Moonsighting for Dhul-Hijjah 1440
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Saudi Arabia Supreme Court announced that Friday August 2 is 1st of Zul-Hijja, Arafah would be on Saturday, August 10 and Eid al-Adha is on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Al urjoonul qadeem of Zul-Q'dah 1440: August 1 & July 31, 2019

On right is Al Urjoonal Qadeem (waning moon) seen at 05:28 IST today - Wednesday 29th of Dhul Qa'dha 1440 (31st July 2019)) from Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli (India) by Br. Mohamed Hussain from Lat: 08°42'51"N :& Long: 77°44'26"E; Time: 05:28 am IST. The illumination was less than 2%; the Altitude was about 4° and horns were at 4 & 8 positions. Click on the photo below to see full size.

Please note that for HIJRI COMMITTEE OF INDIA Dhul Hijjah 1440 starts from fair of Friday (2nd of August 2019) and will be celebrating Eidul Adha on Sunday (11th August 2019)


Below is the waning (old) crescent moon Zul-Qi'dah 1440. Photo was taken by MCW member Mr Ahmad Zunaedi at Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia on July 31, 2019. Click on the photo below to see full size.


Below is the photo of the last crescent of Zulqi'dah taken by Rafi khan from Bangalore India at 5:30 am, on Wednesday 31-7-2019/29-11-1440H. Thursday is the last day of zul-qi'dah. Friday is 1st Zul-Hijjah. Click on the photo below to see full size.


New Crescent Moon of Dhul-Hijjah 1440:

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on August 1, 2019 (Thursday) at 3:13 UT. On August 1, the moon cannot be seen in most of the world. However, it can be seen with difficulty in Americas and easily in Hawaii and Polynesian Islands. On August 2, 2019 (Friday), this moon can be seen in the whole world (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent is From Saudi Arabia on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

August 1, 2019 (Thursday):

  • Barbados:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown reported: Today, Thursday 1st August,2019, The Crescent was NOT SEEN here or in neighboring islands. Conditions were slightly hazy.Therefore we will have 30 days of Dhul Qa'ada. Insha'Allah, the first day of Dhul Hijjah will be on Saturday 3rd August. The day of Eid-ul-Adha will be on Monday 12th August, 2019.

  • Canada:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Shahid Rashid from Missisauga Ontario reported: On Thursday, August 1, 3 members from our Meadowvale community group attempted sighting, but due to clouds on the western horizon it was not possible to see the moon.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Nuh ibn Zbigniew Gondek from Ottawa Ontario reported: Local Sunset time for Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for August 1, 2019 was 8.30 pm EST. Due to haze and humidity skies this evening no moonsighting was possible with the unaided eye or binoculars. Sighting location: Mud Lake (near Britannia water filtration plant). Temperature: 28°C. Illumination: 0.6%

  • Germany:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Shehab, Khaled Ahmed from Crailsheim reported: Today Thursday, I have 29 DuhlQihda. I did all my best to see it with necked eyes from 21.07 but I could not see it. Our local sunset time was 21.07. The sky was not clear. really it was bad condition to see it.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Not Seen: Mr Ayat Ayat Langit from Assalaam Observatory at PPMI Assalaam, Sukoharjo, Central Java reported: The crescent observation of Dhulhijjah 1440 A.H on 29th Dhulqeadah 1440 A.H was conducted on Thursday, August 01, 2019 in Assalaam Observatory at PPMI Assalaam, Sukoharjo, Central Java Indonesia. The sky was hazy and the moon altitude was low.
      The sun was unable to be captured after covered by mountain. The cresent was also unable to be identified after sunset (05.36 pm). A number of participants including member of CASA (Club Astronomi Santri Assalaam), academia and Solo Astro Community joined the observation.
      However, according to several reports from Pasuruan, Lamongan, Gresik and Kudus, the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in the Sidang Isbath decided that Dhulhijjah 1st, 1440 A.H starts on Friday, August 02, 2019.

