Moonsighting for Safar 1435

The Astronomical New Moon is on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 0:22 UT. Moon can be seen in Americas on December 3. On Wednesday, December 4, moon can be seen in the whole world (See visibility curves).


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Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on December 3, 2013 from Orlando, Florida, USA.


Tuesday, 3 December 2013:

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Not seen in any state of Australia
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear in many locations
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Not applicable
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Not available
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013

    2. Not Seen: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Melbourne, VIC
      SKY CONDITIONS: Overcast
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Not applicable
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013

  • Barbados:

    1. Seen with naked eye: Mohammed Patel (MCW member) from Bridgetown reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, Dec. 3rd.
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Bridgetown, Barbados
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 6:12 p.m
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: At that point in time only 3 people were still observing. Maghrib was at 5:35 p.m
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 4 O'clock to 8 O'clock.
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Wednesday 4th December.
      REMARKS: Moon was very low on horizon, before being obscured by clouds. Moon was also seen in Trinidad.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen: Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Patra Beach, Bali Island reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Patra Beach, Bali Island
      SKY CONDITIONS: Sparsely cloudy near the horizon
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: from 18:25 to 18:45 UTC+8
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Not available
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013
      REMARKS: We will try to sight again tomorrow Wednesday.

  • Kuwait:

    1. Not Seen: Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Kabad desert, Kuwait
      SKY CONDITIONS: Generally clear, but western horizon was hazy in the last 2 degrees near horizon.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Not provided
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself
      REMARKS: I could not see Safar crescent even with 10x50 binoculars.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Not Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Baitul Hilal, Teluk Kemang, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia (02:26:43.0 N , 101:51:16.0 E)
      SKY CONDITIONS: Rainy (Malaysia has rainy season (November, December and early January)
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT:
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: I with my friends (Mr. Muhammad Zainal Abiden bin Mohamad Hani, Mr. Abdul Hayyi Amri bin Alias, and Mr. Mohamad Khairi bin Narahwie)
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, 5 December 2013 (Our goverment announced this even though hilal was not seen).
      REMARKS: Not seen either with telescope or with naked eye.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Not Seen: Nissar Ahmad (MCW member) from Port Louis reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Mauritius
      SKY CONDITIONS: Cloudy on the west coast
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Not available
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Not available
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013
      REMARKS: Sunset was at 18hrs38 and Moonset at 19hrs07.

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: All South Africa
      SKY CONDITIONS: Not available
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Not applicable
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Not available
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013

  • Spain:

    1. Not Seen: Yasin Puertas (MCW member) from Melilla reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Melilla
      SKY CONDITIONS: Skies were clear but some clouds were present at the western horizon.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: From 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: One
      REMARKS: The Islamic Commission of Melilla (CIM) will wait for the announcement in Morocco, as they would have a better chance to see it later on the day and in better atmospheric conditions and higher ground.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Not Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013 (29th Muharram 1435H)
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Colombo
      SKY CONDITIONS: Western sky was patchy but the horizon was little clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT:
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Not available
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013
      REMARKS: Our Sunset was at 5;54PM.the moon was setting at 6;22PM. and the age of the moon was 12h.2m. Colombo Grand Mosque Hilaal Committee didn't receive any positive naked eye sighting of Safar Hilaal from any part of the Island till 7;10PM. Hilaal committee President Mowlavi Riyal concluded the meeting assembled at the C.G.M., and declared unanimously to complete the month of Muharram with 30 days and start the month of Safar 1435H on Thursday, 5 December 2013.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013 (29 Muharram 1434 AH)
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Throughout UK
      SKY CONDITIONS: Most places were cloudy
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Not available
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013
      REMARKS: We have not received any reliable sighting reports (Muhaqaq-Ruyat-Basari) from any countries east of the UK/Morocco, either. The Morocco Awqaf Ministry have reported negative sightings from 278 points within the country. Therefore, the Wifaqul Ulama have decided that the month of Muharram 1435 AH will complete 30-days and the month of Safar 1435 AH will start from Thursday 5 December 2013.
      This is the first time in five years (over 60 months) our predictions have not coincided with actual sighting, due to the borderline naked-eye visibility conditions in Morocco (Moon Age: 17 hrs at sunset). Our Moon Sighting UK website date/calendar has been updated accordingly.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed (MCW member) from Sanford FL reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Orlando, FL
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, 4 December 2013
      REMARKS: The Moon-sighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that the new crescent for the month of Safar was sighted in Orlando, Florida.

    2. Not Seen: Dr. Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Roanoke, VA (Lat: 37° 18' 42" N, Lng: 79° 59' 40" W, and elevation: 355 meters).
      SKY CONDITIONS: The sky was mostly cloudy.
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Not available
      REMARKS: I arrived at my sighting location at 5:16 EST (sunset: 5:02 pm). The sky was mostly cloudy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I kept checking the western horizon where a layer of thin cloud was present. At 5:16 pm, I saw Venus. I stayed there till 5:50 pm (moonset: 6:03 pm). At 5:54 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 51.1 F, 39.0 F, 63%, and 29.96 in, respectively.

