Moonsighting for Rabi-al-Awwal 1441
1441 AH

Al urjoonul qadeem of Safar 1441: October 28 & 27, 2019

On right is the old Crescent Moon (End of Safr 1441 AH), October 27, 2019 (not the new moon to start Rabi-al-Awwal), (Photo on the right is provided by MCW member Mr Ayyub Patel from Abha Saudi Arabia: This is decreasing moon that was sighted after Fajr. Click on the photo on the right to see full size.

New Crescent Moon of Rabi al-Awwal 1441:

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on October 28, 2019 (Monday) at 3:38 UT. On that day, the moon may be seen in Americas with difficulty and in Hawaii and Polynesian Islands easily. On October 29, it may be seen in almost the whole world (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on October 28 from Blacksburg, VA in USA.

October 28, 2019 (Moday):

  • Morocco:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Zakaria Guelzim from Rabat reported: This is to inform you that I was not able to sight the hilal of Rabii I 1441 in Mohammedia, Morocco with naked eyes on Monday 28 October 2019 after Sun Set. The sky was quite clear in the sunset area. Many observers from many cities in Morocco could not see the new hilal (Oujda, Taourirt, Nador, Tanger, Casablanca, Benslimane, laayoune, Dakhla)
      The ministry of Islamic affairs announced officially, after contacting all offcial observation points in Morocco that the new crescent moon could not be seen and that Rabii I will start on Wednesday 30-October 2019.

  • Nigeria:

    1. Not Seen: Mr HabibuRahman Yunus from Yola reported: I have tried to sight the new crescent moon for the month of Rabi al-Awwal, 1441 today Monday, Oct. 28 here in my location Hore-lade Central Masjid, Yola Nigeria immediately after sunset 17:49 until 18:15 Nigerian time. 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 Monday 28 October 2019, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Therefore Rabi-ul-Awwal 1441 will commence on Wednesday, 30 October 2019 in South Africa.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On the evening of Monday 28th October 2019 the moon was not sighted in tiny island of Zanzibar-Tanzania, the Mufti office announced that Rabi al-Awwal will commence on Wednesday 30th October 2019.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Umar Abdullah from Tobago reported: The crescent moon to commence the month of Rabii'ul Awwal 1441 AH was looked for after the sunset of Monday 28th October 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 Safar 1441 AH will complete 30 days. Therefore the 1st night of Rabii'ul Awwal 1441 AH will be the night of Tuesday 29th October 2019 and the first day of Rabii'ul Awwal 1441 AH will be the day of Wednesday 30th September 2019.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: Wifaqul Ulama Administrator of Britain reported: The Hilaal for Rabiul-Awwal 1441 was not sighted in the UK. It was also not sighted in Europe or Africa. Wifaqul Ulama Shura have therefore decided that the month of Safar will complete 30 days. The 1st day of Rabiul-Awwal 1441 will be on Wednesday, 30th of October 2019.

  • USA:

    1. Seen by Binoculars only: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Monday, Oct 28, 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 5:56 pm EDT (sunset: 6:30 pm). The western horizon was mostly clear and hazy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the horizon. I spotted Venus at 5:58 pm with the pair of binoculars. Later, it was clearly visible with naked eye. The first binocular sighting of the crescent moon was at about 6:53 pm. The crescent was very thin and at no time visible with the naked eye, at least for the very short time I tried. The horns were approximately at 3:30 and 6:00 O'clock (3:30;4:30;6:00). A friend of mine was also able to see the crescent, using a pair of (10X50) binoculars. We watched the crescent only to disappear behind a small piece of cloud and to set soon after around 7:08 pm (official moonset: 7:14 pm). Mercury was also visible through the binoculars at 7:09 pm. At 6:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 61.0 F, 50.0 F, 68%, and 30.20 in, respectively.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Kazim Mamdani from San Diego, CA reported: I and my wife saw the crescent moon in San Diego, CA. with naked eye at 6:38 pm tonight. First we saw the crescent with binocular at 6:25.

    3. Seen: Zaytuna Crescent Watch from California reported: Crescentwatch has received reliable reports that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Rabi al-Awwal was sighted on Monday evening (Oct. 28th) by experienced moon-sighters by “naked eye” in Phoenix, Arizona and Berkeley, California. This marks the beginning of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal, with its first “day” occurring on Tuesday, October 29th.

    4. Seen: from Peoria, Phoenix Arizona reported: On 28 October 2019, Monday, the New Moon was Sighted in Arizona.

October 29, 2019 (Tuesday):

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Tuesday) 29th of October 2019, the Hilal of Rabi ‘Ul Awwal 1441 has been sighted in Brisbane. Therefore, the month of Rabi ‘Ul Awwal 1441 will begin from Wednesday, 30th of October 2019.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Tuesday 29th of October 2019 , we have sighted the moon in Sydney Australia at 7:45 pm for less than 10 min The weather was partly cloudy in the moonset horizon only. So tomorrow, Wednesday 30th of October is the 1st of Rabie al awal 1441H.

  • Chile:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Muhammad Sohail from Iquique reported: On October 29, the moon of rabiul awal was sighted in the coquimbo city at 8:20pm. The sky was quite clear.

  • Egypt:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: The hilal of Rabi'Elawwal was very clearly visible from Giza, tonight, Tue Oct 29th. The lunar azimuth (~245°) was very well aligned with the streets heading in the direction of the Pyramids, including Pyramids' Rd. I saw it clearly some 22 minutes after apparent sunset (17:11). Then I walked to Pyramids' rd. and enjoyed looking down the road to see the Hilal (@17:45).

  • India:

    1. Seen: MCW member Molvi Iqbalhusen Bokda from Godhra, Gujrat reported: In Godhra, sky was cloudy today on 29th Safar, 1441 (29/10/2019). But moon was easily seen at Kantharia, Gujarat. Moreover, Moon Committees of Delhi, Bhopal, Patna, Kolkata and many others have declared that moon had seen. Therefore it will be first RABIUL-AWWAL in India on 30th October and hence Eid-eMeelad wiil be on 10th November,2019.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Central Java Indonesia reported: The new crescent of Rabiul Awal 1441 AH was seen on Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 from Assalaam Observatory, The Islamic Modern Boarding School ASSALAAM at Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia. The crescent was first sighted by naked eye approx 10 minutes after sunset by Syaichu from Jepara (male student) and Kartika from Timika (female student). This event was attended by my students of CASA (Club Astronomi Santri Assalaam).

  • Nepal:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Muhammad Aamir, Vice Secretary Nepali Jame Masjid Committee, Kathmandu reported: The horizon was clear and hazy. Crescent was sighted in Kathmandu. So, on this basis, Darul Ifta wal qazaa, Nepali Jame Masjid announced that Rabi' Al-Awwal 1441 AH will begin from Wednesday, 30th October 2019.

  • New Zealand:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Abid Jafery from Auckland reported: Crescent of Rabiul Awal has been sighted in Auckland and Christchurch at the Sunset of Tue 29 Oct 2019 (29 Safar 1441). Wed 30 Oct 2019 will be 1st Rabiul Awal 1441 Hijri InshAllah based on the sightings confirmed in different regions of NZ.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Shoaib Saleem from Tarbela Dam reported: Today on 29-10-2019 just after sunset, the new moon of Rabiul Awal 1441, has been sighted clearly at Tarbela Dam by me. 1st Rabiul Awal will be on 30 Qct, 2019.

  • UK:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Mohammad Ramtoola from Preston reported: Moon sighted in Preston today 29/10/19 at 17:15. Sky was clear and moon sighted at multiple locations in the UK. 1st Rabi ul Awal will be on 30th October.

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