  • Kenya:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Ali Mohamed from Mombasa reported: As per the announcement by the chief kadhi of Kenya, NEW MOON HAS NOT BEEN SIGHTED. Therefore, tomorrow InshaAllah will be 30th Dhul Qa’dah.
      1st Dhul Hijjah 1440 will be on Saturday corresponding to 3rd august 2019 EID-UL-ADHA, 10th Dhul Hijjah 1440 will therefore be on Monday 12th August 2019.

  • Mauritius:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: The new crescent was not sighted tonight in Mauritius. First day of Zil Hajj will be on Saturday 3rd of August and Eid Ul Adha will be celebrated on Monday 12th August.

  • Morocco:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Zakaria Guelzim from Ifrane reported: I tried to sight the hilal of Zul Hijja 1440 from Ifrane, Morocco using a remote telescope witout success. There were too many clouds and the time difference between sun set and moon set was too short. Several friends tried to sight it in different cities of Morocco without success.
      The ministry of Islamic affairs announced that they observed the moon of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah 1440, after sun set of Thursday, 29 Dhu al-Qa'da 1440, 01 August 2019. They contacted all Islamic affairs representatives and Royal Armed Forces units who contributed to the observation of the Crescent. They all assured that the new moon was not seen. Thus Dhu al-Hijjah 1440 will start in Morocco on Saturday 03-August-2019 and Eid Al-Adha will be on Monday 12 August 2019

  • Nigeria:


    1. Not Seen: Mr Shaekh majolagbe monsuru Kayod, Mufti of Ikorodu, Lagos State reported: I began searching for the crescent of Dhul hijjah before magrib till 19:12 when I left for solat, then, it was partially cloudy. I returned after solat to continu the searching till 7:36pm when I discovered that the Sky was totally cloudy and sighting will be very difficult. Therefore, I left without sighting. Today's date in Nigeria is 29 Dhul Qi'dah.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Wasiu Akewusola from Alausa, Ikeja Lagos State reported: The crescent of the month of Dhul Hijja 1440AH could not be sighted in Alausa, Ikeja Lagos State nigeria. The sky is cloudy and the observation was made from 19.02 to 19.30 local time while the sun set at 19.06.

  • South Africa:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Thursday 1st August 2019, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Therefore Zul Hijjah 1440 will commence on Saturday, 3rd August 2019 in South Africa.

  • Tanzania:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On August 1, 2019, the crescent moon was not sighted anywhere in tiny island of Zanzibar, therefore 2nd August Friday will complete the 30th of Dhulqa'da and 3rd August, Saturday will be the First Of Dhulhijjah 1440 AH.

  • 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 Hijjah 1440 AH was looked for after the sunset of Thursday 1st August 2019. 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 Dhul Qi'dah 1440 AH would complete 30 days. Therefore the 1st night of Dhul Hijjah 1440 AH will be the night of Friday 2nd August 2019 and the first day of Dhul Hijjah1440 AH will be the day of Saturday 3rd August 2019.
      Location: lat: 10 35 long: 61 21 : Time of Sunset: 18:30:42 :

  • UK:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Qamar Uddin from York reported: On August 1, the western horizon in York (UK) was partly cloudy, but the moon was not sighted. The weather forecast shows many parts of the UK had clear skies, but we have not received any positive sighting reports. In fact, we have received a fax from Morocco Awqaf Ministry of negative sighting report, covering 278 points. Therefore, we will have a divided Eid-ul Adha 1440 AH in the UK. Those who follow moon sighting will start the month on Sat 3rd August 2019 and do Eid on Mon 12th August 2019. And those who follow Saudi Arabia will do Eid on the previous day.

    2. Not Seen: Wifaqul Ulama Administrator of Britain reported: All 12 months of the Islamic Calendar begin with moon sighting. We have received no reports of Moon sighting. Thus signicant dates are as follows:
      ?hu al-?ijja: Saturday, 03rd of August 2019
      Eid al-Adha: Monday, 12th of August 2019
      Wifaqul Ulama monitored Moon sighting in Asia, Africa and Europe_ as a research project. We strongly urge all British Muslims to pay attention to what actually happens in various countries before deciding to offer their acts of worship in these most blessed days.

