Moonsighting for Dhul-Hijjah 1431

1431 AH

The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia announced that 1 Dhul-Hijjah will be on Sunday 7 November 2010, and the Muslims performing Hajj will be in 'Arafah on Monday 15 November 2010.

According to Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), Eid-al-Adha in North America would be on the day after Hajj; so Eid-al-Adha is on Tuesday, November 16, 2010.

The Astronomical New Moon is on November 6, 2010 (Saturday) at 4:52 UT. This moon cannot be seen anywhere in the world, except in Polynesian Islands. On November 7, it still will not be visible in Northern Asia, and Northern Europe and Northern Canada, but everywhere else, it can be seen in easily.

Sighting Reports

The earliest sighting of the new crescent was on Sunday, November 7, 2010 in Australia.

Saturday, 6 November 2010:

  • Canada:

    1. Not Seen (Cloudy): Baig Muhammad Tamachi (MCW member) from Peterborough Ontario reported: Due to mostly overcast westerly skies, it was not possible to see the Hilaal, this evening, Nov 6, Saturday.

    2. Not Seen (Cloudy): HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from Toronto Ontario reported: Shortly after praying Maghrib at home, under overcast skies I walked around the neighbourhood to look for the moon on Saturday, Nov 6. Unfotunately due to low hanging clouds almost right across the western horizon, it was not possible.

  • Canada:

    1. Not Seen: S. Shahid from Mississauga, Ontarion reported: The Hilal Committee of Greater Toronto Area (Canada) received no confirmed reports of moon sighting on November 6th, 2010 and has decided that Eid Al Adha will be on Wednesday November 17, 2010. The Hilal Committee has 93 member organizations. Their web site:

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: Syed Thanveer Peeran (MCW member) from Kolkata reported: On Saturday, November 06, 2010, We could not see the MOON in Coimbatore, India. We tried to look from sunset to moonrise , but could not see the MOON. Skies were not clear it was cloudy here.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Surakarta, Java reported: The New Crescent of Dzulhijjah 1431 AH was NOT SEEN from Surakarta - Central Java - Indonesia, on Saturday, November 6th, 2010 because the sky was totally cloudy.
      According to information, the Government of Indonesia will hold a hearing itsbat on Monday, November 7th, 2010 at 10:00 am. 'Iedul Adha 1431 AH in Indonesia would be difference, because the Muhammadiyah had set down on Nov 16th, 2010, and the Government according to the criteria "Imkan Rukyah" will very likely set a Dhu al-Hijjah 10th, 1431 AH = November 17th, 2010.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Not Seen: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported: Today, on my request, nearly 100 persons ( members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" + my friends + their companions) tried to sight the moon all over Pakistan at more than 21 places but the moon could not be sighted, as it was astronomically expected tonight. Almost it was clear sky all over Pakistan.

      My 2 respected teacher and friend 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. Saudi Declared: Riaz Husain from Luxembourg (mother in Karachi) reported: While talking to my mother in Karachi, she told me the local TV there is reporting that Saudi Arabia has declared that the moon for Zil Hajj has been sighted and that 1 Zil Hajj will be on Sunday 7 November.

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: Rashid Motala (MCW member) from Durban reported: The Hilaal was not sighted this evening in Durban, S. Africa. Monday will be the 1st.

    2. Not Seen: Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (MCW member) from Cape Town reported: The Dhul Hijjah Hilaal was not sighted in Cape Town or in other areas of Southern Africa on this Saturday evening, 06 November 2010 [end of the 29th Dhul Qada]. The official first day of Dhul Hijjah will correspond with Monday, 8 November 2010, and the Day of Sacrifice will be observed on Wednesday, 17th November 2010.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Official Announcement: Mrs. Lubna Shawly (MCW member) from Jiddah reported: The Arafat day (Hajj) in Makkah will be on November 15 after Saudi authorities announced on Saturday. Eid al-Adha is set for Nov 16, Tuesday.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: Hamid Chaudry from Blackburn reported: On Saturday 6th November, 2010, the moon was not sighted in Blackburn. Sighting was tried around sunset, from 6:30 to 6:40pm. InshaAllah will talk to you later. I am planning for hajj and will be departing on Tuesday, and please pray that I will return before the end of the month for next moon sighting, inshaAllah,

