Moonsighting for Shawwal 1429

The Astronomical New Moon is on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 8:12 GMT, 4:12 am EDT, 1:12 am PDT). It will not be visible on September 29 except small possibility in Ploynesian Islands. On Tuesday, September 30, it will be visible in New Zealand Australia, Indonesia, South Asia, Africa and Americas. In North America on September 30, it can be seen in Southern belt states. So, Eidul-Fitr is expected on Wednesday, October 1, most of the world, Insha-Allah. Also, according to the criteria adopted by Fiqh Council of North America, and European Council for Fatwa and Research, the first day of Shawwal is on Wednesday, October 1, 2008, which would be after completing 30 days of Ramadan.


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In UK moon cannot be sighted on Sep 29 or Sep 30, 2008. Sighting in UK could only be on October 1. However a Fatawa from Deoband, India, is that even if moon is seen in as far south as South Africa, UK will accept that sighting. According to this criterion Eid in UK will be on October 1, Insha-Allah.

In Pakistan, moon may not be seen on Septmber 30, except by high powered telescope. So, Eid in Pakistan is expected to be on Octber 2, 2008.

ISNA's decision is on http://www.isna.net/for Eid to be on Oct. 1, Wednesday

Sighting Reports
September 28, 2008 (Sunday): Famuyide abiodun from Nigeria reported that Nigerian government approved Monday, Sep 29 as the first of Shawwal which lead to many people to break their fast in mostly Northern part of the country.
Comment by Moonsighting.com: This is reported here for information, so the people can see what is happening in Nigeria. The moon was still in its waning phase.

September 29, 2008 (Monday):

No authentic positive sighting reports are expected from places where the slight chance of visibility is (meaning Polynesian Islands), because we hardly get any sighting reports from Polynesian Island. From South America, we get some reports but usually very late sometimes even on the day after. However, see the following reports:

Madrigal M. Macadato (MCW member) from Iligan City, Philippines reported: Seen?
This is to report several new moon sighting here in Mindanao, Philippines. The sightings that were reported happened before sunset (Sept 29, 2008) in the following areas in Mindanao: 1. Cotabato City 2. Iligan City 3. Sultan Naga Dimaporo Municipality of the province of Lanao del Norte.
The sighting was confirmed by no less than the MUFTI of the MILF (Moro Islamic Leberation Front), Aleem OMAR PASIGAN. In Sultan Naga Dimaporo the sighting was confirmed and verified by Aleen Kamarodin Sarip.
Comment by Moonsighting.com: This is reported here for information, so the people can see what is happening in Philippines. The moon was less than 2 hours old in Philippines and it set before sunset. So the moon was not even above their horizon, so how can anyone see a moon that is not there.

Dr. Ali B. Panda (MCW member) from Marawi City, Philippines reported: Seen?
The Ulama League of the Philippines headed by Aleem Ömar Pasigan concurred by the majority of the Ulama headed by Abu Ali Qadi in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur declared that Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated in the Philippines on Tuesday, September 30, 2008, the first day Shawwal. The declaration is based on the claimes that the moon was sighted in Cotabato¸ Zamboanga¸ Jolo and other places in Mindanao on September 29, 2008. Hower, Sultan a Cabugatan with the call sign of compound base said that moon was sigted in Dalipga, Lumbatan, Lanao del Sur more than seven min before sunset.
Comment by Moonsighting.com: This is reported here for information, so the people can see what is happening in Philippines. The moon was less than 2 hours old in Philippines and it set before sunset. So the moon was not even above their horizon, so how can anyone see a moon that is not there.

