Moonsighting for Rajab 1430

The Astronomical New Moon is on June 22, 2009 (Monday) at 19:35. This moon cannot be seen on Monday anywhere in the world. On June 23, it can be seen with difficulty in Asia and Middle East. It can be seen with naked eye easily in Western Africa and Americas on June 23 (Tuesday).

1430 AH

Sighting Reports
June 22, 2009 (Monday):

No sighting reports from anywhere in the world, just as expected by calculations.

June 23, 2009 (Tuesday):

Dr. Musa·Minhai (MCW member) Linxia, Gansu Province, China reported: Not Seen
On 23 Jun 2009 I did not see the crescent by naked eye and binoculars at Beijing Time from 20:30 to 21:15. On 24 Jun 2009,no sighting,becouse it is cloudy.

Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) Gujrat, India reported: Not Seen
Crescent has not been seen here in any part of Gujarat today on 23 June. Weather was cloudy. Other parts of India also have negative reports.

Nular Bary (MCW member) Colombo, Sri Lanka reported: Not Seen
Today 23rd. June 2009 (28th. Juma al thani 1430 H in Sri Lanka ) Anyway I tried to observe the Hilla of Rajab today I coudn't see it. "Inshallah" tomorrow I 'll try again.

Sultan Alam (MCW member) Karachi Pakistan reported: Not Seen
On my request, Today (Tuesday, 23 June 2009 = 29 Jumadath-Thaniah 1430 in Pakistan) many hundred persons (Members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" + My friends + their companions) tried to sight the moon all over Pakistan but the moon could not be sighted. Generally the weather was cloudy and hazy but it was clear at some places.
Note: Chairman of central official moon-sighting committee of Pakistan "Mufti Munee-bur-Rahman" told me on my mobile phone that because he did not receive any positive report of moon sighting from all over Pakistan, therefore he has officially announced that Wednesday 24 June 2009 is the 30th Jumadath-Thaniah and 1st Rajab 1430 will fall on Thursday 25 June 2009.

Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) Kuwait reported: Not Seen
In Kuwait On Tuesday 23 Jun 2009 I could not see the crescent, It was dusty so that even the sun could not be seen even 1 hour before its setting time.

Alireza Mehrani (MCW member) Esfahan Iran reported: Not Seen
Tuesday June 23, 2009 (Tir 2, 1388). The western horizon was totaling cloudy. Not Seen

Goolam Tegally (MCW member) Port Louis Mauritius reported: Not Seen
Hilal was NOT sighted this evening Tuesday 23 June here in Mauritius despite clear sky. 1st Rajab will be Thursday 25 June.

Dr. Hadi Jaafar (MCW member) Lebanon reported: Seen w/Binoculars only
Today at 8:13 P.M. local time in Beirut, I sighted the beautiful crescent of Rajab with a 7*50 pair of binoculars. Horns appeared to be between 2:30 and 6:30 clock arms. I continued sighting it in the western horizon of the Mediterranean till 8:30 P.M, but only using the binoculars; could not see it with the naked eye. I was able to take some shots with my 70-210 mm lens camera, in those pictures (it is a little bit difficult to see).

Hamza Rijaal (MCW member) Island of Zanzibar Tanzania reported: Seen
Hilal was seen on Tuesday, 23 June 2009 in tiny island of Zanzibar. Location of sighting was Kwahani in the urban area. I have been in other locality whereby I have failed to sight the Hilal but around 1900 hours local (1600 GMT) time I have received a call from my colleague confirming that Hilal have sighted, then I verify it with Mufty office and they said that Hilal has been observed in number of areas, therefore today Wednesday 24th June 2009 is the 1st Rajab 1430

Yusuf M. Lambat (MCW member) Blantyre, Malawi reported: Not Seen
In Blantyre, Malawi we did not sight the Hilaal. The sky was very clear except that there was redness at the bottom. We waited for 30 minutes but with no avail.

Rashid Motala (MCW member) Durban S. Africa reported: Seen
The Hilaal was sighted this evening at the Waterval Institute Johannesburg by several regular moon-sighters. It was an easier sighting for Johannesburg this month.

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) Cape Town S. Africa reported: Seen
The Rajab Hilaal was sighted by naked-eye this Tuesday evening (23/06/2009, 29th Jamadith Thani 1430 AH) in the Johannesburg area of South Africa. The official first day of Rajab will correspond to Wednesday, 24 June 2009.
Here in Cape Town we are experiencing stormy weather. At my sighting station at the Green Point lighthouse the sky was completely overcast. There was a SW 80 knot wind blowing and the 4m high waves were smashing into the lighthouse. It was quite an experience. These are the difficulties we sometimes face. Allah is great.

Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) Holmenkollen, Norway reported: Not Seen
I tried to sight the moon this evening (Tuesday 23 June 2009) from 23:32 until 23:47 in Holmenkollen, a relatively high point near the city of Oslo, Norway - with coordinates of 59.9604 N latitude and 10.6668 E longitude and an altitude of 359.5 meters. Local sunset time was 22:52 and moonset time was 23:47pm. The sky near the horizon was clear - but I was unable to see the new moon. Milad Ali Ershaghi Oslo, Norway

Muhammad Shafiur Rahman Chowdury, Stockholm, Sweden reported: Not Seen
We the members of Anjumane Al Baiyinaat, Sweden (1. Muhammad Shafiur Rahman Chowdury, 2. Muhammad Firoz Ahmad, 3. Muhammad Zaharul Islam Mridha and 4. Muhammad Shafiqul Haque) have tried to sight the crescent moon of the new coming arabic month Mahe Rajab 1430 Hizri this evening 23rd June 2009 Tuesday from Stockholm, Umeå and Växjö by bare eyes. But we could not sight the crescent moon, although the sky was very clear (except Umeå). So, The Anjumane Al Baiyinaat, Sweden have announced that the 1st day of the new Arabic month " Mahe Rajab 1430 Hizri" will be started from 25th June 2009 Thursday after completing the "Mahe Jumada-Al-Thani 1430 Hizri" by counting 30 days in 24th June 2009 Wednesday.

Sheik A.A. Ishola (MCW member) Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria reported: Not Seen, because of clouds
We went on the sighting ground at Itamaga on the praying ground of Ikorodu muslim Council along Ijede Road area of Ikorodu. we start sight arround 7:01 p.m. the sky is clody we called our brothers in the north too they said the same thing exept Sultonu's spokesman that said that the crescent as been sighted on monday in 2 places in kirau in Kano State and bornu !!! when the moon is yet not born ? and declared today 23-06-09 as 1st of Rajab. here are our brothers and fathers that went for sighting.
1. Hustaz Abdul-Rasaq Abdul-Azeez Ishola
2. Ustaz Monsur Majolagbe
3. Chief Imam Seifu deen Oloworibi (Chief Imam of Ikorodu)
4. Sheik Abdul-Ganiy Adenle Yusufu

Muhammed Yasin Qamardeen (MCW member) Ilorin Nigeria reported: Not Seen
Here at Oshodi, Lagos, Nigeria we couldn't sight the new crescent for the month of Rajaab in spite of the fact that about 80% of visual field of western sky is free of cloudiness and fog. Meanwhile report from MAl Dukku at |Bauchi indicated cloudy sky and Amir Lajinat Ilorin he equally called to informed that new Hilal was not visible.

Dr. Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti (MCW member) Oxford UK reported: Not Seen in UK, but seen in Morocco
The two of us attempted to perform the sighting of Rajab after Maghrib on Tuesday 23 June (the 29th day of Jumada l-Akhir for the UK). Although the horizon is clear, the crescent could not be sighted. Still, we received news of positive sightings to the East of the UK from Morocco and South Africa. This news, despite not being able to sight locally, makes it sufficient for the day of 1st Rajab to be tomorrow, on Wednesday 24 June, for those in the UK, by following the basic rule [dabit] in Islamic Law in this matter that whenever it is known that the crescent has been positively sighted in the East, local sighting inevitably follows, but not the other way round. Therefore, the 27th of Rajab in the UK should fall on Monday 20 July (beginning from Sunday's Maghrib).

Aziz Raje (MCW member) Ilford, Essex UK reported: Not Seen
We had perfect conditions in the South East of UK, many of us attempted the sighting but were not able to sight the Hilal with either naked eye or with the aid of 20 x 50 Bresser Binnocullars. We have negative sighting reports from many other places in the UK

Qamar Uddin, York UK reported: Not Seen in UK, but seen in Morocco
I have just returned from Sutton Bank, Thirsk, North Yorkshire (YO7 2EY), 1 hour drive / 30 miles away from York, 1000 ft high (above sea level). There were 8 of us and we tried to sight the 25 hours old moon with naked eye, binoculars and telescopes, but negative sighting in spite of clear sky conditions. Many places in UK have tried sighting the Hilal with clear sky conditions but negative sighting reports received. However, we have received positive sighting reports from Morocco and South Africa. Therefore, 1 Rajab 1430 AH will be from Wednesday 24 June 2009, Insha-Allah.

Rida Roty (MCW member) Avignon, France reported: Seen w/Binoculars only
I have seen the very thin hilal of Rajab with binoculars, and my daughter Zaynab too, but we could not see it with naked eye. After 3 minutes it disappeared. Allahumma barik lana fi Rajab wa Sha'ban wa ballighna Ramadan

Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) Blacksburg Virginia reported: Seen
This evening (Tuesday, June 23, 2009), the crescent moon was sighted in Blacksburg, Virginia. Because of the partly cloudy western horizon, we had to wait till 9:13 to sight the crescent appearing in a clear patch (local sunset at 8:45). The crescent horns were on 3:00 and 6:00 o'clock.

Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) Sanford Florida reported: Seen
The New Crescent was sighted in Orlando as well, on Tuesday June 23rd 2009. Thus, the FIRST DAY of Mahe Rajab 1430 AH is established as WEDNESDAY JUNE 24th, 2009.

