Moonsighting for Rabi-al-Awwal 1430

The Astronomical New Moon is on February 25, 2009 (Wednesday) at 1:35 UT. On Feb 25, this moon will not be visible in Australia or most of Asia. In Europe only telescopic sighting is possible on Feb 25. On the same day, there is some chance to see it in Northern parts of South America and there is a reasonable chance of sighting in North America. In Hawaii, it should be easily visible on Feb 25. For most of the rest of the world it should be visible on Feb 26, 2009.

1430 AH

Sighting Reports
February 25, 2009 (Wednesday):

Mohammed Mohsin Khan (MCW member) Mumbai, India reported: Not Seen
Today Wednesday 25 Feb 2009 / 29 Safar 1430 in India. Here in Mumbai Sunset was at 06:44 pm IST and Moonset was at 07:03 pm IST. so there was 19 mins difference Sky was clear but Crescent has not been sighted in Mumbai and in Most Parts of India. Official Moon-Sighting Committee of INDIA have officially announced that Thursday 26 February 2009 is the 30th Safar 1430 and 1st Rabi-ul-Awwal 1430 will fall on Friday 27 February 2009 and in India EID MILAD-UN-NABI s.a.w will be celebrated on Tuesday 10th March 2009 insha allah.

Khalid Umer Maniar (MCW member) Surat, India reported: Not Seen
No moon was sighted on Wednesday, hence 1st rabi awwal will be Friday 27th Feb 2009.

Sultan Alam (MCW member) Karachi Pakistan reported: Not Seen
All members and friends of Jamia-tur-Rasheed tried but could not sight the moon all over Pakistan. Non sighting was also announced officially; hence Friday, February 27, is 1st Rabee-ul-Awwal 1430 in Pakistan.

Hamza Rijaal (MCW member) Island of Zanzibar Tanzania reported: Not Seen
Wednesday 25 Feb 2009, in tiny island of Zanzibar crescent has not been sighted as result we have completed 30 days for Safar and todays friday 27 February is the first of Rabil Awal.

Yusuf M. Lambat (MCW member) Blantyre, Malawi reported: Not Seen
Today Wednesday 25 Feb 2009, in Malawi the crescent has not been sighted.

Rashid Motala (MCW member) Durban S. Africa reported: Not Seen
The Hilaal for Rabi-ul-Awwal was not sighted this evening (Wednesday) in S. Africa.

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) Cape Town S. Africa reported: Not Seen
The crescent was not sighted (telescope, binoculars and naked eye) in Southern Africa this Wednesday evening (25/02/2009 – end of 29th Safar). The official first day of Rabi-ul Awal 1430 AH will correspond to Friday, 27 February 2009.

Bankih Kacem (MCW member) Bouamiyed,Beni Isguen Ghardaïa Algeria reported: Not Seen
Two members of the amateur astronomy Association AMNIR have tried to observe the crescent of RabiI 1430 from Bouamiyed without seeing it. The sky was clear with some haze on the western horizon. We have used two binoculars (60x20 , 40x8) trying to see the crescent.

Abdu al Azizu, Tedi, Lagos Nigeria reported: Not Seen
There were clouds today, Wednesday, 25th February 2009, so it was impossible to sight the moon.

AbdulBariu Kareem (MCW member) Ikeja Lagos Nigeria reported: Not Seen
It was not possible to sight the crescent moon for the month of Rabil al awwal this evening (Wednesday) here in the city of Lagos the sky was a bit cloudy.

Sheik A.A. Ishola (MCW member) Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria reported: Not Seen
The Crescent was not seen in Ikorodu, Lagos. Yesterday 25-2-09 because the weather is cloudy and rany.

Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) from Oslo Norway reported: Not Seen
I attempted to sight the new moon of Rabi-Al-Awwal 1430 on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 in Oslo, Norway. Local sunset time was 5:34pm and moonset time was 6:32pm, and I attempted to find the moon from 5:45pm until 6:15pm. The sky was completely overcast with heavy fog - and I was unable to see the new moon.

Aziz Raje (MCW member) Ilford, Essex UK reported: Not Seen
Many of us attempted a sighting after Maghrib Salah on Wednesday but due to cloudy conditions it was not possible to sight the Hilal. We have negative reports from all over the UK and we have received negative reports from Many parts of Europe, Morocco and South Africa as well. Wifaq ul Ulama have therefore announced that we will complete 30 days of Safar and the 1st day of Rabi ul Awwal 1430 in the UK will be on Friday 27th February Insha Allah.

Khalid Shaukat (MCW member) Silver Spring, Maryland reported: Not Seen
On Wednesday, Feb 25, I tried to see the moon alongwith a couple of my friends, including our Masjid Imam, and could not see the moon. There were some band of clouds exactly where the moon should be.

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) Christiansburg Virginia reported: Seen by Binoculars only
This evening (Wednesday, February 25, 2009), I sighted the moon in Christiansburg, VA, at 6:44 pm. The western horizon was cloudy with a streak of opening providing a chance for sighting the crescent. I arrived at my observation point before the sunset and stayed till the moon appeared in the clearing. The sighting was with a pair of binoculars (7X50) only for a couple of min before the crescent disappeared behind the lower edge of the clearing. The crescent was very thin with its horns approximately on 4 and 8 O’clock. I tried sighting the moon with naked eye with no success

Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) Baton Rouge Louisiana reported: Not Seen
Despite almost completely clear conditions on the moonset horizon, I was unable to sight the new moon on Feb. 25. Will try again tomorrow.

