Moonsighting for Rajab 1431

The Astronomical New Moon is on 12 June 2010 (Saturday) at 11:14 UT. On 12 June, it may not be visible anywhere, except Pacific Ocean where it would be difficult to see. On the same day, it would be possible to see in America using telscope. On 13 June, it may be seen in most places of the world except in Australia and Northern Europe where it would be difficult to see. See the visibility map below:

1431 AH

Sighting Reports

The earliest sighting of the new crescent was on Sunday, June 13, from Mauritius.

Saturday, 12 June 2010:

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Saturday, June 12, 2010), due to the presence of much haze and clouds no detailed sighting was attempted in Blacksburg, VA.

    2. Not Seen: Jim Stamm (MCW member) from Tucson AZ reported: On June 12, I was NOT able to see the crescent, even through a telescope. I tried to see from 7:45pm local time onwards. Sirius was a smudge. I only had a couple of minutes before the cloud bands interfered with my observation. I followed the position of the crescent through the bands, but never saw it.

    3. Not Seen: Mohammed Yahya Shaikh from Anaheim, CA reported: I attempted to sight the hilal for the month of rajab on June 12th 2010, from my place of residence in Anaheim, CA from 8:05 to 8:20 PM. I was unsuccessful even with the aid of binos and weather conducive for seeing the hilal.

Sunday, 13 June 2010:

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: On June 13, the Hilaal of Rajab 1431 has not been sighted in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin, Perth and other states, although there was a possibility of the moon being sighted in the western states. After the confirmation that no one has sighted the moon in any state, the Moonsighting Committee and Majlisul Ulamaa’ of Australia have hence declared that the month of Rajab1431 will commence from Tuesday, 15th June 2010.

    2. Not Seen: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported: Just to inform you we could not sight crescent in Melbourne on 13/6/5/10 Sunday evening. It was cloudy. The crescent was also not been sighted anywhere in Australia, on the evening of Sunday, 13th June 2010, hence the 1st day of Rajab is Tuesday 15th June 2010.

  • Jordan:

    1. Seen: Ahmad Abu Zaid (MCW member) from Amman reported: The Rajab Hilaal was sighted by naked eye this Sunday, June 13, 2010 20:00:00 From my sighting station at Amman city. The official first day of Rajab 1431 AH will correspond with Monday, 14 June 2010. Insha’Allah.

  • Malawi:

    1. Seen: Yusuf M. Lambat (MCW member) from Blantyre reported: In Malawi both in Blantyre and Lilongwe the moon was sighted clearly on Sunday, June 13.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: Hilal was sighted this evening Sunday 13th June in Mauritius in a clear sky. 1st Rajab will therefore be Monday 14 June

  • Morocco:

    1. Seen: Ehsan H. Hajar (MCW member) from Casablanca reported: Hilal Rajab was spotted in the NW horizon Of Casablanca Morocco this Sunday evening just after sun set. the thin beautiful crescent had its horn showing between 2 & 7 o'clock. It was seen later on with naked eyes between the passing clouds since this early rainy morning. Alhamdu li-ALLAH, we hope that ministry of Habbous will declare Monday as first of Rajab as expected.

  • Nigeria:

    1. Seen: Sheik A.A. Ishola (MCW member) from Ikorodu, Lagos reported: Aliamudulilahi I and Jamiu of Jamatu Ikorodu sighted The Rajab Crescent by Naked eyes in Jubilee Estate area of Ikorodu Lagos State Today of 13-06-2010 at 7:34 p.m.LT . Brother Bari Kerim called us of possitive report also.

    2. Seen: Muhammed Yasin Qamardeen (MCW member) from Ilorin reported: Alhamdulillah, Hilal of Rajaab was sighted here in Lagos today Sunday, June 13, 2010 inspite of cloud and hazy western sky. Immediately it was visible at my location, I called Mr Abdul Barry and he was able to sight it at another part of Lagos. I have not receive any information from any other part of the country at the time of this entry.

    3. Seen: AbdulBariu Kareem (MCW member) from Ikeja Lagos reported: Today June 13th, 2010 at exactly 7:20pm here in Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria the Hilaal for Rajab 1431 was sighted by me with naked eyes along with bro. Yasin Qamardeen whom we are been talking together on phone He his just a few kilometre away from my location.Others within the region sighted it as well.

