Moonsighting for Jumada-al-Awwal 1429

The Astronomical New Moon is on May 5, 2008 (Monday) at 12:18 Universal Time or GMT (i.e., 8:18 am EDT, and 5:18 am PDT). It can only be seen with binoculars/telescope in North America, on May 5. It will be visible all over the world except Australia nad New Zealand on May 6, Insha-Allah. In Australia and New Zealand, it will be visible on May 7.

Sighting Reports
May 5, 2008 (Monday):

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg Virginia reported: Not Seen
This evening (Monday, May 05, 2008, using a pair of binocular and just after sunset (sunset and moonset were at 8:15 and 8:59, respectively), I started scanning the western horizon where it was partly cloudy and was hazy (a clear patch extended over the predicted moon location). I stayed in my observation point (Virginia Tech Campus, Blacksburg) for about 30 min with no sighting success. Perhaps due to the cloud cover, I could not even see Mercury till much later (perhaps after moonset).

Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) from Sanford Florida reported: Not Seen
There being no sighting reports on May 5, we shall complete the month of Rabi-ul-Aakher with 30 days. Thus, the FIRST DAY of Jamadi-ul-Awwal 1429 AH is established as WEDNESDAY, MAY 07, 2008.

Paul Burnham (MCW member) from Chino Valley Arizona reported: Not Seen
I regret to report that the crescent moon was not seen from Chino Valley, Arizona this evening of May 5 due to extensive clouds and haze.

Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) from Claremont California reported: Not Seen
I looked for the new moon this evening between the time Maghrib entered and 8:25pm in the city of Claremont, California, but was unable to see it due to overcast weather conditions.


May 6, 2008 (Tuesday):

Mr. Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung Indonesia reported: Seen
Hilal for Jumadil awwal 1429 H was SEEN CLEARLY today Tuesday, 29 rabiul tsani (May 6) despite some clouds, new moon was sighted at Pangandaran beach, South East of West Java. Therefore for those who follow moonshighting at Maghrib way in Indonesia, 1st of JMO will be Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

Mutoha Arkanuddin if Indonesian Crescents Observation (ICO), (MCW member) from Indonesia reported: Seen
On Tuesday evening 6 May 2008 our groups who organize by Indonesian Crescent Observation (ICO) have done sighting the crescent in many place of Indonesian Region. My team with 30 persons did not see the crescent because the western horizon was totally cloudy. However one of the teams lead by Abdoel Moeid from Gresik (East Java) successfully saw and taken picture of the crescent. Therefore, we decide that Wednesday, 7 May 2008 is the first day of Jumadil Ula 1429 H.

ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) from Bangladesh reported: Seen
The sky was clear and the crescent was seen in Sylhet and Chittagong zone of Bangladesh on Tuesday, 6th May.

Engr. Nadeem Ahmed (MCW member) from Guddu, Kashmore Pakistan reported: Seen
Moon was not seen on Monday, 5th May, 2008, but was seen on Tuesday, 6th May, 2008; shape on a clock 4~8.

Maulana Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi Pakistan reported: Seen
On my request, today i.e. on May 6, 2008(Tuesday, 29 Rabee-uth-thani 1429 in Pakistan), many members of personal moon sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" and my many friends tried to sight the moon all over the Pakistan and they easily sighted the moon. Reporters are as follows:

  1. Maulana Noor Wahid Shah + one person (Madrasah Islamiah "a branch of JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED'' Battal, N.W.F.P. sky was partially cloudy.) He was the first person who reported me and the official moon sighting committee of Pakistan at 19:20 LT.
  2. Maulana Abdul-Qahhar (Pishin, Baluchistan. sky was partially cloudy)
  3. Maulana Abdul-Hakeem (Texela, Punjab. sky was clear)
  4. Maulana Rustam + 2 persons (Hango, N.W.F.P. SKY was partially cloudy)
  5. Maulana Faisal + Maulana Shahbaz + 20 ulama (Gaddi Bhit, Mitthi, Sindh, sky was very cloudy) Maulana Faisal sighted the moon first at 19:10 LT
  6. Raees Khan + 8 people c/o molvi adnan shahzad (Swabi, N.W.F.P.)
  7. Maulana Husain + many people (Charsaddah, N.W.F.P.)
  8. Manzoor + Shaukat + Imtiaz c/o molvi Samee-ullah (Mansehrah, N.W.F.P.)
Note 1: I tried my best with 25 ulama and students to sight the moon in Nazimabad 4, Karachi Pakistan, but we could not sight due to very pollution and clouds. Many people tried in many places of Karachi but they could not sight the moon.
Note 2: Vice Chairman of central official moon sighting committee of Pakistan told me on my personal mobile number that he has received the positive reports of moon sighting from many cities of Pakistan; therefore he has officially announced that 1st Jumadal-oola 1429 will be on Wednesday, 7 May 2008 in Pakistan after ending the 29 days of Rabee-uth-thani 1429.

Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: Seen
In Kuwait on Tuesday 6 may 2008 I saw the crescent in the following order sun disappeared at 18:16,sunset at 18:28,first seen with binocular at 18:40,first seen with naked eyes at 18:47,last seen with naked eyes at 19:17,last seen with binocular at 19:23,moon set at 19:53. So the crescent was seen with naked eyes after 19 minutes of sunset for 30 minutes and disappeared 36 minutes before its setting time. The western horizon was hazy upto 6~8 degrees. Yesterday on Monday 5 may 2008 the crescent was sure not seen.

Alireza Mehrani (MCW member) from Esfahan Iran reported: Seen,

Observers: Alireza Mehrani, Mrs. Mir Shamshirgaran and other members of Mahtab Crescent Observation Group
Photographer: Alireza Mehrani
Optical tools: 15x70 binoculars & Digital camera (Sony DSC H9)

Date: Tuesday May 6, 2008 (Ordibehesht 17, 1387)
Sunset (calculated): 19:49 LT (15:19 UT)
Sunset (observed): 19:41 LT (15:11 UT)
Temperature: +22 C
Barometer: 838.5 mb
Visibility: 8 km 
Wind: 14.4 km/h

Topocentric and local time values from "Moon Calculator" (Refrac off):
Crescent first observation through 20x60 binoculars by Mr. Fakhkhar:
Time: 19:44 LT (15:14 UT)
Moon Alt: 15 50' 30"
Sun Alt: - (0 03' 25")
Elongation: 15 47' 05"
Rel Azi: - (0 03' 17")
Moon Width: 0.63'
Moon Phase: 2.13%
Moon Age: 26h 56m after conjunction

Crescent first observation through naked eyes by Mrs. Mir Shamshirgaran:
Time: 19:48 LT (15:18 UT)
Moon Alt: 15 05' 07"
Sun Alt: - (0 43' 58")

Photo: amehrani-NM-May2008.jpg
Time: 20:23 LT (15:53 UT)
Moon Alt: 8 34' 31"
Sun Alt: - (7 30' 49")
Elongation: 16 07' 40"
Rel Azi: - (1 07' 20")
Moon Width: 0.66'
Moon Phase: 2.23%

Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis Mauritius reported: Seen
Hilal was sighted Tuesday 6 May 2008 at 14:53 (UT) in Mauritius with 10x binoculars first, then naked eye. Sky was clear except for large band of cloud above horizon. The very thin crescent was visible just above the cloud band for about 2 minutes before disappearing in the cloud. Being the ONLY person (I was alone) to have witnessed the crescent, the local authorities have decided NOT to acknowledge the sighting. Hence, 1st of Jumada I will be Thursday 8 May 2008.

