Moonsighting for Rabi-al-Awwal 1429

The Astronomical New Moon is on March 7, 2008 (Friday) at 17:14 Universal Time or GMT (i.e., 12:14 pm EST, and 9:14 am PST). It will not be visible on March 7, anywhere. On March 8, it will be visible all over the world except New Zealand and Australia, Insha-Allah. On March 9, it will be visible in New Zealand and Australia.


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Sighting Reports
March 7, 2008 (Friday):

No Positive moon Sighting reports were received from anywhere in North America on March 7 2008. 30 days of Safar 1429H will have to be completed. Rabi Al-Awwal starts on Sunday, March 9, 2008 in North America.



March 8, 2008 (Saturday):

Mr. Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung Indonesia reported: Not Seen
Hilal for Saturday 29 Safar 1429, 8 March 2008 is NOT SEEN by myself and team. Location of sighting is at south west Java, near Loji beach. Therefore, 1st of Rabi-al-Awwal will be on Monday, 10 March 2008.

Dr. Ali B. Panda (MCW member) from Marawi City, Philippines reported: Not Seen
I wish to inform you that because of rainy and some clouds over the horizons in Marawi City, Philippines on March 8,2008, I and 3 members of my organization, Tarompong sa Ranao Radio Forum, were not able to see the crescent moon.

ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) from Dhaka Bangladesh reported: Not Seen
Today 8th March, Saturday, crescent is not sighted in Bangladesh. Ruiyati Hilal Majlish have nation wide strong net-work. None of our representatives saw the crescent. The sky was cloudy as well as foggy through out the country.It had been raining someplaces.

Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney Australia reported: Not Seen
The moon of RABI'UL AWWAL 1429 has not been sighted on Saturday, March 08, 2008 anywhere in Australia. Therefore the moon-sighting committee of Australia and Majlis ul Ulamaa of Australia have declared that the month of RABI'UL AWWAL 1429 will start from Monday, 10th March, 2008.

Maulana Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi Pakistan reported: Not Seen
Today, Saturday March 8, 2008, I went to the sea view beach of Karachi with a friend to sight the moon but it was about 25 degrees clouds & pollution on the western sky so we could not sight the moon. As well as 4 persons, all were scholars and students of our institute, tried to sight the moon by naked eyes from the 4th floor of our institute situated in Nazimabad 4, Karachi, Pakistan at the exact place of crescent according to the moon data but they also could not sight.
Some other scholars of our institute ("JAMIATUR-RASHEED'' situated in Ahsanabad, Karachi, Pakistan) also tried to sight the moon according to the moon data but they also could not sight.
Many members of personal moon sighting committees of our institute "JAMIATUR-RASHEED'' reported from Kohat (11 persons), Swabi, Charsaddah (35 persons), Battal, Abbotabad, Pishin and Shahdadkot etc. that they tried but could not sight the moon. Sky was very clear in Kohat and Charsaddah but it was some cloudy in other regions.
Chairman of central official moon sighting committee of Pakistan told me on my personal mobile number that because he did not receive the reports of moon sighting from all over the Pakistan, therefore he has officially announced that Sunday March 9, 2008 is the 30th Safar and 1st Rabee-ul-awwal 1429 will be on Monday March 10, 2008.

Capt. Tahir Gul Hasan (MCW member) from Lahore Pakistan reported: Seen
I was flying an A-310 from Dubai to Islamabad. The moon was visible on 8 March 2008, at 35,000 feet over Jiwani (N25.38 & E 61.47). Beautiful and clear, it remained visible from 1842 to 1855 LT. Sorry, I could not land there and give you any observation!

Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: Seen (telescope and binoculars)
In Kuwait at Kabad desert on Sat 8 April 2008 I and a group of 7 persons could see the crescent only with 8" prealigned gps guided telescope and 10*50 and 20*60 binoculars in the following order for the telescope ,sun disappeared at 17:52,sunset time 17:55,first seen with telescope at 18:08 then with binos after by about 5 minutes ,last seen with binos 18:30 ,last seen with telescope 18:31,moon set at 18:48. So we had to wait 13 minutes after sunset and we lost the crescent from the view 17 minutes before moonset although the weather was more than our average clear .

Alireza Mehrani (MCW member) from Esfahan Iran reported: Seen
Please accept my apology for sending this report with delay. I lost my father few days ago. My wife and I observed this crescent by naked-eyes on the evening of 8 March 2008.

Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis Mauritius reported: Not Seen
Despite a clear sky with a few scattered clouds, Hilal was NOT sighted this evening Saturday 8 March.We will therefore complete 30 days of Safar, and 1st Rabi-ul Awwal will be Monday 10 March.

