Moonsighting for Jumada-al-Thani 1436
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Old Crescent Moon (End of Jumada-al-Awwal 1436 AH), was seen on March 19, 2015 (not the new moon to start ,Jumada-al-Thani 1436 AH), (Photo is lost): This is decreasing moon that was sighted in Indnesia at Fajr time on Thursday, March 19 2015, local time 05:11 (UTC+7). It was reported by AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Ketitang, Juwiring, Klaten, Indonesia.


New Crescent Moon for Jumada-al-Thani 1436

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on March 20, 2015 (Friday) at 9:36 UT. On March 20, there is small possibility of sighting in USA. On March 21, the moon can be seen in the whole world except New Zealand (See visibility curves) below: 1436jmt1

Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on March 21, 2015 from Kudus Central Java, Indonesia.


March 20, 2015 (Friday):

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Qamar Uddin from Madinah reported: I was visiting Madinah on Friday 20 March 2015 and decided to join a local group of observers who were fully equipped with binoculars, telescope and CCD camera mounted instruments. We did not see the crescent even though the western horizon was very clear. There was a solar eclipse a few hours earlier, but since the moon set was after sunset in Makkah, the month of Jumada Al-Thani 1436 will start from the next day (21 March 2015) in Saudi Arabia.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: Imam Mahdi Association of Marjaeya (I.M.A.M.) reported: The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces that, Sunday, March 22, 2015, will be the first day of the month of Jumada al-Thani, 1436, for the entire region of North America.
      This is based on the fact that there were no verified sightings of the crescent moon at sunset on Friday, March 20, in any region of North America. Thus, Saturday is the last day of Jumada al-Awwal.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Mirza Shahid Basravi from Irvine CA reported: Mirza Shahid Basravi, reported NOT SEEN for Friday, March 20, 2015 from Irvine, California, USA: The scenario for the sighting of the new crescent on March 20, 2015, was exceptionally important and would have been one of the younger sightings of the new crescent, with moon age being 16hr and 25min at sunset. At sunset in Southern California the altitude of the Moon was about 8.0 degrees and the elongation was about 8.6 degrees. For this reason, instead of trying to sight from my usual sighting place in Irvine Ca, I went to Mount Wilson Observatory, 5700 ft above sea level, just northeast of Los Angeles. Unfortunately I was not able to sight the new crescent due to heavy clouds in the western sky. Mr. Kazim Mamdani reported that he and his family made a dedicated effort in San Diego, Ca. But they also faced heavy clouds on the western horizon and were unable to sight the new crescent.

    1436jmt2 March 21, 2015 (Saturday):

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr. Shabbir Ahmed Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: The Hilaal of JAMAADIYUL UKHRAA has not been sighted anywhere in Australia, the 21st March, 2015. Therefore, the month of JAMAADIYUL UKHRAA will start from Monday, the 23rd of March, 2015.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Saturday 21 of March 2015 the moon was NOT sighted in Sydney. Thick Clouds was all over the sky.

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Engr Manzoor A Mian from Melbourne, VIC reported: We were unable to sight crescent in Melbourne on 21/3/15 Saturday evening although sky was clear. It was also not sighted anywhere in Australia. Hence the first day of Jumadil-Akhir in Australia is Monday the 23 rd March 2015 InshaAllah.

  • Egypt:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr. Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: The Crescent of Jumada'laakhira has been Observed in Giza Sat. 21st March at (6:28:30 PM) by myself, @ 30:0 N, 31:12E, and also by one of my experienced crescent observing friends at a different observation point, slightly further west in Giza. Interestingly, we both agree that it appeared for the first time at around 6:28:30 PM. A few minutes later, I was showing it to my kids.
      It was quite thin, almost exactly west(azimuth ~ 270), and about 12' high (altittude). A nice near perigee, near equinox Hilal, 2.47% illuminated crescent, but otherwise, there was nothing really special about it.

  • India:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Abdurrahman R. Shaikh from Patan, Gujrat reported: On Saturday, 21 March 2015 29 Jamadil Awwal 1436 moon was sighted by myself and 10-15 other people from Madrasa Kanze Marghoob, Patan-384265, Gujarat. Sky was clear. TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 7:00pm to 7:20pm.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen by others: MCW member Mr. Ishaq Zunaedi from Tangerang Selatan, Banten reported: On Saturday March 21, 2015 Hilal was NOT seen, the weather cloudy & rainy. In other place my friend Mr. Joko Prasetyo from Kudus Central Java reported sighting of hilal on March 21. See photo on the right. Click on it to see it full size.

