Moonsighting for Rabi-al-Awwal 1438
1438 AH
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The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on November 29, 2016 (Tuesday) at 12:18 UT. On November 29, the moon may be seen in USA by telescope only. On November 30, it may be seen with difficulty in Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Europe, and South Africa. On December 1, it will be easy to see in the whole world (See visibility curves).


The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on November 30 from Pakistan.


November 29, 2016 (Tuesday):

  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Umar Abdullah from Bon Accord, Tobago reported: The crescent moon to commence the month of Rabiul Awwal 1438 AH was looked for after the sunset of Tuesday 29th November 2016. Reports from all committees locally and regional confirm that the moon was NOT SIGHTED. We have accepted these reports and has declared that the month of Safar 1438 AH will complete 30 days and the 1st night of Rabiul Awwal 1438 AH will be the night of Wednesday 30th November 2016 and the first day of Rabiul Awwal 1438 AH will be Thursday 1st December 2016.
      Location: lat: 10 35 long: 61 21: Time of Sunset: 5:41:59pm: Time of first appearance of the crescent: N/A: Pressure: 997.8: Temperature: 32.3 C: Relative humidity: 48.9%

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Tuesday, November 29, 2016), the crescent moon was not seen in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37 15' 40" N, Lng: 80 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). I arrived at my sighting location (Blacksburg Middle School) at 5:06 pm EST (sunset: 5:04 pm). Using a pair of binoculars (7X35), I started scanning the western horizon. The lower portion of the horizon was partly cloudy and hazy. I ended the session at 5:34 pm with no success (moonset: 5:37 pm). At 5:15 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 62.1 F, 56.5 F, 82%, and 29.91 in, respectively.

November 30, 2016 (Wednesday):

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: No one able to sight the crescent of RABI'UL AWWAL anywhere in Australia due to cloud in many states. Therefore, the month of RABI'UL AWWAL will start from Friday 2nd of December 2016.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Engr Manzoor A Mian from Melbourne, VIC reported: Melbourne was cloudy and much of Australian sky was cloudy. Therefore the Crescent of RABI'UL AWWAL was not been sighted anywhere in Australia. Hence, the month of RABI'UL AWWAL will commence from Friday 2nd of December 2016 in Australia.

  • Egypt:

    1. Seen with Camera Lens only: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: From Cairo, Wed, Nov 30th 2016, the Crescent of Rabi al-Awwal was seen briefly only through Nikon 300mm lens mounted on Nikon D3100 Camera, @ 17:32. Sunset was at (16:55 local time).
      The western horizon had suffered very poor visibility over the last few weeks. After noon today, it began to clear up. Around 15:25, the Red and bent pyramids of Dahshour, 17.6km and 19.6km away respectively, were clearly visible for the first time in weeks. I started by pointing the gear in the direction of the sun at 16:43, at which time the sun was at Azimuth ~243.7 degrees from Geographic North. I expected to see the moon in this direction around 17:15. It was only 20.7 arcseconds wide, which made it all the more interesting.

      There was no sign of the crescent at sunset (16:55). The moon had passed through apogee only a couple of days ago. I expected to see a relatively faint crescent. After returning from Maghreb prayers, neither I, nor three of my colleagues could see it. I first saw the crescent through the camera lens at ~17:32. Two of my colleagues confirmed seeing it through the same Camera lens ( Nikon D3100, 300mm). And very faint it was indeed.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen (too foggy): MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: Fot the moon of Rabi-ul-Awwal 1438 hijri, today Wednesday 30-November-2016 = 29-Safar-1438 Hijri. I & my friends tried to see the moon at my home from 05:20 pm to 05:45 pm. Moon was not sighted because Horizon was too foggy.

    2. Not Seen, but seen in Gujrat by others: MCW member Dr Sayyad Mohd Arshi from Dehradun reported: In Dehradun, 30th November 2016 was 29th Safar ul Muzaffar 1438 hijri (Wednesday) me & my family tried to see the moon of Rabi ul Awwal at my home from 05:20 pm to 05:55 pm but moon was not sighted because Horizon was too cloudy. On the Basis of Gujrat Observations, 1st December 2016 (Thursday) will be the First day of Rabi ul Awwal 1438 hijri in Dehradun.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Seen: Ruyat-e-Hilal Committee of Pakistan has made an annoucement that Rabi al-Awwal crescent has been sighted in Pakistan.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: The Hilal was sighted this Wednesday evening November 30, 2016 in the tiny Island of Zanzibar, the end of the 29 Safaar 1438 AH. The official first day of Rabil-al-Awal will correspond with Thursday, 01 December 2016 in all part of East Africa; include Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen (Rain/Cloudy): MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016), the crescent moon was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37 15' 40" N, Lng: 80 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). It was cloudy and rainy in our area; I checked the western horizon at 5:25 pm EST (sunset: 5:04 pm). At 5:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 57.7 F, 56.5 F, 96%, and 29.74 in, respectively.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Ayub Mahomed from Harare reported: On Nov 30, the moon was sighted in Zimbabwe. Tomorrow 1st December will be the first day of Rabiual Awwal inshallah.

December 1, 2016 (Thursday):


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