Moonsighting for Rabi-al-Awwal 1444
1444 AH
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Safar 1444: September 25 & September 24, 2022

MCW member K. Mohammed Hussain Palayamkottai Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India said: Here with I have enclosed the photo of Urjoonul Qadeem like Waning Crescemt moon taken today Saturday 28th of Safar 1444 (24th September 2022) Taken by me from Palayamkottai Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India. Latitude 8°43'36.3"N and Longitude 77°45'22.9"E. Time 5:09am IST The Illumination was about 3.9% The Altitude was more than 5° and horns were at 3 & 8 O'Clock.

MCW member AR Sugeng Riyadi, Surakarta, Java reported: The old crescent of Shafar 1444 AH was seen on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from Rowasiya Observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia.


New Crescent Moon of Rabi-al-Awwal 1444:
The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on September 25, 2022 (Sunday) at 21:54 UT.
On September 25, the moon can not be seen anywhere in the world. On September 26, it is extremely hard to see in Africa. It may be seen with difficulty in Southern region of USA. On September 27, it is visible in the whole world (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on Septemmber 26 from USA.

September 25, 2022 (Sunday):

    No moonsighting was possible anywhere.

September 26, 2022 (Monday):

  • Albania:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Ebu Xhunejd (Ledjo Hyka) from Tirana reported: We couldn't sight the new moon on Septmber 26. The sky was totally cloudy and rainy. So, 28 September is the first day of Rabi-al-Awwal.

  • Australia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Monday) 26th of September 2022, the Hilal of Rabi‘ul Awwal 1444 has not been sighted anywhere in Australia. Therefore, the 30 days of the month of Safar will be completed and the month of Rabi‘ul Awwal 1444 will begin from Wednesday, 28th of September 2022.

  • Canada:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Muneeb Siddqui from Milton, Ontario reported: The new moon for Rabiul Awwal 1444 AH could not be seen in Milton, Ontario, Canada on 26th September, 2022 due to the presence of clouds and rain.

  • Chile:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Muhammad Sohail from coquimbo reported: Today, September 26, Monday, the new moon of rabi ul awal is not seen in coquimbo chile. So, the new month will start inshaAllah on 28/09/2022.

  • India:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Rasheed Usman, Kozhikode, Kerala reported: There are no reports of sighting of hilal of Rabiul Awwal 1444 AH in the State of Kerala today Monday evening 26th September 2022.

  • Kenya:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Muhammad Abubakar Said from Mombasa reported: Today 26th of September 2022 /29th Safar 1444 AH, the weather was clear but We were not able to see crescent for Rabi-al Awwal. No positive sighting also reported from Zanzibar.

  • South Africa:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Keeka, Mohamed Iqbal, Pretoria reported: The moon marking the start of the month of Rabi ul Awwal 1444 was NOT sighted in South Africa tonight, Monday 26 September 2022. Thus, the month of Rabi ul Awwal 1444 begins tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 27 September) after Maghrib Salaah.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Monday 26 September 2022, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Therefore Rabi-ul-Awwal 1444 will commence on Wednesday, 28 September 2022 in South Africa.

  • Sri Lanka:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Nular Bary from Colombo reported: Today 29th of Safer 1444H (26/09/2022) evening the new Moon of Rabi AL Awwal has been Not sighted anyware in the Island, Hence the Month of Rabi AL Awwal Will start on Wednesday 28th. of September 2022 InShaAllah in Sri Lanka.

  • Tanzania:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Hamza Ben Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On September 26, the moon was not sighted in any place of ??the tiny island of Zanzibar. The Mufti office has informed the public that the month was not being observed in the tiny island of Zanzibar, therefore the month of Safar will be completed in 30 days. Wednesday 28 September 2022 will be the beginning of the month of Rabi al Awal 1444 AH.