    2. Not Seen: Qamar Uddin (MCW member) from York reported: On Saturday 6 November 2010 (29 Dhul Qaidah 1431 AH) many people from throughout UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Dhul Hijjah after sunset. None of the groups were able to sight the Hilal even though some places had clear sky. We have not received any reliable sighting news (Muhaqaq Ruyat-e-Basari) from any countries east of UK/Morocco either (including negative sighting report from South Africa). Therefore, the Ulama in UK (including Wifaq/Bately) have decided that the month of Dhul Qaidah 1431 AH will complete 30 days and the month of Dhul Hijjah 1431 AH will start from Monday 8 November 2010 (i.e. Eid ul Adha will be on Wednesday 17 November 2010), Insha-Allah.

      Please note that I have spoken with a member of six Saudi Hilal Committees; unfortunately none of the committees could sight the Hilal with binoculars or telescopes, but the usual persons from near Riyadh (Saqra) claimed sightings and hence the Saudi supreme court accepted their reports as it matched the pre-calculated Umm Al Qura calendar! According to, this sighting is not authentic.

    3. Not Seen: Mohammad Ali Javed (MCW member) from Luton, Bedfordshire reported: On Saturday 6th November 2010 many people including myself in Luton have attempted to sight the Hilal of Dhul Hijjah after sunset. The skies were clear but we were not able to sight the Hilal. The month will complete 30 days and Dhul Hijjah 1431 will start on Monday 8th November 2010. So Eid-ul-Adha will Insha'Allah be on Wednesday 17th November 2010.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen (Cloudy): Mustafa Eroglu (MCW member) from Denver, CO reported: On Saturday November 6th in Denver Colorado I was unable to sight the new moon for zhul hijjah due to partial cloud coverage in the area of the moonset.

    2. Not Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Saturday, November 6, 2010), the crescent moon of Thul Hijjah was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA, using optical aids (binoculars: 7X50 and 10X50). I arrived at my sighting location at 5:54 (sunset: 6:18 pm EDT) and started looking for the crescent in the expected area within a clearing streak in a mostly cloudy western horizon. I stayed there till 6:34 pm (moonset: 6:28 pm EDT). At 6:20 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 35.6 F, 21.2F, 56%, and 30.28 in, respectively. Earlier today, using binoculars I attempted a daytime sighting with no success. The sighting effort was on and off for a period of about 4 hrs starting around noon. Venus was sighted at 12:25 pm first with a pair of binoculars and then with naked eye. At 2:00 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 42.8 F, 24.8F, 49%, and 30.20 in, respectively.

    3. Not Seen: Imam Salim Chishti (MCW member) from New Lebanon NY reported: The crescent for Dhul Hijjah was not seen in New Lebanon, New York, the evening of Saturday, November 6. There were many clouds on the western horizon in the approximate location where the crescent could have been. In New Lebanon we will follow the FCNA ruling.

Sunday, 7 November 2010:

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: On behalf of Dr Shabbir Ahmed, Imam Rooty Hill Mosque, Sydney (MCW member), Mr Gulam Qutbuddin Siddiqi reported: The Hilal was sighted in Sydney on Sunday 7th November 2010 and consequently the month of Dhulhajj 1431AH commences here on Monday 8th of November 2010.

    2. Seen: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne, VIC reported: I am please to report that crescent was sighted in Melbourne today 7/11/10 Sunday eveving, Therefore tomorrow, Monday 8th November will be 1st of Dhul Hijja. ´┐ŻEid ul-Adha will fall on Wednesday 17th November, 2010.

