Moonsighting for Rabi-at-Thani 1439
1439 AH
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The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on December 18, 2017 (Monday) at 6:30 UT. On December 18, the moon can be seen by telescope in USA. On December 19, the crescent can be seen in Middle East, Africa and Americas. On December 20, it will be easily visible in New Zealand and Australia and everywhere in the world. (See visibility curves).


The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on December 19 from Darwin, Australia.



December 18, 2017 (Monday):

  • Ghana:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Baba Abdulai from Tamale reported: Date of sighting effort Monday December 18, 2017. The Crescent was NOT sighted in this location. Time of sighting effort: around 18:07 and sometime before. The sky was very hazy, perhaps from the Harmatan and dusty roads. It was so dusty/hazy I could not see even a single star in the skies. Moon age after conjunction was barely 12 hours; hence I did not expect to see the Crescent afterall. Sighting location Sagnerigu Tamale.

  • Mauritius:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: The new moon of Rabi Ul Akhir 1439 has NOT been sighted tonight Monday 18 December 2017 in Mauritius Hence Wednesday 20 December 2017 will be the 1st Day of Rabi Ul Akhir 1439. Sunset was at 18hr47 and Moonset was at 18hr53. Sky partly cloudy.

  • South Africa:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Monday 18th December 2017, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Therefore Rabi-us-Thaani 1439 will commence on Wednesday 20th December 2017 in South Africa.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town reported: Moon was not seen on Dec 18 (Monday). The 1st Rabi=al-Thani, 1439H will correspond with 20 December 2017, Wednesday.

  • Tanzania:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: No sighting on Monday December 18th, 2017. We will complete 30 days for Rabiu al Awwal in tiny island of Zanzibar, In sha-Allah Wednesday 20th December 2017 we expect to be the first day of Rabi -at-Thani 1439 AH.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Umar Abdullah from Bon Accord, Tobago reported: The crescent moon to commence the month of Rabiiul Thaani 1439 AH was looked for after the sunset of Monday 18th December 2017. Reports from all committees locally and regional confirm that the moon was NOT SIGHTED.
      We have accepted these reports and declared that the month of Rabiiul Awwal 1439 AH will complete 30 days and the 1st day of Rabiiul Thaani 1439 AH is the day of Wednesday 20th December 2017. Location: lat: 10 35 long: 61 21: Time of Sunset: 17:49:10: Pressure: 1011.8 hPa: Temperature: 26.5 °C: Relative humidity: 41.0%:

  • UK:


    1. Not Seen: Wifaqul Ulama Administrator of Britain reported: Moon was not sighted anywhere in Britain or in our closest Muslim country of Morocco. Wifaqul Ulama have therefore decided that 30 days of Rabiul-Awwal were completed and Rabiut-Thani 1438 will begin from Wednesday, the 20th of December 2017.

  • USA:


    1. Not Seen: Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America reported: The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces that Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 will be the last day of the month of Rabi al-Awwal, 1439 A.H. and Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, will be the first day of the month of Rabi al-Thani, 1439 A.H. for the entire region of North America.
      This determination is based on the fact that there were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Monday, December 18th, 2017, in any region of North America.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Monday, Dec 18, 2017), the crescent moon was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). I arrived at my sighting location at 5:28 pm EST (sunset: 5:07 pm). While based on the visibility curves not expecting to sight the crescent, using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning a mostly clear west southwestern horizon. I did not see the moon. I ended the session at 5:47 pm (moonset: 5:45 pm). At 5:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 48.7 F, 43.7 F, 83%, and 30.09 in, respectively.

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed from Sanford FL reported: The Moon-sighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that there was no sighting of the new crescent on Monday, December 18, 2017. Therefore upon completion of 30 Days of Mahe Rabi-ul-Awwal, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2017 is established as the 1st Day of Mahe Rabi-ul-Aakher, 1439 AH.


December 19, 2017 (Tuesday):

  • Australia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Falak Raja from Sydney, NSW reported: In Sydney NSW Australia it is cloudy. All horizon is covered with continuous layers of clouds. It is impossible to see the moon today on Tue 19 December 2017.

    2. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Tuesday) 19th of December, the Hilaal of Rabiul Thaani has been sighted in Darwin, therefore the month of Rabiul Thaani will commence from Wednesday 20th of December 2017.

    3. Seen: MCW member Engr Manzoor A Mian from Melbourne, VIC reported: Melbourne was raining, cloudy Pachy , Cresent not sighted but sighted today - Tuesday, 19th of December, the Hilaal of Rabiul Thaani has been sighted in Darwin, therefore the month of Rabiul Thaani will commence from Wednesday 20th of December 2017.

  • Egypt:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: Tonight, Tue, Dec 19th, here in southern Cairo, (29.57N, 31.25E) Egypt, apparent sunset was at 16:59. Twenty minutes earlier, I thought I'd take a look at the setting sun. The south western horizon was completely blocked by clouds; I couldn't see the sun at all. This situation persisted well after sunset. Some minor clearances began to show in the clouds. Alas, they were neither enough, nor in the right place.

  • India:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Iliyas Siddiqui from Bangalore reported: From Bangalore I tried to see the New Moon till 18:10 on 19th Dec. I could not see by Naked eyes. Weather was quite foggy.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: Today Thursday 19-December-2017 = 29-Rabi‘ al-awwal-1439. I tried to see the moon of Rabi‘ ath-thani-1439 hijri at my home from 05:30 pm to 05:50 pm but the moon was not sighted because horizon was too foggy In Sha Allah 1st Rabi‘ ath-thani wil be 21st of December 2017

  • Saudi Arabia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha reported: We sighted today 19th Dec 2017 the hilal for Rabi-al-thani 1439 from Abha Saudi Arabia, although by Ummul-Qura calendar its already the 1st Rabi-al-thani here. Click on the picture on right to see full size.


  • USA:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Christiansburg VA reported: This evening (Tuesday, December 19, 2017), the crescent moon was sighted in Christiansburg, VA (Lat: 37° 7' 48" N, Lng: 80° 24' 32" W, and elevation: 638 meters). I arrived at my sighting location at 4:59 pm EST (sunset: 5:08 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the horizon. The first binocular sighting was at 5:02 pm followed by the first naked eye sighting at 5:08 pm. The horns were at 2:30 and 7:00 O'clock (2:30;4:00;7:00). I left the site at 5:44 pm (moonset: 6:33 pm).

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