Moonsighting for Sha'ban 1443
1443 AH
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Rajab 1443: March 2 & March 1, 2022

Above is the old Crescent Moon of Rajab 1443 AH, seen on March 1 2022. The photo of Urjoonul Qadeem like Waning Crescemt moon taken by by MCW member K.Mohammed Hussain Palayamkottai Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India on Tuesday, 1st March 2022, 28th Rajab 1443. Latitude 8°43'36.3"N, Longitude 77°45'22.9"E Time 5:50am IST The Illumination was about 4% The Altitude was about 5° and horns were at 5 & 10 O'Clock.
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Above is the old Crescent Moon of Rajab 1443 AH, seen on March 1, 2022. Photo is provided by MCW member Dr Ayyub Patel, from Abha KSA, taken using Nikon p1000 camera. It was clearly seen from 620am to 630am local time.
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MCW member AR Sugeng Riyadi reported: The old crescent (Urjun al-Qadim) of Rajab 1443 AH was easy seen on Tuesday, 01 March 2022 from Rowasiya Observatory, Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia. Click on the photo above to see full size.


New Crescent Moon of Sha'ban 1443:
The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on March 2, 2022 (Wednesday) at 17:35 UT.
On March 2, the moon can only be seen by telescope in Polynesian Islands. On March 3, the moon can be seen with difficulty in Middle East and Europe, but easily in Africa and Americas. On March 4, it can be seen in the whole world (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on (Thursday) March 3,2022 from Cairo, Egypt.

March 2, 2022 (Wednesday):

    No Reports of Moonsighting on March 2, 2022

March 3, 2022 (Thursday):

  • Australia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Falcon Raja, from Sydney, NSW reported: Today Thursday 3 March 2022 Auburn, Sydney Australia tried to see the new moon through clouds from 7:35 pm to 8:07 pm. I was unable to see it. Western horizon was cloudy. It has been mostly cloudy for the last 3 weeks. There is a slight chance to see the new moon.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Thursday) 3rd of March 2022, the Hilal of Sha’baan 1443 has not been sighted anywhere in . Therefore, the month of Sha’baan 1443 will begin from Saturday, 5th of March 2022.

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Juma Melbourne reported: On March 3, Moon has not been sighted in Eastern Australia. Therefore Insha’Allah Friday 4th March will be 30th Rajab 1443 Hijri In’Sha’Allah 1st Sha’ban 1443 Hijri will be on Saturday 5th March 2022

  • Barbados:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown reported: On Thursday, March 3rd, 2022, the Crescent was SEEN, at approximately 6:30 p.m. Local time ( UTC -4). Visibility: Clear. Orientation: approx 4 O'clock to 8 O'clock. Therefore we had 29 days of Rajab. The first day of Sha'ban will be on Friday 4th March, 2022.

  • Canada:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr HiMY SYeD from Vancouver, British Columbia reported: Today was an almost cloud-free day and cloud-free early evening over the entire Toronto Metropolitan Area, including the City of Brampton. After praying Maghrib at home tonight, my brother Amir and I drove to an industrial area with clear view of the evening sky. We quickly spotted the new moon, a very thin crescent with horns at 3 o'clock and 7 o'clock.

  • Chile:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Muhammad Sohail from Coquimbo reported: In Coquimbo the City of Chile today 03/03/2022 after maghrib prayer I have seen the new moon of sha'ban.

  • China:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Musa·Minhai from Linxia Gansu Province reported: On March 3,new Crescent has not been sighted in China. I used a telescope. Latitude35°35'N, Longitude 103°11'E ,sunset time is 19:05, The Illumination was about0.8%. The moon altitude was about 6°, and the moon's age is 18h26m.

