Moonsighting for Rajab 1437
1437 AH

Al urjoonal qadeem of Jumada Al-Thani 1437

Here is the Photo of Al urjoonal qadeem for Jumada Al-Thani taken by Br. Mohamed Hussain of Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli, India today (Wednesday 28th of Jamaathul Aakhir 1437/ 06 April 2016) from location - Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli; India (Lat: 0842'51"N :& Long: 7744'26"E ). Time: 05:40 am IST. The illumination was about 3%; the Altitude was 9 & horns were at 5 & 9 positions. Click on the photo to see full size.

Simultaneous morning Waning crescent Moon and venus occultation on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from Tenerife, Spain ( 1637' W, 28 15' N, Altitude: 2500m) Observers: Mohamad Soltanolkottabi, Juanjo, Mauricio.
I, Mohamad Soltanolkottabi was pretty lucky to hunt the rare Occultation of Venus by slender morning crescent on Wednesday. Among hundreds of morning and evening crescents I have seen during last 15 years it was the first time I saw a planetary occultation at the same time. The Moon appeared in the eastern horizon in Tenerife Island while Venus was only 0.1 far away from the crescent. It was a fantastic memorable experience in my whole life!
Click on the photo to see full size.

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on April 7, 2016 (Thursday) at 11:23 UT. On April 7, there is no possibility of moonsighting, except a small chance in Hawaii and Polynesian Islands. On April 8, 2016 (Friday) the moon can be easily seen in the whole world except New Zealand (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on April 8, 2016 from Darwin and Perth, Australia.

April 7, 2016 (Thursday):

  • Barbados:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown reported: Reporting from Jama Masjid in Bridgetown for today, Thursday 7th April, 2016, Crescent WAS NOT SEEEN. This means we will have 30 days of Jumada-at-Thania. Insha'Allah the 1st of Rajab will be on Saturday 9th April, 2016.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed from Sanford FL reported: The Moon-sighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that there were no reports of sighting the new crescent on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

April 8, 2016 (Friday):

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Engr Manzoor A Mian from Melbourne, VIC reported: The crescent of RAJAB was not sighted in Melbourne today 8/4/16 but has been sighted today in Darwin. Therefore, the month of RAJAB will commence from Saturday, the 9th of April 2016 in Australia.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today, Friday 8th of April 2016, the moon was NOT sighted in Sydney. We were at the sighting post between 17:55 to 18:25 but we didn't see the crescent even with binoculars. The sky was cloudy and a bit hazy.

    3. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, The president of Al- Tadhkeer Society reported: The Hilaal of RAJAB has been sighted in Darwin and Perth. Therefore, the month of RAJAB will commence from Saturday, the 9th of April 2016.

      All viewers of, look at the visibility curve above near Australia, how accurate is our visibility curve between Perth (West coast of Australia) and Sydney (East coast of Australia), confirming above sighting reports.

  • Kenya:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Muhammad Nahdy from Mombasa reported: Alhamdulilah, managed to sight Rajab crescent today (April 8) in Mombasa, Kenya. Thick cloud but a small opportunity arose and Moon was sighted.

  • Libya:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Nuri Alfasi reported: Last night the Ifta authority of Libya in the capital Tripoli made an official announcement that today Friday 08 April 2016 is final day of Shaban, and tomorrow Saturday 9th April is the first day the month of Rajab 1437 H.

  • Luxembourg:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Michael Bruppacher, Luxembourg reported: We have sighted the crescent of the new moon of Rajab tonight 8 April in Luxembourg. Al-hamdulillah.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Nular Bary from Colombo reported: Today, Friday 29th.Jumada Al-Thani 1437(8/4/2016.) evening Colombo western sky was cloudy I couldn't see the New Moon, but in Colombo 4 Nimal Road Mosque group had sighted the New Moon about 40 Minutes after Sunset (6;19 pm) Also The Colombo Grand Mosque Hillal Committee had received positive sighting from the North and East of the country. Hence the committee applied to the Muslim in Sri Lanka to start the month of Rajab tomorrow Saturday 9th. April 2016. In Sha Allah

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Abdurrrahman Razeen from Colombo reported: Today, April 8, 2016=29-6-1437AH is the sighting day for the month of Rajab. The crescent was sighted in Kinniya,Jaffna,Karaitive,Colombo and Marudamunai. I was in Karaitive and the crescent was sighted by me and Moulavi Zaeem.The co-ordination of the location is Lat;8deg13' Lon:79deg48'. Sun set:6.21pm. Moon set:7.22pm. We sighted at 6.38pm at an alt:9 deg. The Oriean:4-8 o'clock. Hence it was decided to end the proceeding month 29day's and to start the month of Rajab on 9-4-2016 by the president C.G.M.H.C. M.Riyadh (Baari) along with A.C.J.U.and M.R.C.A.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: At 18:40 local time (15:40 GMT) on 8th April 2016, I sighted Rajab crescent with naked eyes in tiny island of Zanzibar, even though weather condition was hazy. Rajab 1437 AH will commence on Saturday 9th April 2016.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Friday, April 08), the crescent moon was sighted in Blacksburg, VA. At the time of sunset, the western horizon was cloudy but eventually became partly cloudy. As I left the house a few minutes shy of 8:00 pm EDT in anticipation of sighting the crescent in the clearings appearing in the horizon, I sighted the crescent moon with naked eye (sunset: 7:50 pm). Six other adults sighted the moon, as well. The horns were at about 3:00 and 7:00 O'clock (3:00;5:00;7:00). I ended the session way before moonset (moonset: 9:30 pm). At 7:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 42.8 F, 29.3 F, 59%, and 29.83 in, respectively. Click on the photo to see full size.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Khalil Homafar from Houston TX reported: On Friday 8th of April 2016 the moon has been sighted by me and a few members of our community in Houston Texas at 8:01 pm. The sky was partly cloudy. The crescent horns in clockwise direction was from almost 2 to 8. Saturday will be the 1st day of Rajab. InshaAllah

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Not Seen, but seen in Malawi: MCW member Mr Ayub Mahomed from Harare reported: Moon not sighted in Zimbabwe because of cloudy conditions but based on a sighting in Malawi 1st Rajab will commence on Saturday 9th of April inshallah.

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