Moonsighting for Ramadan 1431

1431 AH

False Sighting Reports for Ramadan on August 10 from Birmingham, UK (Jamiatul Ulama Britain, Darul Uloom Bury, Hizbul Ulama UK):

Simple facts: Sunset was 8:50pm; Moonset was 8:35pm that was before sunset. Sighting was done after 9:00pm. What an absurdity! (by Jamiatul Ulama Britain, Darul Uloom Bury, Hizbul Ulama UK)

According to Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Ramadan 1431, begins on the evening of Tuesday August 10, 2010, so that the first day of fasting would be Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

The Astronomical New Moon is on August 10, 2010 (Tuesday) at 3:08 UT. On this day, this moon may not be seen in any continent. With difficulty it may be visible in South America. Only in Polynesian Islands on August 10, it will be easily visible. On August 11, it will be easy to see in New Zealand, Australia, South-East Asia, Africa and Americas, while it will be difficult to see in Northern Asia, Europe, and Canada. See the visibility map below:

Sighting Reports

The earliest sighting of the new crescent that we rceceived was on August 11 in Australia.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010:

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen (cloudy and rainy): Muhammad Khatree (MCW member), Brisbane, QL reported: The moon was not sighted anywhere in Brisbane tonight. The weather has been cloudy and rainy throughout the entire day.

    2. Cannot be Seen: ZS ([email protected]) reported: Sydney Observatory report:

  • Brunei:

    1. Not Seen: Mr. Ideal Abi Hakims from Brunei Darussalam reported: I wish to inform you that Ramadhan crescent has not been sighted in Brunei Darussalam on August 10, 2010. Ramadhan will be on August 12, 2010 ( Syaaban 30 days completion )

    2. Not Seen: Mr. Lukman Thalib from Brunei Darussalam reported: Brunei annonced just now that their fasting begins on Thursday 12th August as they failed to see the moon.

  • Canada:

    1. Not Seen: Syed Shahid Rashid (MCW member) from Mississauga Ontario reported: I have attempted to sight the moon this evening (August 10th, 2010) but I failed to witness. The sky on the lower horizon was murky with scattered clouds. No moon sighting is my testimonial.

    2. Not Seen: Hilal H (MCW member) from Calgary, Alberta reported: I went to sight the moon on Aug. 10, 2010 at 8:25pm until 9:05pm and could not see it even using binoculars with 10x magnification.� Also there were low lying clouds in the western sky.� However people hear are split on beginning Ramadhan on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12.�

    3. Not Seen: Rozyur Rahman from Scarborough, Ontario reported: From Scarborough, Ontario, Canada I could not see the moon in bare eyes this evening- sky seemed to be clear though.

    4. Not Seen: HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from Toronto Ontario reported: After praying Maghrib in Toronto's first & oldest Masjid, Jami Mosque, I biked down to the pedestrian bridge above the Gardiner Expressway as it offers an unobstructed view of Toronto's western horizon. As you can see in the attached photo taken a moment ago, there are low hanging clouds though most of the sky above them is clear. Scanning the horizon tonight, there is no new crescent moon sighted from Toronto. Many Masjids and Organizations have begun Ramadan tonight with Tarawih Prayers due an hour or so from now.

  • Chile:

    1. Not Seen: Muhammad Sohail (MCW member) from Iquique reported: I have not seen the moon for Ramadan; I started looking for the moon from 18:25 upto 19:25. The sky was quite clear. So, Ramadan will satrt on Aug 12, 2010.

    2. Not Seen: Dr. Muhammad Hafiz (MCW member) from Guyana, reported: I just finished speaking to Br. Fuad Musa of Chile. He stated the Hilaal for Ramadan was not seen by the Muslim communities in the North of Chile or Argentina. He stated that the Astronomy Department at the University of Chile also looked for the Hilaal at their University observatory using advance telescope. He stated the Hilaal was not observed by naked eye but was visible by imaging on the observatory computer. He told me if there are other positive observations he would send me an email. On the TV in Guyana, there was no reported sightings of the Hilaal.

  • France:

    1. Official Announcement: Rida Roty (MCW member) from Caen (Normandie) reported: Official announcement of first Ramadan on Wednesday, August 11 in France. Ramadan Mubarak

  • India:

    1. Not Seen (cloudy): Abdul Gaffar (MCW member) from Manipur reported: On 10 Aust 2010 at 18:10 Indian Standard Time, no moon is sighted at Imphal town, Manipur, India. Tthe sky was cloudy.

