Moonsighting for Shawwal 1435


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Old Crescent Moon (not the new moon to start Shawwal 1435 AH), July 26, 2014 (Photo on the right): This is decreasing moon that was sighted in the East at Fajr time on Saturday 26 July 2014 at 06:40 to 07:00 AM in Flat Bush suburb in Auckland New Zealand by naked eye. This is not the moon to start Shawwal. It was reported by an MCW member, Mr. Arief Syamsulaksana. It is posted here to show the world that the moon seen in the morning before sunrise is actually decreasing moon while the New Moon is not even born yet. So Muslims understand that the sighting of decreasing moon has no significance for starting the Islamic month.

The Astronomical New Moon is on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 22:42 UT. There is no possibility of moonsighting on that day. On July 27, the moon can be seen with difficulty in South America, but can easily be seen in Polynesian Islands. However, there are not many Muslims reporting moonsighting. On July 28, the moon can easily be seen in almost the whole world, except Northern Asia and Europe (See visibility curves).

Sighting Reports

The earliest reported sighting is from Iquique, Chile on July 27, 2014. To find details Click Here.


Saturday, 26 July 2014:

    Moon is not possible to be seen anywhere in the world.

  • Nigeria:

    1. Not Seen: Kareem Isa (MCW member) from Abuja Kado estate mosque area reported: It is Ramadan 29 today in Nigeria and July 26. It was partly cloudy, and I tried from 19:00 to 19:20 local time.
      THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF ISLAMIC AFFAIRS IN NIGERIA HAS BEEN TRYING FOR MANY YEARS SINCE THE NEW SULTAN SAAD AND PROF ISHAQ SECRETARY CAME ON BOARD TO BASE THE DECISION ON SIGHTING.


Sunday, 27 July 2014:



Monday, 28 July 2014:

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: Muhammad Zeesahn from Melbourne, VIC reported: On Monday, 28 July 2014, I saw the moon that became visible around 5:45PM. Crescent was thin with horns at 3 to 9 O'clock.

  • Hong Kong:

    1. Seen: Tariq M. Eric from Hong Kong reported: Hong Kong has local sighting on October 28 and decided July 29 will be the 1st of shawal.

  • India:

    1. Seen: Mohammed Mohsin Khan (MCW member) from Mumbai reported: Today Monday 28 July 2014 / 29 Ramadan 1435 in India. Here in Mumbai Sunset was at 07:16 p.m LT and Moonset was at 08:04 pm LT., difference : 48 mins, Moon altitude : 10.5, phase : 2.5 but Sky was cloudy hence Crescent has not been sighted in Mumbai City,
      BUT it was Sighted in Suburbs, and after getting Shahadah from there Official Moon-Sighting Committee have officially announced that Monday 28 July 2014 was 29 Ramadan 1435 and Tuesday 29 July 2014 will be 1st Shawwaal 1435 in India.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java reported:
      DATE OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 28th July 2014
      LOCATION OF SIGHTING: Assalaam Observatory, Sukoharjo-Surakarta Indonesia
      SKY CONDITION: Clear with thin cloud
      TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 05:00-06:45 PM
      NO. OF PEOPLE WHO TRIED: 4 Moslem
      FIRST OF DAY OF THE MONTH: 28th July 2014 (calculation)

  • New Zealand:

    1. Seen: Arief Syamsulaksana (MCW member) from Auckland reported: In Auckland, Hilal first sighted by naked eye on July 28 at approx. 5:35 PM. It appeared quite smaller than usual and very subtle (thin) crescent. Fine weather and clear sky, TIME OF SIGHTING EFFORT: 05:25-06:00 PM.
      NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO TRIED: one
      Arc of the crescent: 4 to 8 o'clock

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Khalil Homafar (MCW member) from Houston TX reported: Moon was seen this evening Monday July 28th, 2014 at 8:18 pm. ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORN: like from 2 O'clock to aprox. 6 O'clock SKY CONDITION: was clear with lower horizon partially hazy and a piece of dark cloud The crescent could be seen till 8:55 pm.