  • Bangladesh:

    1. Seen: ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) from Dhaka reported: On Nov 7, the crescent was seen right after the sunset. We received first sighting report from coxsbazar our eastern-southern part of the country. The sky was clear and atmospheric condition was superb. 8th November, Monday will be the first Zul-hijja in our country.

  • Bangladesh:

    1. Not Seen: Engr. Azizul Huq (MCW member) from Dhaka reported: I tried to see the Crescent moon personally after Magreb prayer but disappointed to see some thin layer of cloud covered the horizon, otherwise sky was almost clear. At night Islamic foundation of Bangladesh announced the sighting of moon in Bangladesh sky on 7th Nov.

  • India:

    1. Cloudy in Godhra, but seen in many parts of India: Iqbalhusen Bokda (MCW member) from Gujrat reported: On Nov 7, weather was cloudy here in Godhra, but moon easily seen in many parts of India including Surat, Bhopal, Delhi, Valsad and other cities of India.

    2. Not Seen: Mohammed Ali Qazi (MCW member) from Mumbai reported: The Sky was clear; still Dul-al Hajj MOON NOT seen by naked eye on evening of Sunday 07-11-2010. We will wait for any announcement for by Local Moon Sighting Committee.

    3. Seen: Furqan Abdussubhan Dadan on behalf of Abdussubhan Dadan (MCW Member) from Mumbai reported: I wish to inform you that Dhul-Hijjah crescent has been sighted in MUMBAI from the minnarah of Jamma Masjid, Mumbai today 7th November after Magrib (at 6:40 pm) The beginning of Dhul-Hijjah (1st Dhul Hijjah) has been officially declared by the Mumbai Jamma Masjid Hilal Committee. Hence, Eid-Ul-Adha will insha-Allah be celebrated on Wednesday, 17th November 2010.

    4. Not Seen (Cloudy): Shahid Ali Farooqui (MCW member) from Amravati, India On 7th of Nov.2010 i.e.29th Zilkad,at Amravati (Maharashtra) India,i tried to see the moon,but as it was couldy icould not see the the moon.

    5. Seen: Khalid Umer Maniar (MCW member) from Surat, Gujrat reported: Moon was sighted in Surat Gujarat India on Sunday 7th Nov 2010.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen (Cloudy): AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Surakarta, Java reported: The new Hilal of Dhu al-Hijah 1431 AH NOT SEEN on Sunday, November 7th, 2010 from my location (Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia), the condition of the sky covered with clouds, cause of rain and also the influence of volcanic dust from the eruption of Merapi Mount.

      Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) announced on 1 Dhu al-Hijjah 1431 H falls on Monday, November 8th, 2010. Thus the feast of Eid al-Adha 10 Dhu al-Hijjah will be on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010.

  • Iran:

    1. Seen: Mohamad Soltanolkotabi (MCW member) from Esfahan reported: Although it was hazy, I could observe the crescent first by binoculars and later by naked eyes too. The first observation was at 17:07 through 20*90 binoculars. Apparent Sunset: 17:07.

    2. Seen: Alireza Mehrani (MCW member) from Esfahan reported: On Nov 7, Crescent first observation through 7x50 binoculars was at 17:05 (13:35 UT). Crescent first observation through naked eyes was at 17:12 (13:42 UT).

  • Kenya:

    1. Seen: Mohamedashiq H Noorany (MCW member) from Mombasa reported: Please note that the Chief Kadhi of Kenya has announced the official day of Eid-Al-Adha to be Wednesday 17th November 2010 after the moon was sighted on Sunday 7th November 2010.

  • Kuwait:

    1. Seen: Abdulaziz Al-Sumait (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: On Nov 7, I saw hilal of Dhul-hijjah in the Medical Herbal Islamic Center north west of Kuwait City right after Maghreb Prayer from 17:15 until 17:25 where it was obsecured by clouds; horns were at 12:30 and 6:30; hilal was sharp and magnificent, seen by binocular. Sun set in Kuwait was 16:59, moon set 17:49. But Eid Aladha is set for Nov 16, based on Official decision.

