Moonsighting for Rabi-al-Awwal 1437
1437 AH

Al Urjoonul Qadeem of Safar 1437

On the morning of Wed 9th Dec 2015, around 15 minutes before sunrise (5:48 AM NZDST) at eastern horizon, waning crescent of Safar 1437 Hijri was sighted at Danemora – Auckland New Zealand. The weather was windy and cloudy. (Photo on the left is provided by MCW member Mr Arief Syamsulaksana of Auckland.
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The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on December 11, 2015 (Friday) at 10:29 UT. On December 11, the moon may be seen in USA by telescope only. On December 12, it may be seen in almost the whole world except Northern Russia and Northern Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. On December 13, moon will be visible in the rest of the world (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on December 12, 2015 from India.

December 11, 2015 (Friday):

  • Spain:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Yasin Puertas from Melilla reported: On Dec 11, we made an effort bi-iznillah in Melilla, Spain, since it was 29 Safar, although we did not expect to see anything. The sighting was unsuccessful as expected.

December 12, 2015 (Saturday):

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Engr Manzoor A Mian from Melbourne, VIC reported: Rebul Awal crescent not sighted in Melbourne as well as anywhere in Australia today 12/12/15 Saturday. Therefore first Rabiul Awal in Australia will B on 14/12/15 Monday.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, The president of Al- Tadhkeer Society, Sydney, NSW reported: On Dec 12, Due to the rain and cloudy weather all over Australia, the Hilaal of Rabi‘ul Awwal has not been sighted anywhere in Australia. There was a chance to sight the crescent in Western Australia, because the age of the moon was more than 25 hours and the difference between sunset and moonset was 34 minutes. However, the moon still could not be sighted due to the circumstances of the cloudy weather. Therefore, the month of Rabi‘ul Awwal will commence from Monday, the 14th of December, 2015. NOTE: The 12th of Rabi‘ul Awwal will fall on Friday, the 25th of December, 2015.

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Saturday 12th of December 2015, The crescent was not seen in Sydney , The sky was very cloudy in this location, so tomorrow Sunday 13th of December is the last day of safar 1437 Hijri

  • Canada:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr HiMY SYeD from Toronto, Ontario reported: Local Sunset time for Toronto Canada for Dec 12 2015 was 4:42 pm EST. Unfortunately, due to complete overcast skies this afternoon/evening, no sighting was possible. Therefore this is a negative moonsighting report from Toronto for Saturday December 12 2015.

  • Egypt:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: At 17:20:00, On Sat Dec 12th, from Giza, Egypt, (30.036028'N, 31.200996'E), Crescent seen CLEARLY.
      I did not make it to my planned observation point on time, so I had to settle for this alternative. There had been some rainshowers in the afternoon, with some wind. As the sun was setting, the southern part of the western horizon cleared up. Visibility was excellent, except for sporadic patches of dark cloud. I first saw the crescent (1.6% illumination, 165.65 degree phase angle) at ~15:21:8.2 TT = 17:20:00 local time. I continued to watch it for five minutes, after which it sank into the obscurity of a small dark cloud.
      At this phase angle, there was little crescent to see. The horns of the crescent were past 4 O'clock, and near 7 O'clock respectively. However, at it's true zenith distance of 82.00646 degree, meaning ~7.99 degrees of altitude, atmospheric extinction was no problem. Refraction amounting to 0.1 degrees further enhanced visibility (Calculated using Saemundsson's formula). Pressure : 1014.0mB, Temp: 19'C, Humidity ~ 45% Astronomic parameters from USNO MICA 2.2.2

  • India:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Molvi Iqbalhusen Bokda from Godhra, Gujrat reported: Moon for Rabiul Awwal has been sighted here in Godhra, Lunawada, Surat, Ahmedabad and most parts of India today on 12th December, 2015. Sky was clear. Friends from many places gave positive sighting reports.

  • Kenya:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Muhammad Nahdy from Mombasa reported: On Dec 12, I sighted rabbiul awwal crescent with binoculars in Mombasa Kenya ( 4.0844° S, 39.6611° E). Weather was very cloudy hence sighted for just a few minutes before cloud cover took over.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Ali Mohamed from Mombasa reported: This evening Saturday, December 12, 2015 = 29th Rabi-al-Awwal 1437, I saw new moon in Mombasa, Kenya (Lat: -4.055789, Lng: 39.668470). Was very cloudy but Alhamdulillah I manage to see the crescen.

    3. Seen: MCW member Mr Abdurrahman Shaikh Patni, Gujrat reported: Hilal of Rabiul Awwal 1437 sighted in our Islamic Institute (Madrasa Kanze Marghoob Faize Safa, Patan, Gujarat.) on Saturday,12th December 2015(29 Safar 1437 local), at around 6:15pm. Sky condition was clear. Local Hilal Committee announced that the first day of Rabiul Awwal is on 13th December 2015.

