Moonsighting for Dhul-Qi'dah 1439
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Shawwal 1439: July 12, 2018

On right is the waning (old) Crescent Moon (End of Shawwal 1439 AH), July 11, 2018 (Photo on the right is provided by MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA, USA. He sighted the crescent at about 5:40 am on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Click on the photo on right to see full size.


Below is the waning (old) crescent moon of Shawwal 1439 Al Urjoonal Qadeem like phase of waning moon was seen in India at 05:25 IST on Thursday 29th of Shawwal 1439 (12th July.20) from Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli (India) by Br. Mohamed Hussain. Lat: 08°42'51"N :& Long: 77°44'26"E; Time: The illumination was 1.5%; ?the Altitude was about 4.5° & horns were at 4 & 8 O'clock positions. Click on the photo below to see full size.


On right is the old crescent of Shawwal 1439 AH that was seen on Thursday 12 July 2018 before sunrise from the backyard at Rowasiya Observatory, Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Cantral Java Indonesia, as reported by MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi.
Click on the photo to see full size.

Below is info about New Crescent Moon of Dhul-Qi'dah 1439:

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on July 13, 2018 (Friday) at 2:48 UT. On July 13, the moon can be seen with difficulty in Americas. On July 14, it can easily be seen everywhere in the whole world (See visibility curves).


The earliest reported moonsighting was on Friday, July 13, 2018 from Anaheim, CA, USA.



July 13, 2018 (Friday):

  • Canada:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Nuh ibn Zbigniew Gondek from Ottawa Ontario reported: Local Sunset time for Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for July 13 2018 was 8.49 pm EST. Due to overcast skies this evening no moonsighting was possible with the unaided eye or binoculars. The local Moonset should have been 9.24 pm EST.

  • Ghana:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Baba Abdulai from Tamale reported: Date of sighting effort 13 July 2018. Period of sighting effort, between 18:20 and 19:00. The crescent was NOT sighted in this location. Sky condition was hazy with thin whitish, smoke-like clouds all over. The western horizon was completely covered with heavy rain-like clouds. Sun had disappeared behind clouds long before sunset time of 18:28. Sighting location; Gumo fuel station.

  • Nigeria:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr HabibuRahman Yunus from Yola, Nigeria reported: Here in my location; Savannah Sugar Company Ltd, Gyawana Adamawa State, Nigeria. I tried sighting the new crescent moon for the month of (Dhul-Qidah, 1439) today Friday (July 13th) from from sunset time 7:01pm until 7:01pm, I couldn't find it. Sky was clear.

  • South Africa:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Friday 13th July 2018, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Therefore Zul-Qa'dah 1439 will commence on Sunday 15th July 2018 in South Africa.

  • Tanzania:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: The Dhul-Qidah Hilal wasn’t sighted in any place from tiny island of Zanzibar-Tanzania on Friday 13 July 2018; hence the month of Dhul-Qidah will commence on Sunday 15 July 2018.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Umar Abdullah from Bon Accord, Tobago reported: The crescent moon to commence the month of Dhul Qa'dah 1439 AH was looked for after the sunset of Friday 13th July 2018. Reports from all committees locally and regional confirm that the moon was NOT SIGHTED. We have accepted these reports and has declared that the month of Shawwaal 1439 AH will complete 30 days. Therefore the 1st night of Dhul Qa'dah 1439 AH will be the night of Saturday 14th July 2018, and the first day of Dhul Qa'dah 1439 AH will be the day of Sunday 15th July 2018.

  • USA:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Friday, July 13, 2018), the crescent moon was not seen in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). I arrived at my sighting location at 8:35 pm EDT (sunset: 8:44 pm). Using pairs of binoculars (7X35 and 10X50), I started scanning the western horizon. The lower portion of the horizon was partly cloudy and very hazy. Venus was sighted at 8:37 pm, first with binoculars and immediately with naked eye. I ended the session at 9:23 pm with no success (moonset: 9:23 pm). At 8:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 75 F, 62 F, 64%, and 28 in, respectively.

    2. 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 for the month on Friday, July 13, 2017. Therefore upon completion of 30 days, the 1st Day of Mahe Dhulqa’ad, 1439 AH is established as SUNDAY, JULY 15th , 2018.

