Moonsighting for Dhul-Qi'dah 1435
1435 AH

Old Crescent Moon (End of Shawwal 1435 AH), August 24, 2014 (not the new moon to start Zul-qi'dah 1435 AH), (Photo is not available): This is decreasing moon that was sighted in Indnesia at Fajr time on Sunday 24 August 2014, local time 05:22 (UTC+7). It was reported by Ishaq Zunaedi (MCW member) Tangerang Selatan, Banten, Indonesia.

New Crescent Moon for Dhul-Qi'dah 1435

The Astronomical New Moon is on Monday August 25, 2014 at 14:13 UT. There is no possibility of moonsighting on that day. On August 26, the moon can be seen with difficulty in Africa and Central America, but can easily be seen in South America. On August 27, the moon can be easily seen in almost the whole world (See visibility curves).

Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on August 26, 2014 from Tiny Island of Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Monday, 25 August 2014:

    Sighting possibilty is only by telescope in Polynesian Islands in Pacific ocean. We do not expect any sighting reports from there or anywhere.

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: M. Choonara from Port Elizabeth reported: Myself and 8 Adult Muslim male tried to sight the moon from About 6:06pm till 6:25pm, but could not sight the moon. The horizon was partially clear, but a bit hazy in some places. Moon was about 1 hour 40 min old (not enough age to see the moon).

    2. Not Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: On Monday 25th August 2014, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Zul Qa'dah 1435 will commence on Wednesday, 27th August 2014.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014:

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Panjtan Society of Victoria (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported: Today 26 Aug 2014 29 Zilqad 1435, moon was not sighted in panjtan society Melbourne. Sky was clear. 10 people tried from 5:58pm to 6:10pm. Then after Maghrib Prayer, again few people tried with no success.

    2. Not Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: On Tuesday, 26th August 2014, moon was not seen in Darwin, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth � Australia. TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: In Sydney: 5:33pm- 6:11pm Skies were cloudy in many states. FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 28th August 2014.

    3. Not Seen: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported: Melbourne weather was clear today Tuesday 26/8/14 but we were unable to sight crescent. It is also not sighted anywhere in Australia this evening. Therefore the first day of Dhul Qa'ida is Thursday 28th of August 2014.

  • Barbados:

    1. Not Seen (Cloudy): Mohammed Patel (MCW member) from Bridgetown reported: From Jama Masjid in Bridgetown, Barbados for today Tuesday 26th August,2014, crescent was not Seen, due to cloudy to overcast conditions. Effort was made to sight after Magrib salat around 6:32 p.m. We will therefore have 30 days for Shawwal.

  • Ghana:

    1. Not Seen (Cloudy): Malik Salifu Shaban (MCW member) from Garu Bawku reported: The moon was not seen in Bawku and its noubouring towns in the Upper East Region of Ghana on Tuesday 26th August 2014. Sighting efforts were marred by heavy clouds and rainfall from 5.00pm to 8.00 pm

    2. Not Seen (Cloudy)/Rain: Baba Abdulai (MCW member) from Tamale reported: On Tuesday, 26 August 2014 Skies were completely cloudy, with drizzling rain. Sun was hidden behind clouds all day. I tried from 6:09 PM to 6:49PM.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen (Cloudy): M. Siddik Nadvi, MCW member) from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: On Tuesday, 26th August 2014 (29th Shawal 1435 Hijri) sky was cloudy at Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM Khanajahan Masjid. We tried from 7.00 pm to 7.15 pm. 28 th will first day of Dul Qadah 1435.

  • Indonesia (Cloudy):

    1. Not Seen: Ishaq Zunaedi (MCW member) from Tangerang Selatan, Banten reported: On Tuesday, 26 August 2014, Sky conditions were thick & patch of clouds. I and 2 my friends, total 3 people tried from 5:52 pm to 6:23 pm, but could not see it.

    2. Not Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java reported: On 26th August 2014, it was partly cloudy and hazy. 40 students and I tried to see the moon from 5:00 PM - 6:05 PM.
      REMARKS: We also used DSLR Camera on GoTo Telescope

  • Malaysia:

    1. Not Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Teluk Kemang, Negeri Sembilan reported: On Tuesday, 26 / 8 / 2014, it was pertly cloudy. I and Mr. Mohamad Khairi bin Narahwie, and around 10 government officers tried from 7.00 pm until 7.48 pm. However, Government Announcement was that the first day of Zul-Qi'dah in Malaysia is August 27 based on calculated criteria.
      Another Rukyat places in Malaysia also give negative sighthing report, examples Baitul Hilal Pontian, Johor Bahru and Baitul Hilal Melaka.

