Moonsighting for Rabi-al-Awwal 1435

The Astronomical New Moon is on Wednesday January 1, 2014 at 11:14 UT. There is small possibility that the moon may be seen in North America on January 1, 2014. On Thursday, Jaunary 2, moon can be easily seen in the whole world, except with difficulty in Australia (See visibility curves).


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Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on January 1, 2014 from Texas by binoculars.


Wednesday, 1 January 2014:

  • Barbados:

    1. Not Seen: Mohammed Patel (MCW member) from Bridgetown reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday,Jan. 1st,2014.
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Bridgetown, Barbados
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy, slightly overcast.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:04 p.m
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: At that point in time only a few people were observing. Maghrib salaat was at 5:47 p.m
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Friday 3rd January..

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, January 01, 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Not seen at Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters)
      SKY CONDITIONS: Mostly clear with some clouds in the southwest
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: I arrived at my sighting location at 4:49 pm EST (sunset: 5:15 pm). Using a couple of binoculars (7X50 and 10X50), I started scanning the expected area. Venus was sighted by naked eye immediately after being sighted by a pair of binoculars at 4:59 pm. Eventually, I had to look for the crescent in a region covered by thin clouds. I continued searching for the crescent till moonset with no success (moonset: 5:56 pm).

    2. Seen w/Binoculars only: John Caldwell (MCW member) from McDonald Observatory TX reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, January 01, 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: McDonald Observatory Texas
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: I Saw moon with 20x80 binoculars at 18:34 and it was gone by 18:38. Did not see it by eye even though I tried hard
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Wednesday 4th December.
      REMARKS: Sunset 18:06: Moonset 18:49. It was absolutely seen by binos, but it was not much standing out from the surrounding sky brightness:

Thursday, 2 January 2014:

  • Australia:

    1. Seen initially w/Binoculars, and later with naked eye: Zahid Hafeez (MCW member) from Darwin Harbour reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Darwin Harbour
      SKY CONDITIONS: I used Venus first to locate the approximate location in the sky knowing that the moon would be very close to Venus that I could see easily after sunset).
      REMARKS: I then scanned the area of sky with 20x80 binocs until I spotted the faint crescent of the moon. It was about 15 mins later that the crescent became visible to the naked eye - but only just because of patchy light cloud.

    2. Not Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday 2nd January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Not seen in any state of Australia
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear in many locations
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday 4th January 2014

    3. Not Seen: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday 2 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Melbourne-Australia and Australia wide
      SKY CONDITIONS: overcast in Melbourne and Victoria
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Around 08:45 - until 09:15 pm local Melbourne time
      No. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: I and my few friends
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday 4/1/14

  • Barbados:

    1. Seen: Mohammed Patel (MCW member) from Bridgetown reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, Jan. 2nd. 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Bridgetown, Barbados
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:04 p.m
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: 15 -20 persons at Jama Masjid.
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 4 O'clock to 8 O'clock.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Friday, 3rd. Jan. 2014.
      REMARKS: Crescent clearly visible by naked eye. Approx. 30 degrees above horizon. Last month (Safar) was 30 days.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina:

    1. Seen: Ebul Hasan (Abdulah Shabar - MCW member) from Visoko reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina
      SKY CONDITIONS: Skies were clear.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: I saw the moon at 16:30 h.
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: One
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 3 O'clock to 7 O'clock:

  • Canada:

    1. Not Seen: Baig Muhammad Tamachi (MCW member) from Peterborough Ontario reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, January 02, 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Water Reservoir Hill
      SKY CONDITIONS: Light snow falling & Windy atmosphere prevented sighing of the 1435 AH, Rabbi-ul-Awwal Hilaal
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 4:30 Pm to 5:00pm EST. (Local Maghrib time 4:44pm)
      MODE OF SIGHTING: Naked Eye

  • India:

