Moonsighting for Jumada-al-Oola 1444
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Rabi-at-Thani 1444: November 23 & November 22, 2022

Here is the photo of Urjoonul Qadeem (Waning Crescent moon) taken today Tuesday 28th of Rabiul Aakhir 1444 (22 nd November 2022) by MCW member K.Mohammed Hussain Palayamkottai Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India (Latitude 8°43'36.3"N and Longitude 77°45'22.9"E). Time 5:10 am IST. The Illumination was about 5 % The Altitude was around 9° and horns were at 3 & 8 O'Clock.

MCW member Dr. Javad Torabinejad reported: I saw the waning crescent in Blacksburg, VA on November 22. The first sighting (naked eye) was shortly after 6:00 am (Moonrise and sunrise at 5:33 and 7:09 am EST, respectively).


New Crescent Moon of Jumada-al-Oola 1444:
The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on November 23, 2022 (Wednesday) at 22:57 UT.
On November 23, the moon can not be seen any where in the world. On November 24, it can be seen with difficulty in Southern Africa and Caribbean Islands. In South America it can be seen with naked eye on November 24. On November 25, it can be seen everywhere. (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on .November 25 Friday from Sydney Australia.

November 24, 2022 (Thursday):

  • Australia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Thursday) 24th of November 2022, the Hilal of Jamadiyul Oula 1444 has not been sighted anywhere in Australia. Therefore, the month of Jamadiyul Oula 1444 will begin from Saturday, 26th of November 2022.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Falcon Raja from Sydney, NSW reported: Today 24 November 2022 8:12 pm Auburn Sydney NSW, Australia the clouds are covering the RHS/LHS of the horizon. Middle portion is clear of cloud patches. I was unable to observe the Hilal for the Jumadal-Awwal.

  • Canada:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member HiMY SYeD from Brampton, Ontario reported: Tonight, Thursday Evening, November 24 2022, We had partly cloudy sky above the west horizon, with some humidity. I did not see the new crescent with the naked eye. Nevertheless I attempted sighting of the moon using the zoom lens of my camera. I took some photographs. Now at home, and after carefully reviewing my photographs, I do not see the crescent in any of my captured images.

  • Chile:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Muhammad Sohail from Iquique reported: In Coquimbo the City of Chile new moon is not sighted today, 24/11/2022, sky was quite clear.

  • Grenada:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Farid Patel from Grenada reported: Today, 24 November 2022 Moon was NOT sighted in Grenada. Overcast conditions throughout today.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory reported: Rukyatul Hilal for Jumadal Ula 1444 AH which coincides on November 24, 2022 was held at Assalaam Observatory, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia. This event was attended by all of CASA’s members from 11th grade. Today’s Rukyatul Hilal encounters obstacles caused by unfavorable weather. The new crescent of Jumadal Ula 1444 AH was not sighted due to unfavorable weather.

  • Kenya:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Muhammad A Said from Mombasa reported: Thursday 24th November 2022 / 29th Rabi-al Thani 1444 AH. We used a celestron Nexstar 6SE Telescope. We used the Sun for solar alignment. We were able to see Venus and Mercury with 'GOTO' tracking. At best time low hanging clouds were passing by. The Hilal was NOT SEEN. The East Africa community announced Saturday the 26th of November 2022 is 1st of Jumada Al-Ula.

  • South Africa:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Thursday 24 November 2022, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Therefore Jumad-al-Ula 1444 will commence on Saturday, 26 November 2022 in South Africa.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Keeka, Mohamed Iqbal, Pretoria reported: The moon marking the start of the month of Jamad ul Ula 1444 was NOT sighted in South Africa tonight, Thursday 24 November 2022. Thus, the month will begin after Maghrib salaah on Friday, 25 November 2022.

  • USA:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Thursday, November 24, 2022), 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 4:50 pm EST. The western horizon was mostly clear and hazy (Apparent and actual sunset around 5:00 pm). Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I scanned the horizon to find Venus as it could have been a great guide to locate this month's crescent. In the past two evenings and earlier today around 1:00 pm, I had seen the planet through binoculars only. Despite the clear sky, my daytime sighting of the crescent was unsuccessful. This evening, my first binocular sighting of Venus was at 4:56 pm. Then, I tried looking for the crescent moon with the pair of binoculars in addition to a pair of 10x50 binoculars with no success. I did not see the nearby Mercury either. At 5:25 pm Venus disappeared below clouds hugging the horizon. At that time, I decided to end my sighting efforts and leave the area since due to the topography and the clouds there was no chance to see the moon (moonset 5:31 pm). At 5:15 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 53.0 F, 26.0 F, 35%, and 30.28 in, respectively.

    2. Not 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 Saturday, November 26th, 2022 will be the first day of the month of Jumada al-Ula, 1444 A.H. 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 Thursday, November 24th, 2022 in any region of North America. Therefore, Friday, November 25th, 2022 will be the last day of Rabi al-Akhir, 1444 A.H.

November 25, 2022 (Friday):

  • Albania:


    1. Seen: MCW member Ebu Xhunejd (Ledjo Hyka) from Tirana reported: On November 25, 2022 we sighted the new moon easily ten minutes after sunset, by naked eye. So November 26 is the first day of Jumadal al-Ula.

  • Australia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Friday 25th of November 2022. We have sighted the moon easily in sydney Australia so tomorrow (Saturday 26th of November) is the 1st of Jumada 1 for this year 1444H.

  • Egypt:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: Tonight, Fri. Nov 25th, apparent sunset in Cairo was at 16:56. I intended to observe the Hilal from Dar Es-Salam (29.98°N, 31.23°E). district in southern Cairo. I only reached that point at just before ~17:29, several minutes after Maghreb prayers in a nearby masjid. The western Horizon was exceptionally clear, apart from the lower three degrees. However, the Hilal was considerably higher than that. It was very clear. I enjoyed watching it across the Nile for another few minutes. Temperature, pressure and relative humidity were 23°C, 1000Mb, and 47% respectively.

  • India:


    1. Seen: MCW member Zaid Duch from Nadiad, Gujrat reported: I sighted the crescent moon (Hilal) of 1st day of Jamadil Awwal 1444; today on Friday, 25th of November 2022 (29 Rabiul Aakhar 1444); at location Pavagadh Hill, Gujarat, India. The Crescent moon was sighted with a naked eye at 17:58. The moon was also sighted by our teammates at Navi Masjid, Nadiad, Gujarat.

    2. Seen: MCW member Rasheed Usman, from Kozhikode, Kerala reported: The hilal of Jamadul Oola 1444 AH is sighted at Kootayi Beach, Malappuram Kerala on Friday 25th November 2022 as informed by Hilal wing, wisdom Islamic Organisation Kerala.

  • USA:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Friday, November 25, 2022), 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 4:43 pm EST (sunset: 5:00 pm). The western horizon was mostly clear and hazy. Before leaving home, using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I had already sighted the crescent at 4:29 pm. After arriving at my sighting location, I started looking for the moon with the binoculars. It took me a few minutes to sight the moon by naked eye at 4:50 pm. The horns were approximately at 1:30 and 6:30 O'clock (1:30;4:00;6:30). I left the area at 5:58 pm while the moon was still over the horizon (moonset: 6:28 pm). At 4:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 51.0 F, 40.0 F, 65%, and 30.08 in, respectively.

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