    3. Seen: Faqueer Nusrat (Mahdavia Ruiyat-e-Hilal - http://www.mahdavia.com/ ) from Columbia, MO reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Columbia, MO
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Not available

    4. Seen: Najam Choudhary from Elk Grove CA reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Elk Grove CA
      SKY CONDITIONS: very clear weather
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 5:25 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: One

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Not Seen: Ayub Mahomed (MCW member) from Harare reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Zimbabwe
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013

Wednesday, 4 December 2013:

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: Abbas Aly (MCW member) from Annangrove NSW reported
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 4 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Brisbane
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Not available
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013
      REMARKS: Moon was sighted by reliable sources in Brisbane. 1st day of Safar will be Thursday 5th December.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina:

    1. Seen: Ebul Hasan (Abdulah Shabar - MCW member) from Visoko reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 4 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina
      SKY CONDITIONS: Skies were clear.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: I saw the moon at 16:10 h.
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: One
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: 2 O'clock to 6 O'clock:
      REMARKS:

  • India:

    1. Seen: M. Siddik Nadvi (MCW member) from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 4 December 2013 (29th Muharam 1435 Hijri)
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM
      SKY CONDITIONS: Not reported
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: We saw at 6.00 pm.
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Not available
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013

    2. Not Seen (foggy): Yusuf Idara (MCW member) from New Delhi reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 4 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: New Delhi
      SKY CONDITIONS: Foggy
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: from 05:25 pm to 06:00 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Myself

    3. Seen: Abdurrahman R. Shaikh (MCW member) from Patan, Gujrat reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 4 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING:
      SKY CONDITIONS:
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Around 6:05 pm
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Several people saw the Moon at our Islamic Institute, Madrasa Kanze Marghoob Faize Safa, Patan, Gujarat
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen: Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Patra Beach, Bali reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 4 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Patra Beach, Bali
      SKY CONDITIONS: Skies at horizon was patchy with intermittent cracks and thin haze clouds.
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: from 18:35 to 19:05 UTC+8
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Not available
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013, while official date is Wednesday, 4 December 2013.
      REMARKS: The crescent was fairly easy to see between these cracks and thin clouds and I myself managed to sight it five times over, having been obscured by thicker clouds but appeared again many times. Unfortunately our other apprentice sighters could not make out the moon as it is their first time.

    2. Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java, Indonesia reported:

      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 4 December 2013

      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java

      SKY CONDITIONS: There were patches of clouds, but the moon appeared between those patches.

      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: From about 6:00 pm to 6:43 pm, when moon went down behind the trees.

      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Not available

      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: from 4 O'clock to 9 O'clock:





  • Pakistan:

    1. Seen: Rizwan Shah (MCW member) from Gujrat reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 4 December 2013 (29 Muharram)
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Gujrat
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: After sunset
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013
      REMARKS: After sunset I spoted the moon easily with naked eye.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Seen: Luqmaan Williams (MCW member) from Ta'if reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 4 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Ta'if
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 5:45 pm
      REMARKS: I saw the moon at 5:45 p.m. in Ta'if, Saudi Arabia.

  • Spain:

    1. Seen: Gabriel Jairodín Riaza (MCW member) from Madrid reported:
      REMARKS: Images of Venus and the crescent Moon taken on December 4, 2013, from the Observatory of the Complutensian University of Madrid: See more photos on https://picasaweb.google.com/iya2009ucm/2013_12_04_VenusLuna The month of Safar started according to calendar based on calculations; Ceuta and Melilla follow their local sighting or from Morocco (habous.net).

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: Hamza Rijal (MCW member) from tiny Island of Zanzibar reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 4 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: tiny Island of Zanzibar
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 18:35 to 19:00
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: Not available
      ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: like from 4 O'clock to 9 O'clock:
      FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH: Thursday, 5 December 2013
      REMARKS: We have completed 30 days for the month of Muharram, and saw the moon.

  • UK:

    1. Seen: Modoris Ali (MCW member) from Birmingham reported::
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 4 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Cradley Heath, near Birmingham
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: after Maghrib, around 4:10PM UK time
      REMARKS: I have seen the moon in my garden. Yesterday (Tuesday, 3 December 2013) I was unable to see the moon due to clouds.

    2. Seen: Hamid Chaudry (MCW member) from Blackburn, UK reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: Wednesday, 4 December 2013
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Blackburn, UK
      SKY CONDITIONS: Clear skies
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: one hour after maghrib at approx 5.00pm.
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO SAW OR TRIED: myself and my wife while out in car

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