Moonsighting for Rabi-al-Thani 1429

The Astronomical New Moon is on April 6, 2008 (Sunday) at 3:55 Universal Time or GMT (i.e., 11:55 pm EDT on April 5, and 8:55 am PDT on April 5). It will be easily visible on April 6, in North America, even in Alaska. It will be visible in Northern Europe and Northwest Africa with difficulty on April 6. It will be visible all over the world except New Zealand on April 7, Insha-Allah. In New Zealand, it will be visible on April 8.

Sighting Reports
April 6, 2008 (Sunday):

Maulana Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi Pakistan reported: Not Seen
On my request, Today (April, 6, 2008, Sunday) many Members of personal moon-sighting committees of our institute "Jamia-tur-Rasheed" Ahsanabad, Karachi, Pakistan and my friends tried to sight the moon in Pakistan but could not sight as it was expected. Reporting places are these: Karachi (Partially cloudy), Lahore (Partially cloudy), Pishin (Partially cloudy), Hango (Full cloudy), Charsaddah (Full cloudy), Swabi (Full cloudy), Mardan (Full cloudy)

Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: Not Seen
In Kuwait on Sunday, 6 April 2008 I could not see the crescent. It was cloudy, hazy and dusty (mashaa Allah) above the western horizon. The same was regarding the old crescent on Sat 5 April 2008 in the morning, it was cloudy, hazy, dusty and windy above the eastern horizon.

Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti (MCW member) from Oxford UK reported: Not Seen
Negative sighting. The two of us attempted to sight the crescent tonight in Oxford on 29 Rabi' al-Awwal, Sunday 6th April, immediately after Maghrib prayers for about an hour. The local horizon is partly cloudy and the new crescent could not be sighted. By 'Isha time there were no reports of positive sightings east of our location; rather we received news of negative sightings in Morocco. Therefore, we would be completing 30 days [istikmal] for the present month, so that the next month of Rabi' al-Akhir should fall in the UK on Tuesday 8 April (beginning from Maghrib 7 April).

Neria Haroeh (MCW member) from Jerusalem Israel reported: Not Seen
Today, April 6th, 2008, I was not able to see the moon from Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem. Sunset was at 19:03 local summer time. Moonset was at 19:35. The sky was very cloudy, and it was even impossible to see the moment of the sunset.

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg Virginia reported: Not Seen
Due to the overcast condition in our area (Blacksburg, VA), this evening (Sunday, 6th of April), no moon sighting was tried.

Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) from Baton Rouge Louisiana reported: Seen
The new moon crescent was sighted at 7:55 p.m on Sunday, April 6, by two adult witnesses in Baton Rouge, LA. This is certainly the very smallest new moon we've ever seen - absolutely gorgeous and a very welcome sight.

Clay Chip Smith (MCW member) from Austin Texas reported: Seen
I saw the Hilal on Sunday April 6th at about 8:15 PM (about 20 minutes after sunset). I am a Muslim, and a non-Muslim with me also saw the Hilal. The position was a few degrees North of sunset and about 4 degrees above the tree line (might be 5 above horizon). The thickness of the Hilal was very thin and the horns pointed from 4:00 to 10:00.

Jim Stamm (MCW member) from Tucson Arizona reported: Seen
Crescent first observed through 8” SC telescope at 18:53, while sunset was at 18:52. Later it was seen with naked eye.

Paul Burnham (MCW member) from Chino Valley Arizona reported: Seen
I am pleased to report that the crescent moon was sighted from Chino Valley, Arizona this evening of March 6. Initial sighting was with Binoculars at 1908 MST. The arc then extended from 4:30 to 8 O'clock relative to the horizon. Visual observation commenced at 1919 MST with my wife Anne joining in the sighting. Observation continued to 1935 when the moon set behind my neighbor's tree.

Gulamabbas Khakoo (MCW member) from Buena Park California reported: Seen
Sighted the crescent for the month of Rabi-ul-Thani from Newport Beach, California on this evening of Sunday, April 06, 2008 Local time 7:35pm with Naked eyes on left side of the sunset. The top horn was at 2:00 O'clock and the bottom horn was at 8: O'clock. I was with my son Zaheed Husein and Nephew Hassan who are both between 25 and 30 years of age.


April 7, 2008 (Monday):

Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney Australia reported: Not Seen
Due to cloudy weather, the moon of Rbi‘ul Aakhir 1429 has not been sighted on Monday, April 07, 2008 anywhere in Australia. Therefore the moon-sighting committee of Australia and Majlis ul Ulamaa of Australia have declared that the month of Rbi‘ul Aakhir 1429 will start from Wednesday, 09th April, 2008.