  • Egypt:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: On March 3 afternoon,visibility was excellent, as it had been all day. Apparent sunset was at 17:55, and I started my observation at 18:05, right after Maghrib prayers. Temperature, pressure and relative humidity were 17.0°C, 1018.1mb, and 41.2% respectively. I had my Nikon D3100 camera with 300mm zoom lens ready. I could see no trace of the moon until about 18:18, which was incidentally the best observation time. I first saw the illuminated arc of the moon through the camera's zoom lens, and shortly afterwards, I saw it with the naked eye. It was barely visible, but visible to me nevertheless, through clearances in the thin clouds for several minutes. As usual, I looked away (90°) and back and could still make it out. I am absolutely certain that very few people would be able to see a Hilal as faint as this.

  • India:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Zaid Duch from Gujrat, India reported: On Thursay, 03rd of March 2022 (29 Rajjab, 1443) between 18:30 to 19:25 (Sunset 17:42 & Moonset 18:27) at Location: Navi Masjid, Nadiad, Gujarat, India; I attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Shaban. I was not able to sight the Hilal, the sky was clear.

  • Kenya:


    1. Seen: MCW member Muhammad A Said from Mombasa reported: Thursday 3rd of March /29th Rajab 1443. 15 after Sunset some clouds started forming around where the crescent was supposed to be. But AlhamduliLLah I was able to see the crescent with Binoculars only. Reports from. around East Africa of positive sighting. Friday 4th of March is 1st of Shaban in Kenya.

  • Mali:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mohammed Zakaria CHAKIR from Bamako reported: Last night, 29th Rajeb (March 2, 2022), the moon was not seen in Bamako Mali, So today March 3, is the 30th Rajeb and the first of SHAABAN is declared to be March 4, 2022 in MALI.

  • New Zealand:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Abid Jafery from Auckland reported: There has been no reported sightings from anywhere in NewZealand and Fiji on Thu 3 Mar 2022 (29 Rajab 1443), hence Fri 4 Mar 2022 will be 30 Rajab 1443. Saturday 5 Mar 2022, will be the 1st of Shaban 1443 Hijri InshaAllah.

  • Qatar:


    1. Not Seen: Mr Ahmed Karim from Al Wakrah reported: On Thursday, March 3, 2022 I could not sight the crescent (Hilal) for Shaban 1443 at location Al Wakrah, Qatar.

  • South Africa:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Thursday 3 March 2022, the Hilaal WAS sighted in South Africa. Therefore Sha'baan 1443 will commence on Friday, 4 March 2022 in South Africa.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Keeka, Mohamed Iqbal from Pretoria reported: The moon for Shabaan 1443 was signed in South Africa this evening (3rd March). The month thus begins this evening.

  • Tanzania:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Ben Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: The Office of the Mufti on the tiny island of Zanzibar on March 3 has announced the physical sighting of the moon, so March 4 will be officially 1st Sha'ban 1443 AH

  • United Arab Emirates:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Usman reported: As per Khaleej Times, Sha'ban Hilal spotted in UAE on Thursday evening 03.03.2022. It was also seen through telescope. Friday 04.03.2022 will be Shaban 1.

  • USA:


    1. 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 Friday, March 4th, 2022, will be the first day of the month of Shaban, 1443 A.H. for the entire region of North This determination is based on the fact that there were verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 from many locations in North America.

    2. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Thursday, March 3, 2022), the crescent moon was sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). I was at my sighting location by 5:35 pm EST (sunset: 6:18 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy and hazy. With prior knowledge of the approximate position of the moon, according to the Stellarium software, using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started looking for the crescent. My first binocular sighting of the moon was at 6:16 pm. It took another 12 minutes for the moon to be positively sighted with naked eye. The horns were approximately at 3:00 and 7:00 O'clock (3:00;5:00;7:00). I ended the session at 7:03 pm when the moon was still about 1.5 degrees above the western horizon (moonset: 7:28 pm). While driving home, I still could see the moon till 7:09 pm when it disappeared behind clouds hugging the horizon. At 6:15 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 58.0 F, 37.0 F, 44%, and 30.17 in, respectively.
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March 4, 2022 (Friday):


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