Moonsighting for Rajab 1429

The Astronomical New Moon is on July 3, 2008 (Thursday) at 2:18 Universal Time or GMT (i.e., 10:18 pm EDT on July 2, and 7:17 pm PDT on July 2). It will be easily visible on July 3, in Americas (North South, and Central). It will be visible in the rest of the world on July 4.

Sighting Reports
July 3, 2008 (Thursday):

Mutoha Arkanuddin of Indonesian Crescents Observation (ICO) from Parangkusumo Beach of Yogyakarta, Indonesia reported: Not Seen
Rajab 1429 AH Crescent Observation by Indonesian Crescents Obserbation (ICO). On the day of Conjunction: Thursday, 3 July 2008, no crescent report about sighting. The first day of Rajab 1429 AH in Indonesia :
- Friday, 4 July 2008 --> Muhammadiyah Organization (by calculation- ->moonset after sunset)
- Friday, 4 July 2008 --> Government of Indonesia (by calculation using imkanurrukyat criterion --> moon alt> 2 - sun-moon elingation>3 -- moon age>8 hours)
- Saturday, 5 July 2008 --> Nahdhatul Ulama Organization (by actual sighting)

Maulana Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi Pakistan reported: Not Seen
Tonight the conditions of the moon were very defective in Pakistan and according to the all old and new criteria of moon sighting; there was no possibility at all, of the crescent being sighted with the naked eye in Pakistan. In spite of these facts, to increase the trust of common people upon the Science of Moon-sighting and because the people become confused due to the 29th day according to the Ummul-Qura calendar, I requested many members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" and many of my friends all over Pakistan (at least 15 Muslims scholars with many persons) to sight the moon but the moon could not be sighted, as it was expected tonight. Our reporters have tried to sight the crescent moon at these places: (In Sindh) Karachi, at 7 places + Tando Ghulam Ali. (In Sarhad) Charsaddah, Swabi, Hango, Battal, Kohat. (In Punjab) Shorkot, Sheikhupura. (In Baluchistan) Pishin.

Capt. Tahir Gul Hasan (MCW member) from Lahore Pakistan reported: Not Seen
The Rajab 1429 crescent moon was NOT sighted at Panjgur on the evening of 3 July 2008. Location: 60 nm Northeast of Panjgur (N2737.6/ E6457.5) while flying an Airbus A-310. Sighting altitude: 10,100m AMSL. Observation Time: sunset (20:51 LT) until moonset (20:32 LT). Expected Moon Azimuth: 296 degrees. Expected Moon Altitude: < 2 degrees.

Engr. Nadeem Ahmed (MCW member) from Guddu, Kashmore Pakistan reported: Not Seen
Place: Guddu (28.43 N, 69.73 E); District: Kashmore, Sindh, Pakistan. Crescent not seen on Thursday, 3rd July, 2008. It was 28th JAMADI-UL-AWAL 1429 in PAKISTAN.

Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: Not Seen
In Kuwait on Thursday 3 July 2008 I could not see the crescent even with 20*60 binocular. It was dusty and therefore the sun disc disappeared before its actual time by more than 25 minutes.

Dr. Hadi Jaafar (MCW member) from Lebanon reported: Not Seen
I tried to sight the crescent of Rajab tonight in Beirut with my 7*50 pair of binoculars but did not succeed. The western horizon was a little bit hazy. I started scanning at 8 and until 8:20. Local sunset was at around 7:52

Imam Majolagbe Monsuru (MCW member) from Lagos Nigeria reported: Not Seen
I and some brothers attempted to sight the crescent of the month of Rajab 1429 today thursday-khamis 3 july 2008 from 7:05 pm till 7:35pm but all our efforts proved abortive because the sky was firstly partialy cloudy and later totally cloudy

Muhammed Yasin Qamardeen (MCW member) from Abuja, Nigeria reported: Not Seen
Despite clear sky, I was not able to sigth new hilal of Rajab here at Abuja. I did not get any positive report from any of our monitoring group either.

Ibrahima Thierno LO (MCW member) from Dakar Senegal reported: Not Seen
The new crescent was not seen in Dakar today thurday, july, 3, 2008. The Sky Near The Western Horizon was partly Cloudy.

Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti (MCW member) from Oxford UK reported: Sighting not attempted, However, ...
Sighting not attempted. I am travelling today on Thursday the 29th day of Jumada II, and am unable to perform the moonsighting for Rajab. Nevertheless, I received reports of negative sightings in Morocco despite clear skies - a country which the UK could easily rely on - this would mean that the present month of Jumada is to be completed, and consequently, the first day of Rajab there has been announced to be the day after tomorrow, Saturday 5th of July (beginning from Maghrib of the 4th). I will only be able to perform moonsighting locally in the UK tomorrow, on Friday, after which another report will be posted here.

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg Virginia reported: Not Seen
This evening (Thursday, July 03, 2008), the western horizon in Christiansburg, VA, was mostly cloudy and very hazy. Using a pair of 7X50 binoculars, I scanned the most likely areas for sighting with no success.

Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) from Sanford Florida reported: Not Seen
No sighting of the Moon was reported on Thursday July 3rd 2008]. Thus, the FIRST DAY of Mahe Rajab 1428 AH is established as SATURDAY JULY 5TH, 2008.

Paul Burnham (MCW member) from Chino Valley Arizona reported: Seen /Binoculars only
I am pleased to report that the crescent moon was sighted from Chino Valley Arizona this evening of July 3rd. Initial sighting was with binoculars at 1949 MST and was tracked using binoculars until 2005 MST when it vanished behind my neighbor's tree. The thin arc appeared to extend from the 4 to 6 O'clock position and extended to 3 to 6 O'clock by the time it disappeared. At no time was it observed visually. This observation was confirmed by my wife Anne who took a turn at the binoculars.

Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) from Claremont California reported: Not Seen
Local sunset time was 8:06pm and moonset time was 9:05pm in Claremont, California, USA. I searched for the new moon from about 8:45pm until 9:00pm - but alhamdulillah, was not able to find it - due to the presence of smog on the horizon.

Gulamabbas Khakoo (MCW member) from Buena Park California reported: Seen
Sighted the crescent with my son Zaheed Husein for the month of Rajab here at Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach, Zip code 92661; California. local time 8:30pm with naked eye on this Thursday evening of July 3rd, 2008 on left side of Sunset. The top horn was between 12 & 1 O'clock (closer to 12) and bottom horn was between 7 & 8 O'clock closer to 7). Longitude - W117 53' 56". Latitude - N33 36' 6".


July 4, 2008 (Friday):

Engr Manzoor A Mian from Melbourne Australia reported: Seen
Rajab 1429 crescent has been sighted tonight 4th July Fri 2008 in Adelaide, therefore tomorrow Sat 5th July 2008 will be the 1st Rajab in Australia. Sydney and Melbourne weather was partly cloudy.

Syed Muhammad Jafar Kharazmi (MCW member) Imam Hasan Centre Sydney reported: Seen
Alhumdulillah the new moon has been observed in Sydney, Australia on July 4, Friday. Tomorrow Saturday 5 July is first of Rajab.

Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney Australia reported: Seen
Al Hamdu Lillah the Hilaal of RAJAB 1429 has been sighted in Adelaide, Perth and other states on Friday, July 04, 2008 . Therefore the moon-sighting committee of Australia and Majlis ul Ulamaa of Australia have declared that the month of RAJAB 1429 will start from Saturday, 05th July, 2008.

Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Surakarta, Java, INDONESIA reported: Seen
The New Crescent of Rajab 1429 AH, was SEEN from my location, Surakarta: Zone= GMT+7, Elev = 111 m. Sunset @ 17:32: Moonset @ 18:52 LT

Mutoha Arkanuddin of Indonesian Crescents Observation (ICO) from Parangkusumo Beach of Yogyakarta, Indonesia reported: Seen
On the day after Conjunction, Friday, 4 July 2008 from Parangkusumo Beach of Yogyakarta (Long/Lat: 11019'27" E / 81'21" S). Sunset was 17:33 LT. Moon was seen by 6 persons using moontracker, binoculairs, telescope (MEADE LX50); First sighting (naked eye) 17:38 LT (5 minutes after sunset).

ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) from Dhaka Bangladesh reported: Seen
Crescent moon of Rajab 1429 has been seen from Lalmonirhat District on July 4. Sky was less cloudy. The sky of other area of the country was clody.

Khalid Umer from Surat, India reported: Seen
In Surat India (western india near Mumbai) moon of rajab 29 was sighted on Friday, 4th July evening hence 1st Rajab will be Saturday 5th July 2008.

