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            Dhul-Hijjah 1428

Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia:

Since the moon of Dhul-Hijjah was sighted Sunday, December 9, 2007 evening here in Saudi Arabia, we shall be completing twenty nine (29) days of Dhul-Qi'dah, inshaa'Allaah.

Subsequently, 1 Dhul-Hijjah will be Monday, 10 December 2007, and the Muslims performing Hajj will be in 'Arafah on Tuesday, December 18 (9 Dhul-Hijjah 1428), and the Muslim Ummah shall be celebrating 'Eid al-Adhaa on Wednesday, December 19, (10 Dhul-Hijjah 1428), inshaa'Allaah.

Comment by The moon was not even born on Sunday, December 9, Maghrib time in Saudi Arabia, and moon actually set 23 minutes before sun set at Makkah.

According to the research conducted by the Universal date for Eid-al-Adha is on December 20, 2007 (Thursday) because actual authentic sighting was confirmed from Mauritius, Tanzania, and South Africa on Monday, December 10, 2007.

Eid al-Adha is connected with Hajj
A paper written by Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Click here
Disclaimer: This paper is presented here for information only. does not endorse nor has any opinion about the contents of this paper.

The Astronomical New Moon is on Sunday December 9, 2007 at 17:40 Universal Time (i.e., 12:40 pm EST, and 9:40 am PST ). This crescent moon is impossible to be seen anywhere in the world on Sunday, December 9. On Monday, December 10, 2007, it is sightable in Australia, Part of Africa, and Americas (e.g., in San Diego, CA at sunset, the age is 31 hours, and moon is setting 44 minutes after sunset). Accordingly, 10th of Dhul-Hijjah (Eidul-Adha) in North America is expected to be on Thursday, December 20, 2007, Insha-Allah.

Sighting Reports for Dhul-Hijjah 1428

Decemebr 9, 2007 (Sunday)

No sighting is expected anywhere in the world

Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) from Claremont, California reported: Not Seen
Local Sunset time was 4:42pm and Moonset time was 4:31pm today in Claremont, California, USA. Although it was impossible astronomically to see the new moon this evening (as the Moon set before the Sun, and today was the 28th of Dhul Qa'dah), I went out and tried to find it anyway - to verify the accuracy of the calculations, because false (early) sighting reports for Dhul Hijja have in the past complicated the determination of the date of 'Eid ul Adha, and because some have claimed that when new moon is born, it is necessarily possible to be seen - and I wanted to verify this claim. The sky was crisp and clear and the moon was nowhere to be seen - confirming that the birth of the new moon does not necessarily imply its visibility. I will report the results of tomorrow's attempted sighting as well, insha'Allah.

Decemebr 10, 2007 (Monday)

Maulana Syed Muhammad Jafar Kharazmi(MCW member), Imam Hasan Centre, Annangrove, from Sydney reported: Not Seen
Unfortunately today we had cloudy sky in Sydney and their was no possibility we could see the new the crescent. Later, I have got confirmations from Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth; even from New Zealand, the New Moon i.e. Hilal for the month of Zill Hajj was not seen any where in Australia. Therefore Today 11 December is the 30th day of ZeQa'adul Haram. We hereby announce that 12th December will be the 1st of Zill Hajjatul Haram and subsequently on Thursday 20th December (9th Zill Hajjah) muslims will perform the spiritual Dua'e Arafah of Imam Hussain. In Australia Eidul Azha (Eid Qurban) will be celebrated on Friday 21st of December 2007.

Manzoor A Mian from Melbourne, Australia reported: Not Seen
Moon has not been sighted in whole Victoria state whose capital is Melbourne. Weather was overcast. I got also messages from different part of Australia that moon is not sighted any where in Australia even in Perth, Western Australia. Therefore Eid is announced according to moon sighting in Australia on 21/12/07 Friday.

Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member), Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque, Sydney has gone for Hajj this year and asked GULAM QUTBUDDIN SIDDIQUI to report: Not Seen
I wish to inform you that the Hilal was NOT sighted anywhere in Australia on Monday 10th December 2007/ 29 Dhulqadah 1428 AH. On the basis of the above information the month of DhulHajj commences here on Wednesday 12th December 2007 and hence Eid-ul-Adha will be celebrated on FRIDAY: 21st Deccember 2007/ 10 DhulHajj 1428 AH - Inshallah.

Mr. Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung, Indonesia reported: Not Seen
For Dzulhijjah 1428, the crescent moon was not seen on monday, 10 dec 2007, sky was partially clouded (monsoon season here) but can see clear background, and clouds was moving fast, usually easy to sight hilal as the crescent is not moving in respect to the clouds, but was not seen anyway from after maghrib (18:05 local time +7GMT) til dark. Thus for most of us who follow the moonsighting at maghrib way in indonesia, 1st Dzulhijjah will be the 12th of December, 2007.

Mr. Mutoha Arkanuddin (MCW member) from Yogyakarta, Indonesia reported: Not Seen
From Bela-belu Hill near Yogyakarta, with groups from Lajnah Falakiyah Nahdlatul Ulama Organization about 20 persons have tried to observe the crescent on December 10, for determining the first day of Zulhijjah 1428 AH. The western sky was cloudy cause the crescent was not sighted. According the astronomical calculation at our location, sunset 17:48 LT ; moonset 18:23 LT ; moon alt 6.5 and moon-sun elong 8.2. However, Idul Adha will be celebrate in Indonesia on Thursday, December, 20th 2007, according to the Government criteria, moon-alt > 2 deg, moon-sun elong > 3 deg and moon age > 8 hours). Visit here

K.A.M. Azizul Huq (MCW member) from Dhaka Bangladesh reported: Not Seen
On 10th December, the sky was clear but the western horizon was black shady with red light of setting sun above. After Magreb prayer I have been to roof-top to see the Crescent with the help of Binoculars. The Crescent moon was not visible. I hope to see the moon on 11th December 2007 inshallah.

Tahir Gul Hasan (MCW member) from Lahore, Pakistan reported: Not Seen
It was cloudy. It rained in the early morning as well as in late afternoon, hence, the crescent was not visible. I'll try tomorrow from Peshawar!

Maulana Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi, Pakistan reported: Not Seen
Central govermental moonsighting committe of Pakistan has announced that Zil-Hijjah moon has not been seen in pakistan on 10th December, 2007. Members of moon sighting committees of our institute, "JAMIATUR RASHEED, AHSANABAD, KARACHI, PAKISTAN" have told me on mobile phone that they also have not seen the moon. Sky was cloudy and rainy in most areas of Pakistan. 12-12-2007 is the 1st Zilhajjah in Pakistan and 21-12-2007 is Eid day in Pakistan.

Zubair Siddiqui from Karachi, Pakistan reported: Not Seen
On 10-12-2007, the meeting of Central ruet-e-Hilal committee was held at Islamabad, while meeting of zonal Ruet-e-Hilal committe was held at Habib Plaza Karachi. Reports were recieved that the Moon is NOT SIGHTED at any where in Pakistan. Hence First day of Zilhijj will be Wednessday 12-12-2007 and therefore Eid-ul-Adhza will be on Friday 21-12-2007 in Pakistan.

Alireza Mehrani (MCW member) from Esfahan Iran reported: Not Seen
The western horizon was hazy and crescent was not seen.

Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: Not Seen
In Kuwait on Monday 10 Dec 2007at Kabad desert 55 km south west of Kuwait city I could not see the crescent even with 20*60 binocular. The western horizon was clear except from haze last 2 degrees.

Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis Mauritius reported: Seen
Hilal was sighted here in Mauritius this evening Monday 10 December 2007.Sky was clear.Crescent was very thin. It was seen with 10x binoculars first,then (with difficulty) with naked eye. Local authorities have confirmed EID in Mauritius on Thursday 20 December.

