Moonsighting for Jumada-al-Oola 1430

The Astronomical New Moon is on April 25 (Saturday) at 3:22 UT. On April 25, it can NOT be seen in Australia, but can be seen easily in North America. Also it can be seen with difficulty in Europe and Northern Africa. On April 26, it can be easily seen almost everywhere in the world.

1430 AH

Sighting Reports
April 25, 2009 (Saturday):

The Crescent Moon was sightied on Saturday, April 25 in USA. Due to technical difficulties, some of sighting reports were lost from the computer.

Dr. Musa·Minhai (MCW member) Linxia, Gansu Province, China reported: Not Seen
No sighting; it was raining.

Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) Kuwait reported: Not Seen even with 20*60 binocular
In Kuwait on Saturday 25 Apr 2009 I could not see the crescent even with 20*60 binocular. The western hoeizon was cloudy and the crescent charactrestics were not enough to see the crescent.

Milad Ershaghi (MCW member) Holmenkollen Norway reported: Not Seen
I tried to sight the moon this evening (Saturday 25 April 2009) from 10:13pm until 10:33pm in Holmenkollen, a relatively high point near the city of Oslo, Norway. There were dark clouds overhanging the horizon - and I was unable to see the new crescent moon.

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) Blacksburg Virginia reported: Seen
The western horizon was partly cloudy. We arrived at the sighting location prior to the sunset (sunset, 8:05) and soon after the sun disappeared behind the clouds. Knowing the location of the moon, at this time, I started searching for the crescent. It was at 8:14, when I saw the crescent, followed by sighting by my daughter and wife. At 8:20, my daughter and I sighted the very thin crescent by naked eye. The moon then disappeared behind the clouds and later reappeared for a short time in an opening for a few minutes and then gone behind the clouds at 8:33.

Hilal Sighting Committee of USA reported: Seen
The moon was sighted in Douglasville, GA at 8:43pm eastern time on April 25, 2009G by naked eye.

Dr. Hussain Dashti from Atlanta, Georgia reported: Seen
On 25-4-09 I was able to see the crescent by naked eyes from Atlanta, Georgia. You might be wondering why am I in Atlanta as I have sent my report regarding the old crescent from Gainesville, Florida on the 24th of April 2009; it is because I was going back home to Kuwait and my connection was from Atlanta. I have sighted the crescent from the airport and it was a bit difficult with all the flashing lights and airplanes!!!

April 26, 2009 (Sunday):

Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) Melbourne Australia reported: Not Seen
Just to inform you that moon was not sighted in Melbourne on 26/4/09 evening. Horison was too cloudy at 6 pm, was little bit clear at 5:45 pm but still we were unable to observe. Now I am waiting results from other states.

Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) Melbourne Australia reported: Seen in Darwin
I got news crescent has been sighted in Australia in Darwan today 26/4/09 Sunday.

Abdul Jalil Rayhan (MCW member) Cotabato Philippines reported: Not Seen
The moon was not sighted here in cotabato city, philippines, due to a cloudy weather and a little rain.

ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) Dhaka Bangladesh reported: Seen
On April 26, the crescent was sighted very clearly all most all parts of the country. The sky condition was very clear in Dhaka. 27 April, Monday is First Jumadal Ula.

Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) Gujrat, India reported: Seen
Crescent for the month of JUMADAL ULA has been sighted here in Gujarat and most parts of India today on 26 April.

Mohammed Mohsin Khan (MCW member) Mumbai, India reported: Seen
Today Sunday 26 April 2009 / 29 Rabi-ul-Aakhar 1430 in India. Here in Mumbai Sunset was at 06:58 pm IST and Moonset was at 08:24 pm IST. so there was 1 hr and 26 mins difference and Sky was clear hence Crescent has been sighted in Mumbai and in Most Parts of India. Official Moon-Sighting Committee of Mumbai have officially announced that 1st Jamadil Oola 1430 will fall on Monday 27 April 2009.

Nular Bary (MCW member) Colombo, Sri Lanka reported: Seen
Today 26th.April 2009.(29th.Rabi al Thani 1430) "Mashaallah" My self with five others sighted the New Moon of Jamadi al Awwal 1430, by naked eye at 6.40P.M. it was clear and appeared till 7..01P.M. our sun set time was 6.19 P.M. here in Colombo. "Inshaallah" We will start the Month of Jamadi al Awwal tomarrow 27th. April 2009 in Sri Lanka.

