Moonsighting for Rabi-al-Thani 1430

The Astronomical New Moon is on March 26, 2009 (Thursday) at 16:06 UT. On March 27, there is no chance of visibility in Australia. On the same day, there is a reasonable chance of sighting in Asia and Central Africa. On the same day, it should be easily visible in Europe and westward.

1430 AH

Sighting Reports
March 27, 2009 (Friday):

Nular Bary (MCW member) Colombo, Sri Lanka reported: Not Seen
Today Rabi al awal 29th, (27th March 2009 ) my son and my self went to a tall building where we can see the western horizon but we couldn't see the new moon as our west sky was heavy cloudy and no reports from any other place in the Island seen. So our Hilal committee decided to complete the month of Rabi al awal with 30 days and start the month of Rabi al thani on 29th of March 2009 "InshaAllah"

Mohammed Mohsin Khan (MCW member) Mumbai, India reported: Not Seen
Today Friday 27 March 2009 / 29 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1430 in India. Here in Mumbai Sunset was at 06:51 pm IST and Moonset was at 07:34 pm IST. so there was 43 mins difference but Sky was cloudy hence Crescent has not been sighted in Mumbai and in Most Parts of India. Official Moon-Sighting Committee of Mumbai have officially announced that Saturday 28 March 2009 is the 30th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1430 and 1st Rabi-ul-Saani 1430 will fall on Sunday 29 March 2009.

Sultan Alam (MCW member) Karachi Pakistan reported: Not Seen
Nearly 200 members and friends of Jamia-tur-Rasheed tried to sight the moon at 22 places in all 4 provinces of Pakistan but due to clouds, moon was not sighted. Non sighting was also announced officially; hence Saturday is 30th and Sunday, March 29 is 1st Rabee-uth-Thani 1430 in Pakistan .

Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) Kuwait reported: Not Seen
In Kuwait city on Friday 27 Mar 2009 I could not see the crescent even with 8" telescope.The western horizon was too much hazy.

Goolam Tegally (MCW member) Port Louis Mauritius reported: Not Seen
Hilal was NOT sighted (even with binoculars), this evening Friday 27 March. We will complete 30 days of Rabi I tomorrow & 1st Rabi II will be Sunday 29 March.

Yusuf M. Lambat (MCW member) Blantyre, Malawi reported: Not Seen
In Malawi, there was no sighting although the sky was very clear.

Rashid Motala (MCW member) Durban S. Africa reported: Not Seen
The Hilaal for R. Thaani was not sighted in S. Africa this evening, Friday, March 27. Good moon age and clear skies. Nevetheless, not sighted. Sunday will be the 1st.

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) Cape Town S. Africa reported: Not Seen
The crescent was not sighted anywhere in South Africa this Friday evening (27/03/2009 and the end of 29 Rabi-ul Awal). The official first day of the new month will correspond with Sunday, 29/03/2009.

Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) from Oslo, Norway reported: Not Seen
I was in an urban setting in Oslo, Norway on Friday, march 27, while attempting to sight the new moon. Sunset time was 6:49pm and Moonset time was 8:41pm at coordinates of (longitude E10.7, latitude N59.9) and I looked for the moon 3 or 4 distinct times within this interval. The weather was overcast with heavy fog in the sky and perhaps this was the reason why I was unable to see the new moon.

Ibrahima Thierno LO (MCW member) Dakar Senegal reported: Not Seen
I have seen the thin crescent on Friday 27 March 2009. The sky was clear. The first day of this month begins in Senegal Saturday 28 March 2009.

Muhammed Yasin Qamardeen (MCW member) Ilorin Nigeria reported: Not Seen
I was not able to sight the new hilal on Friday, March 27, perharp due to overcast at the western horizon. Phones call from Amir Lajinat Hilal Ilorin, Kwara state indicate negative sighting of Hilal.

