Moonsighting for Jumada-at-Thania 1438
1438 AH

Al urjoonul qadeem of Rabi-al-Awwal 1438: February 26 & February 25, 2017

On right is the old Crescent Moon (End of Jumada al-Awwal 1438 AH), February 25, 2017 (not the new moon to start Jumada-at-Thania), Photo on the right is provided by Dr. Abdul Rahiman of Kozhikode, India at 0610 IST today (Saturday 28 th of J. Awwal 1438) from Kozhikode (Kerala). Location : Lat 11°14'47" N - Long 75°46'36"E. Altitude was 8.5 degrees. Horns were at 5 & 9. In the photo horns appear as 3-7, because it is a photo by telescope and the image is reversed.

Below is the February 26, Solar Eclipse video (Courtesy of the Slooh Community Observatory):

New Crescent Moon of Jumada-at-Thania 1438:

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on February 26, 2017 (Sunday) at 14:58 UT. On February 26, the moon can not be seen anywhere. It ia an annular eclipse of the sun on February 26. On February 27, 2017 (Monday) it can be seen in Middle-East, Africa, parts of Europe and Americas. On February 28, it is visible in the rest of the world (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on February 27, 2017 from Abha, Saudi Arabia.

February 26, 2017 (Sunday):

    No Reports of Moonsighting from anywhere in the world.

February 27, 2017 (Monday):

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: On Monday 27th of February 2017, the Hilaal for JAMADIYUL UKHRAA 1438 has not been sighted anywhere in Australia. Therefore, the month of JAMADIYUL UKHRAA will commence from Wednesday, 1st March 2017.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Imam Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Juma Melbourne reported: On February 27, here in Brisbane, at two places, we tried to sight the moon between 6:15 to 6:25. The moon was not sighted; sky was little cloudy. There is no news of sighting from Melbourne and Sydney. Inshallah tomorrow Tuesday 28th February will be 30th Jamadiul Awwal and inshallah Wednesday 1st March will be the First Jamadiul Aakhar 1438 AH.

  • Barbados:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown reported: Mohammed Patel reporting from Jama Masjid in Bridgetown, Barbados for today, Monday 27th February 2017. Crescent SEEN clearly at approx 6:22 p.m. Orientation between 4 to 7 O'clock. Insha'Allah, the 1st of Jumada-at-Thania will be on Tuesday 28th February, 2017.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Molvi Iqbalhusen Bokda from Godhra, Gujrat reported: Crescent for Jumada al-Aakhir was not seen here at Godhra today on Monday 27th Feb,2017 (29th Ja.Awwal). I with my friends tried to sight. Sky was clear. I contacted many friend in different parts of India. All gave negative sighting reports.

  • Egypt:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: On Monday, Feb. 27th, From Cairo, Egypt, I could Not see the Crescent. Clouds had blocked the lower 10 degrees above the horizon most of the late afternoon, to the extent that 45 minutes before sunset, the sun could not be seen.
      Sunset was at 17:53. By the time I had returned from Maghreb prayers (18:17), a small clearance appeared in the clouds, near where I expected the moon. Still, I could not see it. Even Venus, which was considerably higher, was only visible briefly.

  • Morocco:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Ehsan H. Hajar from Casablanca reported: Alhamdou lillah, I was able to spot the new crescent fifteen minutes after SS. in Casablanca Morocco. Horns between thre e& seven o'clock. Visibility: 10 km Pressure: 1021 mbar Humidity: 67% Dew Point: 11 °C
      I am certain that Habouse ministry will confirm later that JMT will start tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017.

  • Morocco:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Zakaria Guelzim from Rabat reported: This is to inform you that I was able to sight the new crescent of Joumada II, 1438 after Maghrib of Tuesday 27 February 2017 in the region of Rabat, Morocco. The crescent was thin and was visible with naked eyes at 18:53 and the crescent horns were from 3 o'clock to 7 o'clock. the sun set was at 18:23. Attached is a picture I took with my mobile phone. Click on the picture on the right to see full size.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha reported: On Feb 27, 2017, it was naked eye sighting above sunset after about 20minutes. Seen at 6:45 pm local Saudi time. According to the Saudi Ummul Quran Calendar it was the 30th JM1, 1438 and hence tomorrow is the 1st of Jamadi Thani both by sighting and by calendar insha'Allah.Click on the picture on the right to see full size.