    2. Not Seen: Mazhar Pallumirah (MCW member) from Chennai reported: On 10th august 2010, Ramadhan new moon was not seen, in chennai/india despite of clear sky. I watched the sky from local time 18:33 until 18:42 i.e., from sunset till moonset time of astronomical calculation. Please note that here today is 28th Sha'ban as per physical moon sighting system.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen (overcast in Yogyakarta - But Ramadan starts Wednesday Govt. Announcement based on sighting claims in two places): AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Yogyakarta, Java reported: New crescent for Ramadhan 1431 AH could not be seen this evening (Tuesday, August 10, 2010) in Yogyakarta Indonesia, because the weather was overcast and the moon altitude is still below 3 degrees above the west horizon.
      However, The Indonesian Government in this case the Ministry of Religious Affairs announced the beginning of a Ramadhan 1431 AH is on Wednesday, 11 August 2010, after confirmation hearing. Until now rukyat report obtained at two places i.e. at Porbolingo and Gresik, where the moon can be seen."

  • Kenya:

    1. Not Seen: Mohamedashiq H Noorany (MCW member) from Mombasa reported: The moon was not sighted on Tuesday 10th August 2010 and no announcement on commencement of the month of Ramadhan was made by the Chief Kadhi. Therefore, in Kenya the Holy month of Ramadhan starts on Thursday 12th August 2010 after completing 30 days of Shaaban 1431 Inshallah.

    2. Not Seen: Abdallah Mushtaq Khambiye (MCW member) from Mombasa reported: On August 10, here in Mombasa/Kenya the sky was clear but there was no sighting of the moon. We tried to communicate other parts of the country but negative sightings. So will complete 30days for shaaban and inshallah 1st day of ramadhan will start on Thursday.

  • Kuwait:

    1. Not Seen: Dr Lukman Thalib (MCW member) reported: It appears that Kuwait might announce the beginning of fasting tonight and if that happens then the first day of fasting would be 11th of August like in North America. The first day of fasting in Kuwait is usually coordinated with neighbouring gulf arab countries particularly Saudi Arabia.
      Leading Kuwaiti expert on Moonsighting has suggested it is most likely that 11 August 2010 becomes our first day of fasting.. So we begin Tueday night and fast on Wednessday as our first day if his predictions come true. Otherwise we begin fasting on Thursday. Saudi announcement is important in this matter though.
      Insha Allah will send you a report as soon as Ramadhan is declared. It would take 6-8 hours from now for us to know if we would fast Wednessday or Thursday.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Not Seen (But Ramadan starts Wednesday based on calculations): Zaki Afifi (MCW member) from Seremban reported: Today, August 10th 2010, I was not at a strategic location to perform moon sighting. Visibility was rather limited. Nonetheless, I still went out as an act of obedience, and the new moon was not sighted. Report from colleague at the nearest official moon sighting location (Teluk Kemang) also reported negative.
      The government anyway has announced that Ramadhan in Malaysia starts tonight, meaning that the first day of saum will be on Wednesday, taking into account the hisab, that the new moon is already more than 8 hours old at maghrib.

    2. Not Seen: Mohd Fahmi Bin Zakaria (MCW member) from Pontian Kechil, Johor reported: On Tuesday, August 10, 2010, we (Mohd Fahmi bin Zakaria and Firdaus bin Mazlan) cannot see the moon with naked eye; also cannot see through telescope. The place was at pontian kechil, johor, malaysia (1:29N 103:23E).

  • Nigeria:

    1. Not Seen: Sheik A.A. Ishola (MCW member) from Ikorodu, Lagos reported: I am happy to report for the first time in history All South west moonsighting Committee gathered in a Lagos searching for the Ramadan Crescent at Marina Leventis B/Stop Lagos State on the top of Abadoned bridge searching for the moon with the distributed Telescope and Binocular given to us by The President of Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs unfortunately the Crescent of 14hr 55min age was not seen due to Cloudness same report from Ilorin Kaduna and Iseyin.and we reported negative to the Chief Imam of Lagosand Chairman of National moonsighting Committe all of negative. later on Sulton Announced the sighting of the Moon with the naked eyes from the 8-10 places of the Nothern Nigeria. we wonder what will be our fate on Sept 8 when age of moon will be 7hr 13 min.

