Moonsighting for Jumada-at-Thania 1435

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Old Crescent Moon (End of Jumada-al-Oola 1435 AH), March 29, 2014 at 05:45 UTC+5.5 - Photo Provided by Mohamed Sultan, Calicut, India.

Old Crescent Moon (End of Jumada-al-Oola 1435 AH), March 29, 2014 at 06:05 UTC+1 - Photo Provided by Abou Farah, Mulhouse, France.

Old Crescent Moon (End of Jumada-al-Oola 1435 AH), March 29, 2014 at 05:20 UTC+7 - Photo Provided by Ishaq Zunaedi (MCW member) Tangerang Selatan, Banten, Indonesia.


The Astronomical New Moon is on Sunday March 30, 2014 at 18:44 UT. There is no possibility of moonsighting on that day. On March 31, the moon can be seen with difficulty in Europe and parts of Africa, but can easily be seen in Western Africa, and Americas. On Tuesday, April 1, the moon can be easily seen in the whole world (See visibility curves).

Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on March 31, 2014 from Melilla, Spain.


Sunday, 30 March 2014:

    No Moonsighting reports received.

Monday, 31 March 2014:

  • Barbados:

    1. Seen: Mohammed Patel (MCW member) from Bridgetown reported:
      SEEN OR NOT SEEN: Seen with naked eye
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Monday 31st March,2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Bridgetown, Barbados
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:24p.m. Seen at 6:30 p.m
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: 15 -20 persons.
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 4 O'clock to 8 O'clock.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Tuesday 1st April, 2014.
      REMARKS: clearly visible

  • France:

    1. Not Seen: Abdallah Formet [oum-zaynab oum-salman](MCW member) from Mulhouse reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Monday, 31 March 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Mulhouse, France
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 8h pm to 8h30 pm UTC+2
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Me and an other brother.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen: Ishaq Zunaedi (MCW member) from Tangerang Selatan, Banten reported:
      SEEN OR NOT SEEN: Not Seen
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Monday, 31 March 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Tangerang Selatan/Banten/Indonesia SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy and Rainy.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 05:57 pm to 06:25 pm UTC+7
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself

  • Iran:

    1. Seen: Alireza Mehrani (MCW member) from Esfahan reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Monday, 31 March 2014
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Crescent first observed through 15x80 binoculars at 19:30 LT (15:00 UT). Crescent last observation through naked eye at 19:58 LT (15:28 UT). Moon Alt: 1° 55' 52"
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 4 O'clock to 8 O'clock
      REMARKS: Moon Age: 20h 31m after conjunction.

  • Israel:

    1. SeenTy other: Neria Haroeh (MCW member) from Ramlah reported: The new moon was seen from Israel on March 31. I was not able to see the moon from Ramlah. We have just two reports of seeing the moon by nacked eye.
      The first by Yoel from Kiryat Ata who reported: "I sighted from the north of Israel near Kiryat Ata at 7:24pm with binoculars, and then at 7:25pm with the naked eye. It was very difficult to see, but fortunately I was also able to take photos.... The moon was visible till 7:36pm and then vanished in the haze."
      The second by Gidi from Keren BeYavneh who reported: "The new moon was seen from Israel. It was a hard seeing and all viewers but me were able to see the moon only with the aid of a telescope (70mm refractor). The crescent was very thin from 5-7 on a clock face and seen by the naked eye at 19:30 for few minutes until it faded."

  • Mauritius:

    1. Not Seen: Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola (MCW member) from Port Louis reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Monday 31 March 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Baie Du Tombeau / Port- Louis / Mauritius
      SKY CONDITIONS: Partly cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: From 18hr10 to 18hr40 (local time)
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO TRIED TO SEE : 4 people
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Wednesday 2 April 2014 will be the 1st Day of Jamaadi Ul Awwal 1435.
      REMARKS: Report from Members of Jummah Masjid Hilal Committee from other strategic localities :- NOT SEEN

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Monday, 31 March 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Different locations in South Africa
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Many, several sighting locations
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: Not Applicable
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, 02 April 2014 = 1 Jumada-as-Thaani 1435

  • Spain:

    1. Seen (Naked eye): Yasin Puertas (MCW member) from Melilla reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Monday, 31 March 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Melilla/Spain
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear skies
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: At 20:58
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: From 4 O'clock to 8 O'clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Tuesday, 1 Abril 2014