Rida Roty (MCW member) Avignon, France reported: Seen
Al hamdu lillah, the sky was clear and I could see the hilal of Rabi-al-Thani by naked eyes.
and another photo

Ziaur Rahman from Birmingham, UK reported: Seen
Alhamdulillah! i have made a positive sighting of the hilal of rabiul akhir 1430AH @ 1910hrs. I spotted the hilal outside the handsworth leisure centre in handsworth park, birmingham. along holly lane looking towards grove lane. the quality of the camera on my phone was poor and was unable to take a proper picture. however i will go back and see if i can get a picture identifying the hilal.

Dr. Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti (MCW member) Oxford UK reported: Seen
Positive sighting in Oxford. The three of us sighted the Rabi' al-Akhir crescent on the way from Oxford to Banbury at the end of the 29th day of Rabi' al-Awwal (Friday, 27 March 2009). We sighted the crescent at 19.10 (position: approximately 270 degrees West; altitude around 8 degrees). The horizon was partly cloudy on the western horizon and the orientation of the crescent was 180 degrees. This positive sighting means that the first day of Rabi' al-Akhir in the UK is tomorrow, Saturday, 28 March (beginning from today's Maghrib).

Abdul Karim and Ustaad Salah Khan from Wood Green, North London, UK reported: Not Seen
Sighting was tried from 18:45 - 19:00. Negative report at 19:00 due to excessive cloud cover at the altitude/azimuth sighting region. However, we will return to our vantage point at 07:40 to re-sight. Another sighting was tried between 19:40 - 19:45; the sky was very dark and many stars were visible. There was some cloud cover, however it was much lighter than earlier. Negative sighting from Wood Green, North London in both tries.

Aziz Raje (MCW member) Walthamstow, London UK reported: Seen
Alhamdolillah, we have news of positive sighting on the 29th of Rabi ul Awwal (Friday 27th March). 10 of us were on top of the roof in Masjid e Umer, Walthamstow, London, including the Imam, Mowlana Shoyaib after Maghrib Salah at 18:45. It was partly cloudy at first and the Horizon was also partially red near the 250 / 280 degrees West to South West. At 18:55 all of us had a clear view of the Hilal of Rabi ul Awwal with naked Eye. It was around 265 / 270 degrees West. We also had positive sighting reports from Croydon, Forest Gate and Ilford. Wifaq ul Ulama have therefore announced that the 1st day of Rabi ul Thanil 1430 in the UK will be on Saturday 28th March Insha Allah.

Modoris Ali (MCW member) Birmingham UK reported: Seen
I had seen the crescent moon at 6.55pm after performing Maghrib prayer at the Mosque at Plant Street Mosque on Friday 27 March, Cradley Heath. People at the Mosque also seen the moon, I helped them to recognise the moon, where the moon was. The moon appeared very thin.

Ehsan H. Hajar (MCW member) Casablanca, Morocco reported: Seen
Today Friday March 27th, Ehsan H. Hajar, a retired Airline Pilot residing In Casablanca Morocco was able to sight the new Hial around 1920 UTC which is local GMT for Morocco. The hilal of Rabee' al~thani was obseved first using a Bonocular 10x50 , the new moon was located few degree W of 270 and around 7-8 degrees above the cloudy horizon with tips @ 4 & 8 O'Clock. It was well recognized with naked eyes for another 10 minutes before being obsecured by clouds.

Michael A. Simmonds Jr. (MCW member) St. Thomas, Virgin Islands reported: Seen
Just reporting that the New Moon was seen here in the U.S. Virgin Islands at approximately 6:55 P.M Atlantic Standard Time. Sunset was 6:32 P.M. This moon was seen by myself and Hannah Solomon, Lorna Joseph, Isabella Nelson, Russel Bertrand, Melford Nelson. The moon remained visible until approximately 7:22 pm.

Dr. Abdul Hamid from Connecticut reported: Seen
Hilal of Rabi-us-Sani was sighted in Torrington, CT on March 27, 2009.