    2. Not Seen: Imam Majolagbe Monsuru (MCW member) [The Mufti of Ikorodu], Lagos reported: I and my colleagues attempted crescent sighting at leventis bus stop foot bridge marina Lagos but we did not succeed sighting it because the sky was very cloudy On 10 August 2010 from 7:02pm -7:30pm.

    3. Not Seen (But Officially announced sighting): Muhammed Yasin Qamardeen (MCW member) from Ilorin reported: Over 40 People were in attendance, Ustaz Abdur Razak Isholaa, Imam Majolagbe, Uztaz Dhikurrah Shafii, Uztaz Tirimidh, Mr Shuaib(Member of TMC, Nigeria), Shaikh Mayaleke, moonsighting Committee representative from Oyo, Oshun and many other notable scholars within Lagos were present. However due to overcast and other well know factors the new Hilal was NOT visible. Meanwhile report from, Bauchi, Ilorin, Kaduan and Abuja is negative as well. But I was there when chief Imaam of Lagos state called on Sultan of Sokoto in order to relay observation report from Lagos, after their conversation, we all informed that positive sighting had been confirmed from Borno and about four other places, hence official first day of Ramadan in Nigeria is Wednesday 11, August 2010"

    4. Not Seen: AbdulBariu Kareem (MCW member) from Ikeja Lagos reported: I myself was with other members of Lagos State moonsighting Committee on 10Th August 2010 between 6:00pm - 7:30pm with the aid of Telescope we could not sight the crescent of Ramadan 1431 month at Marina Road Lagos- Island, Lagos State.
      The same reports of negative sighting from other parts of Nigeria which Telescope was employed to sight the moon. We are surprised to hear report of sighting the crescent with naked eyes which was the bases for announcing the commencement of fasting by Sultan of Sokoto

  • Norway:

    1. Not Seen: Milad Ali Ershaghi (MCW member) from Oslo reported: On Tuesday, August 10, 2010, sunset time in Oslo, Norway was 9:29pm and moonset time was 8:55pm. So it was not astronomically possible to see the moon. I tried to look for it anyhow at about 9:45pm - but did not see the moon.

    2. Announcement: Imran Mushtaq (MCW member) from Oslo reported: Islamic Council of Norway have officcaly announed, based on conditions given by Hijri Calendar Agreement, that Norway will start inshaAllah 1st Ramadan on Wednesday, 11 August 2010. Ramadan Mubarak.

  • Oman:

    1. Not Seen: Ali Said Al Sumry from Muscat reported: On 29th Shaaban 1431 correspondent to 10th Aug 2010, we tried to observe in Muscat and allover Oman by using Telescopes, binoculars and naked eyes, the weather condition was clouds, haze and dust almost all over Oman. Ourselves we used a special lunar observation telescope to try to sight the crescent despite clouds and strong haze we did not see the Ramadhan crescent, other 25 committees spread all over the country formed to observe the crescent reported same and nobody else reported to witness it. Therefore the official statement from main committee in Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Religious Affairs is to complete 30th day of Shaaban and start Ramadhan on 12TH August 2010.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Not Seen: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported: Today (Tuesday, 10 August 2010) was 28th Shaban 1431 in Pakistan and the moon was so defective in whole Asia that there was no solid proof in the history of astronomy to sight such a moon even by a telescope, hence there was no need to try to sight the moon in Pakistan but in spite of this fact, just to increase the trust of common people in the Science of Moon-sighting and because the people were confused due to the 29th Shaban in Saudi Arab, I requested the people to sight the moon today. Resultantly, On my request, nearly 300 persons (members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" + my friends + their companions) tried to sight the moon at nearly 60 places all over Pakistan but the moon could not be sighted, as it was astronomically expected tonight. It was almost cloudy today countrywide, due to monsoon season.
      There is worst flood of history in Pakistan greater than Sonami etc. Nearly 14 million persons are directly affected. Pray and help your Pakistani brothers.