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Not Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 31/03/2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Borella Colombo
      SKY CONDITIONS: Partly clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:18 pm to 6:55 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: One
      REMARKS: This evening 29th.Jumada-al-Oola 1435 31/03/2014 the Colombo western sky was clear but I couldn't trace the New moon of Jumada-al-Thania even with my binocular I was scanning the right of Sunset, till 6;55pm. our sunset was at 6;20pm today & Moonset at 6:55pm, 278°NW (right of Sunset) New Moon's age at the time of Sunset 17h,55m & Duration only 35mints at the western horizon.The Colombo Grand Mosque also didn't receive any positive sighting from any parts of Sri Lanka. So we'll start the month of Jumada-at-Thania 1435 on Wednesday the 2nd April 2014 "In Sha Allah"

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Dr. Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 03/31/2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Blacksburg, VA
      SKY CONDITIONS: Partly cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 7:44 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: One
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: (3:30;5:30;7:30).
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: N/A
      REMARKS: This evening (Monday, March 31, 2014), the crescent moon of the month of Jumada-at-Thania was sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). I arrived at my sighting location (The Blacksburg Middle School) at 7:39 pm EST (sunset: 7:43 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy and the atmospheric condition was hazy. Using a pair binoculars (7X50), I scanned the suspected area, just above the sun and slightly toward its left. At 7:44 pm, the crescent was sighted with the binoculars and at 7:59 pm with naked eye. It was high but very thin with the horns at 3:30 and 7:30 O'clock I left the site when the moon disappeared behind clouds prior to moonset (moonset: 8:58 pm). At 7:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 53.6 F, 30.2 F, 41%, and 30.12 in, respectively.

    2. Seen: Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) from Sanford FL reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Monday, March 31, 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Sanford FL and Greater Orlando, FL
      SKY CONDITIONS: CLEAR
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: AROUND 7.55 PM
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
      REMARKS: The Moon-sighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that the new crescent was sighted in Orlando, Florida on Monday, March 31, 2014.

    3. Seen: Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) from Richmond, Texas reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Monday, 31 March 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Richmond, Texas
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 8:10pm - 8:20pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: 2 adult witness (my wife and I)
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock
      REMARKS: Alhamdulillah my family (wife, three children) and I sighted by naked eye the new crescent moon of Jumada al Thani just outside our home in Richmond, Texas, USA on Monday, March 31, 2014 between 8:10pm and 8:20pm. After sighting the moon by eye, I took a couple of pictures to document the sighting.

    4. Seen: Ms. Ruth Jeffery (MCW member) from Bridge City TX reported: The new moon was sighted in Bridge City, Texas, at 7:54 p.m. by one adult on March 31. This was verified by a second adult at the same location within minutes, and two other adults also reported sighting in Converse, La., at approximately 8:00 p.m. The weather conditions were extremely cloudy with patches of clear sky. The horns of the crescent were pointing almost directly up (from 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock). All sightings were made with no optical aids.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Not Seen: Ayub Mahomed (MCW member) from Harare reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Monday, 31 March 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Different locations in Zimbabwe
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Many
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, 02 April 2014 = 1 Jumada-as-Thaani 1435

Tuesday, 1 April 2014:

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday 1st April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Seen in many states of Australia
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear in many locations
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: In Sydney: 7.12pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Group of people in many states.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, 2nd April, 2014

  • Colombia, South America:

    1. Seen: HiMY SYeD (MCW member) of Toronto, Ontario reported from Medellín, Colombia, South America:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday 1st April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Medellín, Colombia, directly in front of this City's Only Masjid, immediately after Maghrib Salat.
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear, very few clouds.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Medellín local time: 6:37 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Only myself.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, 2nd April, 2014
      REMARKS: On April 1, I looked for, and within seconds saw the new moon. It looks a day old, due to thickness. I do not know if it was visible last night on Monday March 31 2014. See photo.

  • France:

    1. Seen (with naked eyes): Abdallah Formet [oum-zaynab oum-salman](MCW member) from Mulhouse reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday 1st April 2014
      SKY CONDITIONS: excellent.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 8h pm to 8h30 pm UTC+2
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Me and an other brother.

  • India:

    1. Seen (Naked eye): Shahid Ali Farooqui (MCW member) from Amravati, India
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday 1st April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Amravati/Maharashtra/India
      KY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Around 6:42pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: I and my wife
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: like from 3 O'clock to 9 O'clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, 2nd April, 2014

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: Hamza Rijal (MCW member) from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 1st April 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Saateni-Unguja.
      SKY CONDITIONS: Sky was clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 18:35 EAT (15:35 GMT)
      NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Single
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
      REMARKS: The crescent moon was clearly observed, we have completed 30 days for the month of Jamadul Ula. Mufti Office in Zanzibar announced officially that 2nd April is the firs day for Jumada-ul-Ukhra.

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