February 26, 2009 (Thursday):

Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney Australia reported: Not Seen
The Hilaal of RABI’UL AWWAL 1430 was NOT sighted anywhere in Australia on Thursday the 26th February, 2009. Therefore Moonsighting Committee of Australia and Majlisul ulamaa’ of Australia have declared that the month of RABI’UL AWWAL 1430 will start from Saturday 28th February.

Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) Melbourne Australia reported: Not Seen
I am to report you that I tried to observe the moon yesterday 26/2/09 Thursday in Melbourne on Mount Ridley North of Melbourne (25 Km) close to Melbourne Airport from 8:00 pm until 8:25 pm (25 Min after sunset; moonset time was 8:22pm) but I with other brother, was unable to sight the moon. Horizon was cloudy. Glare remains at west. Melbourne Temperature was ~ 33 degree centigrade but at time of sighting was ~25 degree centigrade. I got report from Sydney, Brisbane, Perth etc., that the moon was not sighted in any part of Australia yesterday 26/2/2009 therefore first Rabi–ul-Awwal will start InshaAllah 28/2/09 Saturday in Australia.

Dr. Musa·Minhai (MCW member) Linxia, Gansu Province, China reported: Not Seen
On Feb.26, 2009, not seen by naked eye and binoculars (there were more clouds).

AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) Surakarta, Java Indonesia reported: Not Seen
On Feb 26, the moon is "NOT SEEN" in Bendo-Juwiring-Klaten, Indonesia, because it was cloudy.

ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) Dhaka Bangladesh reported: Seen
Today, 26th February, Thursday, moon is sighted from Bangladesh. Very thin moon in higher altitude is seen first then it becomes very clear. The sky was very clear in Dhaka.Ruia'ti Hilal Majlis and Islamic Foundation Both have announced the First day of Rabi-ul-Awwal Shareef from Friday, 27th February. Bangladesh will observe Eid-e-Miladunnabi sallahu alihi Wassalam on 10th March, Tuesday.

Nular Bary (MCW member) Colombo, Sri Lanka reported: Seen
Today 29th.Safar 1430. (26th February 2009)Though our western sky was smokey. I was able to sight the 1st.Moon of Rabil al Awwal "Mashaallah" was appearing from 6.41 to 7.06 P.M. our sunset was at 6.23 P.M. here. Any one could see from naked eye.

Mohammed Mohsin Khan (MCW member) Mumbai, India reported: Seen
Today 26 February 2009 / 30 Safar 1430, Rabi-un-Awwal 1430 Crescent has been Sighted in Mumbai and in Most Parts of India. I myself have seen the Crescent. It was easily Visible with Naked eyes. INDIA will celebrate EID MILAD-UN-NABI sallallaho alehi wasallam on Tuesday 10th March 2009 / 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1430 insha allah.

Sultan Alam (MCW member) Karachi Pakistan reported: Seen
All members and friends of Jamia-tur-Rasheed (more than 700) easily sighted the moon in all 4 provinces of Pakistan. Friday is 1st Rabee-ul-Awwal 1430 in Pakistan.

Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) Kuwait reported: Seen
On Thursday 26 Feb 2009 at Kuwait city from the balcony of my appartment, I could see the crescent as follows :First seen with 8*20 monocular at 18:01 then seen with naked eyes at 18:10 then the crescent disappeared behind cloud at 18:20, sunset was at 17:46 and moonset was at 19:10. The western Horizon was cloudy.

Alireza Mehrani (MCW member) Tehran Iran reported: Seen
Crescent first observation through 7x50 binoculars at 17:47 LT; Moon Alt: 18° 39' 17"; Sun Alt: 1° 09' 18"; Elongation: 17° 30' 49"; Moon Age: 36h 42m.
Crescent first observation through naked eyes at 18:00 LT; Moon Alt: 16° 09' 20"; Sun Alt: - (1° 26' 38");

Goolam Tegally (MCW member) Port Louis Mauritius reported: Seen
Hilal for Rabi-ul-Awwal was sighted this evening Thursday 26 Feb. It was NOT seen yesterday.

Rida ROTY (MCW member) AVIGNON (south FRANCE) reported: Seen
I sight the new moon, hilal of Rabi-al-Awwal by naked eye on February 26 (Thursday).

Muhammad Sohail (MCW member) Iquique Chile reported: Seen
I have seen the moon of 1st Rabiul Awal in Iquique at 20:35 on 26/2/2009.

Khalid Shaukat (MCW member) Silver Spring, Maryland reported: Seen
On Thursday, Feb 26, I was able to see the moon alongwith our Masjid Imam. The moon was quite thick and was very high in the sky. I and Imam Muhammad saw it at 6:16, which was 18 minutes after sunset (sunset at 5:58). There were some band of clouds all around the moon and mostly below it. We saw it for about two minutes then clouds covered it. After about 5 minutes, I saw it again when the clouds moved away.

Qamar Uddin from York, PA reported: Seen by a colleague
Today, Feb 26, Thursday, I have also tried to sight the moon from York (40 hours old) after the Magrib prayer, which was expected to easily visible, but unfortunately it was too cloudy for it to be sighted. I was told by a YAS Observatory colleague (Paul Buglass) this evening (2/26/2009) that he was able to sight the crescent moon in-between clouds while driving from work!

Omer Subhani (MCW member) Fort Lauderdale, FL reported: Seen
My family and I spotted the new moon of Rabi al-Awwal tonight at 6:45 PM EST. It was very clear.

Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) Baton Rouge Louisiana reported: Seen
The new moon crescent was easily sighted in Baton Rouge, LA at 6:03 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26.

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