  • Panama:

    1. Not Seen: Saleh Bhai Bhattay (MCW member) from Panama City reported: Ramadan Moon was not sightied in Panama.

  • Philippines:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. Ali B. Panda (MCW member) from Marawi City reported: I wish to inform you that On Tuesday, August 10, 2010, the Ulama League and the ulama of the King Faisal Center in the Philippines could not see the moon with naked eye. They declared that the first day of Ramadhan will be on Thursday August 12,2010. "But, the Markas Al-Sabab Fil Pilibiin has declared that the first day of Ramadhan is Wednesday (not Tuesday) August 11, 2010 following the sighting of moon in other countries, like Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Not Seen: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported for Medinah, Saudi Arabia: My respected teachers and friends are this time in Madinah (Saudi Arabia). They tried to sight the moon by naked eyes but not sighted as it was expected astronomically. Sky was clear

    2. Not Seen: Luqmaan Williams (MCW member) from Riyadh reported: I'm in Riyadh for testing. The conditions were dusty and didn't see a thing... But the Maghrib prayer was made about 15 minutes after the adhan and it lasted about 10 minutes until 6:57 p.m. When I went outside after the praye, there was nothing to be seen.

    3. Seen (Official Announcement). However, thinks, This does not qualify for Authentic Sighting: Mrs. Lubna Shawly (MCW member) from Jiddah reported: It is announced in the Saudi courts, according to the observation of the new moon (moon was sighted) the first day of Ramadan for the year 1431 Hijrah corresponding to the year 2010 will be on Wednesday the 11th of August 2010. And the month of Sha'ban is only 29 days. Ramadan Mubarak to all.

  • Senegal:

    1. Not Seen: Ibrahima Thierno LO (MCW member) from Dakar reported: Sighting the crescent by naked eyes was tried on August 10, but it was not seen. The sky near the western horizon was partly cloudy.

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: The Hilaal for Ramadhan was not sighted this evening in S. Africa. Thursday will be the 1st. Ramadhan Mubaruk to all of you. May Allah shower his unlimited Mercy and Blessing upon the Ummah, and accept our Fasting and Ibadah. Ameen. A special dua for those in Pakistan affected by the terrible floods.

    2. Not Seen: Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town reported: Tuesday, 10/8/2010 was the 29th Shabaan in Southern Africa. The Hilaal was not visible to the naked-eye, binoculars or telescope. The 1st of Ramadaan will therefore be on Thursday, 12 August 2010.
      The Saudi sighting will be included in my ever growing list of UFMO'S (unidentified flying moon objects). I have always called a 'spade a spade' and in this instant I again question the Shari knowledge of all the Middle Eastern 'so called' scholars, who by their deafening silence, have aided and abetted in this continuous undermining of a section of Islamic Law. I shall not waste space and time commenting on the mid Eastern creation of demigods.

  • Spain:

    1. Not Seen: Gabriel Jairod�n Riaza from Madrid, spain reported: The Union of Islamic Communities of Spain (Islamic Commission of Spain) announces that tomorrow, August 11, 2010, is the first day of the holy month Ramadan 1431. Ramadan Karim.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Not Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported: Today 28th Shaban 1431H,(10/08/2010 Tuesday) in Sri Lanka, I went to my observing point just after Maharib prays and waited till 7:30 Pm.(our sun set was at 6:29 Pm.) scanning the western sky it was fairly clear but I couldn't see the Crescent of Ramadan by naked eye. Tomorrow we have a good chance of sighting it. "Inshaallah"

  • Sweden:

    1. Not Seen: Tanzil Abbas from Sweden reported: The Islamic Federation of Sweden has announced that the first day of Ramadan in Sweden will be Wednesday 11th August. Source: Following Saudi Arabias annoncement.

  • Taiwan:

    1. Not Seen (But follow Saudi Arabia): Imam Husein Chen from Kaohsiung, Taiwan reported: We have not seen the new moon in Taiwan, but follow the imformation of Saudi Arabia in fasting. So, 11 Aug 2010 is the fhst Ramadhan for us.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Not Seen: Hamza Rijal (MCW member) from Island of Zanzibar reported: From the tiny island of Zanzibar the weather of Unguja Island was hazy in the evening of Tuesday 10 August 2010. I tried to observe the Hilal of Month of 1431 Ramadhan 1431. I was not able to see it by naked eye, The Sunset was at 1825 Local time (1525GMT). I communicate with number of people to get their respond; none came forward to say hilal is beeng observed, so we complete 30 days of the month of Ramadhan, and Thursday 12 August will be officially first day of Ramadhan in Zanzibar.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    1. Not Seen (Clouds): Isa Mohammed (MCW member) from Chguanas reported: I am reporting that the moon was not sighted from my location in Trinidad on August 10th, 2010. It was not seen with either naked eye or a 120mm telescope. There was significant cloud cover that interfered with observations as well.

