Moonsighting for Rabi-al-Awwal 1436
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The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on December 22, 2014 (Monday) at 1:36 UT. On Dec 22, the crescent moon may be seen in Western Africa, South America, Central America and North Anerica. On Tuesday, December 23, moon can be easily seen in the whole world (See visibility curves).

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Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent with binoculars was on December 22, 2014 from Karkas, Natanz, Iran ( 51°46' E, 33° 24' N).


December 22, 2014 (Monday):

  • Ghana:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Baba Abdulai from Tamale reported: On Monday 22nd December, 2014, the crescent was NOT seen. I was at the sighting post from about 17:55 to about 18:25 but I did not see the crescent. The sky was quite clear with no clouds at all but very dusty (Sighting Community from Sagnerigu).

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Siddik Nadvi (Nida-e-Haram), from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: Today Monday 22nd December, 2014 = 29 Safar 1436 Hijri, we tried to see the crescent of Rabi ul Awal 1436 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM from 5:45 pm to 6:15. The crescent was not seen.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Ishaq Zunaedi from Tangerang Selatan, Banten reported: On Monday December 22, 2014 Hilal was NOT seen, the weather cloudy & rainy.

  • new-blinkIran: (Report submitted late)
    1. Seen w/Binoculars: MCW member Mr. Mohamad Soltanolkotabi from Esfahan reported:

      Date of sighting: 12/22/2014 --- Report submitted on 12/23/2014
      Location: Karkas, Natanz, Iran ( 51°46' E, 33° 24' N)
      Observers: Mohamad Soltanolkottabi, Hamid Reza Ahmadi & Esfandiar Jahangiri
      Horizon condition: 1° mountain at Moon set situation, layers of clouds as seen in the pictures Temperature: 0° C
      Sunset: 16:59 Equipments: 8" Meade telescope, 20*90 binoculars, Canon 6D camera+ 1000 mm lens for photographing the Moon only, one camera for recording the movie & one more for taking extra photos
      The result: The slender crescent moon observed 28 minutes after the Sunset by two observers, Mohamad Soltanolkottabi & then Hamid Reza Ahmadi through 20*90 binoculars only. Crescent Moon appeared in a good number of photos as well.
      Moon properties while the first observation at 17:27 pm: Elongation: 7.49° -- Moon altitude: 1.51° -- Moon age: 12h 21' -- Moon phase: 0.55%

  • Kenya:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Ali Mohamed from Mombasa reported: Today Monday 22nd December, 2014 = 29 Safar 1436 Hijri, I and my neighbor tried to see the crescent of Rabi ul Awal 1436 Hijri at Mombasa, Kenya but the crescent was not seen.

  • Kuwait:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Hussain Khushaish from Kuwait reported: On Monday 22 Dec 2014 at Kabad Desert I could not see the crescent even with 8" telescope, the alignment of the telescope was confirmed to be correct by seeing Mars and Venus in the center of the lens but the crescent was not seen, the western horizon was clear exept at the last 2 to 3 degrees with haze.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: The weather was partly cloudy over the Islands and in some places with thick clouds on Monday 22nd December 2014. The NEW MOON for the MONTH OF RABI UL AWWAL 1436 HAS NOT BEEN SIGHTED in Mauritius, hence Wednesday 24th December 2014 will be the 1st day of Rabi Ul Awwal 1436 and Meelad Un Nabi (swallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) will be on Sunday 4th January 2015.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Not Seen: Ru'yat-e-Hilal Committee of Pakistan headed by Mufti Muneebur Rahman announced: Today Monday 22nd December, 2014 = 29 Safar 1436 Hijri, no sighting reports were received from any where in Pakistan. Therefore 1st of Rabi-al-Awwal will be on December 24, Wednesday.

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On Monday 22nd December 2014, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Rabi-ul-Awwal 1436 will commence on Wednesday, 24th December 2014 in South Africa.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Muhammad Choonara from Malabar, Port Elizabeth reported: On Monday, December 22, myself and 6 other Muslim male adults tried to sight the moon in Malabar, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, but couldnot, Horizone was clear with low cloud. Moon was also very young.

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town reported: The Hilaal for Rabiul Awal 1436 H was not sighted (per naked-eye) anywhere in Southern Africa (South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia and Angola) on the evening of Monday, 22 December 2014 (end of 29 Safar 1436 H). The 1st day of Rabiul Awal 1436 H will correspond with Wednesday, 24 December 2014.

  • Spain:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Gabriel Jairodín Riaza from Madrid reported: On Monday, 22 December 2014, moon was not seen. But we follow Saudi calendar, according to which Tuesday, 23 December 2014, is the first day of the month Rabi I 1436 based on calculations; Mawlid commemoration is Saturday, 3 January 2015. [Ceuta and Melilla follow Morocco announcement (habous.gov.ma), which says that Tuesday, 23 December 2014, is the first day of the month Rabi I 1436]

  • Tanzania:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: Today 22nd December 2014, the New Moon of Rabě al-Awwal was not sighted in tiny island of Zanzibar. We will complete 30 days for Safar, and December 24 is the 1st of Rabi-al-Awwal.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Umar Abdullah from Bon Accord, Tobago reported: Today 22nd December 2014, the New Moon of Rabě al-Awwal was not sighted here in Trinidad and Tobago. Therefore the month of Safar will carry 30 days. The 1st of Rabě al-Awwal will commence the 24th December 2014.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Mohammad Ramtoola from Cambridge reported: I was not able to sight the moon today 22nd December in Cambridge.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr. Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Monday, December 22, 2014), due to the presence of an overcast condion, it was impossible to sight the crescent in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). At 5:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 33.3 F, 32.2 F, 96%, and 30.06 in, respectively.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr. Mohammed Yahya Shaikh from Anaheim CA reported: On Monday, Dec 22, the moon for the month of Rabi-al-Awwal was seen by naked by my uncles in Rosemead, Ca and by me in Anaheim, Ca on at 17:15 PST. The horns were between 4 and 8 oclock.