    3. Not Seen: Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announced: Saturday, July 14th, 2018, will be the last day of the month of Shawwal, 1439 A.H. and Sunday, July 15th, 2018 will be the first day of the month of Dhu al-Qidah for the entire region of North America. This determination is based on the fact that there were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Friday, July 13th, 2018, in any region of North America.

    4. Seen w/binoculars: MCW member Mr Mirza Shahid Basravi from Anaheim CA reported: On Friday, July 13, my friend Syed Asad and I saw the new moon in Anaheim, CA. We could only see thè new crescent with binoculars. Although i spot the new crescent14 minutes after sunset at 8:16 pm, we could not see it with our bare eyes.


July 14, 2018 (Saturday):

  • Afghanistan:

    1. Seen: MCW member Engr M Ibrahim Mayar from Kabul reported: Today Saturday 14th of July 2018 , I could see clearly the Dul- Qaidah new moon after local sunset at 7:30 PM local time with bare eyes. The orientation of the crescent horn was from 1:00 to 7:00 O'clock.

  • Australia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Imam Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Juma Melbourne reported: Alhumdulillah today on 14th July, 2018 Crescent of the month of Dhul Qadah 1439 AH has been sighted in Sydney and Brisbane. Sunday 15th July 2018 will be the first Dhul Qadah 1439 AH.

    2. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Saturday) 14th of July 2018, the Hilaal of Dhul Qa‘dah has been sighted in Sydney and Melbourne. Hence, the month of Dhul Qa‘dah will commence from Sunday, I started my observation session by starting my stopwatch at 18:45:00 (UTC+2), according to atomic time. I spent the next few minutes setting up my camera on my refractor. The temperature was around ~31°C, RH ~51%, and pressure ~1004mB. Very nice weather indeed. Good visibility. There was no sign of the Moon at apparent sunset (18:58). However, it appeared shortly afterwards, while the Adhan of Maghreb was calling, with my stopwatch indicating 14'40". Therefore it appeared at ~ 18:59:40. I took a couple of photos and headed for Maghreb prayers. I took a few others just after Maghreb prayers as well. 15th of July 2018.

    3. Seen: MCW member Manzoor A Mian of an organized group named Moom sighting Australia, reported: Today (Saturday) 14th of July 2018, the Hilaal of Dhul Qa‘dah has been sighted in Sydney, Australia. See www.moonsightingaustralia.info

    4. Seen: MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Saturday 14fh of July 2018 we have sighted the moon in Sydney Australia at 5:13 pm for more than half an hour The weather was clear and the moon was quite high easily seen. So tomorrow is Sunday the 1st of Zul Qada 1439H.

  • Canada:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr HiMY SYeD from Vancouver, British Columbia reported: On Saturday evening July 14 2018, I observed sunset from Coal Harbour in Downtown Vancouver. I then searched for the new crescent moon. The crescent was easily seen high in the sky.

  • Egypt:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: I started my observation session by starting my stopwatch at 18:45:00 (UTC+2), according to atomic time. I spent the next few minutes setting up my camera on my refractor. The temperature was around ~31°C, RH ~51%, and pressure ~1004mB. Very nice weather indeed. Good visibility. There was no sign of the Moon at apparent sunset (18:58). However, it appeared shortly afterwards, while the Adhan of Maghreb was calling, with my stopwatch indicating 14'40". Therefore it appeared at ~ 18:59:40. I took a couple of photos and headed for Maghreb prayers. I took a few others just after Maghreb prayers as well.
      Click on the photo on right to see full size.

  • France:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Rida Roty from Caen/Normandy/France reported: Today Saturday 14th of July 2018, I could clearly see the hilal of Dul- Qi'dah 1439 around 10 min after sunset in Caen/France.
      Click on the photo on right to see full size.

