Moonsighting for Dhul-Qi'dah 1429

The Astronomical New Moon is on October 28, 2008 (Tuesday) at 23:13 Universal Time or GMT (i.e., 7:13 pm EDT in USA, and 4:13 pm PDT in USA). It cannot be seen anywhere in the world on October 28. On October 29, it can be seen using binoculars in South Africa; and it can be seen by naked eye in South America and Polynesian Islands. On October 30, it will be visible all over the world except Russia and Northern Europe, where it cannot be seen before October 31.


Sighting Reports
October 28, 2008 (Tuesday):

No visibility anywhere. No sighting reports expected.

Maulana Sultan Alam (MCW member) Karachi Pakistan reported: Not Seen
It was certain that the crescent would not be sighted anywhere in Pakistan tonight i.e. on Tuesday,28 October 2008, because conjunction was after 10-11 hours after the sunset in Pakistan and moonset was before 35-50 minutes before sunset. In spite of this fact, to increase the trust of common people upon the Science of Moon-sighting and because the people are confused due to the 29th shawwal in Saudi Arab, while it was only 28th by sighting in Pakistan, I requested many members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" and many of my friends (most of them are Ulama and scholars) all over Pakistan to sight the moon but the moon could not be sighted, as it was expected tonight. They tried to sight the moon at the following 18 places allover Pakistan: Karachi (at 10 places), Tando Allahyar, Abbotabad (2 places), charsaddah (2 places), Hyderabad, Lahore, and Battal.


October 29, 2008 (Wednesday):

Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney Australia reported: Not Seen
The Hilaal of DHUL QA‘DAH 1429 has not been sighted anywhere in Australia on Oct 29. Therefore Majlisul Ulamaa of Australia and Moon sighting Committee of Australia have declared that the 1st DHUL QA‘DAH 1429 will be on Friday 31st October 2008.

Engr Manzoor A Mian Melbourne Australia reported: Not Seen
I wish to inform you that moon was not sighted in Melbourne and any part of Australia on 29st. Oct 2008 Wednesday evening. Thus the Zul Qaidah first day in Australia started from today 31 Oct. 2008 Friday.

Nular Bary (MCW member) Colombo, Sri Lanka reported: Not Seen
Today 29th October from 5.50pm to 6.30pm (sun set 5.53pm local time) I tried to sight the moon of Dhul-Qi'dah our west was clear except 4 some cloudy patches here and there MashaAllah; could not sight the moon and there are no reports from any other places from the Island. Our hilal committee also declared that complete Shawwal 30 days and 1st of Dhul-Qi'dah will start Oct 31st, Friday InshaAllah.

Maulana Sultan Alam (MCW member) Karachi Pakistan reported: Not Seen
It was certain that the crescent would not be sighted anywhere in Pakistan tonight i.e. on Wednesday, 29 October 2008, because in the costal areas the moonset was with the sunset while in the other areas it was before the sunset. In spite of this fact, to increase the trust of common people upon the Science of Moon-sighting and because the people are confused due to the strange lunar dates in Saudi Arab, I requested many members of the personal moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" and many of my friends (most of them are Ulama and scholars) all over Pakistan to sight the moon but the moon could not be sighted, as it was expected tonight. They tried to sight the moon at the following 20 places allover Pakistan: Karachi (at 10 places), Lahore (2 places), Abbotabad, Alipur (Muzaffar Garh), Texala, Shorkot (Jhang), Hyderabad, Battal, Kohat, and Jhang.
Note: Chairman of central official moon sighting committee of Pakistan "Mufti Munee-bur-Rahman" told me on my personal mobile phone that because he did not receive any positive report of moon sighting from all over Pakistan, therefore he has officially announced that Thursday 30 October 2008 is the 30th Shawwal and 1st Zul-Qa’dah 1429 will fall on Friday 31 October 2008 in Pakistan.

Dr. Saleh Alsaab (MCW member) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia reported: Not Seen
Yesterday (Wednesday, Oct 29 ) I could not see the crescent in Riyadh, it sets only few minutes after the sun.

Goolam Tegally (MCW member) Port Louis Mauritius reported: Not Seen
Hilal was NOT sighted this evening Wednesday 29 October 2008 here in Mauritius even with 10x binoculars. Sky was cloudy. We will therefore be completing 30 days Shawwal, and 1st Dhu’l Qa’da will be Friday, 31st October 2008.

Yusuf M. Lambat (MCW member) Blantyre, Malawi reported: Not Seen
No crescent seen on Oct 29. Visibility was very clear.

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) Cape Town S. Africa reported: Not Seen
The Hilaal was not seen this Wednesday evening, 29 October 2008. The month of Shawwaal will be extended to a 30 day month. The official 1st day of Dhul Qa'da will correspond with Friday, 31 October 2008. Excellent field of vision from my sighting station at the Green Point lighthouse in Cape Town. The crescent was not visible even with optical aid (binoculars and telescope).

Rashid Motala (MCW member) Durban S. Africa reported: Not Seen
The Hilaal for Zul-Qa'dah was not sighted this evening in SA. The visibilty parameters were just out of bounds for Cape Town, and it was not seen.