Jalil Rayhan from Philippines reported: Explanation of Mistaken Sighting in Philippines
The announcement (Sept 29) came at 9:30 pm that the crescent was sighted in zamboanga peninsula of Philippines. Upon inqury, the adil brothers in Zamboanga City reported of no sighting of hilal there, instead the basis of Eid (Sept 30) announcement was the report of the mufti (Ustadz Abdul Baqi) online from saudi arabia. This explains the time of announcement. Cotabato area from 5pm until pass 7pm on Sept 29 was having a heavy rain. We did not even have a clear sky after the rain by the fact that you cannot see any star. The new trend in the Philippines is that the Local Darul Ifta announces a sighting but would not provide names of the sighters. How can we vouch the integrity of the sighter/reporter.

Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney Australia reported: Not Seen
The Hilaal of SHAWWAAL (EID UL FITR) has not been sighted anywhere in Australia. Therefore Majlisul Ulamaa of Australia and Moon sighting Committee of Australia have declared that the 1st SHAWWAAL 1429 will be on Wednesday 1st October 2008. EID MUBAARAK to everyone.

Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung Indonesia reported: Not Seen
The crescent moon for Shawwal was not seen today Monday, 29 Ramadhan, 29 September. Horizon was fully overcast by dark rain clouds. Sighting was tried at Pangandaran beach, West Java. Other teams in Indonesia have also reported unseen with various conditions. In East Java the sky was fully clear, and hilal was not seen. Therefore, for those who follow moonsighting by Magrib way in Indo, 1st Syawwal will be 1st of October 2008.

AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Surakarta, Java Indonesia reported: Not Seen
The New Crescent of Syawwal 1429 AH was NOT SEEN from anywhere in INDONESIA. Based on this report, Indonesian Ministry of Religion Affairs has officially declared on National Radio that the first Syawwal 1429 AH will be on Wednesday, 1 october 2008. 'EID MUBAARAK to everyone.

Dr. Musa·Minhai (MCW member) from Linxia, Gansu Province, China reported: Not Seen
Non-sighting was reported in China today, September 29, 2008.

Maulana Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi Pakistan reported: Not Seen
I tried to sight the moon in Karachi but not sighted, it was partially cloudy and hazy. On my request, members of personal moon-sighting committees of our institute (Jamia-tur-Rasheed) and my friends tried to sight the moon at 17 places all over Pakistan, but result was nil. Nearly, all reporters are religious scholars. Weather was almost clear at all places, they tried at these places, :Karachi (at 4 places), Tando-Allah yar, Dargai(Malakand), Hyderabad, Shorkot, Sheikhopura, Swabi, Battal, Abbotabad, Kohat, Jehlum, Khairpur, Newsaeedabad(Sindh), Charsaddah, Note: It was certain that the crescent would not be sighted anywhere in Pakistan tonight because moonset occurred before sunset and age of moon was hardly 5 hours. In spite of these facts, we tried to sight the moon only to increase the trust of common people upon the Science of Moon-sighting and because the people becomes confused due to the 29th day according to the Ummul-Qura calendar.

M H Zulqarnain from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia reported: Eid is announced
It may be surprising to all, but it has been announced here that moon has been sighted and tomorrow, Tuesday is Eid.

Mrs. Lubna Shawly (MCW member) from Jiddah, Saudi Arabia reported: Eid is announced
The Kingdome of Saudi Arabia declared that Eid is tomorrow Tuesday the 30th of September 2008.

Niaz Ahmed Khan from UAE reported: Eid is announced
Tuesday is the first day of Eid Al Fitr, the UAE Moon Sighting Committee announced on Monday. The committee, headed by Mohammad Bin Nakhira Al Daheri, Minister of Justice, was quoted by WAM as saying that after a number of legitimate measures, as well as several contacts with neighbouring countries, it was established that Tuesday is the first day of Shawwal and hence the first day of Eid Al Fitr in the UAE.

Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia: Since the moon of Shawwaal was sighted this evening, here in Saudi Arabia, we shall be completing twenty nine (29) days of Ramadhaan. Subsequently, we shall be celebrating 'Eed al-Fitr on Tuesday 30th September 2008, inshaa.-Allaah
Comment by Moonsighting.com: It was impossible to see the moon in Saudi Arabia. The moon set before sunset. It was not even above their horizon. So how can anyone see a moon that is not there.