  • New Zealand:

    1. Not Seen (Cloudy): Arief Syamsulaksana (MCW member) from Auckland reported: The crescent of the beginning of Dzulqi'dah could not be seen in Dannemora Auckland New Zealand on Tue 26 Aug 2014 due to the clouds covering the western horizon. I was observing the crescent from 17:00 to 18:30 using a 200 mm telescope calibrated to the position of the sun.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: Hamza Rijal (MCW member) from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On Tuesday, 26 August 2014, I sighted the moon from Zanzibar-Town, Saateni, at 18:30 EAT (15:30GMT). Hilal sighting in tiny island of Zanzibar is also confirmed by Mufty Office. Insha'Allah 1st day of Dhul Qada will be on Wednesday 27 August 2014.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen (Even with Binoculars): Dr. Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: Comment by This cofirms Visibility Curves Accuracy [Look at the map above for August 26). This evening (Tuesday, August 26, 2014), the crescent moon of Dhul-Qi'dah 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 (Blacksburg Middle School) before sunset (sunset: 7:58 pm EDT). Soon after, using binoculars (7X50 and 10X50), I started scanning the partly cloudy western horizon with no success. Mercury was visible, however. I stayed there past moonset (moonset: 8:22 pm). At 8:15 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 64.4 F, 60.8 F, 88%, and 30.21 in, respectively.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014:

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen: Ishaq Zunaedi (MCW member) from Tangerang Selatan, Banten reported: On Wednesday, 27 August 2014, Sky conditions were thick clouds. Hilal was sighted by naked eye at 18:15 (GMT+7), photo as attached.

  • Lebanon:

    1. Seen: Dr. Hadi Jaafar (MCW member) reported: On Wednesday August 27th, at 7:26 pm local time in Beirut, we (myself, my wife and my 6 yrs old son) sighted the moon easily with the naked eye. The moon was thin with horns between 1 and 6 o'clock arms. Western horizon was almost clear despite some low clouds. Temp around 31 celcius.

  • New Zealand:

    1. Seen: Arief Syamsulaksana (MCW member) from Auckland reported: I've observed the crescent of beginning of Dzulqo'dah on Wed 27 Aug in Dannemora Auckland New Zealand. The hilal was sighted by naked eye at 18:12 (GMT +12), the sun was set at 17:53. The western horizon sky was relatively clear. I also attached the photo of hilal captured by a telescope.

  • Nigeria:

    1. Seen: AbdulKareem Isa (MCW member) from Garki, Abuja State reported: I saw the moon on Wednesday 27th July 2014 by 7.21pm local time after the Magrib Salah alone in Jabi, Idu Industrial Area, Abuja. The sky was partly cloudy. Though on Tuesday it was very cloudy. It disappeared around 7.44pm local time.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Dr. Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported:
      This evening (Wednesday, August 27, 2014), the crescent of Dhul-Qi'dah 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 at 7:51 pm EDT (sunset: 7:57 pm). Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I scanned the western horizon. At 7:52 pm, I saw the crescent first with the pair of binoculars and then with naked eye. The sky was clear but hazy. The horns were at 1:30 and 6:00 O'clock (1:30;3:00;6:00). I followed the crescent till 8:42 pm when it was about to disappear behind trees and a building (moonset: 8:53 pm). Here is a photo taken by a friend, Jim Lockyer of Wildomar, California.

    2. Seen: Sayyed S Rahman (MCW member) from Phoenix AZ reported: I saw the moon of Dzulqi'dah on Wednesday 27th August 2014 at 7:10 pm.

    3. Seen: Mirza Shahid Basravi (MCW member) from Irvine CA reported:
      On August 27, 2014, the ZulQad crescent was easily SEEN with bare eyes. I walked outside my house at 7:15 pm, and was able to sight the crescent very easily. The tips of the crescent were pointing towards 2 O'clock and 6 O'clock on an imaginary clock dial in the sky. I took several pictures and one of them is here.

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