    3. Seen: MCW member Mr. Kazim Mamdani from San Diego CA reported: I saw the crescent moon in San Diego, CA. with naked eye at 5:00 pm tonight, Monday Dec 22. Horns were from 3 O'clock to 7 O'clock on a dial of an imaginary clock in the sky.

    4. Seen: MCW member Mr. Mirza Shahid Basravi from Irvine CA reported: I was able to site the Crescent in the City Orange, California, today, Monday, December 22, 2014, for Rabi-al-Awwal, 1436 Hijri. The sunset was at 16:47 PST. I was able to sight the new crescent with my 7 x 35 binoculars at 17:04. Then it became clear to naked eye at 17:11. I was able to take several pictures. The tips of the crescent were pointing at 3:30 and 7:30 on the imaginary clock in the sky. The attached picture was taken with x12 optical zoom at 17:21 PST. 1436rbaIrvine

    5. Seen: MCW member Mr. Jim Lockyer from Wildomer CA reported: I had clear views of the new Crescent Moon this evening, Monday, Dec 22, with the bonus of Venus in conjunction. The weather was clear and 64 degrees. I first located the moon by binoculars at 5:06 PST, located approximately 12 degrees above the Santa Ana Mountains. The first naked-eye sighting was at 5:10 PST. Fortunately we had very clear skies this evening after almost a week of cloudy skies with great sunsets. A photo is attached here. 1436rbaWildomar

    1436rba2 December 23, 2014 (Tuesday):

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Tuesday 23 of December 2014 we have tried to see the Crescent from 8:05 till 8:50 but unfortunately we couldn't see the moon for Rabih al awal 1436 Hijra because of the thick clouds were over the moonset area (west Sydney).

    2. Seen: MCW member Dr. Shabbir Ahmed Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: The Hilaal of RABI'UL AWWAL has been sighted in Brisbane on Tuesday, the 23rd of December, 2014. Therefore, the month of RABI'UL AWWAL will commence as of Wednesday, the 24th of December, 2014.

  • Egypt:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr. Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: Moonsighting attempted (in vain) last night (Dec 22nd) 25 mins after local sunset i.e. @5:25 pm Cairo local time. Local horizon was covered with opaque clouds. The geometric attributes of the moon were not in favour of sighting it. Percentage illumination was 0.64% < 1%. Geocentric moon age was 13H 45 mins, which is also well below the limit. Geocentric crescent width ~ 0.21m = 12.6" => Again well below threshold for naked eye sighting.

      Today (Dec 23rd), sighting conditions, both geometric and atmospheric are favourable, and I have set up the Camera at the time when the solar azimuth was equal to the expected lunar azimuth (about 20 minutes before sunset). By the grace of Allah, I have just finished a photography session, amidst a power outage! I usually take multiple photos, spaced at 1 minute intervals, which serves to confirm that it was the moon, and nothing else. There was no sign of it 5 minutes after sunset, indicating true first visibility. It was seen through light cloud when we returned from Maghrib prayer at 5:17 pm, some 16 minutes after sunset. The clouds moved leaving a clear window to the moon. Visibility was quite good. The two pyramids of Dahshour, some 17 km away, were more or less clearly visible. This was a beautiful near perigee crescent very close to the winter solstice. For this reason alone, it is truly remarkable. At least seven people saw it with me. One of them failed to see it at first!! He saw it clearly 10 minutes later when contrast was enhanced by twilight brightness falling with increased solar depression. Temperature was ~21'C, Humidity 49%. Check it out in a photo here: https://app.box.com/s/nboqe4s4czri70jh5jan

  • France:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Laurent Abdullah from Mulhouse reported: The moon is visible today, Dec 23. the sky is very clear. Some people in South France reported seing the moon yesterday. wa allahou a'lam.

  • Ghana:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Baba Abdulai from Tamale reported: Tuesday 23RD December, 2014, the crescent was SEEN shortly after Magrib prayer (around 18:00). The sky was very dusty and hazy. Up until 18:42, the crescent could still be seen. Announced by Sighting Community, Sagnerigu.

  • India:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Siddik Nadvi (Nida-e-Haram), from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: Today Tuesday 23rd December,2014 = 30th Safar 1436 Hijri, we tried to see the crescent of Rabi ul Awal 1436 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM from 5:45 pm to 6:15. The crescent is seen. Horizon is clear and easy visibilty.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr. Abdurrahman R. Shaikh from Patan, Gujrat reported: On Tuesday 23 December 2014 30 Safar 1436 (local) Myself and 50-60 other people saw the moon at Madrasa Kanze Marghoob, Patan, Gujarat. Sky conditions were mosly clear. Time of sighting effort: 6:00pm to 6:20pm.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr. Ishaq Zunaedi from Tangerang Selatan, Banten reported: On Tuesday December 23, 2014 Crescent still not seen, drizzle and thick clouds.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr. Muhammad Yousuf from Abbottabad reported: On Dec 23, Tuesday, I sighted rabiulawal crescent in Abbottabad Pakistan at17:50 hours by naked eye.

  • UK:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr. Mohammad Ramtoola from Istanbul, Turkey reported: I am in Istanbul today, 23rd December and I saw the moon.

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