    2. Seen: Hussain Khushaish (MCW member) from Kuwait reported: In Kuwait city on Sunday 7 Nov 2010 near the National Assembly shore the western horizon was cloudy and hazy. I could see the crescent on the following order: First seen with 20*60 binocular at 16:50: Sunset at 16:58: First seen with naked eyes at 17:18: Disappeared behind cloud at 17:25: Moonset at 17:49:

  • Madagascer:

    1. Seen: Shoayb Unia (MCW member) from Majunga reported: On Sunday, Nov 7, 2010, we (4 Muslims) saw the moon easily in Majunga, Madagascar around 6:10pm. The skt was clear and we were able to see the moon for almost half an hour. The orientation of the crescent was from 4 O'clock to 8 O'clock on a dial of an imaginary clock in the sky. Shoayb Unia.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: Goolam Tegally (MCW member) from Port Louis reported: Hilal was sighted this evening, Sunday 7 Nov here in Mauritius despite clouded sky. We will therefore celebrate Eid on Wednesday 17 Nov.

  • Morocco:

    1. Seen: Ehsan H. Hajar (MCW member) from Casablanca reported: I saw the moon around 1800LT, in the SW horizon sharp and magnificent; sky was obsecured by clouds most of the evening; horns were at 12:30 and 6:30, well lit.
      Ministry of Habous has announced sighting of ZHJ crescent on Sunday as well and has declared Wed. Nov 17th as first day of Eid-al-Ad~ha in Morocco.

  • Norway:

    1. Not Seen: Imran Mushtaq (MCW member) from Oslo reported: On Saturday and today Sunday, the moon was not sighted in Norway. Islamic Council of Norway, according to the Hijri calender agreement, declares the start of Dhul-Hijjah in Norway as The 1st of Dhul-Hijjah on Sunday 7th November 2010 and Eid-ul-Adha will be InshaAllah in Norway on Tuesday 16th November 2010.

  • Pakistan:

    1. Not seen by me / Easily seen by others: Asif Hussain (MCW member) from Hyderabad reported: On Sunday 7th November 2010, I with my fellows at two different places in Hyderabad, Pakistan, tried to see the moon from sunset 05:42 pm to moonset 06:33 pm but moon was not seen. Skies were foggy. But moon sighted successfully at different places of the country. Government officials declared through television media that moon has been sighted at numerous places of the country, therefore the 1st of Dhul-Hijja 1431 Hijra will be on Monday 8th November 2010. It means the Eid-ul-adha in Pakistan will be celebrated on Wednesday 17th November 2010 inshaALLAH.

    2. Not seen by me / Easily seen by others: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported: On my request, Today (Sunday, 7 November 2010 = 29 Zul-qa'dah 1431 in Pakistan) more than 100 persons (Members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute "JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED" + my friends + their companions) easily sighted the crescent at more than 7 places countrywide. As it was very hazy in Karachi hence I and my other friends could not sight the moon in Karachi.
      Note: Chairman of central official moon sighting committee of Pakistan mufti Munee-bur-Rahman told me on my mobile phone that they have sighted the moon in Islamabad and have received many positive reports countrywide thus he officially announced that 1st Zul-hijjah 1431 will be on Monday 8 November 2010 in Pakistan after ending the 29 days of Zul-qa'dah 1431.

    3. Not seen by me / Easily seen by others: Yousuf Rajput (MCW member) from Rawalpindi reported: On Nov 7, although the weather of Rawalpindi was at the time of Magrib is clear, little dust on horizon, but I could not be able to see the moon through naked eye.
      As per Royet-e-Hilal Committee of Pakistan, the MOON of Dhul-Hijjah 1431 has been sighted. ALHAMDU LILLAH So Eid will be on 17th November 2010 in Pakistan, Inshah Allah.

