Moonsighting for Muharaam 1435
1435 AH

The Astronomical New Moon is on Sunday November 3, 2013 at 12:50 UT. Moon cannot be seen anywhere on November 3 in any continent. On Monday, November 4, moon can be seen with difficulty in Australia and South-east Asia, but can be easily seen in Saudi Arabia, Africa and Americas. On Tuesday, November 5, it could be easily seen in the whole world (See visibility curves).

Sunday, 3 November 2013:

  • Not Seen: Jim Stamm (MCW member) from Tucson AZ reported: On Nov 3, the sky was the best that I have seen for this location. I was NOT able to see the crescent, even through a telescope. The clarity and color of the sky gave me great hope as the observation progressed. However, though Venus was brilliant, I did not see Arcturus nor Saturn at 16:30. Saturn was too close to the sun, but something else was interfering with Arcturus.

Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on November 4, 2013 from Perth, Western Australia.

Monday, 4 November 2013:

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: Abbas Aly (MCW member) from Annangrove, Sydney NSW reported On Monday, Nov 4, I was unable to see the moon in Anangrove, Sydney due to excessive clouds.

    2. Seen in Western Australia: But Not Seen in Sydney: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: On Monday, 4th November 2013, the Hilal of Muharram 1435 was not seen in Sydney, but has been sighted in Perth (WA). Br. Yousuf from WA, who observes the moon every month, saw the moon around 7:70 pm. Tonight at 10:21pm Sydney time that was 7:21pm Perth time, he rang me and he said moon was very thin but Alhamdulillah we have sighted. Please note that sunset was at 6:44pm and Moon set was at 7:37pm. Hence, the Hilal Committee and Majlisul Ulama' of Australia have declared that the month of Muharram will begin from Tuesday, 5th November 2013.

    3. Seen in Western Australia: But Not Seen in Melbourne: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported: We were unable to sight crescent in Melbourne on 04/11/13 Monday evening but it was sighted later on in Perth. Therefore the first day of Muharram in Australia is Tuesday the 5th of Nov. 2013 InshaAllah.

    4. Seen in Western Australia: But Not Seen in Brisbane: Muhammad Khatree (MCW member), Brisbane, QL reported: A team of 12 people (adults and children) converged at a local park in Brisbane to fulfill the Sunnah of sighting the crescent. The crescent was not sighted as the sky was cloudy with no stars visible. However, in Perth (Western Australia) the crescent was sighted due to better weather conditions and 2-hour time difference.

  • Chile:

    1. Seen: Muhammad Sohail (MCW member) from Iquique reported: In iquique we saw the moon at 7:55pm on 04/11/2013. The sky was clear.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen (Too foggy): Yusuf Idara (MCW member) from New Delhi reported: On Monday, November 4, 2013 = 29 Zil Hijja 1434 Hijri, I tried to sight the Moon of Muharram 1435 Hijri, from 05:30 pm to 06:00 pm. Horizon was too foggy so the moon was not sighted.

    2. Not Seen: M. Siddik Nadvi (MCW member) from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: Today, Monday 4th November, 2013 = 29 Zul Hijjah 1434 Hijri , we tried to see the crescent of Muharam 1435 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM at 6.05 pm. The crescent was not seen.

    3. Not Seen: Molvi Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) from Godhra, Gujrat reported: Moon for Muharram was not sighted here in Godhra today on 29th Muharram, Monday, Nov 4. Sky was clear. Friends from other cities also gave negative sighting reports.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen by me only: Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung reported: Monday, 4 November 2013 after Maghrib the Hilal was SEEN / NOT SEEN due to thick patches and spreads of clouds at the horizon, from the North hills of Bandung, only I myself could barely make out the crescent through cracks in the clouds, and tried to point out the moon to others but was not successful. The moon soon went behind thicker clouds. The crescent shape was from 07:30 to 14:30. (Note by This orientation of horns of the crescent is not described correctly. It should be described in the direction of movement of the hands of the clock, so. it should have been from 4 O'clock to 8 O'Clock.) and the sighting took place from 18:12 to 18:22 local time (GMT +7). Today is 29 Dzhulhijja for Naked Eye calendar and tomorrow shall be 1 Muharram 1435 if we receive corraborative eastern sightings of same-area-sightings.

    2. Not Seen (Cloudy): AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java reported: On Monday, Nop 04, 2013, we (50 Muslims) did not see the moon in Assalaam Observatory, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia even by telescope because the sky was totally cloudy.

  • Kenya:

    1. Seen: Mohamed Noorany (MCW member) from Mombasa reported: The moon for Muharram was sighted with naked eye on Monday 4th November 2013 (29th Dhul-Hijja) in Mombasa. Tuesday 5th November 2013 is therefore 1st Muharram and the first day of Hijri year 1435.