    1. Seen: Nida-e-Haram (Siddik Nadvi, MCW member) from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014 (29th Safar 1435 Hijri)
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM
      SKY CONDITIONS: Hazy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: We saw at 6.05 pm.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Friday, 3 January 2014
      REMARKS: Official announcement is done by Gujarat Chand Committee that crescent is seen

    2. Seen: Mohammed Zafar (MCW member) from Chitradurga, Karnataka reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT Thursday 2 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: CHITRADURGA, KARNATAKA, INDIA
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear skies
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:15 pm to 6:40 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: 2 persons; Myself and ANSAR PASHA

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen: Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Bumi Langit Institute, Imogiri, Yogyakarta, Central Java
      SKY CONDITIONS: The sky was slightly cloudy with enough breaks to allow easy sighting for myself and other sighters
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Master sighters were myself and Hj M.Bajri; Apprentice sighters were Mr Tatok and family, Anam al-Habsyi, Iskandar Waworuntu, Iwan Ebel, Nurul Bashriah, Destiyanto, et al.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Friday, 3 January 2014

  • Kuwait:

    1. Seen: Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING:
      SKY CONDITIONS: The sky was cloudy and hazy on the western horizon
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: I saw with naked eyes in the following order; Sun disappeared behind clouds at 16:35; Sunset 17:01; first seen with 20X50 Binocular 17:22;m first seen with naked eyes 17:26; last seen with binocular and naked eyes - gone behind dark heavy cloud - 17:40; moonset 18:23.
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself
      REMARKS: I went for sighting the crescent without looking for its location on any computer software and the sunset location was hidden by 10 degrees cloud above western horizon but with the help of Venus I could find the crescent by the binocular then with naked eyes but with difficulty due to bad weather.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia reported: SEEN : Seen (Naked eye and Telescope)
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 nd January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Baitul Hilal, Teluk Kemang, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia (02:26:43.0 N , 101:51:16.0 E)
      SKY CONDITIONS: Some Clouds
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 7.19 pm (Telescope), 7.40 pm – 7.50 pm (Naked Eye)
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: I with my friends (Mr. Muhammad Zainal Abiden bin Mohamad Hani, and Mr. Abdul Hayyi Amri bin Alias) and all government officer.
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: From 4 O'clock to 9 O'clock
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Friday, 3 January 2014 (Same with Our Government).
      PHOTO SUBMITTED:
      REMARKS: The Hilal also have been seen by other people:
      1. Durian Tunggal, Melaka (02° 15' N , 102° 15' E), from 7.41 pm – 7.55 pm, by Mr. Nor Mohd Uzair bin Norsahperi
      2. Pontian Kechil Beach, Pontian, Johor (01° 29' N , 103° 23' E), from 7.35 pm – 7.39 pm, by Mr. Muhammad Hendra bin Jumari, Mr. Nur Faizal bin Kasri, and Mr. Muhammad Afiq Nuruddin bin Hamzah.
      3. Wide Area at Jusco Desa Tebrau, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (01°28' N , 103°46' E), from 7.38 pm – 7.39 pm, by Mr. Hadzlan bin Abd Aziz, Mr. Buang bin Atan, Mr. Noor Mazli bin Ismail and Mr. Mohd Azli bin Ali.
      4. Balai Cerap (Observatory House) at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Skudai), Johor (01°28' N , 103°46' E), at 7.33 pm, by Mr. Nik Mohd Ridzuan bin Nik Shaharuddin.
      5. Tun Dr. Ismail Residential College, UTHM, Batu Pahat, Johor (01° 50' N , 102° 56' E), at 7.32 pm, by Ms. Nuraina Fatimah bt Azman, Ms. Nur Amira Afiza Binti Saiful Bahari , and Ms. Nur Hafeeza Binti Mohammad Hamdan.
      6. Pasir Gudang, Johor (01° 26' N , 103° 53' E), at 7.38 pm, by Mr. Muhammad Asyraf bin Muhammad Saif and Ms. Siti Mastura bt Muhammad Saif.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Not Seen (Cloudy): Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola (MCW member) from Port Louis reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Baie Du Tombeau / Port- Louis / Mauritius
      SKY CONDITIONS: Thick clouds mostly all over the Island (Cyclonic Conditions)
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: From 18hr50 to 19hr45 (local time)
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO TRIED TO SEE : 3 people
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Saturday 4 January 2014 will be the 1st Day of Rabi Ul Awwal 1435. Eid Milaad Un Nabi (s.a.w) will be celebrated on Wednesday 15 January 2014.
      REMARKS: Report from Members of Jummah Masjid Hilal Committee from other strategic localities :- NOT SEEN DUE TO CYCLONIC CONDITION