Ahmad Abu Zaid (MCW member) from Amman Jordan reported: Not Seen
Crescent has not been seen today 29-9-2008 from Amman, Jordan because of the absence of the moon before the sun 11 minutes According to the calculations of the Astronomical astronomy expert Ahmed Abu zaid. However, it was announced this evening that tomorrow, 1-10-2008 is Eid al-Fitr, because of the sighting in central Saudi Arabia. This is scientifically and astronomically impossible. There was a long discussion between me and officials, but to no avail.

Abdallah. M. Khambiye (MCW member) from Mombasa Kenya reported: Not Seen
We tried to search for the moon but the sky was not clear and we were not able to sight it. so according to our Kadhi it was announced that we will complete 30 days and eid will be on 1st Inshallah.

Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban S. Africa reported: Not Seen
There were no Hilaal sighting reports in SA this evening. Wednesday, 1st October has been declared the 1st Shawwal.

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town S. Africa reported: Not Seen
The official announcement in South Africa is that Eid-ul Fitr will be observed on Wednesday, 01 October 2008, after the completion of a 30 day fast. As was expected, there was no crescent sighted anywhere in South Africa.

Ahmed Mohamed Barakah (MCW member) from Windhoek Namibia reported: Not Seen
Moon was not sighted in Windhoek NAMIBIA, on Monday 29th, therefore eid will be on Wednesday, completing 30 days.

Ibrahima Thierno LO (MCW member) from Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) reported: Not Seen
I pass Ramadan in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), in west Africa. On Monday 29 september, just after maghrib, I have tried to see the crescent by naked eyes, but I haven't seen it.

Muhammed Yasin Qamardeen (MCW member) from Ilorin Nigeria reported: Not Seen
I, with company of Abu Aisha try to observe the Hilal of Shawwal at Mongoro Bus-stop, Agege, this evening, however in spite of clear sky the new hilal is not visible though Venus is seen glowing over the western sky. Some other section of Muslim are going to observe eid tomorrow Tuesday, Sep. 30.

Imran Mushtaq (MCW member) from Oslo Norway reported: Not Seen
Islamic Council of Norway have officially declared 01.10.1429 on Wednesday, 01.10.2008. Eid Mubarak

Danyal Shoaib from London, UK reported: Eid is announced
This is an official statement for London which has been announced further to my reporting of Regents Park Mosque: "The Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London has agreed that Eid ul-Fitr, will be on Tuesday 30 09 2008." May we have unity in this celebration in the future Ameen. Eid mubarak once again!

Saraj Qazi from London, UK reported: Sighting Impossible in majority of the world
Markazi Jamat Ahle Sunnat UK & Europe announced: On following the Sunnah of RasoolAllah SAW and the Shariah, due to the impossible sighting of the Moon in Majority of the world. We Officially announce the 1st of Shawwal to be on Wednesday 1st October 2008 and will be completing 30 days of Ramadhan. May Allah SWT give the Leaders of the Islamic ummah Taufiq to announce the correct sighting.

Dr. Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti (MCW member) from Oxford UK reported: Not Seen
Negative sighting. A group of us attempted to perform the obligatory sighting tonight for the Shawwal crescent in Oxford on 29 Ramadan, Monday 29th September, immediately after Maghrib prayers at the usual site. The local horizon is partly cloudy and the new crescent could not be sighted. By 'Isha time there were no reports of any credible sighting east of our location; rather, we received news of negative sightings in Morocco, South Africa, and Malaysia. Therefore, we should be completing 30 days [istikmal] for Ramadan with the Tarawih tonight, so that the first day of 'Id al-Fitr should, at the earliest, fall in the UK on Wednesday 1 October.