Mr. Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung Indonesia reported: Not Seen
Moon crescent is NOT SEEN today, Monday 29 rabiul awwal after maghrib, due to sudden overcast of clouds and rain. However, for those who follow the moonsighting at maghrib way in indonesia, we were expecting at least one report of crescent seen before the night begins to slip away from Isha time. The sighting report was confirmed in time by MCW member Capt. Tahir Gul Hassan from Lahore, Pakistan. By this report we declare the month of Rabiul Awwal is up to 29 days and the 1st of Rabiul Thani will be Tuesday, 8th April 2008.

ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) from Dhaka Bangladesh reported: Seen
Today, Monday, April 07, 2008 the crescent is sighted from almost all over the places of Bangladesh.Ruiyati Hilal Majlish and Islamic Foundation both have announced the first date. The sky was very clear in Dhaka. The moon was above 16 degree above the horizon

Capt. Tahir Gul Hasan (MCW member) from Lahore Pakistan reported: Seen
The Rabi II, 1429 Hijra moon was sighted by naked eye at Lahore on the evening of 7 April 2008 at 18:45 LT. Sunset Time (18:28 LT); Moonset Time (20:06 LT). Moon Azimuth: 285 degrees. Moon Altitude: 11 degrees

Maulana Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi Pakistan reported: Seen
Many scholars and students of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED'' easily sighted the crescent by naked eyes, as it was expected tonight i.e. on Monday, April 7, 2008(29 Rabee-ul-awwal in Pakistan). They sighted the crescent at 18:55 after the three minutes of sunset from the 4th floor of our institute situated in Nazimabad 4, Karachi, Pakistan. Sky of Karachi was clear. Some other scholars of our institute ("JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED'' situated in Ahsanabad, Karachi, Pakistan) also easily sighted the moon in Ahsanabad at 18:55. Some members of personal moon sighting committees of our institute "JAMIATUR-RASHEED'' and some other scholars reported from Attock and Peshawar that they easily sighted the moon as it was expected. Weather was very clear in Attock but in Peshawar it was Partially Cloudy. Some other reported from Texela, Kohat, Charsaddah and Pishin that they could not sight the moon due to very cloudy weather. Chairman of central official moon sighting committee of Pakistan told me on my personal mobile number that he and his all members sighted the moon and received the positive reports of moon sighting from many cities of Pakistan, therefore he has officially announced that 1st Rabee-uth-thani1429 will be on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 in Pakistan after ending the 29 days of Rabee-ul-awwal 1429.

Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis Mauritius reported: Seen
Hilal was positively sighted here in Mauritius on Monday 7 April 2008 at 18:14 local time (UT +4 ) Sky was very clear except for clouds over the setting sun. The crescent was viewed naked eye by 4 people.

Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban S. Africa reported: Seen
The Hilaal for R. Thaani was sighted this evening in Cape Town, SA. The Hilaal was sighted by naked eye on Monday evening (07 April 2008 – end of the 29 Rabiul Awal 1429 AH) from my sighting location (sea level) at the Greenpoint lighthouse in Cape Town.

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town S. Africa reported: Seen
I first sighted the large but thin crescent (cusps from 6 to 11 o’clock) by binoculars (20x50) at 18h38 and then by naked eye at 18h44. Local sunset was at 18h33. Haze covered the western horizon to an altitude of 6o. It was the crescent magnitude of – 06.11 that made it possible to see the crescent through the haze. It was really a beautiful sight. The official first day of Rabiul Thani 1429 AH in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, and Swaziland corresponds with Tuesday, 08 April 2008.

M. Almiri from Paks, Hungary reported: Seen
The hilal of rabi al-thani was seen here in Paks, Hungary on the eve of 7th April. We tried to see the hilal yesterday as well but without success.

Raza Lakhani from London UK reported: Seen
Alhamdulilah the sky was clear of clouds and was able to sight the new crescent in London (Hendon) just after maghrib at approx 20.30 through naked eye. Inshallah first day of Rabi ul Thaani is on Tuesday 8th April having completed 30 days of Rabi Ul Awal

Imam Majolagbe Monsuru (MCW member) from Lagos Nigeria reported: Seen
On Monday April 07, 2008, I had been striving to sight the Rabiuth Thani crescent along with some muslim brothers up to 6:57 PM, but ma shaa Allahu we sighted it by 7:02.


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