  • USA:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Mohammed Yahya Shaikh from Garland, TX reported: Allhamdullilah the moon for the month of hajj was seen on Thursday August 1, 2019, first by binos at 20:48 and then naked eye, at 20:50 PM central time from the parking lot of Masjid Yaseen in Garland Texas by many brothers. The horns were between 1:30 and 7:30 on an imaginary clock and was roughly 3 degrees above the horizon. The moon disappeared behind the urban landscape at 21:00.

    2. Seen: Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announced: The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America announces that there were verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye from many locations in Southern California during the sunset of Thursday, August 1st, 2019. Therefore, the first day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1440 A.H. will be on Friday, August 2nd, 2019.

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Thursday, Aug 1, 2019), 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 about 7:50 pm EDT (sunset 8:31 pm). Using two pairs of binoculars (7X50 and 10X50), I started scanning the mostly cloudy and very hazy western horizon with no success. I ended the session at 9:13 pm (moonset: 9:16 pm). At 8:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 69 F, 69 F, 100%, and 30.18 in, respectively.

    4. Seen: Mr Omair Kamil from Mountain View CA reported: On August 1, the moon was visible by naked eye for about half an hour. Picture taken by cell camera (pixel 3 using night sight mode).
      Note by Moonsighting.com: The picture was not provided despite a request from moonsighting.

August 2, 2019 (Friday):

  • Afghanistan:

    1. Seen: MCW member Engr M Ibrahim Mayar from Kabul reported: Today, August 2,2019,Friday, the Zulhejah Helal was sighted after sunset 7:30 PM local time from Kabul city. The orientation of crescent horn was from 2 O'clock to 8 O'clock.

  • Australia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Abbas Aly, from Sydney, NSW reported: The Moon was sighted for Zil Hajj at 5.33 pm Friday 2nd August. 1st Day will be Saturday 3rd August.

    2. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Friday) 2nd of August 2019, the Hilaal of Dhul Hijjah has been sighted in Sydney, Brisbane & Canberra. Hence, according to the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet SAW, the month of Dhul Hijjah will commence from Saturday, 3rd of August 2019. Eid -ul- Adhaa will be celebrated on Monday 12th of August 2019.

    3. Seen: MCW member Imam Abul Qasim Syed, Imam Juma Melbourne reported: Moon has been sighted in Sydney and Brisbane.In’Sha’Allah tomorrow Saturday 3rd August will be the First of Dhul Haj 1440 AH. In’Sha’Allah Eid Ul Adha will be on Monday 12th August 2019.

    4. Seen: MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Friday 2nd of August 2019 we have sighted the moon in Sydney Australia. The weather was clear and the moon stayed long time in the sky. So tomorrow Saturday is 1st of zu lhijjah 1440H.

  • Cyprus:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Bilal Brown from Northern Cyprus reported: On August 2, Friday, the new moon of Dhul Hijjah was seen in Northern Cyprus after maghrib with the naked eye by myself only.

  • Egypt:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Giza reported: It is my pleasure to confirm the sighting of the Hilal of Dhi'l-hijja, from Giza. I started my observation session several minutes before apparent sunset (18:48), from Giza 30.0°N, 31.2°E, Friday, 2nd of August. There was no sign of the Moon until the Adhan had finished. It was clearly visible when I returned, some 16 minutes after apparent sunset.

  • Germany:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Shehab, Khaled Ahmed from Crailsheim reported: Today Friday I have 30 DuhlQihda. I did all my best to see it with necked eyes from 21.04 but I could not see it. our local sunset time was 21.04. The sky was not clear due to clouds on the western horizon it was not possible to see the moon. really it was bad condition to see it. From Germany / City : 74564 Crailsheim

  • India:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Md Ohidullah from Birbhum, West Bengal reported: Today's evening, Crescent moon of Zul-Hijja has been sighted with naked eye in Birbhum, India. Tomorrow Saturday 3rd August will be start the First day of Zul-Hijja 1440 AH. IN’SHA’ALLAH Eid-ul-Adhaa will be celebrated on Monday 12th of August 2019.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Rasheed Usman, Chennai reported: Today, August 2, 2019 (Friday), Hilal was sighted in Chennai and the Qazi has declared it. Eid -al-Adha will be on Monday, August 12, 2019.