Muhammad Hafiz (MCW member) from Guyana reported: Not Seen
I tried to observe the Hilaal today (Monday, 29th September, 2008) but no crescent was observed. Also, there were no claims of Hilaal sighting in Guyana, which was impossible anyway in Guyana or the Caribbean. The Hilaal could only be seen by telescope in South America and observation is normally performed by naked eye, thus there were no observation by telescope.
I wonder which superman in Saudi saw the Hilaal, when it could not be seen hours later in South America?

Muhammad Sohail (MCW member) from Iquique Chile reported: Not Seen
Here in Chile the Eid will be on 1 of oct 2008, because the last night (Sep 29) the moon was not seen any where, today si 30th Ramadan, and tomarrow will be the first of Shawal.

Haider Ali from Apex, North Carolina reported: Not Seen
I tried to see the moon from 7:05 to 7:33pm this evening (Monday 29, 2008) here in Apex, North Carolina but to no avail. No Moon today so probably will becompleting 30 days of Ramazan inshallah if we do not hear anything from other sources until late night. The sky was absolutely clear.

Saleh Bhai Bhattay (MCW member) from Panama reported: Not Seen
Panama me chan ki koy khabar nahi he inshaallah 1 octobar ko eid hogi. dua me yad farmaye.
Translation: No sighting in Panama. INsha-Allah Eid is on Oct 1. Please remember me in your Daus.

Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) from Sanford Florida reported: Not Seen
No reports received on sighting of the new Crescent. The FIRST DAY of Shawaal 1429 AH is therefore established as WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2008

Omar Alnuaimi from Fayetteville, ARKANSAS reported: Seen?
I just wanted to report to you that the Imam of Little Rock Islamic Center has said that he sighted the new moon today after sun set in Little Rock, AR. Shaikh Sayed said that he saw the new crescent with another brother. Therefore, Eid Alfitr is declared on Tuesday September, 30th. This can be confirmed through their website: http://www.iclittlerock.com/ .
Comment by Moonsighting.com: It was impossible to see the moon anywhere in North America on Sep 29. The moon set before sunset everywhere. It was not even above their horizon. So how can anyone see a moon that is not there.

Hilal H. from calgary, Alberta, Canada reported: Not Seen
On Sept. 29, 2008 the Hilal of Shawwal was not visible here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I was accompanied by another brother and we weresearching for it since 6pm MST until approx. one minute after the moon set. However the Muslim Council of Calgary (MCC) has decided to follow Saudi Arabia and celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Sept.30 2008.



September 30, 2008 (Tuesday):

Julian Idle from Christchurch, New Zealand reported: Seen
new crescent moon was seen on 30 Sep 2008 from Port Hills, Christchurch, New Zealand, at 20:03 local time (NZDT).

Salah Sukkarieh (MCW member) from Sydney Australia reported: Seen
The hilal was seen at 6:20pm in Sydney.

Engr Manzoor A Mian Melbourne Australia reported: Seen
I wish to inform you that moon was not sighted in Melbourne and any part of Australia on 29 Sep 2008 Monday evening. Crescent was sighted in Sydney, Melbourne, Albury, Adelaide and many other parts of Australia on 30 Sep. 2008 Tuesday. Thus the Eid ul Fitr was celebrated on Wednesday 1st Oct. 2008 in 80% of Muslims population in Australia. Turkish community celebrated on Tuesday, 30th Sep 2008, base on Saudi Arabia.

Ma'rufin Sudibyo, Indonesia reported: Seen
Ruyat Hilal Indonesia members in East Java succesfully observed and recorded the young crescent at Tuesday 30th September 2008, both with naked eye or optical aid.

Dr. Musa·Minhai (MCW member) from Linxia, Gansu Province, China reported: Not Seen
On Sep. 30, the moon was not seen by naked eye and binoculars (there were some clouds).

ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) from Dhaka Bangladesh reported: Not Seen
Moon is not sighted from Bangladesh. Ruia’ti Hilal Majlis and Islamic Foundation both have announced to complete the 30th Ramadan and to observe Eid-ul-fitr on 2nd October, Thursday.

