Moonsighting for Rabi-at-Thani 1444
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Rabi-al-Awwal 1444: October 25 & October 24, 2022

MCW member K.Mohammed Hussain Palayamkottai Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, Indi, reported: Here is the photo of Waning Crescemt moon taken on October 24, 2022.

MCW member Ebu Xhunejd (Ledjo Hyka) from Tirana reported: Today is 27 Rabi'ul Awwal here in Albania. I saw the waning moon today (Oct 24, 2022) after Fajr. The waning moon was very thin.

MCW member Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha reported: Here is the waning crescent from ABHA KSA seen Oct 24, 2022.

MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This morning, (Oct 24, 2022) I sighted the waning crescent moon with naked eye around 6:55 am EDT.


The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on October 25, 2022 (Tuesday) at 10:49 UT.
On October 25, the moon can not be seen any where, except that there is a small chance of seeing it in Polynesian Islands. On October 26, the moon can be seen in Wsetern Australia, Africa and Americas. In Europe, it may not be seen until October 27. (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from Brisbane Australia.

October 25, 2022 (Tuesday):


October 26, 2022 (Wednesday):

  • Albania:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Ebu Xhunejd (Ledjo Hyka) from Tirana reported: We couldn't sight the new moon. The sky was foggy at the west and the view wasn't clear. So 28 October will be the first day of Rabi Thani 1444.

  • Australia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Wednesday) 26th of October 2022, the Hilal of Rabi‘ul Thaani 1444 has been sighted in Brisbane. Therefore, the month of Rabi‘ul Thaani 1444 will begin from Thursday, 27th of October 2022.

    2. Not Seen (Cloudy) MCW member Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Wednesday 26th of October; I was not able to sight the moon in sydney, the weather was cloudy and we had no chance to see the moon at all.

  • Egypt:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: Tonight, Wed 26th Oct, here in Maadi, South Cairo (29.96°N, 31.25°E), apparent sunset was at 17:14. A friend of mine and I started our attempt at 17:25. Best time was at 17:33. The arc of vision at best time was less than 9°. The Crescent brightness is below the threshold by: 2.649953 magnitudes/arcsec˛. We could see no sign of the Moon, and we gave up at ~17:45. Pressure, temperature and relative humidity were 1015.7mb, 25.0°C and 57.0%, respectively.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Not Seen (Cloudy): MCW member AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory reported: The new crescent of Rabiul Akhir 1444 AH was not seen on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from Assalaam Observatory, at the Modern Boarding School of Islam "Assalaam", Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia. The sky was totally cloudy.

  • Kenya:


    1. Seen: MCW member Muhammad A Said from Mombasa reported: Muhammad Abubakar Said from Mombasa, kenya. Today Tuesday the 25th of October 2022 /29th of Rabi-al Awwal 1444AH. The weather was good before sunset but after sunset clouds start to move in near the horizon in the west (upto about 10°) but we were able to see the crescent with celestron skymaster binoculars 25x70, way before the best time 18:36 ( for Mombasa). Thursday the 27th of October 2022 will be the 1st of Rabi-al Akhar in East Africa.

  • Mauritius:


    1. Seen: MCW member Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: Alhamdulillah the New Moon of Rabi Ul Akhir 1444 has been sighted in Mauritius tonight Wednesday 26 October 2022. Hence Thursday 27 October 2022 will be the 1st Day of Rabi Ul Akhir 1444.

  • South Africa:


    1. Seen: MCW member Keeka, Mohamed Iqbal, Pretoria reported: The moon marking the start of the month of Rabi ul Aakhir 1444 was sighted in South Africa this evening, Wed 26 Oct 2022.

    2. Seen: MCW member Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Wednesday 26 October 2022, the Hilaal WAS sighted in South Africa. Therefore Rabi-ul-Aakhir 1444 will commence on Thursday, 27 October 2022 in South Africa.

  • Tanzania:


    1. Seen: Sherally Hussein Sherally fron a village 67 kilometres from Dodoma, Capital city of Tanzania reported: I sighted the new moon of Rabiiu- THAANI 1444, this evening after sun set. Time was 18:47. The weather was hazy with low dense clouds. I saw the moon with naked eyes, at . The horns where at 3.5 and 7.5. Initial view was faint but latter on at 19:00hrs it became more clear. The moon entered into dark clouds at 19:12 and hoped to set at 19:20 due to its low position at 19:12.

    2. Seen: MCW member Hamza Ben Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On Wednesday 26 October 2022 the new crescent for Rabi Ul Thani has been sighted therefore Thursday 27th October 2022 is the first day of Rabi ul Thani 1444 AH in tiny Island of Zanzibar.

  • USA:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Wednesday, Oct 26, 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 6:06 pm EDT (sunset: 6:25 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy and hazy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), soon I started looking for the crescent. My first binocular sighting was at 6:10 pm. Because of clouds, haze, and my eyesight, it took me another 46 minutes to positively sight the moon with naked eye at (6:56 pm). The horns were approximately at 1:30 and 6:00 O'clock (1:30;4:00;6:00). I followed the moon by naked eye and binoculars till it disappeared below clouds very close to the real horizon. At 7:09 pm, I saw its upper horn set (moonset: 7:13 pm). At 6:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 57.0 F, 45.0 F, 65%, and 29.96 in, respectively.

    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 Thursday, October 27th, 2022 will be the first day of Rabi al-Akhir, 1444 A.H. for the entire region of North America. This determination is based on the fact that there were verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022, in Blacksburg, Virginia and Miami, Florida.

October 27, 2022 (Thursday):


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