  • Kuwait:

    1. Seen: Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: In Kuwait, on Monday 4 Nov 2013, I could see the crescent of Moharram 1435 with naked eyes. The events went as follow : Sun diappeared behind uneven horizon 16:58, actual sunset 17:01, crescent first seen with 20X60 binocular 17:26, first seen with naked eyes 17:28, last seen with naked eyes 17:35 (the crescent was seen for only 7 out of 50 minutes with naked eyes ), last seen with binocular 17:40, moon set 17:51. We were 4 persons, all of of us saw the crescent but it was very difficult because of haze and I think without the binocular we could not locate the crescent. (Note by This observation furhter confirms the Visibility Curves accuracy of, that it can be seen with binoculars or with naked eye in not-perfect conditions)

  • Malaysia:

    1. Not Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia reported: On Monday, 4 th November 2013 M equal to 29 Dhul-Hijjah 1434 H, I with my friends (Mr. Muhammad Zainal Abiden bin Mohamad Hani, Mr. Abdul Hayyi Amri bin Alias, Mr. Mohammad Haniff bin Md Yusoff and Mr. Muhaimin with his wife) cannot see the new moon either with telescope or with naked eye 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.
      Other places also give negative sighthing report.
      1. Highway Desaru, Kota Tinggi, Johor (01� 44' N , 103� 53' E), by Mr. Mohd Fairuz Tira bin Osman.
      2. Pasir Gudang, Johor (01� 26' N , 103� 53' E), by Mr. Mohd Hazwan bin Mohd Hamidi.
      3. Pantai Pengkalan Balak, Masjid Tanah, Melaka (02� 15' N , 102� 15' E), by Mr. Karim @ Zainudin bin Haron.
      4. Bukit UKM ditepi Masjid UKM, Bangi, Kajang, Selangor (02� 59' N , 101� 48' E), by Mr. Mohamad Fadzlan bin Yaacob.
      5. Skudai, Johor (01�28' N , 103�46' E), by Mr. Yusman bin Ahmad.
      6. Felda Tenggaroh, Mersing, Johor (02� 25' N , 103� 50' E), by Mr. Mohd Azli bin Ali.
      7. Pontian Kechil Beach, Pontian, Johor (01� 29' N , 103� 23' E) by Ms. Ayyn Zahira, Ms. Zanifaida, Ms. Yan Bahariah by Latan, Ms. Ashikin bt. Saleh, and Ms. Nurhidayah bt Sujali, Mr. Mahat bin Kayon.
      8. Tebrau, Johor Bahru, Johor (01� 28' N , 103� 46' E), by Mr. Noor Mazli bin Ismail
      9. Danga Bay, Johor Bahru, Johor (01� 28' N , 103� 46' E), by Mr. Afzan Amly bin Ahmad Taha.
      10. Tanjung Agas, Muar, Johor (02� 03' N , 102� 34' E), by Mr. Muhammad Saif bin Sadali, Mrs. Zaharah binti Mohamed and family.
      11. Kuala Kedah, Alor Setar, Kedah (06� 07' N , 100� 22' E), by Mr. Mohd Redzuan bin Pandil.
      12. Singapore (01� 22' N , 103� 50' E), by Hj. Ibrahim bin Ali.
      13. Makkah Al-Mukarramah (21� 25' N , 39� 49' E) by Mr Khairul Ariffin bin Haron.
      14. Perth, Western Australia (31� 58' S , 115� 49' E), by Mr. Nik Mohd Ridzuan bin Nik Shaharuddin.

      So, tomorrow, 5th November 2013 M (Tuesday) is still the 30th Dhul-Hijjah 1434 H. However, our government has decided that tomorrow (Tuesday) is 1st Muharram 1435 H.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: Nissar Ahmad (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: Alhamdulillah the new Moon of Moharram was sighted tonight Monday, 4 November in several localities in Mauritius namely Bain Des Dames, Albion, Grand River North West. First reported visibility was at 18hr31. Sunset was at 18hr21 and Moon-set was at 19hr21. Sky was partly cloudy. Hence Tuesday, 5 November will be the 1st Day Of Moharram 1435. Yaum e Ashoura will be observed on Thursday 14 November 2013 in Mauritius.

  • Morocco:

    1. Seen: Khalid Chraibi (MCW member) from Casablanca reported: I'm pleased to inform you that the Moroccan authorities have announced on Monday November 4, 2013 that the new moon had been observed. The 1st of muharram is on Tuesday 5 November.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Not Seen: Rizwan Shah (MCW member) from Gujrat reported: Today 4 november 2013 (29 zil-hijja), after the mughrib prayer I tried to spot the moon but due to cloudy westren horizon I didn't see the moon. However, the Chairmen of Pakistan moon sighting committee declared that 1st Muharam 1435 will be on 6 November, Wednesday.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Not Seen (Hazy): Luqmaan Williams (MCW member) from Ta'if reported: On Monday, November 4, 2013 c.e. in Makkah Province (At-Ta'if), I did not sight the crescent. It was slightly hazy.

