The earliest sighting of the new crescent was in Mauritius on December 6.
Monday, 6 December 2010:
- Not Seen: Zahid Hafeez (MCW member) from Canberra, ACT reported:
The hilal of the moon for Muharram was not visible today (Dec 6) at sunset from Canberra, Australia due to less than ideal viewing conditions.
- Not Seen: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported:
I am overseas for December and January months. Could not sight moon yesterday and will not be able to sight in January as well.
I got following result from other brothers in Australia: The crescent was not been sighted anywhere in Australia, on Monday, 06th December 2010, hence the 1st day of Muharram is Wednesday 8th December 2010 in Australia.
- Not Seen: On behalf of Dr Shabbir Ahmed, Imam Rooty Hill Mosque, Sydney (MCW member), Mr Gulam Qutbuddin Siddiqi reported:
I wish to inform you that the Hilal is reported to be not sighted in Australia on the 6th of December 2010/29th Dhul Hajj 1431 AH. Therefore, the month of Muharram 1432 AH commences in Australia from Wednesday 8th December 2010. I wish you happy new Islamic year.
- Not Seen: Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) from Gujrat reported:
Moon for new year has not been seen today (6th Dec.) here at Godhra, Gujarat though the sky was very clear. I contacted some of my friends living in other parts of India, but every one gave negative sighting report.
- Not Seen: Shahid Ali Farooqui (MCW member) from Amravati, India
On 6th Dec 2010, I tried to see the moon, but the moon was not sighted. I will look for it on 7th Dec 2010 again.
- Not Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Surakarta, Java reported:
On Monday, 06 December 2010, We cannot see the new crescent of Muharram 1432 AH, because the Sky was totally cloudy and also rainy all day. The Indonesia government will declare that tomorrow (Tuesday, 07 December 2010) is 1st Muharram 1432 AH. Hapy New Year 1432 AH...to all my brothers in Islam around the world.
- Seen (w/Binoculars only): Alireza Mehrani (MCW member) from Sofe Mount, Esfahan reported:
Date: Monday December 6, 2010 (Azar 15, 1389)
Temperature: 7 C°
Barometer: 846.5 mb
Visibility: 9 km
Topocentric and local time values from "Moon Calculator" (Refrac off):
Crescent first observation through 15x80 binoculars:
Time: 17:16 (13:46 UT)
Moon Alt: 2° 09' 28"
Sun Alt: - (4° 23' 15")
Elongation: 9° 47' 23"
Rel Azi: - (7° 17' 21")
Moon Width: 0.23'
Moon Phase: 0.83%
Moon Age: 20h 09m after conjunction
Crescent last observation through 15x80 binoculars:
Time: 17:25 (13:55 UT)
Moon Alt: 0° 35' 29"
Sun Alt: - (6° 07' 35")
Elongation: 9° 51' 19"
Rel Azi: - (7° 13' 25")
Moon Width: 0.23'
Moon Phase: 0.85%
Moon Age: 20h 19m after conjunction
- Seen (w/Binoculars only): Mohamad Soltanolkotabi (MCW member) from Esfahan reported:
Date: Monday, Dec 6th 2010
Observers: Mohamad Soltani & Mohamad Soltanolkottabi
Apparent Sunset: 16:58
Instrument: 20*90 binoculars
The first observation: 17:04 through 20*90 binoculars. The crescent was not seen by naked eyes. My friend( Mohamad Soltani) could see the thin crescent two times between 17:04 - 17:09 for a few seconds. I could not observe the Moon anyway. We didn't have enough time to observe the Moon because the crescent set behind about 5 degrees of mountains in western horizon.
- Seen (By 8" telescope only: Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported:
In Kuwait at Kabad Desert on Monday (6th Dec 2010) I could see the crecsent of Muharram only with 8" telescope with difficulty.
Sunset at 16:49 crecsent seen with telescope at 17:07. Moon Age: 19 H : 24 Mins
- Not Seen: Abdulaziz Al-Sumait (MCW member) from Kuwait reported:
On Dec 6, weather was perfect for sighting Hilal Muharram in Kuwait. Being accidentally in an area with high trees and buildings in the western horizon I could not see the Hilal. Sunset at 16:50 ; Moonset at 17:27 ;
If I were in a flat area I think Hilal would easily be seen by binocular.
- Not Seen: Shoayb Unia (MCW member) from Majunga reported:
The Hilal for the month of Muharram could not be sighted even in good sighting condition
- Not Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Johor Bahru reported:
On Monday, 06 December 2010, I with my friend (Mr. Muhammad Fahmi b. Zakaria, Mr. Muhammad Salim b. Azham, Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim b. Jamil, Mr. Malik b. Md. Zin, Mr. Muhammad Noor Aidil Hakim b. Mohd Noor and Muhammad Hazwan b. Hassim) cannot see the new moon.