Zaffar Sheriff (MCW member) from Daressalaam, Tanzania reported: Seen w/Binoculars
On Mon, 10 Dec 2007 Sunset 6.31pm Alt 8.6 Elong 10.2 Age 21hr 51min Duration 44min Moonset 7.15pm
Report: Binocular sighting confirmed at 6.45pm. No naked eye sighting. Crescent slipped behind thick cloud soon after binoc sighting. Confirmation received from Mwanza, another city to our west.

Mehboob J Somji from Mwanza, near Lake Vistoria, Tanzania reported: Seen
We have witnessed moon sightings in Tanzania on 10th Dec 2007 for the month of Zilhaj. Mabruk to you all for this blessed month. Moon was sighted very thin but we saw it with naked eyes at one of the cities in Tanzania known as MWANZA near lake victoria. We also have reports of our moon sighting committee seeing the moon with telescope in Dar es salaam, they could not see with naked eyes due to cloudy weather.

Eng. Rami Labib (MCW member) from Cairo, Egypt reported: Not Seen
Crescent was not seen by naked eye on 10/12/2007 in Cairo-Egypt, Visibility was 80%.

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town, S. Africa reported: Seen
The Hilaal was sighted from four different towns (Klerksdorp, Ligtenberg, Malopolani, and Springs) in the northern Gauteng Province of South Africa this Monday evening (10 December 2007 - end of 29 Dhul Hijjah 1428 AH). Cape Town was blanketed by cloud cover. The topocentric illumination of 0.88% of this sighting is a South African record.

Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban, S. Africa reported: Seen
The Moon for Zul Hijah was seen in many places in SA this evening.

Ahmed Mohamed Barakah (MCW member) from Windhoek Namibia reported: Not Seen
Moon was not sighted in Windhoek NAMIBIA, but we will accept South Afica,s sighting

Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti (MCW member) from Oxford UK reported: Not Seen
Negative sighting. The two of us attempted to perform the obligatory sighting tonight in Oxford on 29 Dhu l-Qa'dah or Monday, 10th of December, immediately after Maghrib prayers---in spite of the fact that the crescent is not expected to be visible locally. The local horizon is partly cloudy. There are reports of negative sightings tonight from Morocco and Indonesia, but positive sightings in South Africa. This news of positive sighting to the East of UK (positive--as it does not contradict any physical, scientific facts), despite not being able to sight locally in the UK, makes it sufficient for those in the UK to begin the month of Dhu l-Hijja for the UK to be tomorrow, Tuesday, the 11th of December, by following the default rule [dabit] in Islamic Law in this matter that whenever it is known that the crescent has been positively sighted in the East, local sighting inevitably follows, but not the other way round [mata hasalati r-ru'yatu fi l-sharqi lazima ru'yatuhu fi l-gharbi wa la-'aks]. So 'Id al-Adha, the 10th of Dhu l-Hijja, should properly be in the UK on Thursday, 20th of December. May Allah accept our fasts, prayers and takbirat during this great month!

Khalid Shaukat (MCW member) from Metro Area of Washington DC reported: Not Seen
The skies are overcast with clouds in Washington DC area - Negative sighting.

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg, Virginia reported: Not Seen
This evening (Monday, Dec 10th), using a pair of binoculars, I started scanning the western horizon in Pilot Mountain State Park, NC, a few minutes after sunset (5:06) till a few minutes before moonset (5:41) with no luck. The western horizon was mostly cloudy and hazy.

Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) from Sanford, Florida reported: Not Seen
No reports of moon sighting on Monday, December 10th 2007 - Dhulqada 29. Upon completion of 30 days of Dhulqada, the FIRST DAY of Dhulhijjah 1428 AH is WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007.

HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from Toronto Ontario reported: Not Seen
There have been overcast skies over Toronto all day. It is still cloudy right now. Consequently it is impossible to confirm any moonsighting from here in Toronto. Maghrib locally was at 4:41 p.m. EST tonight, it is now 5:09 p.m. Hence this is a negative moonsighting report from Toronto Ontario Canada.