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) Blacksburg Virginia reported: Not Seen because of clouds
Because of the total cloudy sky in Blacksburg, VA, no sighting was attempted today (Friday, 27 March, 2009). Yesterday (Thursday, March26, 2009), using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I tried sighting the crescent moon, first before the sunset (7:39) in Blacksburg, VA (while the sun was behind pieces of clouds), followed by an after-sunset trial in Christiansburg a few miles to the south with no success. The western horizon was partly cloudy and not suitable for locating such a very young crescent.

Imam Salim Chishti (MCW member) New Lebanon, NY reported: Not Seen
Hilal was not seen in New Lebanon, NY on the evening of Friday March 27 because of too much haze and cloudiness on the horizon here.

HiMY SYeD (MCW member) Toronto Ontario reported: Not Seen
Unfortunately, due to cloud cover in the western skies over Toronto, it made it very difficult to confirm any moonsighting tonight. I tried from several vantage points in and around Christie Pits Park in Downtown Toronto from shortly after Maghrib, circa 7:40 p.m. local time, to shortly after 8 p.m. InshAllah, we'll try again tomorrow night.

Dr. Salman Zafar Shaikh of (MCW member) reported: Seen
Hilal of Rabi-Al-Thani was sighted in Austin, Texas and some other states in North America on March 27, 2009G by naked eye. Hence Rabi-Al-Thani 1430H starts on March 28, 2009G in North America.

Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) Baton Rouge Louisiana reported: Not Seen
It was impossible to sight the new moon on March 27th due to completely overcast conditions in Baton Rouge.

Mohamed Lotfy (MCW member) Aurora Colorado reported: Seen
Alhamdou Lil'LAAH the Rabi el Thani 1430 Hilal was sighted easily with the naked eye this evening March 27th 2009 at 7:40 pm in Aurora Colorado, USA.

March 28, 2009 (Saturday):

Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) Melbourne Australia reported: Seen
Just to let you know cresent is not sighted in Melbourne today 28/3/09 Saturday evening although horizon was clear. However, cresent was sighted on Saturday 28/3/09 in Darwin. Therefore, 29/3/09 Sunday is 1st. of Rabbi-Ul-Tani 1430

Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney Australia reported: Seen
The Hilaal of RABI’UL AAKHIR 1430 has been sighted in Darwin and Perth on Saturday, the 28th March, 2009. Therefore Moonsighting Committee of Australia and Majlisul ulamaa’ of Australia have declared that the month of RABI’UL AAKHIR 1430 will start from Sunday, 29th March 2009.

ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) Dhaka Bangladesh reported: Seen
The moon was not seen in Bangladesh on 27th march, Friday. Though the sky was partly cloudy in some areas but major areas were clear and cloudless.29th march Sunday will be first Rabi-us Sani

Mohammed Mohsin Khan (MCW member) Mumbai, India reported: Seen
Today Saturday 28 March 2009 / 30 Rabi-ul-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. Sunday 29 March 2009 will be 1st Rabi-us-Saani 1430 and Wednesday 8th April 2009 will be the 11th day of Rabi-us-Saani 1430.

Sultan Alam (MCW member) Karachi Pakistan reported: Seen
On my request many hundreds members and friends of our institute “Jamia-tur-Rasheed” easily sighted the moon in 3 provinces of Pakistan i.e. in Baluchistan , Sindh & Punjab. As it was fully cloudy in NWFP hence what to speak of the crescent moon, the sun was invisible there. Sunday is 1st Rabee-uth-Thani 1430 in Pakistan.

Baig Muhammad Tamachi (MCW member) Peterborough Ontario reported: Seen
Today, Saturday March 28, 2009, I was blessed with hilal observation with naked eye very easily between 9:14 and 9:17pm. after which clouds covered it in the West North West direction about 20 degrees above horizon. Horns were roughly between "8pm and 4pm". I was alone for this sighting.

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