    2. Announcement by Saudi Arabia: Muhammad H Zulqarnain (MCW member) from Riyadh reported: Although, Ummul-Qura calendar had November 4 as 1st Muharram, the Authorities announced that moon was not seen on Nov 3, therefore, KSA will complete 30 days of Zul-Hijja and Muharram 1 will be on November 5, 2013.

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: On the evening of Monday 4th November 2013, the Hilaal was sighted in South Africa. The 1st Muharram 1435 corresponds to Tuesday, 5th November 2013.

  • Spain:

    1. Not Seen (Clouds): Yasin Puertas (MCW member) from Melilla reported: On Monday, Nov 4, 2013, I could not see the moon in Melilla, Spain. Skies were covered from the west due to a storm coming our way at the time of sunset. I tried to look from 6:15pm to 6:40pm, but could not see the moon. We will wait for a positive sighting in the south west of Morrocco where the air is dryer, skies clearer and will have more elongation than us (two more hours), therefore, tomorrow is expected to be the first day of Muharram inshallah for us.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Not Seen by me (Cloudy): But Seen in Puttalam, Sri Lanka: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported: Today 29th of Dul Hijja (Nov 4, 2013) it is a rainy evening. Anyway I went up to my roof top to observe the Hilal of Muharram 1435H, I couldn't trace a thing as the western sky was covered by black clouds anyway our Hilal Committee of Grand Mosque Colombo had received some positive naked eye sighting from the North West town of Puttalam and our Hilal Committee of Sri Lanka announced to start the New Year 1435H & month of Muharram tomorrow Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: Hamza Rijal (MCW member) from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: Hilal was sighted in tiny Island of Zanzibar on 4th of November 2013. 1st Muharram 1435 AH will be on Tuesday 5th November 2013.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen in UK: But Seen in Morocco and South Africa: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Monday, 4 November 2013 (29 Dhul Hijjah 1434 AH) many people from throughout UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Muharram after sunset. None of the groups were able to sight the Hilal, as many places had cloudy sky conditions.
      However, we have received reliable sighting reports (Muhaqaq-Ruyat-Basari) from Morocco Awqaf Ministry and Jamiat-e-Ulama, South Africa. Therefore, the Wifaq/Batley Ulama have decided that the month of Dhul Hijjah 1434 AH will have 29-days and the month of Muharram 1435 AH will start from Tuesday 5 November 2013 (making Ashura fast on Thursday 14 November 2013), Insha-Allah.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Dr. Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Monday, November 04, 2013), the crescent moon of the month of Muharram was sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37� 15' 40" N, Lng: 80� 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). I arrived at my sighting location (The Blacksburg Middle School) at 5:37 pm EST (sunset: 5:20 pm). The upper part of the western horizon was mostly cloudy. The atmospheric condition was hazy. Using a pair binoculars (7X50), I scanned the areas with thin clouds or no clouds. At 5:58 pm, the crescent was sighted by naked eye just appearing in the clear area below the clouds. The horns were at 1:30 and 6:30 O'clock (1:30;4:00;6:30). I left the site at 6:20 pm when the moon was disappearing behind the clouds hugging the horizon (moonset: 6:25 pm). At 5:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 42.8 F, 32.0 F, 66%, and 30.49 in, respectively.

    2. Seen: Mohammad Naeem from Lake Forest CA reported: Today, Nov 4, I saw new moon after Maghreb prayer @ 5:37 PM in the city Lake Forest where I was work. Since the weather was little clouded, it was little difficult to locate the the new moon. It was quite thin and low bright and slightly oringe. The horn of top end was from 1 O'clock to 6 O'clock. Today the sunset was 4:56 PM and moonset was 6:09 PM.

    3. Seen: Mirza Shahid Basravi (MCW member) from Irvine CA reported: I was able to site the Crescent in Irvine, California, before sunset, on Monday, Nov 4 2013, for Muharram 1435 Hijri, I was able to sight the Crescent quite easily as soon as I walked out of my house at 5:15 pm, first with my 7 x 35 binoculars, and then immediately with my bare eyes. The tips of the crescent were pointing to 2 O'clock and 7 O'Clock on the imaginary clock in the sky. Sunset in Irvine, California was at 4:56 pm.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Seen: Ayub Mahomed (MCW member) from Harare reported: On Nov 4, the moon was sighted in Zimbabwe. Tomorrow Tuesday 5th November will be 1st of Muharram inshallah .

Tuesday, 5 November 2013:

  • India:

    1. Seen: Shahid Ali Farooqui (MCW member) from Amravati, India Moon of Moharam 1435 Hijri was sighted on 05 Nov 2013 at Amravati , Maharashtra State , India.

    2. Seen: M. Siddik Nadvi (MCW member) from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: Today Tuesday 5th November, 2013 = 30 Zul Hijjah 1434 Hijri, we tried to see the crescent of Muharam 1435 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM at 6.05 pm. The crescent was seen & 6th November is1 Muharram 1435 Hijri.

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