Capt. Tahir Gul Hasan (MCW member) from Lahore Pakistan reported: Not Seen
The Rajab 1429 moon was NOT SIGHTED at Lahore on the evening of 4 July 2008. Location: Lahore (my residence rooftop) Method: visual & binoculars. Weather: thin clouds with dust-haze. Observation Time: sunset (20:13 LT) until 21:10.

Maulana Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi Pakistan reported: Seen
I requested many members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" and many of my friends all over Pakistan to sight the moon. Only a member of personal moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED", Maulana Abdul-Qahhar with another Aalim easily sighted the moon in Pishin, Baluchistan from 21:08 to 21:40 LT (UT+6). Sunset was at 20:45. Western sky was 20 degrees clear and was partially little cloudy above 20 degrees. Members of the official moon-sighting committee of Pakistan have also sighted the moon in Queta, Baluchistan. Hence, after ending the 29 days of Jumadath-thaniah, Tomorrow, July 5, 2008 is 1st Rajab in Pakistan.

Engr. Nadeem Ahmed (MCW member) from Guddu, Kashmore Pakistan reported: Seen
Place: Guddu (28.43 N, 69.73 E), Kashmore, Sindh, PAKISTAN. Moon was Seen on Friday, 4th July, 2008; shape on a clock 2~7.

Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: Seen
In Kuwait On Friday, 4 July 2008, I could see the crescent easily first with binocular at 18:42 and then with naked eyes at 18:48. Our sunset was at 18:52 and I could see the sun to the last minute. The western horizon was little hazy.

Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis Mauritius reported: Seen
Hilal was sighted this evening Friday 4 July in Mauritius.Even with a partly clouded sky. The crescent was visible with naked eyes. 1st Rajab 1429 will be Saturday 5 July 2008.

Hamza Rijaal (MCW member) from Island of Zanzibar Tanzania reported: 30 days completed
We failed to sight the moon on Thursday 3rd July, which was 29th of Jamada II. So we completed 30 days and Saturday the 5th July was the first of Rajab.

Yusuf M. Lambat (MCW member) from Blantyre, Malawi reported: Seen
The Hilaal for Rajab was sighted by me and all my colleagues from Blantyre Muslim Jamat including the Maulana. However the Hilaal was seen in most parts of Malawi . The sky was very clear. In fact the Hilaal was seen at least 5 minutes before Magrib Adhaan and it was quite high and on the right side of sunset.

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town S. Africa reported: Seen
The Rajab 1429 AH Hilaal was sighted from most parts of South Africa this Friday (04/07/2008) evening. The official 1st day of Rajab will correspond to Saturday, 05/07/2008. Stormy weather in Cape Town prevented us from sighting either the Hilaal or the Regulus/Mars/Saturn alignment.

Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban S. Africa reported: Seen
The moon was sighted this evening, July 4 (Friday) in many parts of South Africa.

Abdu Al Azizu (MCW Member) from Lagos, Nigeria reported: Seen
I sighted the moon at 1915 hrs and the horns were in the 3-7 direction on the evening of 4th July,2008.

Abdul Bariu Kareem (MCW member) from Ikeja Lagos Nigeria reported: Seen
I live in Ikeja area of Lagos Nigeria, I saw the new moon of month of Rajab this evening at around 7:25pm local time

Imam Majolagbe Monsuru (MCW member) from Lagos Nigeria reported: Seen
After observing solatul Magrib on Friday, July 04 2008 by 7:15 pm we all sighted the young moon on a very bright background till 7:50 pm

Liaqat Raza from Amsterdam - Holland reported: Seen
I have seen the moon today 4 july 2008 at 22.35 in Amsterdam - Holland

Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti (MCW member) from Oxford UK reported: Not Seen
Not sighted owing to clouds. After a moonsighting seminar with the community of High Wycombe on Friday the 30th day of Jumada II (4 JUly 2008), a group of us attempted to sight the expected Rajab hilal immediately after Maghrib prayers. Unfortunately, the western horizon is completely overcast. The numerous reports of positive sightings to the East of UK today, however, confirm that the 1st day of Rajab would be tomorrow, Saturday 5th of July (beginning from today's Maghrib), and that the 27th of Rajab for the UK should fall on Thursday, the 31st of July (beginning from Maghrib of the 30th July).


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