    3. Seen: MCW member Dr Sayyad Mohd Arshi from Dehradun reported: In Dehradun, 2nd August 2019 Crescent of Zil hijja has been sighted. Eid ul Azha will be on 12th August 2019 (Monday)

    4. Seen: MCW member Molvi Iqbalhusen Bokda from Godhra, Gujrat reported: Moon for Zilhajj was not sighted here in Godhra due to dense clouds. But in some parts of North Gujarat like Palanpur and Chhapi moon was easily seen. Moreover, in most parts of India like Bihar, Asam, Bengal and U.P. moon was clearly seen. Almost all moon committees of India including Delhi, Patna, Gujarat, Mumbai etc. have declared that it will be 1st of Zilhajj on Saturday 3rd August and hence Eid will be celebrated on Monday, 12th August.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory Central Java Indonesia reported: The new crescent of Dhulhijjah 1440 AH was easy seen by naked eye on Friday, August 2nd, 2019 from Rowasiya Observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia.

  • New Zealand:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Abid Jafery from Auckland reported: Crescent of Zilhijjah has been sighted with naked eye in New Zealand on Fri 02 Ag 2019 (29 Zeeqadah), So Sat 03 Aug 2019 will be 1st Zilhijjah 1440 Hijri InshaAllah.

  • Pakistan:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Shoaib Saleem from Tarbela Dam reported: Today on 02 Aug, 2019 Central rouiat Hilal Committee of Pakistan announced the sighting of new moon of Dhul Haj 1440. In’Sha’Allah tomorrow Saturday 3rd August will be the First of Dhul Haj 1440 AH. In’Sha’Allah Eid Ul Adha will be on Monday 12th August 2019 in Pakistan. At my local place Tarbela Dam moon is not sighted due to heavy cloud.

  • Sri Lanka:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Nular Bary from Colombo reported: Today 29th. of Zul-Q'dah 1440: (2/8/2019) evening the New Moon of Dhul Hijjah is sighted in several area in the country. Hence the 1st. day of Dhul Hijjah 1440 will start tomorrow 3rd. Saturday InShaAllah Eid ul Alha will be commence on 12th.Monday August 2019. In Sri Lanka.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Suhail Patel from Colombo reported: The crescent for ZUL HAJJ has been sighted in Sri Lanka today, Therefore the month of Zul-HAJJ 1440 will commence on 3rd August 2019. EID UL AZHA WILL BE CELEBRATED ON MONDAY, 12TH AUGUST 2019.

  • UK:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Hidayatullah Patel from Blackburn, Lancashire reported: Today Friday 02/08/2019 we saw the crescent with naked eye and with binoculars at around 21.10 - 21.45 at Mellor, Blackburn, Lancashire, UK.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Juned Patel from Bolton Lancshire reported: I, Juned Patel, sighted the crescent moon (Hilal) of 1st day of Dhul-Hijjah; today on Friday, 2nd of August 2019 (30 Dhul-Qi'dah 1440 AH); at location Chorley Old Road, Bolton, Lancashire, UK. Altitude: 220m Height. The Crescent moon was sighted first with the naked eye at 21:28 to the left of Sunset and orientation was from 1 to 7 O’clock, It was visible till 21:40 and then disappeared behind the clouds.

  • USA:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Friday, Aug 2, 2019), 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 8:44 pm EDT (sunset: 8:30 pm). The western horizon was mostly cloudy and hazy. There was an opening closer to the horizon. So, it was a matter of time for the moon to appear there. I used a pair of binoculars (7x50) to check if the moon could be detected under the clouds. It was at 9:21 pm that the moon started to descend into the clearing. That was seen by binoculars and immediately after by the naked eye. The horns were at approximately 1:30 and 6:30 O'clock (1:30;4:00;6:30). I left the area at 9:40 pm while the moon was close to the horizon but still visible (moonset: 9:58 pm). At 9:15 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 71.0 F, 69.0 F, 92%, and 30.16 in.