Imam Majolagbe Monsuru (MCW member) Lagos Nigeria reported: Not Seen
I and some brothers attempted crescent sighting OF THE MONTH OF Dhul-Qidah 1429 between 18:30 and 19:35 on wednesday 29 october 2008 but all our efforts proved abbortive

Dr. Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti (MCW member) Oxford UK reported: Not Seen
Two of us attempted to perform the sighting tonight for the Dhu l-Qa'da crescent in Oxford on 29 Shawwal, Wednesday 29 October, immediately after Maghrib prayers at the usual site. The local horizon is 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 Indonesia. Therefore, we should be completing 30 days [istikmal] for Shawwal, so the first day of Dhul-Qa'da should fall in the UK on Friday 31, October (beginning from Maghrib, 30 October).

Dr. Salman Zafar Shaikh (MCW member) New Jersey reported: Not Seen
Hilal was not sighted anywhere in North America on October 29th 2008G. Hence we complete 30 days of the month of Shawwal. Dhul Qidah starts on October 31st 2008G in North America.

Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) Sanford Florida reported: Not Seen
There being NO Moon Sighting Reports and upon completion of 30 days of Shawwal. FIRST DAY of Dhulqa'da 1429 AH is established as FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2008.

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) Christiansburg Virginia reported: Not Seen
This evening (Wednesday, October 29, 2008), using a pair of 7X50 binoculars, I tried sighting the crescent moon from 6:33 till 6:47 with no success. Although I was a few minutes late (the local sunset was at 6:26 and moonset at 6:30), there was no chance sighting the moon in the bright horizon. I could not see Mars either.

Khalid Yaseen (MCW member) Detroit Michigan reported: Not Seen
Clear skies in the west...sunset at 6:28 PM EDT (by eyesight) in Detroit. No sighting of the Dhul-Qa'dah crescent.

Jim Stamm (MCW member) Tucson Arizona reported: Not Seen
I was NOT able to see the crescent, even through a telescope.

Mohammed Yahya Shaikh (MCW member) Culver City California reported: Not Seen
I tried to look for the hilal on the 29 of October from 6:10 pm to 6:20 pm local time in Culver City, California, but was unsuccessful.


October 30, 2008 (Thursday):

Mutoha Arkanuddin (MCW member) Yogyakarta Indonesia [Indonesian Crescents Observation (ICO), http://rukyatulhilal.org] reported: Seen
Today (30/10) is the second day of my crescent's observation. We and some members of Indonesian Crescents Observation (ICO) tried to sight the crecent from viewing minaret of Parangtritis Beach, Yogyakarta. The Western sky was cloudy and the Sun set behing clouds. According to the calculation, sunset at 17:34 LT, moon at sunset 13.5° above the horizon and moonset 18:38 LT. The crescent was seen from 17:55 to 18:05 by naked eyes and binoculars. However Indonesian Ministry of Religion Affairs has officially declared that the first day of Zulqaidah 1429 AH begin on Thursday, 30 October 2008 by calculation (moon altitude > 2° ).

Abdul Jalil Rayhan (MCW member) Cotabato Philippines reported: Not Seen
From 3pm until this report our horizon is cloudy, with light rain. The moon was not seen with this weather.

ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) Dhaka Bangladesh reported: Seen
Very thin moon has been sighted in the south-east part of the country on 30th October, Thursday. The sky was very clear and the moon is seen within last 10 minutes of its setting.

Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) Gujrat, India reported: Not Seen
Moon not sighted here in Gujarat and most parts of India on 30th Oct. 5 districts of Gujarat had celebrated Eid on 1st Oct. So some of them declared 1st Zul-qaad on 31 Oct, though moon not seen. No part of India claimed sighting on 30th Oct till now. Most of them declared 1st Zulqaad on 1st Nov. It is surprising because calculations of moonsighting.com nad MoonCalc show that moon will easily visible in India on 30 Oct. Sky was clear in most parts.

Nular Bary (MCW member) Colombo, Sri Lanka reported: Seen
Today, Oct 30, at 6.13 pm, myself & two of my friends sighted the Moon, as our west was clear. MASHAALLAH it appeared till 6.32 pm.

Capt. Tahir Gul Hasan (MCW member) Lahore Pakistan reported: Not Seen
The crescent could NOT be sighted at Lahore on 30th October 2008 due to low expected altitude and haze.

Maulana Sultan Alam (MCW member) Karachi Pakistan reported: Not Seen
On 30th October, I tried myself with 6 persons to sight the moon in Karachi and also requested many members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" and many of my friends (most of them Ulama and scholars) all over Pakistan to sight the moon but the moon could not be sighted. They tried to sight the moon on Thursday, 30 October 2008 at 23 places all over Pakistan. They are: Karachi (10 places, little hazy), Lahore (2 places, partially cloudy), Alipur (Muzaffar Garh, clear), Texila (Little hazy), Hyderabad (clear), Battal (Partially cloudy). Jhang (5 places, clear), Charsaddah (Partially cloudy), Tando Allah yar (Little hazy).

Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) Kuwait reported: Seen
In Kuwait at Kabad desert 33 km south west of Kuwait city on Thursday 30 Oct 2008 I could see the crescent only with 20*60 and 10*50 binocular. The events went as follow :local sunset at 17:05 (the upper limb of the sun seen till last second, i.e., we have clear sky); first seen with 20*60 bino at 17:12 that's 7 minutes after sunset; then seen with 10*50 binoculars at 17:17; last seen with binoculars at 17:22. Moonset was at 17:45, i.e., the crescent disappeared from view of the binocular 23 minutes before its setting. The western horizon was clear with haze 3~4 degrees above horizon.

Mohamed Abdallah Salim Al-abdissalaam (MCW member) Tanga City, Tanzania reported: Seen
Today, 30th October 2008, we have sighted new moon for Dhul-Qadah here in Tanga City, Tanzania.

Mohamedashiq H Noorany from Mombasa, Kenya reported: Seen
In Mombasa, Kenya the sky was clear on Wednesday 29th October 2008, but I could not sight the moon with naked eye. However, I, in the company of my nephews, could clearly see the moon on Thursday, 30th October 2008 at 6.30p.m., i.e. after Maghrib prayers.

Imam Majolagbe Monsuru (MCW member) Lagos Nigeria reported: Seen
In Ikorodu Lagos Nigeria, on Oct 30, during sunset by 18:29, I and some brothers remain busy searching for DhulQi'dah crescent but we were unable to sight it before solatul-magrib. But we resumed searching thereafter and by the grace of Almighty Allah we all saw the crescent by 18:46, then was covered by clouds after 7 minutes.

Sheik A.A. Ishola (MCW member) Lagos Nigeria reported: Seen
Alhamdu lillah, I and my Colleague sighted the DhulQidah Crescent today in Ikorodu 30th October 2008 with our naked eyes after we prayed Magrib around 7:07. 10 mins after Maghrib I was unable to photograh it but I called other brothers to sight it too. Alhamudu lilahi Friday 31st of Oct is the first of Dhulqidah based on astronomical and Shari'ah.

Sulaiman Patel from Barbados reported: Seen
Alhumdolilah the moon was sighted today-Thursday, Oct 30 in Barbados.

Suleman Manjra (MCW member) Barbados reported: Seen
The moon was sighted on Thursday, Oct 30 evening here in Barbados.

Dr. Abdul Hamid from Connecticut reported: Not Seen
Many groups tried to sight hilal in Connecticut on Thursday, Oct 30th, 2008. Hilal was not sighted

Khalid Shaukat (MCW member) Metropolitan Area of Washington DC reported: Not Seen
On October 30. Thursday, it was cloudy in Washington DC area. I could not see any stars nor the crescent. Moonset was around 6:48pm, and I tried until that time.

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) Blacksburg Virginia reported: Seen
This evening (Thursday, October 30, 2008), using a pair of 7X50 binoculars, I sighted the crescent moon in Blacksburg, VA. The first sighting was at 6:25 with the binoculars and immediately after with naked eye (apparent sunset: 6:24). The horns were approximately on 1:30 and 6:00 O'Clock. The horizon was a little hazy and thus I could not see Mars.

Taalib Abdul-Malik (MCW member) Douglasville, GA reported: Seen
On October 30, I and my wife sighted the moon here in Douglasville, GA just west of Atlanta, GA.

Baig Muhammad Tamachi (MCW member) Peterborough Ontario reported: Not Seen
No sighting on Oct 30. Tried with nacked eye and used 10x50 bushnell binoculars.

HiMY SYeD (MCW member) Toronto Ontario reported: Not Seen
Under late autumn clear skies with numerous condensation trails from aircraft littering the horizon, I searched for the crescent tonight beginning immediately after the sun set for at least 20 minutes. I paced along the east side of Christie Pits Park in downtown Toronto. At this time of year the leaves are falling throughout the park, enabling a clearer view in the distance for any potential moonsighting. Though it was a long shot tonight, I still looked forward to a possible crescent as conditions could hardly get better than this. Unfortunately, all I can confirm seeing are the con trails criss crossing the evening sky above Toronto. Consequently this is a negative moonsighting report from downtown Toronto Ontario Canada.

Clay Chip Smith (MCW member) Austin Texas reported: Seen
On 30 Shawwal (30 October), Sunset was at 6:45 pm and the Hilal was seen by the 2 of us the home of Clay Chip Smith in Austin Texas. The Hilal was spotted at 7:04 pm as it approached clouds. The Hilal was about 5 degrees above the Horizon and about 20 degrees South of the place of sunset. The horns of the Hilal were on 2:00 & 6:00 positions

Qaiser Imam (MCW member) Asutin Texas reported: Seen
I saw the crescent of Dhul Qidah with four peoples in Round Rock, Texas. Approximately 6:59 pm we saw the crescent towards the left side of the sunset and it was very thick and almost for twenty five minutes we were able to see the crescent and then it disappeared in the clouds. Unfortunately I was not able to take the picture because the software was not working in my laptop computer.

Saleh Bhai Bhattay (MCW member) Panama reported: Seen
On October 30, moon was seen in Panama.


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