  • India:


    1. Not Seen: but seen in other places MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: Today Saturday 14-July-2018 = 29-Shawwal-1439. I & My Family & friends tried to see the moon at my home from 07:20 pm to 07:45 pm the moon was not sighted because the horizon was too cloudy. But moon was sighted in other parts of the country.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Not Seen: but seen in other placesMCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory in Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java reported: The new crescent of Thulkeadah 1439 ah was not sighted on Saturday 14 July 2018 from my location in Central Java Indonesia. The west sky was totally cloudy. The new crescent was sighted from other locations in Indonesia: Lhokseumawe Aceh by Mr. Ismail, Yogyakarta by Mr. Mutoha, and Ponorogo East Java by Mr. Junaidi.
      However, the first of Thulkeadah 1439 AH in Indonesia started on the evening of Friday, July 13, 2018 according to calculations.

  • Morocco:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Zakaria Guelzim from Rabat reported: I sighted the new moon of Dhoul Qiida after Maghrib of Saturday, July 14th in Rabat, Morocco. It was visible with naked eyes 15 minutes after sun set. The horns wrre from 2 to 8 O'clock.
      Click on the photo on right to see full size.

  • Nepal:


    1. Not Seen: but seen in other places MCW member Mr Muhammad Aamir, Vice Secretary Nepali Jame Masjid Committee, Kathmandu reported: Crescent was not sighted in Kathmandu on July 14, in cloudy and hazy skies. I tried between 7 to 7:45 pm. In other parts of Nepal no one tried to sight it. However, following the sighting report from Imarate Shar'iyah, Patna, Darul Ifta Wal Qazaa, Nepali Jame Masjid, declared 15th July 2018 as a first day of Zil Qa'dah in Nepal too.

  • New Zealand:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Abid Jafery from Auckland reported: Alhumdulillah today on Sat 14th July, 2018 Crescent of the month of Dhul Qadah 1439 AH has been sighted in Palmerston North. Sunday 15th July 2018 will be the first Dhul Qadah 1439 A.H.

  • Sri Lanka:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Abdurrrahman Razeen from Colombo reported: Today 14-7-2018 is the official sighting day for the month of Dhul Qadah 1439AH in Srilanka. The Moonsighting conference held at Colombo Grand Mosque immediately after Maghrib preyers at the Board room. It was presided by Al-usthaz Rila Maqhdoomy Al-Hasany. The prediction of the astronomers is the crescent is easily visible to the naked eyes. The hilaal sighting groups was arranged right round the country. Most of the sighting groups reported as the horizon was cloudy. But we received positive sightings from our sighting groups which are:
      *Nilaveli which was sighted by Moulavi Muaad and Moulavi Riyadh
      *Mannar by Moulavi Azeem and his group members and Moulavi Fawaz
      *Muttur by A.T.M.Zubair
      Hence it was decided by the president to complete the month of Shawwal as 29 day's and The month of Dhul Qadah will proceed immediately as the 1st day falls on 15th of July. It's noticeable that the lag of the 1st day of the months of Ramadan, Shawwal and Dhul Qadah was 121 min, 100 min, and 81 minutes respectively.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Ishmael Khan from Princes Town, Trinidad reported: Tonight Saturday 14th July 2014, the crescent for Dhul Qidah was sighted just before the Maghrib Salaah outside the Masjid along with other brothers. The Crescent is from 3:00 O’Clock to 7:00 O’Clock. Tomorrow Sunday 15th July marks the first day of Dhul Qidah.

  • UK:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Juned Patel from Bolton Lancshire reported: On Saturday, 14 June 2018 between 21:25 to 22:10 UTC (Local Sunset Time was 21:32 UTC & Moon Set Time was 22:34 UTC) at +53° 38' 35.48", -2° 34' 35.61 Moor Road, Anglezarke, Chorley, Lancashire PR6 9DQ we attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Dhul-Qaidah. And the Crescent has been sighted at 21:53 Azimuth 291° Altitude +5° to the left of Sunset, sky was clear.

  • USA:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Saturday, July 14, 2018), 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 at 8:18 pm EDT (sunset: 8:43 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy and hazy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the horizon. Venus was sighted at 8:24 pm. The first binocular sighting of the crescent was at 8:26 pm followed by naked eye sighting at 8:29 pm. The horns were at 1:30 and 6:30 O'clock (1:30;4:00;6:30). Mercury was sighted at 9:27 pm. I left the site at 9:43 pm (moonset: 10:13 pm). At 8:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 78.0 F, 66.0 F, 66%, and 27.9 in, respectively.

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