Engr. Azizul Huq (MCW member) from Dhaka Bangladesh reported: Not Seen
On 30th September, before Magrib prayer I reached the rooftop of 14 storied building and observed the sunset. Due to iftar, prayer was delayed by15minutes. The sky at the western horizon was hazy but without cloud. Using binoculars I tried before and after Magrib prayer to observe the crescent moon but there is no sign of moon.
The Islamic foundation responsible for Moon observation in Bangladesh just announced that moon was not visible, so Eid will be on Thursday 2nd October 2008.

Sharfudeen from Tami Nadu reported:: Seen
The chief Qazi for the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu has announced that Eid will be celebrated on October 1st (Insha Allah).

Saleh Bhai Bhattay (MCW member) reported for India: Seen
My contacts in Gujrat India reported that the moon was seen and Ruyat Hilal Committee of Gujrat's announcement came after Taravih, when the witnesses were examined and found satisfactory.

Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) Gujrat, India reported: Not Seen
Moon not sighted in any part of India on 29 Ramazan (30 Sept). So Eid will be celebrated on 2nd October. President of central Moon Committee, Delhi declared so. But surprisingly some people of five districts of Gujarat (out of 26 districts) celebrate Eid Sep. 1, on witness of 4 persons, though general sighting did not occur anywhere in these districts. Thus more than 97% of India will celebrate on Sep 2.

Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo, Sri Lanka reported: Seen
Today (30/09/2008) at 6.50pm our Hilal Committee of Sri Lanka President Al-alim Riyal Announced The Shawwal New Moon has been sighted in several part of Sri Lanka mainly town of Nikkawaratiya. Eid Ul Fitr will be celebretted on the 1st of October 2008 Insha Allah.

Muhammad Salman Siddiqui (MCW member) from Karachi Pakistan reported: Not Seen
I am from karachi.The moonset timing in karachi was 7:44 pm.But we can not saw moon.The sky was clear whole day. There was no cloud on the sky. Ruyet-e-hilal committee got one witness of moon sighting in Peshawar, but rejected it due to insufficient reasons. So, the Eid-ul-fitr will be on Thursday 2nd october 2008. See next report below.

Maulana Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi Pakistan reported: Seen
Pakistan Central Committee has announced just now 10:45 (UT+6) that moon was sighted in Badin & Talhar etc. (coastal areas) and tommorrow Wednesday 1st october is Eid in Pakistan.

Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) Kuwait reported: Not Seen
In Kuwait at At Abdally Farms in north Kuwait on Tuesday 30 Sep 2008 I could not see the crescent even with 8' gps guided telescope. The telescope was aligned previous night and the alignment was confirmed today by seeing Jupiter and Venus 25 minutes before the sunset thats at 17:10 but we could not see the crescent neither by naked eyes or binocular or telescope.Mercury which was close to the crescent location and was seen by the telescope with difficulty and it was spread and vibrating.The western horizon was very clear that we saw the upper edge of the sun to the last second as per the attached photo and later I could see the milky way easily which is rare in Kuwait.

Amina Sadler (Um Yaqoob) from Muscat, Oman reported: Seen
Moon sightings for the month of Shawwal have been reported from all over Oman and the television has announced that tomorrow (October 1) is Eid al-Fitr.

Rizwan A. Rizvi reported: Iran declared Oct 1 as Eid
Iran has also declared Wednesday to be the first day of Shawwal (Eid ul Fitr) from the office of Ayatollah Khamenei.