  • UK:

    1. Official Statement, London, UK: Danyal Shoaib from UK reported: The decision for London is as follows (from an official statement by Regents Park and East London Mosque and others):
      The Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London has agreed that 1st Ramadan 1431 will be on Wednesday 11th August 2010. Tarawih prayers will begin on Tuesday evening.

    2. Royal Observatory, UK: Saleem Adam reported: Here is a link for the Start date of Ramadan 2010.
      The link is from the Royal Observatory and gives a clear indication when Ramadan should start in the UK.

    3. Not Seen: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Tuesday 10 August 2010 (29 Shaban 1431 AH) many people from throughout UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Ramadan after sunset. Some places were clear but none of the groups were able to sight Hilal. We have not received any reliable sighting news from countries from East of UK/Morocco either. But we have received negative sighting reports from South Africa, Oman, India, Pakistan etc. Therefore, the Ulama have decided that the month of Shaban 1431 AH will complete 30 days and the month of Ramadan 1431 AH will start from Thursday 12 August 2010 (which means the night of 26 Ramadan will be on Monday 6 September 2010), Insha-Allah. May Allah rewards all those who have attempted to revive the Sunnah of moon sighting, this month.

    4. Not Seen: Saleem Adam from UK reported: The decision for London from the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat is as follows:
      It has been agreed by all Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat Imams in accordance with the UK Observatory the 1st of Ramadan 1431 will be on Thursday 12th August 2010. Taraweeh prayers will begin on Wednesday evening.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen: Imam Salim Chishti (MCW member) from New Lebanon NY reported: The hilal of Ramadhan was not sighted in New Lebanon, NY on August 10. There were many clouds obscuring the western horizon. Fasting in New Lebanon will begin on August 11 as per the decision of the FCNA.

    2. Not Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Tuesday, August 10, 2010), the crescent moon of Ramadan was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA, using a pair of (7X50) binoculars. I arrived at the sighting location at 7:25 (sunset: 8:19 pm EDT) and started looking for the crescent in the expected location with the sun in the lower right. I continued looking for the moon on and off till the moonset (moonset: 8:32 pm EDT). At 8:20 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 82.4 F, 75.2 F, 79%, and 30.05 in, respectively. The western horizon was partly cloudy and hazy.

    3. Not Seen: Mohammed Yahya Shaikh (MCW member) from Culver City CA reported: I tried to see the hilal for the holy month of Ramadhan today (08/10/2010) from 7:45 PM to 8:05 PM in Anaheim, CA. The moon was not visible even with the aid of binos and my family members in Culver City also attempted to sight from Playa Del Rey and Culver City park but were also unsuccessful.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010:

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney, NSW reported: The Hilaal of Ramadaan ul Mubaarak 1431 has been sighted in Sydney. The Hilaal Committee and Majlisul Ulamaa� of Australia have hence declared that the month of Ramadaan ul Mubaarak 1431will commence from Thursday, 12th August 2010.

    2. Seen: Aslam Hussain (MCW member) from Brisbane, Queensland reported: Alhamdulillah the crescent for Ramadan was sighted in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia today. Although it had been raining for the past couple of days and today, the sky cleared up before Maghrib, mashaAllah. I, my wife and others, sighted it just after Maghrib clearly in the clear part of the Brisbane sky, and the crescent was visible for long duration. The Council of Imams Queensland has declared the beginning of the month of Ramadan tonight (Wednesday Taraweeh) with the first fast tomorrow (Thursday).

    3. Seen: Muhammad Khatree (MCW member), Brisbane, Queensland reported: Alhamdulillah the crescent moon has been sighted in Brisbane this evening. The weather was perfect for moonsighting as the sky was completely clear. Ramadhaan Mubaarak/Ramadhaan Kareem to all.

    4. Seen: Habeeb Mohamed-Hussain (MCW member) from Gold Coast, Queensland reported: Moon was sighted in Gold Coast Quuensland Australia. Fasting will begin on 12 August 2010. Verified by Imam Imran of Gold Coast Mosque.