Nuh ibn Zbigniew Gondek (MCW member) Ottawa, Ontario reported: Seen
Our sunset time was 8:56 pm. It was seen by naked eye at 9:12 pm local time. It was clear skies and moon remain in sight until 9:21pm. The horns of crescent pointed from 1-7 O'Clock.

Baig Muhammad Tamachi (MCW member) Peterborough Ontario reported: Seen
AlHamdhulillah!, my daughter and I were blessed with sighting of the Hilaal today Tuesday June 23, 2009. It was observed in the North-Western skies about 5 to 7Degrees above the Horizon, slightly to the left of halo of the setting sun; and the horns were observed to be in 2 O'clock to 7 O'clock position. Observation time was between 9:46pm to about 10pm. today

Abu Hamzah (MCW member) Douglasville, Georgia reported: Seen
I sighted the moon at 9:04pm on June 23, Tuesday.

Gulamabbas Khakoo (MCW member) Buena Park California reported: Seen
Sighted the crescent for the month of Rajab this evening of Tuesday. June 23, 2009 here from Buena Park, CA. local time 8:25pm. on the left side of Sunset. Temp. 64 Deg. Clear sky. Visibility 9.0 miles. Wind from S. at 5 miles per hr. Humidity 75%. Sunset 8:07pm. Pressure 29.79 in. Horns were like .

Mohamed Lotfy (MCW member) from Chico California reported: Seen
Alhamdou Lilah the hilal of Rajab 1430 was seen tonight Tuesday June 23, 2009 with the naked eye at Chico California. Please see attached picture. The hilal size was small; it was on the left of the palm tree on the right of the pictures.

Mohammed Yahya Shaikh (MCW member) Culver City California reported: Seen
Allhamdulliah the moon was easily visible on tuesday 23 june at 8:11 PM in Culver City, CA.

June 24, 2009 (Wednesday):

Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney Australia reported: Seen
The Hilaal of RAJAB 1430 has been sighted in Sydney, Melbourne and other states on Wednesday the 24th June, 2009. Therefore Moonsighting Committee of Australia and Majlisul ulamaa’ of Australia have declared that the month of RAJAB 1430 will start from Thursday 25th June 2009.

Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) Melbourne Australia reported: Seen
The crescent has been sighted last tonight, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 in Melbourne and Sydney. Hence, the commencement of the month of Rajab is started today in Australia, Thursday, 25 June 2009

AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) Bendo - Ketitang - Juwiring - Klaten, INDONESIA reported: Seen
On Wednesday, 24 Juny 2009: Hilal was SEEN from our country INDONESIA, especially in my city, and I could take the picture, The Crescent was SEEN 15 minutes before Sunset.

ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) Dhaka Bangladesh reported: Seen
On June 24, the crescent of rajab has been sighted from the most parts of the country.The sky was partly cloudy but didn,t make any hindrance to see the crescent. 25 June , Thursday would be the First day of Rajab

Sultan Alam (MCW member) Karachi Pakistan reported: Seen
For June 24, I requested the members of the moon sighting committees of our institute “Jamia-tur-Rasheed” and my friends all over Pakistan to try to sight such a healthy moon before sunset. As it was almost cloudy today in Pakistan , therefore I am myself in Karachi and majority of them could not sight it due to bad weather conditions, but Alhamdulillah at 5 places our members and friends very easily sighted this moon 7 to 15 minutes before local sunset times. Patches of clouds also provided them a good advantage to reduce the intensity of the light of the sun:
1. Maulana Nazeer + 7 persons (11 minutes before the sunset – Meer-pur-mathelo, Ghotki, Sindh)
2. Maulana Mubashshir + 6 persons (8 minutes before sunset – Abbotabad, NWFP)
3. Maulana Nisar + 6 persons (7 minutes before the sunset – Mansehrah, NWFP)
4. Maulana Faz-lur-Rahman + 8 Persons (15 minutes before the sunset – Turbat, Balochistan)
5. Mufti Roohullah + 8 persons (15 minutes before the sunset – Mardan, NWFP)

Nular Bary (MCW member) Colombo, Sri Lanka reported: Seen
Today 24th. June 2009 (29th. of Juma al Thani 1430 in Sri Lanka) I was able to sight the Hillal of Rajab with my two sons "Mashaallah" It was clear though their was some clouds here and their. Our sun set was at 6.29 pm. Hillal appeared at 6.47pm. I called our Hillal committee Head Mowlavi Riyal and informed the observation. In Sri Lanka the Month of Rajab will start on 25th "Inshaallah"

Ahmad Abu Zaid (MCW member) Amman Jordan reported: Seen
The Moon Crescent was SEEN today, TUE 24 2009, almost Before Maghrib salat.

Rida Roty (MCW member) Avignon, France reported: Seen
The hilal of "Rajab Mudar" ( the month of Allah) was easily seen today, Wednesday 24 June, just after Maghrib salat.

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