Hamza Rijaal (MCW member) from Island of Zanzibar Tanzania reported: Seen
Alhamdulillah, on May 6, the Hilal was sighted in Central and Northern part of tiny island of Zanzibar, in the urban area weher I am living we had failed to observed. Today is the first day of Jumadal Awwal in Zanzibar correspond with 7 May, 2008.

Yusuf M. Lambat (MCW member) from Blantyre, Malawi reported: Seen
On May 6, the crescent of Jamadal Ula 1429 was sighted in Blantyre by me, our Maulana and three other brothers who regularly sight the moon. It was on the right of the sunset, very thin and low. It was visible for approx 30 minutes. The sky was very clear.

Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban S. Africa reported: Seen
The Hilaal was sighted this evening, May 6, Tuesday from the Waterfall Institute, Johannesburg, by several people. A difficult sighting because of a very 'low' moon. None of the southern cities saw it. This is exactly as shown in the visibility curves.

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town S. Africa reported: Seen
The Hilaal was sighted this Tuesday evening (May 6, 2008), the end of the 29 Rabiul Thani 1429 AH, in the Northern Province of South Africa. The official first day of Jamadal Ula will correspond with Wednesday, 07 May 2008 in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia and Angola.

Muhammed Yasin Qamardeen (MCW member) from Ilorin Nigeria reported: Not Seen
It was cloudy and rainy here at Lagos on May 6, Tuesday. Also a report from Ilorin, Kwara state indicated rainy and another report from Bauchi indicated total cloudy horizon.

Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti (MCW member) from Oxford UK reported: Seen
Positive sighting in Oxford. The two of us sighted the Jumada al-Ula crescent at our usual site at the end of the 29th day of Rabi' al-Akhir (Tuesday, 6 May 2007). We sighted the crescent at 21.50 (position: approximately 310 degrees West; altitude around 10 degrees). The western horizon was clear and the orientation of the crescent was 150 degrees. This sighting means that the first day of Jumada al-Ula in the UK is tomorrow, Wednesday, the 7th of May (beginning from today's Maghrib).

Ibrahima Thierno LO (MCW member) from Dakar Senegal reported: Seen
I have seen the crescent moon myself in Dakar Tuesday, May 6th, at 20:00 by naked eyes without difficulty. The sky was very clear. The moon was seen also by other friends in Louga (200 km from Dakar), in Matam (700 Km from Dakar), Kidira (East of Senegal). Hence 1st day of Jumada-al-Awwal 1429H in Senegal is on Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

Farid Ahmed Degia (MCW member) from Barbados reported: Seen
Alhumdulillah the New moon was sighted today Tuesday 6th May in Barbados at around 6:40 pm and wast still visible at 7 pm.

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg Virginia reported: Seen
This evening (Tuesday, May 06, 2008), the moon was sighted in Blacksburg, VA. It was very high over WNW with its horns on 3:00 and 8:00 O'Clock. It was first sighted at 8:27 (sunset 8:15).


May 7, 2008 (Wednesday):

Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney Australia reported: Seen
Al Hamdu Lillah the Hilaa of Jamaadiyul Oulaa 1429 has been sighted in Sydney and other states on Wednesday, May 07, 2008 . Therefore the moon-sighting committee of Australia and Majlis ul Ulamaa of Australia have declared that the month of Jamaadiyul Oulaa 1429 will start from Thursday, 8th May, 2008.

Engr Manzoor A Mian from Melbourne Australia reported: Not Seen
We were unable to sight moon in Melbourne on Wednesday, May 07, 2008 as weather was overcast (sky was full of clouds). I have been told from other sources that moon is sighted in Sydney and Adelaide cities on Wednesday, May 07, 2008. Hence 1st day of Jamadi-ul-Awal commences in Australia on 8th May 2008 Thursday.

Imam Majolagbe Monsuru (MCW member) from Lagos Nigeria reported: Seen
I sighted the crescent of jumadal ula on Wednesday 07 May 2008 by 07:08 pm at CMS Lagos Island on my way to Ikorodu, Lagos Nigeria.


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