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town reported: Hilaal not sighted in South Africa. The 1st of Jamadi “2” will correspond with Wednesday (1/March/2017)

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Monday 27th February 2017, the Hilaal WAS sighted in South Africa.
      Therefore Jumad-us-Thaani 1438 will commence on Tuesday, 28th February 2017 in South Africa.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Abdurrrahman Razeen from Galle reported: Today 27-02-2017CE=29-05-1438AH is the sighting day for the month of Jumadassaniyah 1438AH. I was in Galle fort.I was asked to come to Galle by Maulana Mazeen Al-Makhdoomy who conducted a workshop for the ulamaa's of the higher grades in Arabic madrasas in Galle for 3 days related to astronomy. First 2 days the workshop was done showing the method of calculating prayer times and defining the direction of Qiblah. The last day which was today it was about discussing about the method of sighting the hilaal.We were altogether 40 brothers most of them are students. We had 2 kinds of telescope one was a protocol and the other one was 2x Barlow which was brought by Maulana Mazeen Al-Makhdoomy and the setup was done by Bro. Nular Baary who is a Satellite Eng.

      We were all their 40 minutes before the Sunset.The horizon was cloudy. The parameters are(at Galle) Sun set:6:23pm. Moon set:7:08pm. Lag=45minutes The prediction of the astronomers=Crescent can be sighted if the atmosphere was clear and the observer is an experienced sighter. Hilaal sighting groups was arranged right round the country.We couldn't sight the crescent and the CGM Hilal Committee had received negative sighting reports from the other groups.

      Hence it was decided by the CGMH Committee which was presided by Moulana Riyadh (Baari) along with ACJU and MRCA to complete the proceeding month as 30 days and start the month of Jumadassaniyah on 1-3-2017CE.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On Monday 27 February 2017 the new crescent for Jamadul Thani has been sighted in Pemba, sister island of Zanzibar (Unguja), therefore Tuesday 28 February 2017 is the first day of Jamadul Thani 1438 AH in tiny Island of Zanzibar.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    1. Seen: MCW member Umar Abdullah from Bon Accord, Tobago reported: The crescent moon to commence the month of Jumaadal Aakhirah 1438 AH was looked for after the sunset of Monday 27th February 2017. Reports from committees locally and regionally confirmed that the moon was SIGHTED. We accepted these reports and has declared that the month of Jumaadal Uulaa 1438 AH has completed 29 days and the 1st night of Jumaadal Aakhirah 1438 AH is the night of Monday 27th February 2017 and the first day of Jumaadal Aakhirah 1438 AH is the day of Tuesday 28th February 2017.
      Location: lat: 10 35 long: 61 21: Time of Sunset: 5:54:19pm: Time of first appearance of the crescent: 7:12pm: Pressure: 1,014: Temperature: 31.2 °C: Relative humidity: 39.5%:

  • UK:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Mohammad Ramtoola from Preston reported: On Feb 27, the Crescent Moon was sighted at 18:15 in Preston, UK. Sky was clear, with some cloud on the horizon. Moon was observed for about 20 minutes. 1st of Jamada-at- thani starts tonight

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Modoris Ali from Birmingham reported: Date of Observation: Monday 27 February 2017 at 6:07pm-6:19pm.Location:Cradley Heath (Birmingham),UK.Front garden of my house.Witnesses:I had seen the moon. Expected date:First day of Jumada ul Thani will be expecting tomorrow (Tuesday 28 February 2017).

    3. Seen: MCW member Mrs Jamilah Amal from Liverpool reported: Tonight I sighted the hilal approximately 21 minutes after the maghrib prayer, here in Liverpool. It was 6:11 pm exactly when I spotted it. I was not able to get a clear photograph due to the lense on my camera phone not being strong enough. But I clearly saw it with the naked eye. Alhamdulillah. Welcome Jumada Al-Thani. The orientation was from 1 o’clock to 7 o’clock.

  • USA:

    1. Not Seen (Cloudy Sky): MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Monday, February 27, 2017), due to the presence of a cloudy sky, the 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 (Blacksburg Middle School) at 6:39 pm EST (sunset: 6:14 pm) and left there at 6:47 pm (moonset: 7:34 pm). At 6:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 49.6 F, 27.1 F, 42%, and 30.35 in, respectively.

    2. Seen: The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announced: Based on reported sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye on Monday, February 27th, from multiple locations, it is determined that Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, will be the first day of the month of Jamadi al-Thani, 1438 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

  • Zimbabwe:

    1. Not Seen but seen in South Africa: MCW member Mr Ayub Mahomed from Harare reported: Moon was not sighted in Zimbabwe on Feb 27, but based on sighting in South Africa, tomorrow February 28, 2017 will be 1st jamadiul ukhra inshallah.

February 28, 2017 (Tuesday):

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Tuesday 28th of February 2017 we have sighted the crescent in sydney at 7:55 pm. The crescent was quite high and seen easily by our group. So tomorrow, March 1, 2017 is the 1st of jamada al Thani in Australia.

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