    4. Not Seen (Cloudy): Imam Majolagbe Monsuru (MCW member) from Lagos reported: Despite my effort to search the Rajab Crescent today 13-06-2010 in Ikorodu Area of Lagos State I was unable to search the Crescent of the Rajab due to the Cloud but My Colleaqe Sheik Abdul Rasaq phoned me that crescent was visible in his area Jubilee Estate.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Seen: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported: On my request, Today (Sunday 13 June 2010 = 29 Juma-dath-thaniah 1431 in Pakistan) nearly three 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 and resultantly the crescent was easily seen by 17 persons at 3 places (Tando-Ghulam-Ali, Sindh & 2 places in Mardan, Khyber-Pakhtoon-Khah). Fortunately, it was generally clear there. Other members also tried to sight the moon at nearly 33 places countrywide but due to cloudy and rainy season the moon was not sighted.
      Note 1 : Chairman of central official moon sighting committee of Pakistan mufti Munee-bur-Rahman told me on my mobile phone that after receiving the positive reports, he officially announced that 1st Rajab 1431 will be on Monday 14 June 2010 in Pakistan after finishing the 29 days of Juma-dath-thaniah 1431.

    2. Not Seen: Asif Hussain (MCW member) from Hyderabad reported: On Sunday, June 13, 2010, I could not see the moon in Hyderabad, Pakistan. I tried to look from (sunset) 07:17pm to (moonset) 08:21pm, but could not see the moon. Skies seem to be clear.

  • Senegal:

    1. Seen: Ibrahima Thierno LO (MCW member) from Dakar reported: I have seen the crescent by naked eyes today Sunday 13 June 2010 in Dakar - Senegal. The sky was partly cloudy and hazy. First Rajab will be on Monday 14 June 2010 in Senegal.

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: The Hilaal for Rajab was sighted in Johannesburg this evening, June 13 (Sunday). Durban was overcast.

    2. Seen: Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town reported: The Rajab Hilaal was sighted by naked eye this Sunday [13/06/2010] from my sighting station at Green Point, Cape Town. Apparent astronomical sunset at 17h43 and the first binocular sighting was at 17h52 followed by the naked-eye sighting at 18h01.
      The official first day of Rajab 1431 AH will correspond with Monday, 14 June 2010.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported: Today 29th of Jumad ul Thani 1431H (13/6/2010) in Colombo Sri Lanka western sky was overcast, but there was reports from some other cities clear sighting of Rajab crescent. Hence our Hilal committee have decided to start the Month of Rajab 1431 on 14th. Monday June 2010 "Inshaallah"

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: Hamza Rijal (MCW member) from Island of Zanzibar reported: The Hilal was sighted in the tiny isalnd of Zanzibar on the 13th of June and Monday the 14 is first day of Rajab 1431.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: Modoris Ali (MCW member) from Birmingham reported reported:: Today, Sunday, June 13, I went to my local Mosque at Cradley Heath (near Birmingham) around 9:25pm, 10 minutes before Maghrib. I attempted to see the moon in clear skies. I could not see the moon. After Maghrib,the skies were cloudy and overcast.

    2. Not Seen: Dr. Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti (MCW member) from Oxford reported: Negative sighting. The two of us attempted to sight the Rajab crescent in Oxford on 29 Jumada al-Thani, Sunday 13 June, immediately after Maghrib prayers at the usual site. The western horizon is partly cloudy and the crescent could not be sighted. Still, we received news of positive sightings to the East of the UK from Morocco. This news, despite not being able to sight locally, makes it sufficient for the 1st of Rajab to be tomorrow, Monday 14 June (through the beginning from tonight's Maghrib), for those in the UK, by following the basic rule [dabita] 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. Thus 27th Rajab in the UK should fall on Saturday 10 July (beginning from Maghrib of 9 July).

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: AsSalaamuAlaikum; this evening (Sunday, June 13, 2010), the crescent moon of Rajab was sighted in Blacksburg, VA, first by using a pair of binoculars (7X50) and immediately by naked eye. I arrived at the sighting location before sunset (sunset: 8:42 pm EDT) and left before moonset (moonset: 10:07 pm EDT). The first binocular sighting was at 8:47 (elevation of about 11 degrees). The horns were at 2:30 and 6:30 O'clock (2:30;6:00;6:30). At 8:40 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 77.0 F, 73.4 F, 89%, and 30.11 in, respectively. The western horizon was partly cloudy.

    2. Seen: Talib Abu Hamzah (MCW member) from Douglasville GA reported: The new crescent for Rajab was sighted in Douglasville, Ga today at 8:57pm.

    3. Seen: Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) from Baton Rouge LA reported: The new moon sliver was sighted at 8:32 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, by three witnesses in Baton Rouge, LA.

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