It is because the Horizon is very cloudy. Our Ru'yah location is at Pontian Kechil, Johor, Malaysia (1° 29' 20.9” N, 103° 23' 8.64” E) around 6:58 pm until 7:34 pm. However, our government has announced that tomorrow (Tuesday, 07 December 2010) is 1st Muharram 1432 H.
- Seen: Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis reported:
Hilal was sighted this evening Monday 6th December here in Mauritius. 1st Muharram 1432 will be Tuesday 7th December 2010.
- Seen: Ehsan H. Hajar (MCW member) from Casablanca reported:
it was announced by the Ministry of habous that Hilal Mouharram was sighted this evening in various places in Morocco
and has declared Tuesday Dec 7th, as the beginning of Muharram 1432.
- Not Seen: Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) from Oslo reported:
Today, Monday, December 6, 2010 marked one of the few times of the year (rare opportunities) when moonset occurs after sunset in Oslo, Norway on the 29th of the Hijri month. Sunset today was at 3:15pm at an altitude of 7.7 degrees, azimuth of 222 degrees and moonset today was at 3:32pm (17 minutes later), at an altitude of 6.1 degrees, azimuth of 215 degrees, with 0.7% illumination. I looked for the new crescent moon between 3:25pm and 3:32pm at a high point in Røa - near Ullerntoppen - but was unable to see it.
- Not Seen: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported:
Today (Monday, Dec 6), on my request, more than 100 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 at more than 19 places but the moon could not be sighted, as it was astronomically expected tonight. Weather was clear at many places but some places were little hazy or little cloudy.
Chairman of central official moon-sighting committee of Pakistan "Mufti Munee-bur-Rahman" told me on my mobile phone that as he did not receive any positive report of moon sighting from all over Pakistan, therefore he has officially announced that Tuesday 7th December 2010 is the 30th Zulhijjah 1431 and 1st Muharram 1432 will fall on Wednesday 8th December 2010.
- Not Seen: Mumtaz Ahmad (MCW member) from Rawalpindi reported:
On Monday, Dec 6, Muharram Moon not sighted in Rawalpindi Pakistan.
- Seen: Saleh Bhai Bhattay (MCW member) from Panama City reported:
On Dec 6, the new moon for Muharram has been seen in Panama.
- Not Seen: Zainul Abedin (MCW member) from Doha reported:
Inspite of clear sky the moon can not be sighted on Dec 6. I tried for one hour from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
- Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported:
The crescent moon was sighted in many areas this evening, Monday (Dec 6, 2010) in S. Africa. Muharram has commenced.
- Seen: Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town reported:
Positive Cape Town Hilaal sighting this Monday evening [06/12/2010 - end of 29 Dhul Hijjah 1431 AH]
Official first day of Muharrum 1432 AH corresponds with Tuesday, 07 December 2010 in Southern Africa
- Not Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported:
Today 29th of Dulhaj 1431H (6/12/2010) in Colombo Sri Lanka there was some white clouds patches in the western sky I was observing the Muharram new moon till 7pm from the time of sunset (5:54pm). Some stars appeared around 6:30 but not the new moon, and no reports from any parts of Sri Lanka, about the sighting of Muharram 1432H. This was confirmed by our Hilal committee and as every month they do the announcement made in our local media to all Sri Lankan Muslims to complete the month of Dhulhijja with 30 days and start Hijri New year Muharram 1432 on Wednesday the 8th. December 2010 "Inshaallah".
- Not Seen: Ghulamabbas Valji (MCW member) from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania reported:
On Dec 6, the sky was neither that much clear not cloudy. We expectected to get news from our neighbouring counteries regions for the moon. So far no news of Moon Sighting from any corner.
- Not Seen: Zaffar Sheriff (MCW member) from Daressalaam, Tanzania reported:
For Dec 6, Sunset 6.29pm; Moonset 7.16pm; Very cloudy western horizon. The crescent was not sighted.
- Not Seen (but rely on South Africa Sighting): Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported:
On Monday 6 December 2010 (29 Dhul Hijjah 1431 AH) many people from throughout UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Muharram after sunset. None of the groups were able to sight the Hilal as most places were cloudy (see attached photos). However, we have received reliable sighting news (Muhaqaq Ruyat-e-Basari) from Jamiat-e-Ulama, South Africa.
Therefore, the Ulama in UK have decided that the month of Dhul Hijjah 1431 AH will have 29 days and the month of Muharram 1432 AH will start from Tuesday 7 December 2010 (i.e. sunset of the previous day), which means Ashura (10 Muharram) will be on Thursday 16 December 2010), Insha-Allah.