OFFICIAL 1st Day of Shawwal in Different Countries


Sunday, 27 July 2014:

  1. Hijri Committee of India, a small minority in India (The day after conjunction is the first day of the month)
  2. Nigeria (Announced based on mistaken claims of sighting)

Monday, 28 July 2014:

  1. Afghanistan (Follow Saudi)
  2. Albania (Follow Saudi)
  3. Algeria (Follow Saudi)
  4. Armenia (Follow Saudi)
  5. Austria (Follow Saudi)
  6. Azerbaijan (Follow Saudi)
  7. Bahrain (Follow Saudi)
  8. Bangladesh (Some areas follow Saudi)
  9. Barbados (Local Sighting)
  10. Belgium (Follow Saudi)
  11. Bolivia (Follow Saudi)
  12. Bosnia and Hercegovina (Follow Turkey)
  13. Bulgaria (Follow Saudi)
  14. Canada (FCNA/ISNA - Fiqh Council of North America/Islamic Society of North America)
  15. Chechnia (Follow Saudi)
  16. Chile (Local Sighting)
  17. China (Majority Follow MeccaCalendar.org)
  18. Cosovo (Follow Turkey)
  19. Croatia (Follow Turkey)
  20. Denmark (Follow Saudi)
  21. Egypt - Moon Born before sunset & moon sets at least 5 minutes after sunset
  22. Fiji Islands (Late change of decision by Fiji Muslim League) http://www.fianz.co.nz/eid-ul-fitr-1435h
  23. Finland (Follow Saudi)
  24. France (Union des organisations islamiques de France) [also CFCM (Conseil français du culte musulman)]
  25. Georgia (Follow Saudi)
  26. Guyana (Accepted Chile sighting)
  27. Hungary (Follow Saudi)
  28. Iceland (Follow Saudi)
  29. Indonesia (Claims of Sighting - Official Announcement)
  30. Iraq (Sunnis Follow Saudi)
  31. Ireland (ECFR - European Council for Fatwa and Research)
  32. Italy (Follow Saudi)
  33. Jordan (Follow Saudi)
  34. Kazakhstan (Follow Saudi)
  35. Kenya (Claims of sighting)
  36. Kuwait (Follow Saudi)
  37. Kyrgizstan (Follow Saudi)
  38. Lebanon (Follow Saudi)
  39. Libya (following others who declared Eid on Monday 28 July)
  40. Luxembourg (ECFR - European Council for Fatwa and Research)
  41. Macedonia (Follow Turkey)
  42. Madagascer (Local Sighting)
  43. Malawi (Local Sighting)
  44. Malaysia (Age > 8 hours, altitude > 2°, elongation > 3°)
  45. Mauritania (Follow Saudi)
  46. Montenegro (Follow Turkey)
  47. Namibia (Follow Saudi)
  48. Netherlands (Follow Turkey)
  49. New Zealand (Federation of Islamic Association of New Zealand) http://www.fianz.co.nz/eid-ul-fitr-1435h
  50. Norway (Some follow Saudi)
  51. Palestine (Follow Saudi)
  52. Philippines (Follow Saudi)
  53. Poland (Calculation)
  54. Qatar (Follow Saudi)
  55. Romania (Follow Saudi)
  56. Russia (Follow Turkey)
  57. Saudi Arabia (Official Announcement)
  58. Serbia (Follow Turkey)
  59. Slovania (Follow Turkey)
  60. South Africa (Local Sighting)
  61. Spain (Some Follow Saudi)
  62. Sudan (Follow Saudi)
  63. Sweden (Follow Saudi)
  64. Switzerland (Follow Saudi)
  65. Syria (Official Decision)
  66. Taiwan (Follow Saudi)
  67. Tajikistan (Follow Saudi)
  68. Tatarstan (Follow Saudi)
  69. Tunisia (Criteria of age, or altitude, or sunset-moonset lag)
  70. Turkey (In Turkey Altitude > 5°, elongation > 8°)
  71. Turkmenistan (Follow Saudi)
  72. U.A.E. (Follow Saudi)
  73. UK (Follow Saudi) [Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London]
  74. UK (Local Sighting) [Wifaaqul ulama), (Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat], OR (Sighting from South Africa)
  75. USA (FCNA/ISNA - Fiqh Council of North America/Islamic Society of North America)
  76. Uzbekistan (Follow Saudi)
  77. Yemen (Completed 30 days)
  78. Zimbabwe (South Africa Sighting)

Tuesday, 29 July 2014:

  1. Australia (Local Sighting)
  2. Brunei (Local Sighting)
  3. China (Some follow Local Sighting)
  4. Hong Kong (Local Sighting)
  5. India (Local Sighting)
  6. Iran (Local Sighting)
  7. Iraq (Shi'aas Follow Local Sighting)
  8. Morocco (Local Sighting)
  9. Oman (Local Sighting)
  10. Pakistan (Local Sighting)
  11. Spain (Some Follow Morocco)
  12. Sri Lanka (Local Sighting)
  13. Tanzania (Local Sighting)
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