  • USA:


    1. Seen with Binocular: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Monday, September 26, 2022), the crescent moon was sighted only by binoculars in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). A friend of mine and I arrived at our sighting location at 6:32 pm EDT (apparent sunset: 7:08 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy and hazy. My friend and I both were using binoculars (his was a 10x50 and mine a 7X50). At times we checked for the crescent prior to sunset. The first binocular sighting was at around 7:29 pm; the crescent was very thin. I could see it only for a few seconds before it disappeared behind the clouds. While my friend could not locate the crescent with his pair of binoculars, neither of us could see the moon with naked eye. With no success, we waited to see if the crescent could be seen in the opening below the clouds by the horizon. We left the area after moonset (moonset: 7:45pm). At 7:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 60 F, 44 F, 57%, and 29.93 in, respectively. The picture shows the sky condition in the western horizon; I was unable to capture the crescent's image.

    2. Seen with Binoculars: MCW member Norm Vargas from Mount Wilson CA reported: The crescent moon of September 26, 2022 was seen from Mount Wilson Observatory, CA. It was first seen at 7:02 pm with 10x42 binoculars. The horns were at the 2:30 and 6:30 positions. It was followed and photographed until 7:29 pm as it set. It was never seen naked eye. The conditions were 72º F, 40% humidity and clouds at the western horizon which blocked the view at times and contributed some haziness which lowered the contrast.

    3. 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 Wednesday, September 28th, 2022, will be the first day of the month of Rabi al-Awwal, 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 Monday, September 26th, 2022 in any region of North America. Therefore, Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 will be the last day of Safar, 1444 A.H.

    4. Not Seen: MCW member Rehan Safiullah, Houston, TX reported: We were unable to see the crescent of the new moon on the 29 Safar 1444 AH (Mon., Sept. 26, 2022) in the Houston, TX area. We arrived at our location (29.7757° N, 95.3900° W) just after sunset. We stayed until moonset but were unable to see the crescent. We had a Nikon P900 with zoom capability and binoculars (10x42) but didn’t see the crescent with the naked eye or otherwise.

September 27, 2022 (Tuesday):

  • Egypt:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: Tonight, Tue, 27th September, here in Ma'adi, South Cairo (29.97°N, 31.25°E), apparent sunset was at 18:46. At that time, and for at least a further three minutes there was no sign of the moon. On my way back from Maghrib prayers, I spotted it for the first time at ~18:12:30. It was quite faint. Best time was at 18:14. Pressure, Temperature and relative humidity were: 1010.0mb, 34.0°C and 33.0% respectively.

  • India:


    1. Seen: MCW member Zaid Duch from Mumbai reported: I, Zaid Duch, sighted the crescent moon (Hilal) of 01st day of Rabiul Awwal 1444; today on Tuesday, 27th of September 2022 (29 Safar 1444); at location Juhu Beach, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The Crescent moon was sighted with a naked eye at 18:43. See the photo on the right. Click on it to see the full size.

  • Nigeria:


    1. Seen: MCW member Ibrahim Lanre Lagos, Lagos State reported: I sighted the hilal (New Crescent) of Rabiul-Awwal, 1444 A.H. last night 27th September, 2022 at Okota, Lagos, Nigeria at 6:57 p.m. The orientation was 2 to 8.

  • USA:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Tuesday, Sept 27, 2022), the crescent moon was sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), around 2:00 pm EDT, I started looking for the crescent. At 2:09 pm, I sighted it. It took me more than an hour to see the crescent with naked eye at 3:24 pm (and perhaps I saw it at 3:08 pm also). The horns were approximately at 12:00 and 4:00 O'clock (12:00;2:00;4:00). Later in the day, I went for an evening sighting. I arrived at my sighting location at 6:56 pm (apparent sunset: 7:02 pm). The western horizon was mostly clear and hazy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I located the crescent at 7:57 pm. At 7:04 pm, I saw the crescent with naked eye. The horns were approximately at 1:30 and 6:30 O'clock (1:30;4:00;6:30). I left the sighting location shortly after the moonset (apparent moonset: about 8:08 pm). At 7:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 52.0 F, 40.0 F, 62%, and 30.13 in, respectively.



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