  • Qatar:

    1. Seen: Muhammad Imran Paracha (MCW member) from Doha reported: The Dhul Hajja hilal was sighted by myself and wife here in Doha on Sunday at around 5:10 p.m. (20 minutes after sunset) on Nov 7. It was a very thin crescent peeking over the thin clouds dispersed over the horizon. It was spotted by naked eye but we confirmed with binoculars as well.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Overcast, but seen in other towns: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo reported: On Sunday (7/11/2010), 29th of Dhulkahda 1431H in Colombo Sri Lanka the western sky was overcast, but there was reports from Weligama a town down south of Sri Lanka clear sighting of Dhulhaja crescent this was confirmed by our Hilal committee head Molavi Riyal. Hence the committe have decided to start the Month of Dhul-hijja 1431 on 8th. Monday & celebrate Eid ul alha on 17th November 2010, "Inshaallah"

  • Sweden:

    1. Not Seen: Muhammad Shafiur Rahman Chowdury from Stockholm reported: I have tried to sight the crescent moon today (Sunday, 7th November 2010) from 11th floor of Kista Galleria but could not find it, though the western sky was clear.
      By the way, The Anjuman-e Al Baiyinaat in Sweden has declared that it will celebrate the Eid-ul Adha 1431 on Wednesday, 17th November 2010, Inshallah. Eid Mubarak.

  • Thailand:

    1. Seen: Alee Phuket (MCW member) reported: On Nov 7, moon was sighted.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Javad Torabinejad (MCW member) from Blacksburg VA reported: Today (Sunday, November 07, 2010), my daughter, and I were able to sight the moon in Blacksburg, VA. Upon arrival at our sighting location, we sighted the crescent at 5:36 pm EST (sunset at 5:17 pm EST). At 5:44, the crescent was about 4.5 degrees above the horizon. The horns were at 1:30 and 6:30 O'clock (1:30;3:30;6:30). At 5:40 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 42.8 F, 23.0 F, 46%, and 30.25 in, respectively. We left at 6:00 (moonset at 6:19 pm EST). The sky was clear with some haze.

      Earlier in the day, around 11:32 am EST, I tried a daytime crescent sighting with success. At 11:50, I was able to see Venus, first using a pair of binoculars (7X50) followed by naked eye. Eight minutes later, at 11:58 am EST, I sighted the crescent using the binoculars. The horns were at 11:45 and 3:45 (11:45;1:45;3:45). Later, my daughter, son, and wife sighted the moon using the binoculars. At 12:00, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 42.8 F, 24.8, 49%, and 30.37 in, respectively. It took three more hours before I was able to see the moon with naked eye at 2:58 pm. At 3:00 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 44.6 F, 23:00, 43%, and 30.27 in, respectively. I stopped following the moon at 3:16 pm. The sky was mostly clear with passing clouds and hazy. Note: I used the Sky & Telescope Interactive Sky Chart.

    2. Seen: Hussain Almohri from Lexington VA reported: I sighted the Hilal at 5:19 PM EST on the I-81 highway after Lexington, VA. The Hilal was visible at least until 5:50 PM EST. The moon looked like from 12 to 7 clockwise and it was at 7 degrees of elevation.

    3. Seen: Temoor Shouib from Chicago reported: The following announcement has been made by the Suburban Chicago Hilal committee ...
      Dhul-Hijjah begins at Maghrib on Sunday, November 7, 2010 based on multiple authentic sighting reports. People have sighted the moon in several towns including New York City, NY, Roanoke, VA, Orlando, FL, Miami, FL, and Elgin, IL. As such, the 1st day of Dhul-Hijjah will be Monday, November 8, 2010. Eid-ul-Adha will be on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. An early Eid Mubarak to all from the Chicago Hilal committee.