  • Kuwait:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Hussain Khushaish from Kuwait reported: In Kuwait ( 29 :19:44 N, 47:53:32 E, height 2 m above see level , temp was 18 deg C ) ,on Sat 12 Dec 2015, I saw the crescent of Rabee al Awwal 1437 with the naked eyes, the events went as follow : Sun disappeared behind haze at 16:43, Sunset 16:50, first seen with 20X60 binocular 17:05, first seen with naked eyes 17:15, last seen with eyes 17:32, last seen with binocular 17:34, moon set 17:59. The western horizon was hazy up to 4 to 5 degrees.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: The NEW MOON for the MONTH OF RABI UL AWWAL 1437 HAS BEEN EASILY SIGHTED TONIGHT Saturday 12th December 2015 in different localities in Mauritius, hence, Sunday 13 December 2015 will be the 1st day of Rabi Ul Awwal 1437 and Eid Meelad Un Nabi (swallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) will be celebrated on Thursday 24th December 2015. The sky was practically clear with just a few scattered clouds.

  • Morocco:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Ehsan H. Hajar from Casablanca reported: Please note that I have sighted The new HILAL of RBA first by binocular & later by naked eyes today Dec 12th @1845 LT , SS in Casablanca was @1826 UTC. Horns BTWEEN four & seven o'clock Temp: 17*C. Press: 1015.9 Mbars. Dew point : 13*C. Visibility > 10km. Clear sky , wet horizon, 77% humidity The ministry of Habous has confirmed Sunday as first day of RBA.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Seen: Daily Times newspaper from KARACHI reported: The moon of Rabiul Awwal - 1436 Hijri - was sighted on Saturday evening and 1st Rabi-ul-Awwal would fall on Sunday. The announcement was made by Ruet-e-Hilal committee, which met here under the chairmanship of Mufti Muneebur Rehman. After receiving many evidences from different areas of the country, Mufti Muneeb announced that Rabiul Awwal moon was sighted and 1st Rabiul Awwal would be on Sunday 13.

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Saturday, 12th December 2015, the Hilaal was sighted in South Africa. Rabi-ul-Awwal 1437 will commence on Sunday, 13th December 2015 in South Africa.

    2. Seen: MCW member Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town reported: On Dec 12, Hilaal was sighted from Signal Hill, Cape Town.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Nular Bary from Colombo reported: Today 29th. of Saffar 1437H (12/12/2015) evening the Colombo sky was cloudy I couldn't see even a Star in the sky today till 7pm. as our sunset today was at 5:57pm. Our hillal committee observers from southern city of Galle have sighted the new moon of Rabi-al Awwal, Hence The Colombo Grand Mosque Hillal Committee decided to start the month of Rabi-Al Awwal 1437 tomorrow Sunday 13th. December 2015 "In Sha Allah"

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Abdurrrahman Razeen from Colombo reported: Today the evening of 12-12-2015AD=29-2-1437AH was the sighting day in Srilanka for the month of Rabee-un-il-awwal 1437AH.I was about to go to my sighting place but i was asked to participate in the C.G.M. Hilal Committee meeting. For the last whole week our country experienced with bad weather.Anyhow as a Fardh-Kifayah our C.G.M.H.C. with the A.C.J.U.H.C. arranged hilal sighting authority groups right around Srilanka.As we received negative reports from the most part of the island we received positive reports from 3 places of Southern province of Srilanka. 2 places called Shaluwela and Kaluwela Junction from Galle District and Weligama from Matara District.Hence it was decided by the president of the C.G.M.H.C.Moulana Riyadh (Baari) to complete the month of Safar as 29days and to begin the month of Rabee-un-il-awwal on the process.The parameters are *Galle Lat=6.02deg,Long=80.12deg Sunset=5.56pm,Moonset=6.52pm. *Weligama Lat=5.58deg,Long=80.25deg.Sunset=5.54pm,Moonset=6.50pm. *Sighting time=6.35pm Orientation=4 to 9 o'clock.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Not Seen in Tanzania, but seen in other locations: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: I have just received the message from the Mufty office that Hilal has been sighted in DaresSaLaam as well as in Tanga our neighbors , therefore the Mufty Office has agreed that tomorrow 13 of December 2015 will be First of Rabil Awal. No any palce in Unguja neither in Pemba Hilal has been sighted. however Mufty office comply with our brothers that tomorow is the begining of Rabil Awal.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Saturday, December 12, 2015), the crescent moon 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 5:03 pm EST (sunset: 5:04 pm). Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I scanned the mostly cloudy and hazy southwestern horizon. My first binocular sighting was about 5:25 pm. Soon after the crescent was seen with naked eye. The moon was about 12 degrees above the horizon. Presence of clouds caused the sighting delay. The horns were at 3:00 and 7:30 O'clock (3:00;5:00;7:300). I left the area at 5:59 pm when the moon was still about 6.0 degrees above horizon (moonset: 6:35 pm). At 5:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 63.9 F, 54.0 F, 70%, and 30.25 inches.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Mirza Shahid Basravi from Irvine CA reported: On December 12, 2015, the crescent was SEEN. The western Sky was very clear here in Southern California, I went out to see the crescent after 4:35 PM. Saw the crescent with my regular glasses at 4:45pm. The crescent was readily and easily visible in Irvine, Ca. The tip of the crescent was pointing to 3 and 7 on the imaginary clock in the sky.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Not Seen but seen other locations: MCW member Mr Ayub Mahomed from Harare reported: Conditions: Very cloudy in Zimbabwe. Moon was not sighted but based on sightings in neighboring Malawi Zambia and Mozambique tomorrow Sunday 13 December is 1st rabiual awwal.

December 13, 2015 (Sunday):

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