Moonsighting for Jumada-al-Thania 1431

The Astronomical New Moon is on 14 May 2010 (Friday) at 1:04 UT. On 14 May, moon can be easily seen in North and Central America. With difficulty it may be seen in Europe, and part of Africa. On Saturday, 15 May, it will be easily visible all over the world except New Zealand. See the visibility map below:

1431 AH

Sighting Reports

The earliest sighting of the new crescent was on Friday, May 14, 2010 from Spokane WA.

Friday, 14 May 2010:

  • Morocco:

    1. Not Seen: Ehsan H. Hajar (MCW member) from Casablanca reported: I was unable to see the new crescent of JMT, though we had a clear sky. Casablanca Hazy & lit city horizon didn't allow spotting the thin Hilal. No news either was published on to confirm any sighting.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Not Seen: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported: On my request, nearly 300 persons (members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" + my friends + their companions) tried to sight the moon at more than 28 places all over Pakistan but the moon could not be sighted, as it was astronomically expected tonight. It was almost clear today countrywide.
      Note : Chairman of central official moon sighting committee of Pakistan mufti munee-bur-Rahman told me on my mobile phone that as he also did not receive any positive report countrywide therefore he announced officially that Saturday 15 May is 30th Jumadal-oola and Sunday 16 May 2010 is 1st Juma-dath-thaniah 1431 in Pakistan.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen (cloudy): Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Friday, May 14, 2010), due to the presence of much haze and clouds in the western horizon in Blacksburg, VA, no detailed sighting was attempted.

    2. Not Seen (Clouds & Haze): Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) from Baton Rouge LA reported: On Friday, May 14, in Baton Rouge, LA, there was no crescent sighting despite mostly clear skies, with only moving clouds and slight haze low on the horizon.

    3. Seen: Ms. Mary Singer Spokane WA reported: The new lunar crescent was SEEN tonight in Spokane, WA at 20:45 (8:45pm PDT). It was to the left of the sunset, about 30' more or less above the horizon. It was an extremely thin and "short" crescent. Located first with 10x50 binoculars, and then seen naked eye. No earthshine noted as it was still light twilight.

Saturday, 15 May 2010:

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: Zahid Hafeez (MCW member) from Canberra, ACT reported: The hilal for Jumada II was not visible this evening (15 May) from Canberra despite perfect viewing conditions and using binoculars.

    2. Seen: Muhammad Khatree (MCW member), Brisbane, QL reported: For Jamada-Thani 1431, the moon was sighted in Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday, May 15, 2010, at around 5:30pm. I could see the crescent (2 o' clock to 7 o'clock) without the use of an optical aid. Skies were partly cloudy. The moon was covered with clouds soon after sighting it.

    3. Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: Al- Hamdulillah, the Hilaal of of Jamaadiyul Ukhraa 1431 has been sighted in Brisbane. After the confirmation of the sighting of the moon, the Moonsighting Committee and Majlisul Ulamaa’ of Australia have declared that the month of Jamaadiyul Ukhraa 1431 commence from Sunday, 16th May 2010.

  • China:

    1. Seen: Dr. Musa·Minhai (MCW member) from Linxia Gansu Province reported: On May 14, though sky was very clear, I could not see the crescent by naked eye. On May 15, it was cloudy, I saw the crescent by naked eye at Lhasa city (91°08'E 29°39'N)

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen (Rain): Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung reported:

    2. Not Seen: Ajenar Kartika (MCW member) from East Jakarta reported:

    3. Not Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Surakarta, Java reported: New Crescent of Jumadal Tsaniyah 1431 AH was NOT SEEN on Sunday, May 15, 2010 from Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, because rainy weather for nearly four days. The first of jumadal Tsaniyah in Indonesia begins on Sunday, May 15, 2010 based on hisab.

  • Jordan:

    1. Seen: Ahmad Abu Zaid (MCW member) from Amman reported: Ahmad Abu Zaid (MCW member) from Amman reported: Observations are done at Sunset Time in: Amman Jordan, Saturday, May 15, 2010) while Moonset was at 20:16 LT and Sunset: 18:33 LT, the crescent was sighted. However, Official announcement is that for Jamada-Thani 1431 AH will begin on Saturday, May 15, 2010, Insha’Allah.

  • Kuwait:

    1. Not Seen (Sand Storm): Abdulaziz Al-Sumait (MCW member) reported: Due to presence of sand in the atmosphere all over Kuwait , moonsighting was not attempted

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: Hilal was sighted with ease (naked eye) this evening Saturday 15 May here in Mauritius in a clear sky. 1st of Jumada II will be Sunday 16 May for us.

  • Nigeria:

    1. Not Seen (cloudy): Sheik A.A. Ishola (MCW member) from Ikorodu, Lagos reported: I and some brothers in Jubilee Ayangburin Estate area of Ikorodu Lagos State tried to search for the Jummada thanniya Crescent today 15-5-2010 but was not seen due to the cloud.

    2. Not Seen (cloudy): Imam Majolagbe Monsuru (MCW member) from Lagos reported: I and some brothers in Ahlu sunna mosque area of Ikorodu Lagos State tried to search for the Jummada thanniyat Crescent today 15-5-2010 but was not seen due to the cloud.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Easily seen countrywide: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported: Alhamdolillah, We easily sighted the moon in Karachi and in many parts of country, as it was expected tonight astronomically. I requested many persons (members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" + my friends + their companions) all over Pakistan to sight the moon. Many hundred Persons easily sighted the moon in all 4 provinces. It was almost clear today countrywide.

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: The Hilaal was sighted this evening in several locations of South Africa; an easy sighting.

    2. Seen: Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town reported: The Jamadith Thani 1431 AH Hilaal was easily visible by naked eye from my viewing station at Green Point, Cape Town on this Saturday evening [15 May 2010, and also the end of the 29th day of Jamadal Ula 1431 AH].
      Binocular sighting at 18h01
      Naked-eye sighting at 18h06
      Local apparent sunset 17h53
      The official 1st day of Jamadith Thani 1431 AH will correspond with Sunday, 16 May 2010, in South Africa.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported: Today, 29th of Jumad ul Awwal 1431H (15/05/2010) in Colombo western sky was overcast but the New Moon of Jumad ul Thani was sighted in several other parts of the country "Mashaallah". Hence our Hilal committee have decided to start the month of Jumad ul Thani 1431H on Sunday 16th May 2010 "Inshaalah".

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: Zaffar Sheriff (MCW member) from Daressalaam reported: On 15th May Friday the sunset was 6.13pm. The Crescent was sighted three minutes after sunset.

  • UK:
      sorry i could not send this earlier....but i had some unplanned travel at the weekend form Manchester to London...on Friday night i could not observe the 19 hr cresent (was travelling and also was cloudy)....but the next day i did manage to see a beautiful crescent form the bedroom window at ~21:10 in London...some 20 mins or so after magrib....Venus can also be seen...the crescent is not easy to spot in the photo as it was taken with my mobile....

  • Yemen:

    1. Seen: Mr. Mushtaq Anwer Ali Rashid (MCW member) from Hodeidah reported: The sunset was at 18:29 and the Crescent was seen at 18:45, today on 15 May 2010 by naked eye for Jumad II in Hodeidah.

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