- Not Seen (but rely on South Africa Sighting): Aziz Raje (MCW member) from Ilford Essex reported:
On Dec 6, many of us made the effort throughout the UK to sight the Hilal of Muharram but due to heavy clouds in the south
and patchy clouds in the north we were not able to sight the Hilal. However we have received news of actual
sighting (Muhaqaq Ru'ayat e Basri) from Cape Town in South Africa confirmed by Jamiatul Ulama KZN. Wifaqul Ulama
UK have therefore decided to accept the sighting news which would mean we would have had 29 days of Dhul Hijjah.
Islamic New Year and the Month of Muharram 1432 will commence in the UK from Tuesday 7th December
2010 Insha Allah. Day of Ashura will be on Thursday 16th December 2010 Insha Allah.
- Follow Saudi Arabia: Maulana Yaqub. A. Miftahi from UK reported:
Central Moon Sighting Committee of G. Britain announced that Hilal of Muharram 1432 has not been sighted, therefore the First of Muharram 1432h has commenced on the evening of Monday 6th December 2010, by following Saudi Arabia. The Islamic month of Dhulhajjah 1431 had 30 days.
- Seen: Omer Subhani (MCW member) from Fort Lauderdale FL reported:
On Dec 6, Alhamdulillah, I just saw the new crescent with my mother, Zakia Subhani, at 5:45 PM EST in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It was nearly as thin as a hair! Subhanallah, very fortunate to witness this new moon on a very clear, but cold night here in South Florida.
- Seen: Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) from Sanford FL reported:
New Moon was sighted in Orlando and the nearby areas, on Monday, December 06. 2010 – Dhulhijjah 29.
The FIRST DAY of Mahe Muharram 1432 AH is therefore established as TUESDAY,
- Seen: Sami Zaman from Orlando FL reported:
Muharram moon was sighted today (Dec. 6, 2010) after Maghrib Salah at Jama Masjid Orlando, FL, for further information please call Imam Hafiz Usman at: 407-580-6993.
- Seen: Talib Abu Hamzah (MCW member) from Douglasville GA reported:
We begin another year in the blessed month of Muharram. The moon was sighted at 5:54pm in Douglasville, GA west of Atlanta, Ga. There was another brother and a sister present that also saw the crescent.
- Not Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported:
This evening (Monday, December 06, 2010), the crescent moon of Muharram was not sighted in Roanoke, VA. I arrived at my sighting location prior to sunset (sunset: 5:02 pm EST) and using a pair of binoculars (7X50), started looking for the crescent in the expected area within clearings in a mostly cloudy southwestern horizon. I stayed there till 5:45 pm (moonset: 5:57 pm EST). At 5:54 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 26.1 F, 8.1 F, 47%, and 29.92 in, respectively. Earlier today, using the pair of binoculars, I attempted a daytime sighting in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37°11', Lng: -80°25', and elevation: 610 meter) with no success. The sky was cloudy with passing clearing patches. At 1:00 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 23 F, 14 F, 68%, and 29.87 in, respectively.
- Not Seen: Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) from Baton Rouge LA reported:
Despite very clear skies and minimal haze on the horizon, we were unable to sight the new moon crescent in Baton Rouge, La., on Dec. 6.
- Seen: Zahid Khakoo (MCW member) from Anaheim CA reported:
I observed the new moon on Monday Dec 6th at 4:59 pm pacific standard time in the SW sky in the city of Anaheim, CA, USA. I observed it in the sky for approximately 25 min until my view was blocked by buildings. The sky was clear, however there were clouds in the general area of the moon, but did not block the view.
- Seen: Shahida Yaseen (MCW Member) from Anaheim CA reported:
This evening, December 6, 2010, after Maghrib, my husband, Mohammad Yaseen, and myself, Shahida Yaseen, saw the moon in Orange County, City of Anaheim, at 5:15 p.m., very very clearly. It was half an hour after Maghrib. There were no obstacles in view, nor were there any buildings, trees, etc. blocking our view.
- Seen: Mohammed Yahya Shaikh (MCW member) from Anaheim CA reported:
Allhamdulliah the moon for Muharaam was first seen at 5:05 PM in Anaheim, Ca on December 6th 2010 approximately 8 degrees above horizon. It was was visible for at least 45 minutes after Maghrib Salah and should have be seen by many in LA and OC basins on the same day.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010:
- Seen: Khalid Umer Maniar (MCW member) from Surat, Gujrat reported:
Today, Dec 7, the moon was easily visible, so 1st muharram on wed 8th dec 2010.
- Seen: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported:
On my request, Today (Tuesday 7 December 2010 = 30 Zulhijjah 1431 in Pakistan) nearly one thousand 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 easily sighted the crescent at more than 45 places in all 4 provinces. Generally it was clear countrywide.
It has been announced officially yesterday that tomorrow i.e. Wednesday 8th December 2010 is 1st Muharram 1432 in Pakistan.
- Seen: Luqmaan Williams (MCW member) from Makkah reported:
I saw the hilal today, December 7th in Makkah, Saudi Arabia in the Muzdalifah District with two people.