    4. Seen: Azat Badretdin from Dickerson, MD reported: I would like to report a successful moonsighting for the month of Dhul-Hijjah. Time of Sighting: 2010/11/07 17:30 Clear with slight haze below the Hilaal. Astronomical parameters according to US Naval Observatory calculations:
      Sunset time: 17:00+-0:05
      Moonset time:18:00+-0:05
      Sun azimuth at the time of the sunset:249.1 deg. Moon azimuth at the time of the sunset: 228.7 deg
      Observed azimuth during the time of moonsighting relative to the azimuth of the visible projection of the sun to the horizon matched the calculated angular differential.
      Roughly 15 min before and after the time of observing Hilaal, we were not able to see the Hilaal.
      Moonsighers: Sheikh Mu'addin, Br. Atif Chaudry Br. Azat Badretdin. All three moonsighters were able to see the Hilaal

    5. Seen: Talib Abu Hamzah (MCW member) from Douglasville GA reported: On Nov 7, by Allah's mercy, the moon was sighted here in Douglasville and Atlanta, GA, again as has been done monthly. Sighted by Abu Hamzah & Um Hamzah Abdul-Malik.

    6. Seen: Dr. Mir Omar Ali from Raleigh, NC reported: Hilal was sighted by a total of 6 people at Ahl-us-Sunnat wal-Jama'at, 2301 Raleigh, NC, including Naaib Qazi (Khateeb, Imam, Qari) and Dr. Mir Omar Ali.

    7. Seen: Mohammad Majibur Rahman (MCW member) from Houston TX reported: On Sunday evening after sunset, Nov 7, 2010, we (2 Muslims) saw the moon easily with bare eyes in Houston, Texas around 5.45 pm. The sky condition was clear. Following this sighting, Eid Ul Adha of Houston Muslims will be on Nov 17, 2010 (Wednesday).

OFFICIAL Day of Eid-al-Adha in Different Countries

Tuesday, 16 November 2010:

  1. Bahrain (Following Saudi)
  2. Canada (ISNA - FCNA)
  3. Egypt (Calculations)
  4. Ghana (Following Saudi)
  5. Iraq (Following Saudi)
  6. Jordan (Following Saudi)
  7. Kuwait (Following Saudi)
  8. Lebanon (Following Saudi)
  9. Libya (Following Saudi)
  10. Nigeria (Following Saudi)
  11. Norway (Following Saudi)
  12. Palestine (Following Saudi)
  13. Philippines (Following Saudi)
  14. Qatar (Following Saudi)
  15. Saudi Arabia (Official announcement)
  16. Sudan (Following Saudi)
  17. Spain (Following Saudi)
  18. Sweden (Following Saudi)
  19. Syria (Following Saudi)
  20. Turkey (Calculations)
  21. UAE (Following Saudi)
  22. UK - Central Moon Sighting Committee of Great Britain, (Jamiat-ul-Ulama Britain Dar-ul-Uloom Bury & Hizbul-Ulama) (Following Saudi)
  23. USA (ISNA - FCNA)
  24. Yemen (Following Saudi)

Wednesday, 17 November 2010:

  1. Australia (Actual sighting)
  2. Bangladesh (Actual sighting)
  3. Canada (The Hilal Committee)
  4. India (Actual sighting)
  5. Iran (Actual sighting)
  6. Indonesia (Actual sighting)
  7. Kenya (Actual sighting)
  8. Malaysia (Actual sighting)
  9. Mauritius (Actual sighting)
  10. Morocco (Actual sighting)
  11. Pakistan (Actual sighting)
  12. Panama (30 days complete)
  13. Senegal (Actual sighting)
  14. South Africa (Actual sighting)
  15. Sri Lanka (Actual sighting)
  16. Tanzania (Actual sighting)
  17. Trinidad & Tobago (30 days complete)
  18. UK (Actual Sighting from East of UK/Morocco)
  19. USA (Chicago Hilal commitee - actual sighting)
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