Mohamad Soltanolkotabi (MCW member) Esfahan Iran reported: Seen
Date:Tuesday, Sep 30, 2008: Members of the group: Mohamad Soltanolkottabi, Abbas Ahmadian,Ahmadreza Karimi, Daryush Zolfaghari Rad,Mohamad Pakravan, Puyan Ebrahimi, Ali Mansuri & Mehdi Fatehi:
Instruments: R200SS Vixen 8 inch Telescope, 15*70 binoculars, 20*80 binoculars (2), 20*120 binoculars,20*110 binoculars

Explanation : Our group consisted of two teams. The first team went to Marshinan on Sep 29th before Sunset. The members were : Mohamad Soltanolkottabi, Abbas Ahmadian, Puyan Ebrahimi & Mehdi Fatehi. We arrived at Marshinan 1 day earlier to adjust our binoculars & telescope for moonsighting on 30th. We used astronomical objects to lock our instruments on several positions where the new crescent would cross on the 30th. We were sure that the crescent would pass through the 20*120 binoculars, 30 minutes before Sunset, through the 20*80, 15 minutes before Sunset & through the telescope at 15:11 on Tuesday. We also used a 15*70 to look for the crescent on the 30th during the day. Finally Mr. Ahmadian found it via the relative altitude & relative azimuth of the Moon.

The first observation occured at 13:01 by Abas Ahmadian, the second at 13:25 by Mohammad Soltanolkottabi and the third at 13:45 by Mehdi Fatehi This time we saw the crescent with the 15*70 binoculars, for a period of several minutes each. At 15:11, as expected, Mr Ahmadian Saw the crescent through the Telescope, & Mr Fatehi saw it for the second time. After that we followed the moon & were able to see it several times. The other team arrived at Marshinan at 4pm with their 20*110 & 20*80 binoculars. Mr Karimi approached the telescope & was able to see the thin crescent at 4:35 & then Mr. Zolfaghari Rad also could see it for a few minutes at 4:38. Mr Ahmadian & Mr Karimi tried to photograph the moon. Fortunately they were successful & they could take a number of pictures by a Nikon coolpix 4500 digital camera behind the telescope by using a converter. These shots were taken at about 5pm.

I should say that observing the crescent became more difficult as its altitude decreased. It is interesting to mention that observing the crescent was considerably easier at 13:30 by the 15*70 binoculars than the observation with the telescope around sunset. However Mr. Karimi & Mr. Ahmadian were able to see the crescent one more time after sunset at 5:53.(7 minutes after Sunset). Unfortunately observing the moon by the 20*120 & 20*80 binoculars was not successful. We were sure that the crescent was in the field of view however it was not observable.

Samser Ameeruddeen (MCW member) from Port-Louis Mauritius reported: Seen
The Moon Sighting is just announce here at 18.43, only some 20 mins after Salaah Maghrib. So we've got only 29 days of Ramadan and tomorrow 1st October is Eid in Mauritius. Some small groups has celebrate Eid today as they have follow Saudi Arabia for the start and ending of Ramadan. Eid Mubarak Sa'eed to all Muslim Brothers.

Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis Mauritius reported: Seen
Hilal was sighted this evening Tuesday 30 September 2008 here in Mauritius. We will therefore be celebrating EID Wednesday 1st October. EID MUBARAK to all our Brothers & Sisters.

Maulana alhaaj Sayed Raza Imam Rizvi, Imam e Jumma wa Jamaat St Pierre Reunion (French Island, near Mauritius) reported: Seen
Aaj 1 october 2008, ko eid manai gai. 30 September 2008 ko aasman par chand dekha gaya. Translation: Today, Oct 1 Eid was celebrated. The moon was seen in the sky on Sep 30.

Zaffar Sheriff (MCW member) Daressalaam Tanzania reported: Seen
Sep 30 crescent details: Sunset 6.17pm Cres Alt 11.7 Elong. 15.2 Lag 52min.
First binocular sighting 6.26pm. First un-aided sighting 6.30pm. 1st Shawwal is on 1st Oct 08.

Hamza Rijaal (MCW member) Island of Zanzibar Tanzania reported: Seen
On Sep 30, hilal was clearly observed. With my son age 10 and daughter age 11, we were together at our common observation sight and immediately after sunset we were able to observe very thin Hilal. For some group in Zanzibar Ramadan was 29 days and others completed 30 days comply with Kenya moonsighting for the month of Ramadhan.