    5. Not Seen (Cloud cover): Zahid Hafeez (MCW member) from Canberra, ACT reported: The new moon crescent for RAMADAN was not visible in Canberra, Australia on the evening of 11 August due to heavy cloud cover and rain.

  • Bangladesh:

    1. Seen: F. R. Sarker from Dhaka reported: Thank you very much for your accurate calculation. Today, August 11, Ramadan Moon has been sighted over Bangladesh.

    2. Seen: Engr. Azizul Huq (MCW member) from Dhaka reported: Lunar observation Committee of Islamic Foundation, Bangladesh announced the visibility of Crescent moon within one hour after Magrib prayer today, 11 August 2010. So Ramadan will start from 12th August, 2010 in Bangladesh. I could not see as sky was partly covered by cloud.

  • Barbados:

    1. Seen: Suleman Manjra (MCW member) reported: The moon was sighted in Barbados on the evening of Wednesday11 th August. 1st Ramadhan will therefore be Thursday 12 August.

  • Fiji Islands:

    1. Seen: M Shamim Ali (MCW member) from Samabula Suva reported: New moon in Fiji Islands was sighted on 11th August 2010. Fiji Muslim League advises its members that the NEW MOON HAS BEEN SIGHTED therefore FASTING (ROZA) for the month of Ramadhan 2010 will INSHA ALLAH commence from THURSDAY 12TH AUGUST 2010.

  • Hungary:

    1. Not Seen: Dr. M. Al-Majari, Abu Amina from Tolna county, Hungary reported: We tried to observe the hilal on the eve of 11th August in Tolna, Hungary, but despite the clear - little hazy - horizon we could not see the crescent. I contacted a brother in Sarajevo, Bosnia, but he could not observe the hilal either. He mentioned that the sky was clear. He did not give me further details.
      On 12/08/2010 the horizon in Tolna, Hungary was again hazy, but the hilal was visible 15 minutes before sunset at around 19:45 PM, we could observe the crescent for more than 40 minutes. I contacted the same brother in Sarajevo and he has also seen the hilal in Sarajevo.
      As for the official 1st day of Ramadan, it is 11th of August both in Hungary and Bosnia, and I think in the whole Balkan region.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: Syed Thanveer Peeran (MCW member) from Coimbatore reported: On Wednesday, August 11, 2010, We could not see the MOON in Coimbatore, India. We tried to look from sunset 1845Hrs to moonrise 1920Hrs , but could not see the moon. Skies were not clear it was totally cloudy here.

    2. Seen (by others): Mohammed Mohsin Khan (MCW member) from Mumbai reported: Today Wednesday 11 August 2010 / 29 Shabaan 1431 in India. Here in Mumbai Sunset was at 07:09 p.m LT and Moonset was at 08:02 pm LT. Sky was cloudy hence Crescent has not been sighted in Mumbai City and in most Parts of India BUT it was Sighted in Nasik City , after getting Shahadah from there Official Moon-Sighting Committee have officially announced just now at 01:00 a.m that Wednesday 11 August 2010 was 29 Shabaan 1431 and Thursday 12 August 2010 will be 1st Ramadaan-ul-Mubarak 1431 in India. Ramadaan Mubarak to All Muslims.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen: Ahmad I. Adjie (MCW member) from Bandung reported: Hilal was SEEN in the hilly ourskirts of Bandung today, Wednesday 11 August 2010 by myself and team, therefore 1st day of fasting for Indonesia will be Thursday, 12 August 2010. Sky was partially cloudy but could make out the hilal easily as a large clear-sky gap near the horizon was present. Today was 29th of Shaban for us so our team did not bother to sight yesterday as according to our calendar yesterday was 28th Shaban 1431 as opposed to the 29th according to Indonesian official government Islamic calendar. There are many groups who did not start fasting today but will start tomorrow, Alhamdulillah.

    2. Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Surakarta, Java reported: The new Crescent of Ramadhan 1431 AH WAS SEEN from my location (Klaten - Central Java - INDONESIA) on Wednesday, August 11, 2010. The west horizon was very clear

  • Iran:

    1. Seen: Mostafa Fakhar (MCW member) from Esfahan reported: On Wednesday 11 August 2010, in Esfahan-Iran, I tried to see the crescnet as the crescent parameters made a good and easy condition to observe. A cloudy sky was predicted at sunset, so I planned to observe the crescent earlier (at noon). I used a 14" LX200 Meade telescope at Adib astronomy center and crescent was seen for first time at 2:30pm. Mr Hamed Lalezar and Mr Danial Forghani were my Colleagues at this project.