Hamza Rijaal (MCW member) from Island of Zanzibar Tanzania reported: Seen
Hilal was sighted on 8 March in two localities in Tanzania which is Micheweni in Pemba and Tanga in Tanzania mainland, and it was officially annouced that 9th was firs of Rabiul Awal. My delay of submitting report is due to power shortage.

Zaffar Sheriff (MCW member) from Daressalaam Tanzania reported: Not Seen
I could not see Rabiul Awwal 1429 crescent in Daresslaam, Tanzania 39.17E/6.49S on Saturday 8th March 2008. Sunset 6.39pm, Alt 7.5, Elong 11.9, Age 22.24min, Moonset 7.13pm. Western sky partial cloudy. Crescent could not be seen. Local authority declared Sunday 9th March as 1st Rabiul Awwal 1429.

Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban S. Africa reported: Not Seen
The Hilaal for Rabi-ul-Awwal was not sighted in SA this evening. Weather was clear in many parts of the country, and a fairly 'old' moon, but nevertheless, no sighting.

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town S. Africa reported: Not Seen
The Hilaal was not seen anywhere in South Africa this Saturday evening. 08 March 2008 (end of the 29th Safar 1429 AH). The western sky and the western horizon were absolutely clear. Could not even pick up the crescent by binoculars (10 x 50). Viewing location on the coastline at 0 m above sea level. The official first day oh Rabiul Awal will correspond with Monday, 10 March 2008.

Yusuf M. Lambat (MCW member) from Malawi reported: Seen
No sighting in Malawi on March 8, (Saturday). It was cloudy and raining very heavily.

Imam Majolagbe Monsuru (MCW member) from Lagos Nigeria reported: Not Seen
I tried to sight the moon since 7:05pm till 7:55pm, but nothing was seen because it was very cloudy .

Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti (MCW member) from Oxford UK reported: Seen in Morocco
Negative sighting. A group of us attempted to perform the sighting tonight in Oxford on 29 Safar, Saturday 8th of March, immediately after Maghrib prayers. Unfortunately the local horizon is overcast. However, by Isha time we receive reports of positive sightings from various places in Morocco. This news, despite not being able to sight locally in the UK, makes it sufficient for those in the UK to begin the month of Rabi' al-Awwal from today's Maghrib to tomorrow, Sunday, the 9th of March, by following the basic 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]. Hence first day of Rab' al-Awwal will be March 9 (Sunday), and the 12th of Rabi' I, should fall in the UK on Thursday, 20th of March (beginning from Maghrib, 19th of March).

Ibrahima Thierno LO (MCW member) from Dakar Senegal reported: Seen
I have seen the crescent moon myself in Dakar saturday, march 8th, at 19:48 by naked eyes. The crescent was very thin. 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). Hence 1st day of Safar 1429H in Senegal is on Sunday, march. 9, 2008.

Muhammad Hafiz (MCW member) from Guyana reported: Not Seen
Due to rainy clouds on the horizon Hilaal observation for Rabi Al Awal 1429 AH was made impossible in Rose Hall Town, Guyana. However, 30 days are completed and 1st day of Rabi Al Awal in Guyana is Sunday, March 9, 2008.

Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) from Sanford Florida reported: Seen
Moon Sighted in Sanford and Orlando as well on Saturday, March 8th 2008 Safar 29]

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg Virginia reported: Seen
This evening (Saturday, March 08, 2008), we sighted the moon in Blacksburg, VA at 6:52 pm. The sunset was at 6:22 pm. The moon was high over the western horizon and rather easy to see.

Paul Burnham (MCW member) from Chino Valley Arizona reported: Not Seen
The crescent moon was not seen from Chino Valley, AZ this evening of March 8 due to heavy cloud cover which moved in starting about half an hour before sunset.

Ms. Mary Singer from Spokane Washington reported: Seen
The new lunar crescent was very easy to see tonight (March 8, 2008) from Spokane, Washington. It was hanging low in the west--with beautiful earthshine--as we came home from dinner at 6:20pm Pacific standard time.

Tim Gleason (MCW member) from Ewa Beach, Hawaii reported: Seen
I am an airline pilot for a transoceanic Asian air carrier. I live on the island of Oahu, Hawaii and have seen many clear crescents. In fact, during Rabi-al-Awwal 1429, I observed a crescent on March 8, 2008.



March 9, 2008 (Sunday):

Syed Muhammad Jafar Kharazmi (MCW member) Imam Hasan Centre Sydney reported: Seen
I hereby confirm that the new moon of Rabiul Awwal has been sighted at 7:55 pm on 9th March 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Therefore 10th March 2008 is the 1st Rabiul Awwal 1429 hijri.

M Shamim Ali (MCW member) from Samabula Suva Fiji Islands reported: Seen
New Moon for the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal has been sighted in Fiji and was reported by Maulana Nasir Hussain of Darul Uloom-Drasa, Lautoka, Fiji Islands on Sunday 9th March 2008.


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