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town S. Africa reported: Seen
Date - Tuesday, 30 September 2008. Crescent sighted by naked eye at 19h05 local Cape Town time. Location - Signal Hill [320 m above sea level]

Abdul Bariu Kareem (MCW member) Ikeja Lagos Nigeria reported: Not Seen
Here in Ikeja, Lagos on 30th of September 2009 between 6:30pm-7:30pm I watched the sky for the new moon but unable to see it. It was a bit cloud with fear of rain. I also called Muhammed Yasin Qamardeen to find out from him report from his location which is just about 9km from me. The situations was the same.

Dr Abdoulaye GAYE, Chairman CODATA, Dakar Senegal reported: Seen
I am glad to let you know that the crescent has been sighted in many locations in our country this Tuesday September 30, 2008. The National Committee in charge for Crescent Sighting has announced that Eid al Fitr will be celebrated tomorrow Wednesday 1, October.

Zhike Zhang from Germany reported: Not Seen
Please note that Islamic center of Hamburg, Germany, announced Fitr to be on 2 Oct 2008. http://de.izhamburg.com/news/Ied-ul-Fetr-ist-am-Donnerstag-den-2-Oktober-2008 This is due to the fact that they believe that the moon was impossible to see in 30 Sep. 2008.

Hno.Jairodín of Madraza Maslama from Spain reported: Eid on Oct. 1
The Islamic Commission in Spain decided that Idu al-Fitr will be on 1st October. See link: http://www.es.ucide.org

Muhammad Hafiz (MCW member) Guyana reported: Seen
Myself and all of the members of Rose Hall Town Masjid and Islamic Center easily observed the Hilaal after sunset on Tuesday, 30th September, 2008 in Rose Hall Town, Guyana, South America. The Hilaal was easily seen at 5:55 PM (Guyana Time). Other Muslims communities in Guyana also observed the Hilaal today, making Wednesday, 1 October, 2008, the first day of Shawwal and the day of Eid Ul Fitir.

Suleman Manjra from Barbados reported: Not Seen
The moon was not seen from any of the Masjids in Barbados. There was some cloudy conditions. Inshaallah, Ramadhan will be 30 days. Inshaallah Eid will be on 2nd October.

Isa Mohammed from Trinidad reported: Seen (photo provided)
I led a team that observed and photographed the new crescent this evening (30/09/2008) in Chaguanas, Trinidad.
The moon was first observed at 6:02 pm through a 120mm telescope. (this was five minutes after sunset). There was a layer of thin upper level clouds that impaired vision of the crescent. It did not become apparent to the naked eye until about 6:10pm, and then only through a break in the clouds. Our team confirmed the sighting from two separate locations by a number of witnesses.

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) Christiansburg Virginia reported: Not Seen
This evening, Tuesday September 30, 2008, using binoculars (10X50 and 7X50), we tried sighting the moon from Blacksburg, VA with no success. We arrived at our sighting location at 6:30 (sunset 7:05) and stayed till moonset (7:28) scanning the WSW horizon for most part of that period. The western horizon was partly cloudy and hazy that perhaps was the reason for the negative sighting. Although, Venus was easily visible, we could not see Mars.

Based on the decision by Chicago Hilal Committee, and Hilal Sighting Committee of North America, it was announced that the moon is sighted in Port Charlotte, FL and in Weslaco, Texas. So the Eid-ul-Fitr is Tomorrow on October 1, 2008 Inshallah.

Mohammad Al-Bedaiwi (MCW member) Austin Texas reported: Not Seen
I attempted the sighting at 715 -740 local time, (CDT) and did not see the moon. weather was clear.

Meer Husain (MCW member) Wichita, Kansas reported: Not Seen
I tried to see the moon from 7:14 to7:45 pm, Tuesday, September 30, 2008 with the help of binocular, but the moon was not visible here in Wichita, Kansas, USA. The sky was clear.