  • Kenya:

    1. Seen: Abdallah Mushtaq Khambiye (MCW member) from Mombasa reported: We sighted the moon Alhamdulillah with naked eyes after maghrib and it was very thin. Ramadhan for Kenya starts 12th Thursday 2010.

  • Malaysia:

    1. Seen: Firdaus Mazlan (MCW member) from Johor Bahru reported: On Wednesday, August 11, 2010, my friend (Mr. Buang, Mr. Kamaruddin and Mr. Zainudin) see the new moon with NAKED EYE at Johor Bahru, Johor (01�28'N, 103�46'E) at 7.35 pm. My team went to Teluk Kemang, Negeri Sembilan (02�30'N 101�49'E) on the same day. But, we cannot see the moon because the sky is very cloudy. Base on our knowledge about Rukyatul Hilal, the first day of Ramadhan 1431H is on Thursday (12/8/2010).

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: Hilal was sighted easily this evening Wednesday 11 August in a clear sky in Mauritius. 1st Ramadhan will therefore be Thursday 12 August. (NOTE: Hilal was NOT visible evening of Tuesday 10 Aug despite clear sky)

    2. Seen: Samser Ameeruddeen (MCW member) from Port-Louis reported: I am Samser Ameeruddeen, member from Mauritius. The announcement for Ramadan has been made after Salaat-ul- Maghrib, hence taraweeh starts tonight and tomorrow, Thursday 12th August will be the 1st Ramadan in Mauritius.

  • New Zealand:

    1. Seen: Sadeed Zahid Tirmizey (MCW member) from Auckland reported: Just wanted to inform you that myself along with many other brothers were able to sight the Ramadan moon with naked eye soon after maghrib at 6:05 pm New Zealand time. We sighted the moon in Auckland outside of the Avondale Islamic Centre. Official announcement has also been made by The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) that Thursday, 12th August will be 1st of Ramadan in New Zealand.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Seen: Asif Hussain (MCW member) from Hyderabad reported: I tried to find moon with my fellows at two different places but it was not visible due to scattered clouds in sky. Official announcement from governemnt declared that moon has been sighted successfully in many cities of the country including hyderabad.

    2. Seen: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported: Although I could not sight the moon myself at my observing spot due to haze and partially clouds but Alhamdolillah our other members easily sighted the moon in Karachi and in many parts of country, as it was expected tonight astronomically. I requested many persons (members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" + my friends + their companions) all over Pakistan to sight the moon. Many hundred Persons easily sighted the moon in all 4 provinces at these places: Karachi (at 5 places), Battal, Tando-Allah-Yar, Raheem-yar-khan, Panjgor, Aasia-abad, Swabi, Hyderabad, Badeen, Ghotki. These places were clear or little cloudy. Many other members also tried to sight at other locations but could not succeed due to clouds.
      Note 1 : Chairman of central official moon sighting committee of Pakistan mufti Munee-bur-Rahman and other members of committee also sighted the moon themselves and they also received positive reports from many other locations, thus he officially announced that 1st Ramadhan 1431 will be on Thursday 12 August 2010 in Pakistan after finishing the 29 days of Shaban 1431.

    3. Seen: Khurram Imtiaz (MCW member) from Lahore reported: On August 11, 2010, there are heavy clouds, from evening, in Lahore. So we are unable to see Ramazan moon in Lahore. However central moonsighting committee of Pakistan annouced the first Ramazan from tommorrow, as moon was sighted in Karachi, Hyderabad, many more sindh and south punjab areas.

  • Philippines:

    1. Seen: Abu Ammar from Philippines reported: In the Philippines, part of the easternmost domain of Islam, we had a positive, naked-eye sighting of hilal on August 11 evening, so that Ramadhan starts today August 12, alhamdo lillah. We did not seriously try to sight the moon August 10 because we are certain of its absence in the western sky that evening, despite the encouragement of many parties to consider it the 29th of Sha'ban. (That date was the 28th in our reckoning).