    2. Not Seen: But Seen by others: MCW member Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java reported: The new crescent of Jumadal Akhirah 1436 AH was NOT SEEN from Surakarta Central Java Indonesia, on Saturday 21st March 2015.
      We were several teachers and students of CASA (Club Astronomi Santri Assalaam), some students of SMA Al-Islam 1 Surakarta at Assalaam Observatory, Kartasura Sukoharjo, and about 60 students of "Hisab - Rukyat Hilal Workshop" at Ma'had Darul Fithrah Grajekan Tawangsari Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia.
      The sun was covered by clouds about an hour before setting time and it's raining all night at two places we hold the hilal sighting in Sukoharjo.
      Anyway, my student Rossiana Nur N reported that She could see the crescent by naked eye at Denpasar Bali Indonesia but the thick clouds covered the moon before She could take a pic.
      The first day of Jumadal Akhirah 1436 in Indonesia will start on Sunday 22th March 3015.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: The NEW MOON for the MONTH OF JAMAAD UL AKHIR 1436 HAS BEEN SIGHTED TONIGHT Saturday 21 March 2015 in Mauritius, hence Sunday 22 March 2015 will be the 1st day of Jamaad Ul Akhir 1436.
      The sky was clear in general all over the Island. Moon was sighted in several localities by members of Jummah Masjid Hilaal Committee. Sunset was at 18hrs20 . Moonset was at 19hrs 02. First reported Visibility at 18hrs 33 at Baie Du Tombeau.

  • Morocco:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Ehsan H. Hajar from Casablanca reported: Today, March 21, it was a happy moment to locate the new crescent of JMT about twenty minutes after sunset, in Casablanca Morocco. Though rain intervals & towering clouds covered the horizon most of today, the new bright Hilal was easily seen by naked eyes with its horns pointing four & eight o'clock. May ALLAH (swt) bless us all with Faith, Islam & peace.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Luqmaan Williams from Ta'if reported: Saturday, March 21, 2015 C.E. in At-Ta'if, Saudi Arabia, my wife and I witnessed the crescent for Jumada Ath-Thani, although, it was very cloudy. See photo on the right.

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Saturday 21st March 2015, the Hilaal was sighted in South Africa. Jumad-as-Thaani 1436 commenced on Sunday, 22nd March 2015 in South Africa.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Suhail Patel from Colombo reported: On March 21, 2015, the Crescent of Jumadul Aakhir has been sighted in Sri Lanka, therefore 1st Jumadul Aakhir will be on 22nd March 2015.

    2. Seen by others: MCW member Mr. Nular Bary from Colombo reported: Today, 29th of Jumada-al-Oola 1436H (21/03/2015) evening the Colombo western sky was patchy and I couldn't see the New Moon of Jumada-at-Thania till 7:15Pm. as our Sunset was today at 6:21Pm and the Moonset was at 7:22Pm. (276°NW) Moonset 61mts after Sunset at the age of 28h:16mts. Anyway our Colombo Grand Mosque Hillal committee received several positive naked eye sighting mainly from Jaffna (north) Putalum and some other eastern towns. Hence our Committee decided to start the month of Jumada-at-Thania 1436 Tomorrow Sunday 22nd March 3015, "In Sha Allah"

  • UK:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Mohammad Ramtoola from Preston reported: Moon has been sighted today 21st March at 6.45pm in Preston, UK.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr. Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Saturday, March 21, 2015), I sighted the crescent moon in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). The first naked eye sighting was at 7:31 pm EDT (sunset: 7:34 pm). The horns were at 3:00 and 7:30 O'clock (3:00;4:00;7:30). The western horizon was partly cloudy and hazy. It is 8:50 pm and the moon is still up and behind a thin layer of cloud (moonset: 9:21 pm). At 7:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 57.9 F, 33.3 F, 39%, and 30.06 in, respectively.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Ayub Mahomed from Harare reported: On March 21, Saturday, moon was sighted in Zimbabwe. 1st jamadiul Thani will be Sunday 22 march 2015.

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