  • Pakistan:

    1. Seen: Asif Hussain (MCW member) from Hyderabad reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Hyderabad
      REMARKS: Crescent of Rabi ul Awwal 1435 Hijra has been sighted successfully today on Thursday 2nd January 2014.

    2. Seen: Rizwan Shah (MCW member) from Gujrat reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014 (29 safar)
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Sky was totaly clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: I saw moon easily at 5:25 pm
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Friday 3 january 2014

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported:
      SEEN OR NOT SEEN: Seen Naked eye
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: South Africa: Waterval, Johannesburg, Many Places
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear, or some clouds
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Around 7:30 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Many
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Friday, 3 January 2014 = 1 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1435

  • Spain:

    1. Not Seen: Yasin Puertas (MCW member) from Melilla reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Melilla/Spain
      SKY CONDITIONS: Mostly cloudy, was impossible to see the moon since the sky was covered on the west horizon.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tried from 18:15 to 19:40
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Just me
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Today is 29 of Safar in our country, so we will wait for a confirmation of sighting in Morocco or the rest of Spain, most probably tomorrow will be first of Rabi I.
      REMARKS: Since Melilla is in the North of Africa, our references come from either sighting reports of Morocco or Spain Peninsula, when the crescent was not sighted due to weather conditions, like today.

    2. Not Seen: Gabriel Jairodín Riaza (MCW member) from Madrid reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Madrid/Spain
      SKY CONDITIONS: Rainy
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Rabi I: Thursday, 2 January 2014, according to calendar based on calculations; Friday, 3 January 2014 for Ceuta and Melilla that follow their local sighting or from the rest of Spain or from Morocco (habous.net).
      REMARKS: Mawlid commemoration is Monday, 13 January 2014, and for Ceuta and Melilla isTuesday, 14 January 2014.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen by others: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014 (29th Safar 1435H)
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Colombo (Not seen), but seen in Bentota and northwest town Puttalam
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: I tried to observe the Hilaal after mahrrib salah at about 6:15PM till 7;PM even with my binocular I couldn't trace a thing. Sunset was at 6:06PM. & moonset was at 7:09PM.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Colombo Grand Mosque Hilaal Committee declared to start the month of Rabi al Awwal 1435H.on Friday 3rd. January 2014.
      REMARKS: However our Hilaal Committee have received some positive naked eye sighting from southwest town Bentota and northwest town Puttalam. Hence our Colombo Grand Mosque Hilaal Committee declared to start the month of Rabi al Awwal 1435H on Friday 3rd. January 2014.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: Hamza Rijal (MCW member) from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014 LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Saateni at the City of Unguja. SKY CONDITIONS: It was clear TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: I saw the moon at 18:40 EAT (15:40 GMT) NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: We were 2, myself with my son Ali

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: Modoris Ali (MCW member) from Birmingham reported::
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday, 2 January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING:
      SKY CONDITIONS: The sky was overcast; No chance of seeing the moon
      REMARKS: I went to my garden at 4pm UK time; could not see the moon. However, we will rely on international moon sighting report to begin the month of Rabi ul Awwal if moon sighting reports comes at UK sunset. Today (Thursday 2nd January 2014),I could see .

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Not Seen: Ayub Mahomed (MCW member) from Harare reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Thursday 2nd January 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Not seen in Zimbabwe
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy in many parts
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Friday 3rd January 2014

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