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Seen (by others): Luqmaan Williams (MCW member) from Ta'if reported: On August 11, I went out before and after the Maghreb prayer but I didn't see anything as it had rained and was cloudy in Ta'if, Saudi Arabia. But Mr. Burheem Bakr along with his wife saw the sliver in Dammam, Saudi Arabia and said it was very faint.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported: Today 29th of Shaban 1431H (Aug 11, 2010) Wednesday The new Moon of Ramadhan was sighted in many places in Sri Lanka, "MASHAALLAH'. Our Hilal Committee decided to start Ramadhan of 1431H on (Aug 12, 2010) Thursday "INSHAALLAH".

    2. Seen: Rasheed Farook (MCW member) from Colombo reported: The new moon was not sighted throughtout Sri lanka on 10th Tuesday 2010. On 11th evening the new moon was not sighted in Colombo and its suburbs. The sky was cloudy. By 7.00 pm, The Colombo Grand Mosque (The Official Body) gave an announcement that the new moon has been sighted in few parts of Sri Lanka and thus the First day of Ramadhan is 12th Thursday 2010.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Talib Abu Hamzah (MCW member) from Douglasville GA reported: We sighted the moon here in Douglasville, Ga well after sunset. There where roughly 10 - 12 adults present. Everyone present sighted the crescent.

    2. Seen: Ms. Lyana Snow (MCW member) from Little Rock, AR reported: I am at the river park in Little Rock, AR and I am looking at the hilal of Ramadan. My friend and my children are all amazed with me by its beauty. There are light clouds which have made it difficult to keep in view, but it is there. Ramadan Mubarak everyone!

    3. Seen: Shahryar Naqvi from Dallas TX reported: The moon was sighted in Dallas, Texas, USA by Mehdi Naqvi, Ali Mehdi Naqvi, Shahryar Naqvi, Sufia Naqvi, Masooma Naqvi, Eijaz Naqvi, and four other individuals on August 11, 2010. It was seen with the naked eye and was definitely the new moon.

OFFICIAL 1st Day of Ramadan in Different Countries

August 11, 2010 (Wednesday):

  1. Australia (Indonesia Sighting)
  2. Bosnia (Official Announcement)
  3. Canada (Followed FCNA, ISNA, or Saudi Arabia)
  4. France (Official Announcement)
  5. Hungary (Official Announcement)
  6. Indonesia (sighting - Official Announcement)
  7. Jordan (Follow Saudi)
  8. Kazakhstan (Follow Saudi)
  9. Kuwait (Follow Saudi)
  10. Kyrgyzstan (Follow Saudi)
  11. Lebanon (Follow Saudi)
  12. Libya (Calculations)
  13. Luxembourg (Follow Saudi)
  14. Malaysia (Calculations)
  15. Netherlands (Follow Saudi)
  16. Nigeria (Local Sighting)
  17. Norway (Calculations)
  18. Palestine (Follow Saudi)
  19. Philippines (Sighting in Sauidi)
  20. Qatar (Follow Saudi)
  21. Saudi Arabia (sighting - Official Announcement)
  22. Spain (Official Announcement)
  23. Sudan (Follow Saudi)
  24. Sweden (Follow Saudi)
  25. Syria (Follow Saudi)
  26. UAE (Follow Saudi)
  27. Tadjikistan (Follow Saudi)
  28. Taiwan (Follow Saudi)
  29. Turkmenistan (Follow Saudi)
  30. UK (Calculations) [Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London]
  31. USA (Calculations) [FCNA, ISNA]
  32. Uzbekistan (Follow Saudi)
  33. Yemen (Follow Saudi)

August 12, 2010 (Thursday):

  1. Australia (Local Sighting)
  2. Bangladesh (Local Sighting)
  3. Barbados (Local Sighting)
  4. Canada (Local Sighting) [Toronto Hilal Committee]
  5. Kenya (Local Sighting)
  6. Mauritania (Local Sighting)
  7. Mauritius (Local Sighting)
  8. Morocco (Local Sighting)
  9. Netherlands (30 day completion)
  10. New Zealand (Local Sighting)
  11. Oman (30 day completion)
  12. Pakistan (Local Sighting)
  13. Philippines (Local Sighting)
  14. South Africa (30 days completion)
  15. Sri Lanka (Local Sighting)
  16. Tanzania (30 days completion)
  17. UK (30 days completion) [Wifaaqul ulama), (Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat]
  18. USA (Local Sighting) [Shi'aa Community, Chicago Hilal Committee, Zaytuna Institute, CA, Imam W. D. Mohammed Community]

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