Sultan Alam (MCW member) Karachi Pakistan reported: Seen
Today i.e. on Sunday 26 April 2009 (29 Rabee-uth-Thani 1430) On my request many hundred members and friends of our institute “Jamia-tur-Rasheed” easily sighted the moon at many places in 3 provinces of Pakistan i.e. in Baluchistan, Sindh & Punjab. As it was fully cloudy in NWFP hence not to speak of the crescent moon, the sun was invisible there.

Alireza Mehrani (MCW member) Esfahan Iran reported: Seen
On April 26, moon was seen easily. Picture taken at time: 20:20 LT, Camera: Sony DSC H-9, Exposure Time: 3 sec, Focal Length: 78 mm, F-Number: F/4.5, ISO Speed: ISO-80

Goolam Tegally (MCW member) Port Louis Mauritius reported: Seen
Hilal was sighted this evening Sunday 26 April here in Mauritius. Fine weather with clear sky. goolam Tegally

Hamza Rijaal (MCW member) Island of Zanzibar Tanzania reported: Seen
On 26th of April, 2009 in tiny island of Zanzibar the crescent has been sighted.

Rashid Motala (MCW member) Durban S. Africa reported: Seen
The Hilaal was sighted this evening in S. Africa. I expected to see it personally, due to good parameters, but we had a think band of cloud on the horizon. It was seen in other parts of the country.

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) Cape Town S. Africa reported: Seen
The Hilaal was sighted in Cape Town on Sunday evening [26/04/2009] at the end of the 29 Rabi-ul Thani (Akhir) 1430 AH. The official first day of Jamadal Ula will correspond with Monday, 27 April 2009 in South Africa. The western horizon was covered by reddish haze up to an altitude of 5o. The combination of the lunar percentage illumination (3.23%) and its magnitude (6.01) rendered visibility easy in the haze. The atmospheric conditions gave us a very large beautiful yellow thin crescent with horns situated at 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock. The Hilaal was first sighted at 18h38 LT. Observed sunset was at 18h14 LT. An interesting point to note is that most software gave sunset time at 18h10 LT. This definitely affects the prayer time of Maghrib.

Muhammad shafiur Rahman Chowdury from Stockholm Sweden reported: Seen
Alhamdulillah,...we the member of Anjumane Al Baiyinaat, Sweden (1. Muhammad shafiur Rahman Chowdury, 2. Muhammad Nasiruddin Ahmod Shohel, 3. Muhammad Fakhrul Islam, 4. Muhammad Sorwarul Haq Guddu and 5. Muhammad Romel) have seen the crescent moon of the new coming arabic month Mahe Jamadi-Al-Awwal 1430 Hizri this evening 26th April 2009 Sunday from Stockholm by bare eyes very clearly. This make the history of moonsighting from sweden. Last 5/6 months we did not sight the crescent moon because of bad weather and snow fall. Generally the crescent moon is not sighted from the nothern pollar region countries like Sweden. But in this month we have succeed.

Dr. Mustafa Al-Majari and his wife from Tolna, Hungary reported: Seen
We tried to sight the hilal by naked eyes on the eve of 25th April in Hungary (close to a town called Tolna) without success, although the sky and the western horizon was completely clear. On the eve of 26th April we could easily sight the hilal.

Modoris Ali (MCW member) Birmingham UK reported: Seen
I had seen the crescent moon in my garden at 8:00pm in my town,Cradley Heath (near Birmingham) on Sunday 26 April 2009. When I arrived at the Mosque for Maghrib prayer at 8:30pm, the moon grew bigger.The moon was 41 hour moon. People of the Mosque said it was first day moon.Other islamic website stated that the previous day it was seen with binoculars in Manchester in the UK.

Ziaur Rahman from Birmingham UK reported: Seen
New Hilal of Jamadi Al-Ula sighted @ 21:00 on April 26. location: barr beacon, a common high ground area in birmingham. Got home around 21:45 only to see that the hilal was clearly visible through my bedroom window. subhanallah!

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