Eid al-Adha in Different Countries (Updated when information is available)

Countries that follow Saudi Arabia would have Eid al-Adha on Sunday, August 11, 2019

  1. Saudi Arabia
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Albania
  4. Algeria
  5. Angola
  6. Armenia
  7. Austria
  8. Azerbaijan
  9. Bahrian
  10. Belgium
  11. Bolivia
  12. Bosnia and Hercegovina
  13. Bulgaria
  14. Burkina Faso
  15. Chechnia
  16. Croatia
  17. Denmark
  18. France (CFCM - French Council of Muslims)
  19. Finland
  20. Gambia (50% population)
  21. Georgia
  22. Germany
  23. Hungary
  24. Iceland
  25. Iraq (Sunnis Follow Saudi)
  26. Ireland
  27. Italy
  28. Kosovo
  29. Kuwait
  30. Lebanon
  31. Luxembourg
  32. Macedonia
  33. Mauritania
  34. Montenegro
  35. Qatar
  36. Romania
  37. Russia
  38. Serbia
  39. Singapore
  40. Slovania
  41. Spain
  42. Sudan
  43. Sweden
  44. Switzerland
  45. Taiwan
  46. Tajikistan
  47. Tatarstan
  48. Togo
  49. Turkmenistan
  50. U.A.E.
  51. UK Most Masajid
  52. Ukraine
  53. Uzbekistan
  54. Yemen (Southern)
  55. Turkey (European Council for Fatwa & Research) Altitude >5°, elongation>8° anywhere
  56. USA & Canada - Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) /Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Countries that have their own criteria
  1. Brunei (Sunday, August 11, 2019)
  2. Canada (Toronto Hilal Committee) (Sunday, August 11, 2019)
  3. China (Following MeccaCalendar.org) (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  4. Cyprus (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  5. France (UOIF - Union of the Islamic Organizations of France) ()
  6. Egypt (Sunday, August 11, 2019)
  7. India - Hijri Committee of India (Day after conjunction) (Sunday, August 11, 2019)
  8. Indonesia (Official Announcement and Actual sighting) (Sunday, August 11, 2019)
  9. Libya (Official Announcement) ()
  10. Malaysia (Official Announcement) (Sunday, August 11, 2019)
  11. New Zealand (Local Sighting or follow Australia) (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  12. Nigeria (Official Announcement) (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  13. Norway (Islamic Council of Norway - Info from any Muslim country ()
  14. Poland (Calculation) ()
  15. Spain (Union of Islamic Communities of Spain) ()
  16. Thailand (Announcement) ()
  17. Tunisia (Criteria of age, or sunset-moonset lag) ()
  18. UK [Coordinated by Major Islamic Centres of London] (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  19. UK [Wifaaqul ulama)(Sighting from countries east of UK) (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  20. USA [Shi'aas Houston Hilal Committee, Chicago Hilal Committee] (Sunday, August 11, 2019)
  21. USA (Sunday, August 11, 2019)
Countries that follow Local Sighting
  1. Australia (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  2. Bangladesh (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  3. Barbados (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  4. Bermuda ()
  5. Chile ()
  6. Colombia (Follow Chile) ()
  7. Dagestan ()
  8. Fiji Islands ()
  9. Gambia (50% population) (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  10. Ghana (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  11. Guyana (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  12. India (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  13. Iran (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  14. Kenya (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  15. Madagascer (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  16. Malawi (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  17. Mauritius (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  18. Morocco (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  19. Mozambique (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  20. Namibia (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  21. New Zealand (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  22. Niger (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  23. Nigeria (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  24. Pakistan (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  25. Panama ()
  26. Senegal (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  27. South Africa (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  28. Sri Lanka (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  29. Suriname ()
  30. Tanzania (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  31. Trinidad & Tobago (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  32. UK (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  33. Yemen (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  34. Zambia (Monday, August 12, 2019)
  35. Zimbabwe (Monday, August 12, 2019)

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