Mohamed Lotfy (MCW member) Aurora Colorado reported: Not Seen
The hilal of Shawal 1429 was not seen in Aurora Colorado despite the sky was clear. The hilal couldn't be seen from 6:40 pm till 7:20 pm MDT (moon sunset is 7:03 MDT) with naked eyes nor with a 60x binocular.

Mohamed Lotfy (MCW member) also reported: Denver completed 30 days
All Denver Metro area mosques announced yesterday September 29th that Eid will be on October 1st 2008 after completion of 30 days of fasting.

Abbas Mamdani from San Diego reported: Not Seen
The sky was somewhat clear but i was not able to see the moon. I was there from before sunset for close to 30 minutes.

S. Mohammed from Playa Del Rey, CA reported: Not Seen
I, along with 4 other brothers tried to see the hilal with the naked eye and 8x42 binoculars from Playa Del Rey for the month of Shawwal from 6:29 PM to 7:15 PM today but were unsuccessful, probably due to lower horizon being hazy.



October 1, 2008 (Wednesday):

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

I photographed the New Moon for Shawwal 1429 on October 1, 2008 - 6 minutes before sunset.

Samy Khadem-Al-Charieh (MCW member) Berlin reported: Not Seen
We were going today (Oct 1) to an observation location here in Berlin and we had a good view on the horizon and the sky was clear in the area of interest. Sunset was at 18:43 and moonset was at 18:49. We were on location from about 18:30 till 19:00 o'clock. We saw a beautiful sunset and at 18:48 Venus was visible with binocular and five minutes later we could see it also with unaided eyes. But all of us we couldn't see the crescent.


OFFICIAL 1st Day of Shawwal in Different Countries
This year, Muslims have broken the record - Celebrating Eid on 5 different days

September 29, 2008 (Monday):

  1. Nigeria (Northern)(claim of sighting)

September 30, 2008 (Tuesday):

  1. Afghanistan (following Saudi Arabia)
  2. Bahrain (following Saudi Arabia)
  3. Belgium (following Saudi Arabia)
  4. Burkina Faso (claim of sighting)
  5. Chile (claim of sighting)
  6. Iraq (following Saudi Arabia)
  7. Jordan (following Saudi Arabia)
  8. Kuwait (following Saudi Arabia)
  9. Lebanon (following Saudi Arabia)
  10. Libya (Conjunction before Dawn)
  11. Philippines (following Saudi Arabia)
  12. Qatar (following Saudi Arabia)
  13. Russia (following Saudi Arabia)
  14. Saudi Arabia (claim of sighting)
  15. Sudan (following Saudi Arabia)
  16. Turkey (Calculations)
  17. UK (following Saudi Arabia)
  18. UAE (following Saudi Arabia)
  19. Yemen (following Saudi Arabia)

October 1, 2008 (Wednesday):

  1. Algeria
  2. Australia (Sighting on previous day)
  3. Canada
  4. Egypt (calculations)
  5. France
  6. Indonesia (Sighting on previous day)
  7. Iran
  8. Japan
  9. Malaysia (calculations)
  10. Malawi (Sighting on previous day)
  11. Mauritius (Sighting on previous day)
  12. Morocco (Sighting on previous day)
  13. Nigeria (Southern) (30 days completed)
  14. Norway (30 days completed)
  15. Oman (Sighting on previous day)
  16. Pakistan (Sighting on previous day)
  17. South Africa (30 days completed)
  18. Spain
  19. Sri Lanka (Sighting on previous day)
  20. Switzerland
  21. Syria
  22. Tanzania
  23. Tunisia
  24. UK (30 days completed)
  25. USA (ISNA - Calculations)

October 2, 2008 (Thursday):

  1. Bangladesh (30 days completed)
  2. Barbados (Sighting on previous day)
  3. Brunei (30 days completed)
  4. Germany (30 days completed)
  5. India (30 days completed)

October 3, 2008 (Friday):

  1. Indonesia - A small group (30 days completed)
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