Moonsighting for Jumada-al-Oola 1438
1438 AH
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The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on January 28, 2017 (Saturday) at 0:06 UT. On January 28, the moon can be seen with difficulty in most of USA and Canada. However, it can be seen with naked eye in Southern California on Jan 28. On January 29, 2017 (Sunday) it can be seen in the whole world except New Zealand (See visibility curves).


The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from Blacksburg, VA, USA.


January 28, 2017 (Saturday):

  • Ghana:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Baba Abdulai from Tamale reported: Date of sighting effort, Saturday January 28, 2017. Time of sighting effort, around 18:15 local time. The crescent was not seen in Tamale. The sky was largely cloudless, with traces of thin clouds. However there was a lot of dust in the sky. Coupled with the young age of the moon (approx. 18 hrs after conjunction), this situation could have reduced my chances of sighting the crescent.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Molvi Iqbalhusen Bokda from Godhra, Gujrat reported: Crescent for Jumadal Ula was not sighted on Saturday, January 28, here at Godhra. It is 29th Rabiul Aakhir, 1438 (28th January, 2017) in India today. Sky is almost clear. I contacted all my friends in different parts of India. All gave negative sighting reports.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: I Yusuf Idara from New Delhi, India Reporting the moon of Jumadá al-ulá 1438 hijri. Today Saturday 28-January-2017 = 29-Rabi‘ ath-thani-1438 Hijri. I & my friends tried to see the moon at my home from 05:50 pm to 06:15 pm moon was not sighted because Horizon was too cloudy & foggy.

  • Malawi:

    1. Not Seen: Mr Razak Kassam from Malawi reported: On January 28 2017 Hilal was not sighted in Malawi. The 1st of Jamada-al OOla is on Monday, 30/01/17.

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town reported: On January 28 2017 Hilal was not sighted in South Africa. The 1st of Jamadal OOla corresponds with Monday, 30/01/17.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On January 28 2017 Hilal was not sighted in tiny Island of Zanzibar, therefore We have completed 30 days for Rabuil Thani 1438 AH and the first day of Junmada al Oula begins on the Monday 30 January 2017.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Umar Abdullah from Bon Accord, Tobago reported: The crescent to commence the month of Jumaadal Uulaa was looked for after the sunset of Saturday 28th January 2017. Reports from all committees locally and regionally confirmed that the moon was not seen. We have accepted these reports and has declared that the Month of Rabiiul Aakhir 1438 AH will complete 30 days. Therefore, the first night of Jumaadal Uulaa 1438 AH will be the night of Sunday 29th January 2017 and the first day will be the day of Monday 30th January 2017. Location: lat: 10 35 long: 61 21 Time of Sunset: 6:08:33pm Time of first appearance of the crescent: N/A Pressure: 1,011.0 Temperature: 26.7 °C Relative humidity: 42%

  • USA:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Saturday, Jan 28), the crescent moon 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 5:51 pm EST (sunset: 5:42 pm). The western horizon was clear and hazy. My first sighting was by looking through a pair of binoculars. It took me several minutes to see the crescent with naked eye. That was a difficult sighting, however. The crescent was thin with its horns at 4:00 and 7:00 O'clock (4:00;5:30;7:00). I stayed there till 6:32 pm when the moon was about to set (moonset: 6:37 pm). At 5:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 38.3 F, 20.3 F, 48%, and 29.80 in, respectively.

    2. Seen: MCW member Ms. Ruth Jeffery from Bridge City TX reported: The new moon was sighted very low on the horizon in Bridge City, TX at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 28 by one adult.

    3. Seen: The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announced: Sunday, January 29th, 2017, will be the first day of the month of Jamadi al-Awwal, 1438 A.H. for the entire region of the United States and southern and western parts of Canada. This determination is based on the fact that there were reported sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye during the sunset of Saturday, January 28th, from many locations.

    4. Seen: MCW member Mr Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed from Sanford FL reported: The Moon-sighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that the new crescent for the month of Jamadi-ul-Awwal was sighted in some of the cities in the USA on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Therefore, SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017 is established as the 1st Day of Mahe Jamadi-ul-Awwal, 1438 AH.

January 29, 2017 (Sunday):

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: On Sunday 29th of January 2017, the Hilaal of JAMADIYUL OULAA has been sighted in Brisbane. Therefore, the month of JAMADIYUL OULAA will start from Monday 30th of January 2017.

    2. Not Seen (Too Hazy): MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: On Sunday 29 January 2017, the crescent was not sighted in Sydney Australia. The horizon was too hazy in the moonset area. We have tried to sight the moon by the binoculars still it didn't help.

  • Egypt:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: On Sunday, 29th January, 2017, the apparent sunset was @17:30. About 2 minutes later there was still no sign of the crescent, although Venus was apparent. I first saw crescent just as I was stepping out of the masjid after Maghrib prayers, 20 minutes later (@17:50). Horns @ 4 o'clock and between 7 o'clock and 8 o'clock. For the record, T ~ 15'C, Humidity: 44% Pressure: 1022.00 mb Cloud Cover: 0% Ceiling: 9144 m Dew Point: 3° C Visibility: 16 km

  • Ghana:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Malik Salifu Shaban from Garu Bawku reported: The crescent moon for the commencement of Jamadil Awal was seen on Sunday, 29th January 2017 from Garu, Upper East Region of Ghana. The crescent was seen at 6:02 pm local time by me and five others who heled me.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Not Seen, but Seen at other location in Srilanka : MCW member Mr Abdurrrahman Razeen from Colombo reported: Today 29-01-2017CE = 29-04-1438AH is the sighting day for the month of Jumadal-oola 1438AH. I was in Colombo and Went to Nimal road mosque Bambalapitiya 20 minutes before the Sunset. The horizon was cloudy. The parameters are(at Colombo) Sun set:6:19pm. Moon set:7:31pm. Lag=72minutes The prediction of the astronomers=Crescent can be sighted easily. I was associated by the students of higher grade from an arabic college called "Mawahibul-uloom". We couldn't sight it due to heavy shower but The CGM Hilal Committee had received positive sighting reports from eastern and northern province of Srilanka. Hence it was decided by the CGMH Committee which was presided by Moulana Thasleem (Baari) along with ACJU and MRCA to complete the preceeding month as 29 days and start the month of Jumadal-oola on 30th of January 2017.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Ishmael Khan from Princes Town, Trinidad reported: The crescent was sighted at 6:30 pm with other brothers on the night of Sunday the 29th day of January 2017 indicating that it was the first night of JMO 1438. The first day of JMO 1438 would therefore be Monday 30th January 2017. The crescent being from 4:00 o'clock to 9:00 o'clock.

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