Syed Shahid Rashid (MCW member) from Mississauga, Ontario reported: Not Seen
Moonsighting for Dhul-Hijjah was not possible today Monday December 10th in Mississauga, ON, Canada due to overcast conditions.

Muhammad Hafiz (MCW member) from Guyana reported: Not Seen
Myself and the members of Rose Hall Town Masjids and Islamic Center tried to observe the Hilaal after sunset on Monday, 10th December, 2007 in Guyana. Due to extensive rainy clouds on the Western horizon, Hilaal observation was made impossible. Based on the Hilaal visibility curve, the Hilaal for the month of Zul Hijjah will InshaAllah be seen in the American region today, thus Eid Ul Adha will be celebrated in Guyana on Thrusday, 20th December, 2007.

Paul Burnham (MCW member) from Chino Valley, Arizona reported: Not Seen
The crescent moon was not seen from Chino Valley, Arizona this evening of December 10 due to overcast skies. However, the rain that came with the overcast was very welcome in this drought area of the country.

Sharaaz Khan Qadri (MCW member) from Sacramento, California reported: Not Seen
I went out after maghrib and stayed about 5:20 pm. The sky was clear but a lot of haze on the horizon. None in my family saw it.

Gulamabbas Khakoo (MCW member) from Buena Park, California reported: Not Seen
Unable to sight the crescent of Dhil-Hijjah from Buena Park, CA. Local time 16:55pm to 17:25pm this evening of Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. The sky was clear. Insha-Allah I will try to see tomorrow Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 2007.

Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) from Claremont, California reported: Not Seen
Local Sunset time was 4:42pm and Moonset time was 5:25pm in Claremont, California, USA. I had a clear view of the horizon (no obstructions), and tried to find the new moon from 5:08pm - 5:24pm, but did not see it - perhaps due to the presence of haze on the horizon.

Decemebr 11, 2007 (Tuesday)

K.A.M. Azizul Huq (MCW member) from Dhaka Bangladesh reported: Seen
On 11th December, after Magreb Prayer at rooftop Prayer-room I came out with Imam Md Mainu uddin to see the Crescent Moon. The sky at the western horizon was blackish shady with red light of setting sun above. Within the red area the Crescent Moon was easily visible in naked eyes. Both of us saw the moon easily. The Islamic foundation responsible for Moon observation has also announced the visibility of Moon officially.

Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) from Baton Rouge, Louisiana reported: Seen
At 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 11, the new moon was sighted by one witness. Skies were overcast on the 10th, making any attempt at sighting impossible then.

Gulamabbas Khakoo (MCW member) from Buena Park, California reported: Seen
Sighted the crescent with naked eye for Dhul-Hijjah this evening of Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 from Long Beach, CA. Local time 5:00pm. The crescent was on the left side of the sunset. It was out till around 6:05pm. the top horn was just after 12 and bottom horn was around 7. The sky was very clear and easy sighting.

OFFICIAL Day of Eid-al-Adha in Different Countries

December 19, 2007 (Wednesday):

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Australia
  5. Bahrain
  6. Denmark
  7. Egypt
  8. Iraq
  9. Kosovo
  10. Kuwait
  11. Libya
  12. Luxembourg
  14. Qatar
  15. Saudi Arabia
  16. UAE
  17. UK (also on Dec 20)
  18. USA and Canada (ISNA - Islamic Society of North America)

December 20, 2007 (Thursday):

  1. Australia (Turkish Community)
  2. Barbados
  3. Belgium
  4. Canada (Toronto Hilal Committee)
  5. Guyana
  6. Indonesia
  7. Malaysia
  8. Mauritius
  9. Russia
  10. Singapore
  11. South Africa
  12. Tanzania
  13. Trinidad & Tobago
  14. Turkey
  15. UK (also on Dec 19)

December 21, 2007 (Friday):

  1. Australia (also on Dec 19, and 20)
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Fiji Islannds
  4. India
  5. Iran
  6. Morocco
  7. Pakistan
  8. Senegal
  9. USA (ICNA & Chicago Hilal Committee)

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