe. Moon was seen by myself and a few others around 6.05 pm local time. Tomorrow Saturday 7th September is 1st Dhual Qadah.

Saturday, 7 September 2013:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina:

    1. Seen: Ebul Hasan (Abdulah Shabar - MCW member) from Visoko reported: On Saturday, Sep 07, 2013, I saw the moon in Visoko Latitude 43 59' 20.04"N, Skies were clear. Horns: from 1 - 6 O'clock

  • India:

    1. Seen: M. Siddik Nadvi (MCW member) from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: Today Saturday 7th September, 2013 = 30 Shawal. 1434, we tried to see the crescent of Zul Qa'dah 1434 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM. The crescent was seen at 7.05 pm. Official announcement is done by Gujarat Chand Committee that 8th September is 1st Zul Qa'dah 1434.

    2. Seen: Yusuf Idara (MCW member) from New Delhi reported: Today Saturday 07, September 2013 = 29 Shawwal 1434 Hijri. I Yusuf Idara try to sight the Moon of The Month of Dhu al-Qa?da 1434 Hijri, at New Delhi, India from 06:30 pm to 07:00 pm horizon was clear I saw the moon of Dhu al-Qa?da Alhamdu Lillah

    3. Seen: Abdurrahman R. Shaikh (MCW member) from Patan, Gujrat reported: In the evening of Saturday, 7 September, 2013/ 30Sawwal, 1434, several people saw the Moon around 7:30pm IST at our Islamic Institute, Madrasa Kanze Marghoob Faize Safa, Patan, Gujarat. And the official first day of Zul Qaeda is on 8 September, 2013.

  • Lebanon:

    1. Seen: Dr. Hadi Jaafar (MCW member) reported: The moon was easily seen with the naked eye tonight in Beirut this Saturday evening, September 7. Horns between 1 and 7.

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